Finally, after 8 months of concepting, sketching, drawing, inking, cleaning, planning, designing, and so much more, the books have assumed their final form and have arrived safely! I still have a few final touches to take care of and then they will go live for sale! Stay tuned and enjoy this preview for now.
School buses, metros, high speed rails…our lives are filled with transportation, often public, even if it never takes center stage. Primarily identifying as a driver for most of my life, public transportation only occasionally slipped into my consciousness until recently, yet memories of those trains and buses remain vivid years later.
My First Time: Miami Metrorail
As a kid, my parents took me to work with them in downtown Miami on the Metrorail and Metromover. The whole ordeal seemed like a theme park ride to me: high above the city with a great view of building and cars flying past. And the best part: no seatbelts! I could jump around and change seats all I wanted! That is–until my parents yelled at me to quit fooling around. In my quieter moments, I contemplated why the windows were so dirty, attempted to translate the graffiti so poorly scratched into the plastic, and studied the design of the metal tokens that took the place of tickets as if they were treasure.
Foreign Adventures: Japan, Hong Kong, Paris, and Costa Rica
One of my favorite ways to get a view into lives of people in a different country is by public transportation.
In Japan, the countryside whizzed past as the high speed rail raced from Kyoto to Tokyo. The flat fields morphed into small towns patched with rice paddies in lieu of vacant lots between buildings.
In Hong Kong, children in uniform raced from school to the bus at the edge of the jungle park while monkeys followed in hot pursuit, watching for dropped food.
Parisians dazzled me with what almost looked like a fashion show on the bus. I admired their black coats, black dresses, and black heels as I tried to deflect attention from my old hoodie and sneakers.
Deep in the countryside of Costa Rica, our bus maneuvered the dirt road to avoid a farm dog lazily wandering about the path. We passed a couple of horses hitched to a tree and stopped to let a line of people onboard. As people ascended the stairs and found a seat, the dog followed at the back of the line, attempting to board! The driver had to push the dog back out the door.
All of these experiences (and more) formed the basis of what would eventually become Attention Passengers: Adventures on Public Transportation.
Prototype books are printed and in the editors’ hands! The feedback is pouring in and I’ve already started revising and creating new bonus pages. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come (although I can tell you that the final book will certainly be even better).
Went into overdrive, thanks to a combination of intense inspiration and pressure to complete the book, and created a ton more drawings. Actually, I have so many drawings now that I can roll around on a pile of them and throw them around like I’m rich!! …Except it’s in drawings, not money. Haha.
How many of these drawings have you seen so far? How many are new? Which are you looking forward to seeing finished?
These are a few of the artists/authors I’m obsessed with. You’ll quickly realize that nonfiction (or at least based on real life) is my favorite type of content, especially when it comes in the form of autobiographical vignettes aka memoir. Check them out and give me your recommendations for more!
She’s hilarious and inappropriate and weird and everything I love, all encapsulated in graphic novel form. I love how she presents the strange task we have of dealing with serious and sometimes extraordinary struggles as part of our everyday mundane lives.
This book–Meanwhile in San Francisco–is everywhere in SF nowadays…as it should be! Great observations about what gives a city its unique vibe have always fascinated me. A bit cheeky and satirical, this book is all sincere.
Already obsessed with remote areas, particularly in Canada and Alaska, I couldn’t pass up this story of Hellman’s trip to the remote Northeastern part of Quebec. While unfolding his observations from different towns and areas, problematic issues–particularly issues the native people face as well as the changes foreigners have imposed upon their culture–make their way to the forefront.
Not a physical book yet (and why not?!?!), this guy skyrocketed to internet fame after HuffPo picked up a story about his drawings revolving around his life with his (now) wife. He doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to revealing how weird they are in their everyday lives.
I don’t know about you, but whenever someone brings a dog on the train or bus, I can’t stop watching! Sometimes they’re excited and can’t stay still. Sometimes they’re good and patient. Nearly all the time, they’re adorable. What’s your favorite dog moment on public transportation?