“Comics in Transit” in Vancouver
My submission for “Comics in Transit,” a series of comics currently displayed at Vancouver BC bus shelters. I was one of 20 local artists Cloudscape Comics chose to draw a piece about city life around the world. You can see it at Dunbar & 41st.
I knew from the start I wanted to keep mine short, simple, light on text, and show people sleeping on trains in Japan. I then decided to say otsukarésama to hard-working Vancouverites. The expression can take at least a paragraph to fully explain, so it was tough keeping it brief, but I consulted with fellow (award-winning!) Japanese-English translator Zack Davisson to make sure I got the idea across well.
Otsukarésama can be translated a few different ways depending on the context – “thanks for your hard work,” “good job,” or even “hello” – but I wanted to at least show that the word “tired” is in there, since praising one’s fatigue is the theme of this comic.