AUG. 11, 2021 – To honor GoDurham bus operators and their amazing front-line work during the COVID-19 pandemic, GoDurham has created a free comic booklet premiering Aug. 14, the 20th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day.
GoDurham worked with local artist Jamal Walton on the booklet, which features an original comic by Walton that can be colored in and two fun transit-inspired activities.
GoDurham riders can get their copy at Durham Station from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug, 14 or pick up one at local comic book stores Ultimate Comics and Atomic Empire.
“We are proud to introduce this family-friendly comic book that also allows us to thank our front-line workers for their service,” says Sean Egan, director of Durham’s Department of Transportation. “The comic book holiday was a great opportunity to highlight one of the many talented artists in Durham, and GoDurham is excited to share this amazing collaboration with Jamal.”
The booklet gives riders and families a fun way to celebrate Free Comic Book Day and promotes GoDurham’s routes to local comic book stores like Ultimate Comics on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard and Atomic Empire on Westgate Drive, both served by GoDurham Route 10.
Walton has been working in Durham as a comic book and pop artist since 1993 and his exhibits have been displayed at several galleries and shows throughout the Research Triangle Park.
“I first came to Durham to attend the NC School of Science and Math, and from there I attended Duke University,” Walton says. “I was 25 before I had my own car, so the bus was my primary means of travel. For a few dollars a day, it gave me the freedom to explore the city and enjoy all the experiences it offered. To this day, I still occasionally take a bus, as it is often more convenient than trying to find parking in some areas. I am grateful to live in a city where the transit system is efficient and user-friendly.”