Monday

COUCHSURFING WHAT?!

Couchsurfing explained with cartoons, 
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ENJOYED IT? LIKE IT AND ROCK THE CLASS! YEAH !

You want more?

First of all, for all the members of the couchsurfing project, this cartoon wants to reflect the whole idea of our community and don't have the pretention to describe it perfectly. This cartoon is also dedicated to you who doesn't know couchsurfing (get your ass over here!). Please do not take offense for any single aspect of this comic strip. Just take all the fun ;p
Hope you enjoyed it! 
  • If you wanna know more about Couchsurfing, you can read on their own page in the website or simply suscribe to the community
  • An interesting article about the safety of couchsurfing. Since joining 7 years ago, i've hosted around 200 people myself and surfed probably same numbers of couch or even more, and i think it's very safe (as long as you respect certain rules as not surfing the couch of a single man alone without reference/pictures while being a woman alone (for example). Simple but it CAN avoid problems with some people who don't get it's not a dating site:). Otherwise, i think the website is pretty safe.
  • The wikipage of couchsurfing 
  • Kuala Lumpur did a CS invasion just before i posted this cartoon. One more invasion!
  • One forum on the website which talk about the FUNNY NEGATIVE REFERENCES *cause yes, sometimes people has negative references for a lot of different reasons*, it's pretty funny to read but epic sometimes! If you connect, you can read more about it. Sometimes it's stupid, sometimes it's cultural issues, but sometimes it's fun! But again, most of the time everything goes fine between people but you know...shit happens ! Couchsurfing can not be THAT perfect c'mon ;p
  • Not so long ago, couchsurfing which was a non-profit organisation turns into a for-profit organisation (which creates a HUGE debate in the community). You can read more about it on this page (or simply google it)
  • Anyway, COUCHSURFING IS AWESOME ! highly recommended for happy and open-minded travellers :) To become a member of this crazy community, over here 
Special thanks to my kick-ass english 'reviewer', Matthew Wilson !

70 comments:

anas said...

Your cartoons are very helpful and creative, keep going on forward, wish you all the success.
I liked it to the max, i am a CS member and most of the jokes you mentioned happens actually.

Hope to see more from you,
yours

Anas Mushainish.

Smilegurl said...

I loved the cartoons - very informative and funny! I am new and it was good to review the key points...and I enjoyed the humor!! I hope to see more cartoons in the future. Thank you!

Eunice said...

Now do one from the point of view of the host ;-)

Julia said...

great :)

Anonymous said...

Great cartoon indeedy!!! :)
But yeah, a view from a host could be also great - I'm from Ukraine and I hosted some ppl who seemed not to wanna go out much but stay in bed relaxing (even when it was a great weather). Comon, -38??? We have -15 maximum :D:D:D

Anonymous said...

Great cartoon. Loved the artistic style. =)

Keep it up!

Woo CSing!

Jamie Seiffer said...

CS is the best! Thanks for making a cartoon about it!

--Jamie
http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/interruptingstarfish/

Ying said...

Loved it!! Had to share it with everyone on my Facebook!

Anonymous said...

my god ..... I'm definitely super amazed, what you do is great, the cartoons, the situations are almost a match jajajajajajja, But really I wish you the best now and always ....!

take care
regards
Eliasyd.G

justbee said...

This is so cute!!

Anonymous said...

Ohsum! I love it.. I like the way u create it. BTW, I also CS member.. So, I love to see next cartoons about CS some situations just from host and next episode situation from guest. It's gonna be great. Proud to see CS Kuala Lumpur in your cartoons :D

Adida without S ;)
http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/tulangs/

MELA said...

Brillant idea ! And im glad you guys enjoys it. Actually, i should have draw one more 'bubble' about negative references (hehehe some are pretty funny) ! but i think i will draw more about CS anyway. So much fun and crazy stories

Lisa Huang said...

looooooove the cartoon! Thx for posting it on the Cape Town South Africa group - posted it on my FB & Twitter ;)

Lisa Huang said...

looooooove the cartoon! Thx for posting it on the Cape Town South Africa group - posted it on my FB & Twitter ;)

Anonymous said...

Loooooooooooooooooooooooove it

Roberta said...

Loveeee it so much!

passiondcrire said...

Love it :)
#funny cartoons about CS :)
i am also cs from Casablanca, Morocco.
loved and shared :)
next stage could be the host situation :)))

zzaki said...

sweet illustration!

cs-er/illustrator
love from singapore

MELA said...

Thanks guy for support ! more stories coming up very soon ;p The saga is just starting !

... said...

bravo!!! ;-)!!! I liked it very much!

mihaelo said...

Méla:

c'est super ta bande dessinée a propos de cs.J'avais aimé beaucoup.J'attend plus de bandes avec ce sujet.A bien tôt.Miguel vianna de Porto Alegre, Brésil

Anonymous said...

My name is Pierre and the story about the toilet paper happened to me... less funny on that moment!

By the way, great job :)

MELA said...

Pierre, HAHAHAHAHA

Giba said...

Bella li! :)

Ciao from Brussels!

xeroid chick said...
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xeroid chick said...

That is really great! I look forward to future CS cartoons!

Lisa_adventurer
http://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html

Unknown said...

Very realistic :) loved it...

Traveling Tips said...

manific, c'est super!

Raul Gonzalez Cifuentes said...

Pretty nice...a good and funny way to know about CS

Maïder said...

Discovered your website thanks to your post in CS ;)
Nice & clever strip with lot of good anecdote !
Keep on !!

Anonymous said...

thank you for your support to CS. I will definitely spread this blog among my friends to help them understand more about couchsurfing.

Cheers,

Anonymous said...

This is cool, thanks for posting it. Currently new in couch surfing, so this is very helpful in explaining what Couch Surfing is with Non-CS friends :)

Anonymous said...

Great :). And true :D!

Milla said...

lol this was funny, really looking forward to see more if you can come up with something! :D

bbecares said...

Seriously. I looove it. Great description. So funny and right!!!!! Im travelling at the moment since few months but it made me feel that I want to have my own house ASAP to start hosting again :D

Anonymous said...

Great way to give back! The more you give the more you get! Well done & many thanks,
Nick in sunny Abu Dhabi

Alicia said...

I love it! it is a very good way to explain what this is about.

Loooovely! ;) Thanks for sharing!

jersey said...

MELA-

this is FUN-flippin-tastic!

woo woo woo, you know it!

Kristina Filusova said...

so fun and true :D full support! CS

Rachel Cotterill said...

I have couchsurfed in Greenland :)

cmoinono said...

Really awesome !!
I confirm the CS is a very nice experience :)

All the best foryour cartoons !

Noël

HarunaNukui said...

You don't like coffee?

Shame on you

Beverly Tyler said...

I am a couchsurfer, and after a few years break from it (LIFE) , I am ready to jump back aboard. I traveled around Europe 6 weeks and had great hosts, and have had guests from all over the world. BSKRAY

Don't be scared, just be careful.

nitslovelife said...

Excellent Work...Well done, I loved it

Eco-routes said...

this is a real cooooolllll work . Nice cartoons Go ahead

Bambi Capanang said...

Thanks for the information and it's really amusing to see it in cartoons. I just joined CS and my family had participated in the hosting part. Good point regarding the "way of life" part. It's a first hand experience to meet people of different cultures and practices. Way to go!

Hope to learn from you more, because I'm just not good at History.
Thanks a lot!

Bambi Capanang said...

Thank you for the information and putting it easily in the form of cartoons. I am new to CS. I am enjoying being a member of the community. Emphasizing that CS is becoming a "way of life", I think it is! My family had already participated even if I am the lone member in the household. It is a good way to learn first hand experiences about the culture and practices of other foreign people.

Way to go! Hope to learn more from you about History and it's more fun with the cartoons! Thanks a lot!

வேடபட்டி .மு. சிவக்குமார் said...

Learning is made easy.. It is nice to learn with your cartoons..

Ashutosh said...

Beautiful points highlighted with equally beautiful cartoons. The best part of your comic strip
is in its length. You don't end up with mere 3-4 cartoons on any topic but 20-25 cartoons on the same subject with each individual cartoon being awesome! I always fear that the page will end up soon when scrolling down the page but you never disappoint. Quality with quantity. What more can you ask for?

VALMIKI said...

Very innovative idea to educate on CS community in a very simple cartoon style. Keep it up. I wish I can do something like this or help you by sending few.
I love all the cartoons and most importantly the messages it carry.

Cheers

Valmiki

rolaz said...

It would have been really funny to draw a German guy colored red after trying Mexican hot spicy sauce on his tacos... you should have seen his face hehehe (it wasn't on purpose)

poppy said...

hihihi damn kewl!!!!! glad found the link from CS hahahahhah

Sara said...

I love your site - but I can't read it on an iPhone at all - every time I try to scroll it opens a different page.

raymart said...

This is absolutely wonderful! The cartoons were funny and a hoot to read everything about CS.

Informative too.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe there are people who still promote this website after the looting of its assets... you should have at least a drawing to prevent newcomers to give money to the con artists that run this website !!!

Laura Gaitán said...

Hey Mela,
Your cartoons are awesome... I just read the "Couchsurfing Class" and its pretty funny and shows most of the real things that happens travelling around the world...

Good job!, this kind of work is that we should all do to make a better society... I think that Couchsurfing is proud of your job!!!...

hiro said...

I don't like, sorry

PrettyPig said...

Mela...
Ahahahahahahaha... some of your descriptions were truly happened to me!!!! Hahahahaha... This is soooo funny, like you know it all...
Great job, my dear... I will put your blog on my bookmarks... This is sooo fresh...
Hahahahaha...

Karen said...

Very cute and funny cartoon about CS! Enjoyed it so I've liked your FB page too! :)

Wedohavetime said...

Very fun way to talk about it! =)

JazViNa Lahre said...

Mela!!!! As always you rule so please get your ass back to KL as we are lacking crazy french chicas here and plans of the next KL Invasion will be awesome if ure here 2013 but before it would be a special bonus!!!

Anonymous said...

Greats cartoons

Pree Banerjie said...

thanks to your awesome cartoon i think i might couch surf and backpack through india with my bf... :-)

who wants to host us on their couch (we dont mind the floor either... as long as there is a mat/ blanket!

Howard Kiel Ilagan said...

really awesome comics about CouchSurfing! Lets enjoy and forge new bonds thru couchsurfing its fun right! x_o

Russ Garcia said...

AHAHA THIS IS HILARIOUS! THANKS FOR MAKING THIS PAGE! LOVE CS TOO!

Russ Garcia said...

HAHAHA THIS IS HILARIOUS! THANKS FOR MAKING THIS PAGE, I LOVE CS AND AM USING IT HERE IN SOUTH AMERICA!

Harald Stoll said...

thanks for the laughs, i think you have the creating of the site wrong. it actually evolved fro a previously known website called hospitalitynet

balupton said...

You should have the comments only show once the article has been read, otherwise the scroll bar makes it seem like I have a whole lot more article left, which is a deterrent for finishing.

Tanja Wanderlust said...

So funny! I love this. Thanks for sharing it

milane53 said...

I did it, I finally read all your cartoons story about how CSurfing works accordin to your vision...

nice job..and funny, I'm soorry sometimes bad expériences are not good at the moment but are funny when you tell them to readers, listenners..or for those who have already lived these kind of things...

j'espère que tu vas revenir avec pleins de souvenirs du Tadjikistan.

A+ Mélanie...

"l'expert Tadjik"