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First off, a reminder about the first-ever Weltschmerz book launches:

In Guelph: Thursday, April 6, 7-9 pm (I'll hang around later), The Bookshelf Greenroom, 41 Quebec Street. In lieu of a reading, I'll be chatting about cartooning and politics, as well as signing books.

In Toronto: Saturday, April 8, 2-5 pm, The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street (near Bloor and Bathurst).

Echo, the K-W/Guelph/Cambridge weekly, did a cover story on the book this week. A quote: "Mating excellence in design and print quality and Lind’s thoughtful and incisive social commentary, the inaugural collection from the Weltschmerz series sets a high standard."

Also, pick up this month's Exclaim! for a brief but rave review of the book. A quote: "Slyly meshing Doonesbury politics, slacker culture and relationship dramas, Lind accomplishes a remarkable balancing act: current without being dated; serialized without being alienating; and smartly political without being preachy."

Next week, watch this space for a list of independent retailers where Attack of the Same-Sex Sleeper Cells will be sold. Or you can order it now here by credit card or PayPal. A PDF order form with which you can pay by cheque will be posted soon.

Site update: The character descriptions are up.

"I Love Canada!" That's what a Palestinian hostage taker said a few weeks ago when convinced his hostage was Canadian, not American. Then he let him go. Being Canadian has its perks. Obviously, Raj's hostage takers don't feel quite the same way. I wrote this cartoon before that incident (and before the rescue of James Loney, Harmeet Sooden and Norm Kember in Iraq). Reality has once again overtaken satire. Almost.



You can see a more extensive portfolio of my work at the blog, including This Bright Future, a distilled and partial continuation of Weltschmerz, Turtle Creek, a daily comic about a turtle and a computer, and Footprint in Mouth, a quarterly cartoon I draw for Alternatives.

Weltschmerz in Print

Weltschmerz ran in Toronto's Eye Weekly from 1997 to 2007. It ran in weekly papers in southwestern Ontario, Ottawa and Edmonton between 1995 and 2008.

Notes on Writing a Comic Strip

I wrote this 17-page, 4 MB PDF document for my workshop at the 2006 Eden Mills Writers' Festival. It details the creation of one strip and gives tips on writing comics.

Politics and Environment

Monbiot | Guardian columnist and Heat author George Monbiot's blog. Not only about global warming, but expect plenty of refutations of the flat-earthers. His writing is witty, incisive and bang-on.

Desmog Blog | An indispensible (and Canadian) resource that "clears the PR pollution that clouds climate science."


Weltschmerz playlist at CBC Radio 3 | Some of the music I listen to while drawing this comic -- independent and Canadian.

This American Life | Radio documentaries that hit the heart, brain and funny bone.

CBC Podcasts | I don't listen to much live radio. Now, podcasts allow me to catch a lot of what I miss. I listen to The Current, Ideas, Spark and Search Engine while inking.


Diesel Sweeties by R Stevens | Witty repartee between guys, girls and robots drawn in a pixelated yet surprisingly versatile style.

Scott Pilgrim Manga-style indie-rock romance by Canadian Bryan Lee O'Malley | The most fun I've had in a comic book in recent memory. Highly recommended.

Dykes to Watch Out For | Alison Bechdel's brilliant weekly strip has been ghettoized because of its gay themes but deserves a wider readership.

Doonesbury | Garry Trudeau is still great after all these years.

Kevin Heuzenga | Enviable drawing style and dry wit. Start with Time Travelling.

Graeme MacKay | The editorial cartoonist for the Hamilton Spectator has a distinctive, addictive drawing style. And he makes me chortle.

Friends and Neighbours

Blog Guelph | Hometown photos and events.

The Narrative | Riveting photoblog. Matt O'Sullivan is at the right place at the right shutter speed.

Breast of Canada | A calendar promoting women's health.

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