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June 5 | A brief review of the Weltschmerz book, Attack of the Same-Sex Sleeper Cells, appears this week at rabble.ca.



June 2 - 2:30 pm | Global News drove out to interview me and find out if I could spell Weltschmerz on camera. I did, correctly. I'll be on the Toronto 6 pm news.

June 2 | In the National Post this morning:
German word stumps Finola: Weltschmerz -- meaning sadness at evils of the world -- defeats teen
Isn't weltschmerz always a problem for teens? I've always said it's crucial for Canadians to be able to spell this word. You never know when you'll need it.

This audio clip documents a historic moment in the history of weltschmerz. Courtesy the CBC.



June 1 | I'm pretty sure the quote from Reagan that commences this strip is valid; I sourced it to a number of reputable sites, as well as a few books. But what creates a shadow of doubt is that he said the same thing about the contras in Nicaragua, who were also engaged in U.S.-sponsored guerilla war. I guess any group of U.S.-sponsored guerillas was "the moral equivalent of the founding fathers" because - well, otherwise, the U.S. would not be sponsoring them. This is all somewhat beside the point of the above strip, but I needed a lead-in to a somewhat dry episode and Reagan provided it, post-mortem.

Also, you'll notice that I've tweaked the site's design this week. One web geek told me he didn't notice how to buy the new Weltschmerz book, so I made it painfully clear. Perhaps a little too hard-sell? Also added a short "about" blurb, rejigged how the nav bar looks and added space for links. I hope you like it. Many thanks to Matt, who handled the programming.



Attack of the Same-Sex Sleeper Cells Reviews:

Exclaim! says: "Slyly meshing Doonesbury politics, slacker culture and relationship dramas, Lind accomplishes a remarkable balancing act. …Smartly political without being preachy, (Weltschmerz is) a current jolt of satire served with a soothing cup of interpersonal angst.�

Eye Weekly says: "Weltschmerz successfully straddles the line between humorous and depressing, taking well-deserved punches at some of the most infuriating political events and trends of 2005."

Echo says: "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."

Retailers:

Toronto:
Pages, 256 Queen Street West (at John). On the graphic novels table.
The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street (near Bloor and Bathurst)
Book City, three locations - 501 Bloor St. West, 348 Danforth Ave., 663 Yonge St.
Hairy Tarantula, 354 Yonge Street (near Dundas).
David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham St.

Guelph:
The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street.
Macondo Books, 18 Wilson Street

Waterloo: Words Worth Books, 100 King Street South

Kitchener: KW Bookstore, 308 King Street West

Hamilton: Bryan Prince Bookseller, 1060 King Street West

Ottawa: Collected Works, 1242 Wellington Street West (at Holland)



  Elsewhere

Lindtoons

You can see a more extensive portfolio of my work at the blog lindtoons.com, 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."

Soundtrack

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.

Comics

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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