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I brought my wife and daughter to the airport yesterday. Saying goodbye was startlingly difficult -- it will be the longest I have been away from them both. It left me emotionally raw, so that when I turned on the radio on my drive home, I felt ripped open. I landed right in the middle of the coverage of the Montreal shooting. At first, I couldn't figure out what had actually happened and thought it had taken place in Dawson City. When horrific events like this happen, there's always this weird state of suspended reality when I first hear about them. I can't imagine what it would be like to experience it.

I'm home alone for the next two weeks and have more ideas than I have time to pencil and ink. I like to think of this as a creative sabbatical -- no parental responsibilities to hold me back. For the first time in ages, I wish Weltschmerz appeared more often, since I'm afraid my ideas will get staledated before I can run them.

I was at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival last weekend. The Saturday seminar was sparsely attended, but it was inspiring to exchange ideas with other writers and to think about universal aspects of telling stories, whether orally, visually or in books. Because there were only a few people at my little workshop, and I did so much preparation, I thought I'd share my handout, a 17-page, 4 MB PDF document called Notes on Writing a Comic Strip, with anyone who is interested in the process behind Weltschmerz. The first 8 pages shows how the above comic strip was created. Then there are another six pages of notes about writing comics, using my strips as examples. I hope you find it useful. Leave any feedback on my comments board; I'd love to hear from you.

Attack of the Same-Sex Sleeper Cells Retailers:

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.

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)



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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