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Some argue that American elections have more impact on Canadians than Canadian elections. Perhaps in the long run, what with George W. Bush's destabilizing foreign policy and lemming-like approach to climate change. So we can all rejoice that Bush's wings have been clipped.

But here in Ontario, on Monday November 13, we have the chance to vote on issues that have a direct and immediate impact on our lives. Sprawl. Water. Libraries. The quality of our communities. Municipal elections aren't sullied by party politics (though they are by the huge influx of developer dollars -- which is why it's especially important to counteract that by electing people who don't accept such donations). We don't have to agonize over whether or how to vote strategically. We can vote for the person we think best reflects our views.

Problem is, often fewer than 40 percent of eligible voters vote in muncipal elections (over 60 percent vote federally). So, please, where ever you live, get out and vote on Monday. If you are in Guelph (my hometown), go to to get informed.

10 Years Ago This Week
The second of this four-part series, in which then-Ontario Premier Mike Harris stars as the ring-leader of a group of politicians who get sexual thrills out of spending cuts -- strangely similar to the car-wreck fetishists to David Cronenberg's Crash. FYI, the woman under Harris is his wife (not everyone knew who "Janet" was -- at the time, they were still together). And no, this cartoon didn't elicit a single email of protest. The benefits of obscurity.



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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