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As the Liberal leadership race ends not with a bang but with a million whimpers, and Frank Bower muddies more water than a Vancouver rain storm, I wonder if the Liberal party needs a Harper-planted mole candidate such as him to crash and burn -- or whether it will do the job just as well on its own.

In case you're wondering, the painting above the bar is a detail of The Intervention of the Sabine Women by Jacques-Louis David (1748 – 1825). From Wikipedia:

The ancient Sabines were in Latium before Rome was founded. The legend says that Romans abducted Sabine women to populate the newly built town, resulting in conflict ended only by the women throwing themselves and their children between the armies of their fathers and their husbands. The kidnapping is a common motif in art; the women ending the war is a less frequent but still reappearing motif.

Somehow, a painting of "bitches" intervening felt appropriate.

10 Years Ago This Week: November 21, 2006
The grande finale of this four-part series featured a movie poster for 1996 Ontario Premier Mike Harris' cutback-fetish movie, Cuts, a rip-off of David Cronenberg's car-crash fetish movie, Crash (not to be confused with last year's Oscar-winning movie of the same name).

The reference to moms in the kitchen stems from a comment Harris made about single mothers on welfare having a "lifestyle problem." That reminds me of a comment last year by Scott Reid, then-Prime Minister Paul Martin's director of communications, in reference to now-Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cash-for-daycare plan: "Don't give people 25 bucks a week to blow on beer and popcorn. " Hmm. About ten years ago, Mike Harris removed a $26 monthly payment to pregnant mothers on welfare. His reason: "We want to make sure they're not spending it on beer." 25 bucks. 10 years. Zero change?



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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