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A coalition of environmental groups in France is asking world citizens to turn off their appliances on February 1 between 1:55 and 2:00 pm EST (18:55-19:00 GMT) to commemorate the meeting of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This simple, co-ordinated action is to send a message to government leaders that citizens are serious about global warming. Of course, it is only symbolic. Five minutes of power-hunger strike does not constitute "serious." And even doing what Horst advocates -- keeping your house at uncomfortable heat levels -- is only a molecule in a drop in a bucket. Still, every little bit helps, and minor energy savings at a local level can add up to a lot if everybody does it. I'd be interested to find out if the power companies notice a five-minute dip today. I'll set my computer to turn itself off.

Welcome Edmonton readers! Today marks the debut of this comic strip in See Magazine, Edmonton's weekly source for news, arts and entertainment (and now Weltschmerz). So if you're in Edmonton, please try to pick one up -- and let the editor know what you think.

Feel free to look around this site. Click on the characters at the top for descriptions. The archives have hilarious back story and can be viewed by theme, politician or character (Ralph Klein did a rant on Al-Kyoto airists some years ago).

I'm happy that See has taken the plunge and introduced Weltschmerz to its readers.

10 Years Ago This Week: February 6, 1997
A cabbage patch snacktime doll made the news when it devoured a little girl's hair. And in lighter news, Ontario Premier Mike Harris ignored the results of a referendum in which Toronto residents voted against amalgamation. Greater Serburbia was in the works. OK, I admit the satire was pretty heavy handed. But a city's future was at stake. We see the results now: An unwieldy, large city without the necessary legal tools to get much done.

Retailers for Attack of the Same-Sex Sleeper Cells:

Pages, 256 Queen Street West (at John).
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).

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



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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