Biting political and social satire by Lind. Fresh every Thursday.
Pay by cheque?
  February 07, 2007 | Friends of the Truth « Previous | Current | Next » Comments (0) | Archives | About Email lind at

Lots of stuff on global warming this week. But first, for more news on the sorts of dastardly organizations that Global Gus represents (including the ExxonMobil-funded Friends of Science, check out the Desmog Blog, which does an excellent job of digging up the dirt behind global warming deniers' misinformation campaign.

The poster in the background in the third panel is an illustration I did for the environmental magazine, Alternatives Journal (no, I didn't go through all that work just for this cartoon). A larger version is below.

Global Gus has been around since 2001, when he urged readers to stop worrying and learn to love the CO2. He introduced the Climate Changers club to promote family-expanding, emissions-spewing values -- complete with a Toast the Earth logo. Since then, he's appeared periodically in Weltschmerz. Click here to see all cartoons starring Global Gus -- and check out a few excerpts below.

In a 2002 cartoon, Global Gus introduces us to his hot-tubbing buddy Happy Frog, and takes us a brief tour of the future (complete with 10-gig turtlenecks, fridges with eating disorders and nanotechnology that takes out garbage one molecule at a time). But Happy Frog is getting hotter. And hotter. What to do? Find out here.

10 Years Ago This Week: February 13, 1997
I must have had the flu or something -- nothing until February 20. Sorry. (Has anyone been reading these blasts from the past?)

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.

Designed by LINDdesign.
Coded by Matt O'Sullivan.
Powered by Moveable Type.
Plagiarism Plagiarism Detect.
Entire contents copyright Gareth Lind.

Progressive Bloggers