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I've long wanted to draw a polar bear on an ice floe, which has become the symbol for global warming -- and is now verging on cliché. I settled for Horst. The polar bear will join him next week.

It must have been 1988 when I went to a speech at the Ontario Science Centre by David Suzuki, at which he said we had a decade or two at the most to turn around global warming. In the subsequent years, I kept thinking about that speech, as humans proceeded blindly on, with nary a thought nor a front-page headline as to the consequences. Then as now, there was a sense of urgency about the environment. I still remember how hot the summer was. The Rio Summit took place in 1992. There was momentum.

Then the recession hit, followed by a boom that hasn't ended, and only now are we waking up. But will humans grow further committed to changing our ways? Our attention span is notoriously short. And our entire econimic system is built around continued growth -- in population and CO2. This "news story" will play out over the next hundred years. It's a story with legs -- but perhaps the legs are far too long for us short-sighted hairless apes.

10 Years Ago This Week: March 27, 1997
Ontario had just approved slots at race-tracks and opening casinos everywhere, while hospitals were closing. Combining the two seemed a natural strategy for the Common Sense Revolution. "Are you here to gamble or see a doctor?"



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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