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Update: A nice farewell note appeared in this issue of Eye. Choke.

M@B, a comic strip that also appeared in the same weekly, is leaving as well. It was fun bookending the paper with such a wry observer of city life. Best wishes to Matt as he devotes himself to his excellent magazine, Spacing.

This is the last cartoon that will appear in Eye Weekly. After 11 years of printing Weltschmerz (about 550 cartoons), Eye has decided to drop the comic strip.

Thus ends a remarkable relationship. It is unusual for a publication to demonstrate such a long-term commitment to one voice. Eye gave me unfettered creative freedom. There was never a hint of censorship nor requests for changes (though a few cartoons were vetted by lawyers before going to print).

In Weltschmerz, Ontario Premier Mike Harris devoured the severed leg of a squeegie kid and engaged in kinky, cuts-fetishizing sex with his then-wife. Former Prime Minister Paul Martin sat down for a meal with George W. Bush that included "cluster bomb-seared baby Iraqis bathed in a tortured detainee-sweat sauce." And, closer to home, former Toronto laughing-stock Mel Lastman used his hyper-tongue to lick the boot of a visiting International Olympic Committee official (accompanied by Gaul emissaries Asterisk and Obelix). This, of course, in addition to the painfully personal life of Horst and Celia, which reaches a low-water mark this week.

Creative freedom like this is unusual in corporate-owned, litigation-fearing print media (Eye is owned by Torstar). I am grateful that Eye has given me this opportunity to offer my often bleak (but, I hope, often funny) satire to Toronto readers every week for so long. And I am especially grateful to Toronto readers for their guffaws and groans.

Which brings me to the fact that I am looking for another print outlet in T.O. You can help by requesting that the paper you read picks up Weltschmerz. The comic is more national in scope now, its focus a little more personal -- and no politician has eaten any humans for some time. (Cannibalism is so yesterday.)

Please spread the word. Weltschmerz will continue, here, next week. Thanks for reading.

10 Years Ago This Week: April 3, 1997
At the Casino Hospital, patients come to have their appendix removed and end up losing their life's savings as well.



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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