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CBC Radio 3 just blogged Weltschmerz. My playlist has been in the top 5 shared for a number of weeks. You can read the complete iPod-people cartoon excerpted on CBC here.

This week finds Horst hiding from the BioDredge Gaiagra-pushers. But how much is all in his mind? Only time will tell. In the meantime, he is living incognito at Frank's place. Celia has the house, for now. And Horst is ever hopeful that she will accept him back.

Summer usually sees me doing an extended, more personal sequence (like last year, when Horst found out he was infertile after a harrowing sperm sampling, and a detective came to investigate the first-degree spermicide). This summer has been no exception. A few more cartoons are planned in this vein, before the political season gets into high gear. Then I'll find a funny jugular to go for again.

Check out next week's, which I'm penciling right now -- also silly and somewhat profane. A not-so-sneak preview below:

Earworm is the German word (ohrwurm for a song that gets stuck in your head. We don't have a word for this in English, though a phrase that aptly describes it is a brain itch -- the only way to relieve it is to hear the song that is causing it. There was a scientific study done on this phenomenon. Some songs are itchier than others.

As a tribute to earworms (which I still think is better than "brain itch"), I will now and then post them. This week's earworm is Tachee by Lo and the Magnetics, from Montreal.



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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