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It was fun drawing former Ontario Premier Mike Harris again. He once had a starring role in Weltschmerz, as the arch nemesis of Horst and almost everybody else living in Toronto. I haven't gotten a handle on John Tory yet; from a caricaturist's perspective, I still prefer the geeky awkwardness of Dalton McGuinty. But it's easier to draw what I know. I'll be getting my feet wet with Tory next week, just in case. (I wasn't avoiding drawing him along with Dalton this week. The "new day of rest" / "knew T Rex" pairing worked so well, I had to draw Harris again.)

It's fascinating to see how a caricature evolves over time. I remember thinking how Mike Harris seemed bland and difficult to get a grip on. Compare my first caricature of him -- looking somehow unformed and pre-natal -- with one of my later ones.

From a 1996 cartoon starring Harris and his Environment Minister, Brenda Elliot.

In 2001, Harris privatizes Horst's soul, in exchange for freeing Celia from jail.

Earworm: Forever Indebted by Shout Out Out Out Out, from Edmonton, in honour of Max's arrival, establishing a Weltschmerz beachhead in the 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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