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And so begins a series of cartoons in which Raj Malik finally comes home. He was first arrested after the Canadian Securty Intelligence Service (CSIS) collected damning evidence against Raj at a Christmas party in 2003 -- coded instructions for a winged, nuclear suicide mission that Raj claimed was simply a recipe for suicide wings he was about to "nuke" (throw in the microwave). Then he was extradited to Pakistan (see this cartoon for a Stress 'n' Duress Exotic Rendition Destination brochure). There, while being transferred to another prison, he was captured by terrorists mistaking him for a Danish cartoonist. But he was soon "freed" by the Americans, who detained him when he confessed to giving false confessions in the Pakistan prison. (For a semi-complete list of comics about Raj, click here. Sorry that I haven't posted anything prior to 2004. Too many comics, too little time.)

So, now you're up to speed. I've been biding my time on this plot thread, trying to figure out when (and whether) to bring him home. Given the way the war is dragging on, it's handy having a character in Afghanistan. But I couldn't let him languish there forever. I'll find other ways to comment on Operation Enduring Warfare.



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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