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OK, this offering is a little grim for the holiday season. But Canada's hardline, anti-future stance at the Bali talks left me little choice.

And as Horst argues, it is seasonal. Consider it an antidote to the merry-├╝ber-alles ditties we're besieged with in every mall.

I'm putting the finishing touches on my New Year's strip, which will complete this trilogy on Canada's modest Bali proposal.

For George Monbiot's take on the result of the U.N. conference (his book, Heat, is an essential and surprisingly humorous read), check out his Guardian column, We've been suckered again by the US. So far the Bali deal is worse than Kyoto.

Infanol uses babies as fuel; ethanol uses primarily corn. The two are not that far apart. It has become quickly apparent that ethanol is causing a huge spike in food costs. It will only get worse, and the poor will grow hungrier. Hardly a humane fuel choice. Yet Canada, the US and even the EU are all actively promoting ethanol as fuel, prompting farmers to devote huge swaths of land to cars not people.

Monbiot it an agricultural crime against humanity, and says that Biofuels could kill more people than the Iraq war.



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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