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The start of a new year seems a good time to give you some backstory on the three major plot lines that have been winding through Weltschmerz.

The Breakup Celia left Horst almost a year ago. He demanded extreme measures to combat global warming; she balked. But this was the tip of the melting iceberg. Their relationship had been in a slow downward spiral for some time. For Celia, Horst's refusal to commit to adopting a child, after discovering he was infertile, was tantamount to betrayal. Since then, Horst is now shacking up with his high school buddy, Frank, in hopes that Celia will see the light and invite him back.

The Affair Meanwhile, Cindy, who has long yearned for Celia, took the opportunity to seduce her. Their affair already has shown fissures, as Celia wonders if Cindy cares about her Internet fans more than she does about her. Horst doesn't know about Celia's girlfriend. But because of a vision he had, he suspects she is having an affair with Donya.

The Terror Suspect Donya's husband Raj has just returned from Afghanistan, where he had been jailed by the CIA. He was tasered on the trip back and as a result now lies in a coma. Donya has been distraught; Celia has been helping her cope.

In other news, Celia's former co-worker Max has accepted a job in the Philosophy Department at the University of Alberta, leaving his partner Des back in Toronto.

All these plot threads can be easily accessed through the archive, filtering by character.



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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