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Usually I try to situate Weltschmerz somewhere. Place and time provide context and added meaning for the cartoons -- and at times inspires the actual humour. Although in my mind, I see Horst and Cosmo walking to a subway station from work, this time I put nothing in the background to clutter it up and distract from facial expressions and dialogue. The punchline may be a ├╝bergeeky, but I like this cartoon's spare talking-heads style.

The pressure to be "cool" is pervasive, like the air we breath. (Yes, it turns out, even asphyxiation is a cool, at times deadly, high for some teens. Here I set out to do a light, silly cartoon and didn't intend to touch on this topic, only realizing in retrospect this interpretation. For more info on the dangers of the "choking game," go to Kids, don't choke yourselves!) The Catch-22 of attempting to "catch" and define cool is weird. If something becomes too cool, it becomes uncool, only to become cool again some years later. The only escape is to tune out of pop culture, as Horst contemplates next week. Only then are you blissfully ignorant of your uncoolness or coolness. Yet for some, this sort of ignorance is death.

Next week: How Cosmo keeps effortlessly surfing on the cutting edge.



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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