Biting political and social satire by Lind. Fresh every Thursday.
Pay by cheque?
  March 27, 2008 | Sea Mammal, See Mammaries « Previous | Current | Next » Comments (0) | Archives | About Email lind at

It's seal hunt time again. Pamela Anderson just divorced her third husband after only five months. And I'm back in Canada after three weeks in Germany.

What do these things have in common? Well, despite having been a few cartoons ahead before leaving for vacation, I still need a week to get back on schedule. And the above cartoon, drawn two years ago, is still timely and funny enough to run again. Especially since Pam is still lending her mammaries to mammalian causes.

I know it's not good blogiquette to rehash old entries. But even cartoonists need breaks. Below, my entry from April 20, 2006:

This cartoon was inspired by a CBC Quirks and Quarks interview with conservationist Terry Glavin about his book, Waiting for the Macaws. In it, Glavin travels around the globe visiting cultures living sustainably on their local environment. He argues that in the relationship between humans and the rest of nature, nature doesn't always get the short end of the stick. In fact, we can find answers to our environmental predicament by looking at cultures that do live sustainably. The problem is, these cultures -- encapsulated by their languages -- are disappearing at the rate of one every two weeks.

He mentioned that in the face of this cultural and biological annihilation, it's not worthwhile to criticize the seal hunt. I agree. Looking at the globe as a whole -- and, indeed the future of the harp seal as a whole -- there are more important issues to grapple with than the fact that poor Newfoundlanders are making a living as they always have, sustainably, on the sea. (The fish were wiped out by big companies and government idiocy, not the fishers themselves.) Plus, it's a little nauseating to see rich celebs club poor fishermen.

The interview is worth listening to. Go to the April 8 Quirks and Quarks site and scroll to the bottom of the page.



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.

Designed by LINDdesign.
Coded by Matt O'Sullivan.
Powered by Moveable Type.
Plagiarism Plagiarism Detect.
Entire contents copyright Gareth Lind.

Progressive Bloggers