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Cosmo and the luddite girl he met last week are about as opposite as it gets. Does this make romance impossible? How far apart can people be and still have a relationship? Contrast and conflict are the stuff of drama (and comedy), so in this comic, disparate people come together -- and it does strain credibility that they stay, I admit. But it's their tension and arguments that often propels the humour in Weltschmerz.

Why are Frank and Horst still buddies (they've been since high school)? Will Celia and Cindy soon be on the outs? How could Horst and Celia have remained together as long as they did (most of this strip's 14-year history)?

Still, opposites do attract, while similarities divide. Look at all the infighting in politics. Obama vs. Clinton. Dion vs. all Liberals.

Today, retailers are pulling products containing bisphenol-A off the shelves. If you've got any nalgene or baby bottles, ditch them. I get water for my studio cooler in hard plastic bottles. I already asked my supplier for glass, but they claimed the #7 bottles pose no danger (which was the government and line until recently). I will call them again, now that Health Canada is finally classifying bisphenol-A as a toxic substance when it comes in contact with food products. I did a cartoon on this a year ago, featuring a classic Horst rant.

In retrospect, Horst was a little off the mark, factually speaking -- it's hard, #7 plastic that leaches BPA, not the bottles in which water is commonly sold. However, this plastic should be avoided anyway, due to the waste and the fact that the water isn't any better (often worse) than tap water, for which the standards are far more rigorous.

Below, a note from a Green Guide page on water bottles:

#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE), the most common and easily recycled plastic for bottled water and soft drinks, has also been considered the most safe. However, one 2003 Italian study found that the amount of DEHP in bottled spring water increased after 9 months of storage in a PET bottle.



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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