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I have a client who asked me to forward a logo via email because she said she didn't know how to do it. This lack of computer savvy may be inconceivable to those of us who for whom sending 50 emails in one day isn't out of the ordinary. But when technology changes, there are those who for whatever reasons just do not adopt.

My wife's German grandparents never learnt how to drive because cars were foreign to them. I can imagine people today refusing to learn how to drive because of what cars are doing to our planet, just as Pangaea refuses to have anything to do with computers because of their role in desensitizing us to our natural world.

We met Pangaea a few weeks ago when she was the unwilling subject of Cosmo's YouTube documentary. But love (or lust) sometimes springs up when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. Oil and water make beautiful patterns.

As research for this cartoon, I needed to find out to find how much corn is necessary to make bourbon. I couldn't find it on the web, so I joined a bourbon message board. An interesting discussion thread arose, which you can follow here:

The answer I got was:

About 1.7 lb in a 4/5 quart bottle of 90 proof 5 yo (not counting grain used for the yeast mash or backset. This is based on the info on page 214 of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskies by Regan and Regan, an adaptation of the Maker's Mark mashbill.

By my calculations, this works out to about 25 grams for 0.25 litres, a shot glass. Which is why a quarter day's ration (0.15 litres) would leave Cosmo on the floor. No pain, no hunger.

As research for next week's entry, I needed to find out whether 0.6 kg per day of corn is actually enough to live on, as the World Bank claims. Come back next Thursday, for the last in this series.



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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