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On Monday of this week, the server that hosts Weltschmerz crashed during an install of an Apple security update. It could not be recovered without a total clean reinstall, meaning this week really iSucked. My email was down. Only today was the blogging platform on which this site is based, Moveable Type, back up to speed. And I lost two weeks of updates, though I was able to retrieve the text (without links or formatting). So, my apologies that this week's installment is late. Such a massive crash hasn't happened before and I hope it won't again.

Like me, Cosmo does the math, though he makes it a lot simpler than my convoluted blog entry last week. The car he's driving is a Honda Fit, which is what I drive as a member of the Guelph Car Co-op. Good mileage -- only 6.5 litres per 100 km. That would be 3 meals per 100 km.

Still, for Cosmo, plagued by dreams of biofuel-caused hunger, that is too much. He vows to keep all his biofuel as food, powering himself not cars, on the 100-Litre Diet. And if the diet catches on, who knows -- maybe a book or movie deal will come out of it.

This series of four or five cartoons started last week, with a venti blue corn filleruppuccino, hold the oil sands.



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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