The Mounties have a list of about 1200 aboriginal women who have been classed as homicide victims or missing persons. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has publicly given the matter a big shrug. At his house they're more concerned about homeless cats. So cartoonist Evan Munday has started a portrait-a-day drawing project in honour of the missing and mudered women. Above is Maggie Lea Burke who has not been seen since 2004. We live in a visual culture; artists can do a lot to move this issue to the forefront of public consciousness. You can follow Munday on twitter or visit his blog. (Via Sequential.)
A blog named Plenty of Nothing is admittedly not the ideal place for a post about missing persons, but it's better than silence. This issue is decidely not plenty of nothing, and is indeed more important than most things most Canadians talk about most of the time.
Tove. Tove Jansson was born 100 years ago this year. Best known internationally for her Moomin comics, she was also a very good novelist. A lot of her stuff is available in English this year, so snap it up.
Helen Sharman was the first Brit in space, spending a week onboard the Mir space station in May 1991. Meanwhile in the Nineties British cartoonist Philip Bond drew Kill Your Boyfriend and lots of Tank Girl. Via Apollo Kids Live.
Jack Kirby's comic books sit high up in Frye's anatomy of criticism, somewhere between legend and myth, where heroes fight gods. Also, he's big into gesture. His characters never stop pawing the air. This two-page spread of a being with the fate of worlds tattooed on his thumb is quintessential Kirby. Eternals #3.
Rin of the anime Usagi Drop pays homage to Yotsuba (whose name means clover) with a four-leaf clover t-shirt. Both stories are about small girls being raised by older single men and so ultimately descend from Silas Marner. Here's a Yotsuba back cover with Usagi Drop characters (source):