Alison Garwood Jones

Monetize That

Originally published in July 2022 in Blog, Comic, Toronto Illustrators

Still one of my favourite episodes from “Monetize That,” my comic strip that unpacks success culture. This episode was first published in 2019 — before Covid. It feels like it has found its footing even more profoundly in our current moment.

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Edie Sedgwick

Originally published in December 2017 in Blog

  She came bursting out of the gate, with no limits and no inhibitions. Then the moment passed. She changed, we changed. She forced her exit in the most banal and predictable way. In 2018, she would have been an Instagram star, A sought-after brand influencer. But she would have burnt out faster on the […]

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Wrecking ball

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

I let my dad down. Trevor was an architect, and earlier this week one of his modernist designs, the Fawcett House (1966), was torn down to make room for something new and improved. Thomas Allen wrote an eloquent and heartfelt lament about it in The Inlet, saying, “the tranquil courtyard, barrel-vaulted roof with celestial windows, […]

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David Carr (1956-2015)

Originally published in February 2015 in Blog

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And still I rise

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

Thank you, Dr. Angelou. For everything.

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Spilled milk

Originally published in January 2013 in Blog

UPDATED: January 30, 2013 Yesterday, The Globe & Mail, “Canada’s national newspaper,” fired took its literary editors, the crusty and intelligent team of Martin Levin and Jack Kirchhoff, off Books. I pounded my fist on the desk when I read this. Then I let out a cry in my condo that was heard only by the dogs […]

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They leave me and I love them more

Originally published in December 2012 in Blog

Good-bye 2012  

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Originally published in August 2012 in Blog

I’m heartsick for my friends, Danny and Alanna Cavanagh, who lost their brother, Shawn, this week.

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Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

Originally published in June 2012 in Blog

I felt this one in the centre of my chest.

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Swan song

Originally published in February 2012 in Blog

Vocal brilliance and a regal bearing crowbarred their way back into a tragic life right to the end. I had no idea Whitney Houston recorded this in 2009. I gave up on her years ago.    

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