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What is Filibuster?
This is Filibuster, a editorial webcomic offering commentary on the leading political issues facing the United States and Canada. The site’s been around since 2001, and features over 1,200 comics. Since 2011, I’ve also been writing essays to accompany the strips.
In 2011 Filibuster celebrated its 10th-year anniversary; checking out the decennial retrospective special might provide some good context on the strip to first-time readers. For those interested in learning how the strip is made, there’s a special page about that, too.
Who is J.J. McCullough?
Me! I draw all the cartoons and write all the words you see on this site.
My life and stuff I’ve done
I was born on July 17, 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where I still live to this day. My mother was an immigrant from Holland and my father was an immigrant from Toronto. I have a younger sister who lives in Dubai for some reason. I spent one year living in Japan and hated it.
I started Filibuster in 2001 as a school project during my final year of high school. It was around this time that I decided my life’s goal was to be some kind of opinion-talking guy who also did drawings.
Today, I work as a columnist for The Huffington Post Canada, where I write a twice-weekly column about the state of Canadian opinions journalism known as Media Bites (links to my most recent column are posted on the Filibuster homepage). I’m also the creator and editor of a reasonably popular website about Canadian culture, history, and civics called J.J.’s Complete Guide to Canada, and I appear as a twice-a-week panelist on the CTV News show “Political Express.”
From 2011 to 2014 I was a member of the Library Board of the City of Coquitlam, and I am presently head of the B.C. wing of Citizens for a Canadian Republic.
Before any of that, however, I was a modestly high-profile figure in B.C. student politics and student journalism. My alma mater (BA, Political Science) was Simon Fraser University, where I served as head of student elections when my school controversially voted to abandon the Canadian Federation of Students, and was briefly opinions editor of the campus newspaper, The Peak. I was also editor-in-chief of the student newspaper of Douglas College, The Other Press for a year, despite never attending that school.
What I’m all about
I self-identify with a couple different ideological traditions. I’m basically conservative on most social and economic issues, but I’m also gay, so that softens things a bit. I care a lot about democracy and constitutional reform, and I’m a bit of a populist in the sense that I think “the people” are often wiser than the elites. In a Canadian context, I’m pretty critical of what tends to pass for “Canadian nationalism” these days, particularly corrosive anti-Americanism.
I like discussion and debate and argument a lot, and one of my goals with Filibuster is to help facilitate some good chatter on the important issues of the day — if possible from a different perspective than the boring conventional wisdom spouted by the press, politicians, and partisans.
If you want to contact me, feel free to send me an email or tweet. Or, if it’s urgent, you can always give me a call at (778) 928-5547.
Some random facts about me:
- “J.J.” stands for “John James.”
- I was educated under the Montessori school system.
- I’m a teetotaller, and have never drank alcohol.
- People often complain I walk too fast and talk too loud.
Big thanks go out to the following guys, without whom the site would never be anything close to what it is today:
|| John, my good friend from the Maritimes, basically made this whole site from scratch, for which I am eternally grateful. Pretty much everything you see is a product of his vision. Any screw ups are all me, however. John’s a talented musician, and you can listen to his stuff online on the page of his one-man-band, Wolfpigeon.
|| Trevor is a Vancouverite like me, and the guy who runs the server that graciously hosts Filibuster. He’s also in charge of the fine all-things-Canadian hub site Canadaka, which hosts the Filibuster forums as well as Politwitter.ca, which lets you browse the tweets of pretty much every single politician in Canada, at any level of government (who uses Twitter). Trevor is also the husband of my other good pal Angela, who draws the fine webcomic Wasted Talent, in which both of them feature prominently.
||My Filipino-Canadian pal Earl has been my friend for many years, and helped me set up, and now maintain, the Filibuster Facebook page. He’s also a close advisor and confidant, and one of my main go-to guys for help and advice regarding Filibuster.
||Nathan is a longtime Filibuster reader from Austin, Texas. He serves as the copy editor of this site, informing me of my many, many typos and making sure everything is grammatically correct. He only joined the site recently, which is why you may notice a lot more mistakes in the pre-2009 content.
||David went to university with me and used to live with some of my friends. As a skilled programmer, he’s helped me out with some of my more challenging WordPress struggles. Be sure to visit his neato personal site.