Nation Without A Care

This week’s new Dustinland comic pretty much says all I have to say about the matter. I mean, I don’t think EVERYONE in the U.S. is like this, but enough people are to ruin everything for the rest of us. I don’t think it’s necessarily their fault — even the idea of something being anyone’s fault is a whole other philosophical wormhole. It’s really more about human nature combined with the American experiment leading to this current state of ignorant nightmare. Good times.

Cracks

This week’s new Dustinland comic is obviously about the stress caused by months of quarantine. For me personally, it’s less about the fear of getting sick and more about dealing with the monotony and frustrations of day to day existence right now. In particular, balancing work and parenting. Of course I am grateful for my awesome life etc… it’s just that right now there’s a lot of bullshit going on and it’s hard to not let it slowly get to you. This past week I really noticed it creeping in.

As for the absurdist ending, that’s not meant to be something negative, but most people take it that way. Really it just means that life is meaningless is silly, so why stress over it. Just laugh and go with the flow and try to enjoy it, or at least “enjoy” it. Kind of like a dark version of eastern philosophy, but without the enlightenment or reincarnation parts.

What’s The Difference

Some people may have their feelings hurt by this new Dustinland comic, but that was not my intention. I’m simply bringing to life the inner dialogue that takes place within the mind of cynical folks like myself, whose instincts are to expect the worst from most people and scenarios. And at times like these, while it may be natural to scoff at people simply posting on social media as if that’s going to change the world, it’s important to realize that EVERYTHING helps. You need all the things. Yes, of course action is more important than likes and shares, but that doesn’t make social media posts bad or useless, especially when they are well-intentioned expressions of honest frustration that the world just won’t seem to change.

Now What

This week’s new Dustinland comic? Well, you know, right in the middle of an awful pandemic I thought we needed U.S. racial issues to finally boil over completely. Perfect timing for that. So here we are?! What to say? Well you can say a lot. And we do. We talk and talk… we type and type… But we can we do? What will we do and where will it get us? Those are the questions, and I don’t have the answers.

Pandemicemonium

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how we don’t really know anything about the pandemic. I mean, we know a lot, but compared to normal life, we don’t know anything. Never have I felt so at a loss for a plan. What happens next for how long? Don’t know. And I sort of always knew we didn’t know what was going on, but this really sheds light on to just what extent we are all making it up.

Unmasked

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about people who refuse to wear face masks in public. I’m sure it will piss plenty of people off, but you know what also pisses me off? When people spread a deadly virus because they are can’t accept the slightest inconvenience in their spoiled, ill-informed lives.

Blahrantine

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how blah quarantine is. Just the same day, over and over again. I mean, when it’s nice out at least you can go for a walk or something, but when it’s cloudy or rainy it’s just… BLAH. Of course I can still suck it up and deal with it because it’s not like living in a hole for two years hiding from nazis like some people had to do during WWII. It’s not like I’m going to risk my life and the lives of my friends and family just so I can go to the gym or hair salon after I burn down a 5G tower. Oh man, we are so doomed in this planet of idiots. That’s a big part of the blah. It only gets more blah if you read the news.

Masked Emotions

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how telling a face mask is. Yes, it is not fun to wear one, but not wearing one is quite the statement.

Lately I’ve felt the urge to write a comic about how stupid we are in our rush to open everything back up. And how spoiled we are as a nation — completely unwilling to sacrifice anything, and totally intolerant of the slightest suffering, ignorant due to failed systems of education and belief, etc.  But I don’t think people need this right now. They don’t need me telling them what they already know — that we will only learn from mistakes, and so more people will have to die before we suck it up and shut up and deal with this crappy situation without throwing a shit fit because we can’t go to the beach.

So yeah, that stuff is NOT in my comic this week, so enjoy. But it felt nice to leave it here.

It All Adds Up

This new Dustinand comicis about how hard it is to WFH while taking care of your kids. Or really, while home schooling your kids. And boy, second grade math sure has changed! You know, I went to a specialized math and science high school for the top nerds in NYC, I did pretty well on my SATs, and even I have to read my 8-year-old’s math questions multiple times before I can even try to explain how he should be answering them. I’m sure there is a science to all of this, but man, it ain’t easy. And I have a job.

Earth Day 2020

This new Dustinland comic highlights how much it sucks that the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is happening amid a crisis that is causing most of us to stay inside all day. I mean sure, we can go out a bit, but it’s not the same. And we really needed a solid Earth Day this year, since we are really at a tipping point here in how we are treating the planet. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to wait for the 100th anniversary to do it right.