This Dustinland comic is about my recent experience of going into the office for the first time in 15 months. It was actually kind of nice after the weirdness wore off. But the night before, the morning of, and about the first few hours — basically up until lunch — all super weird. Just hard to explain. Crazy to think one day we’ll all look back at this as some wacky time. Just kidding, we’ll look back at this all fondly as our robot overlords whip up with old iPhone charging cords. Just kidding, AI will exterminate us. Just kidding, climate change and global resource wars will have finished us off first. Just kidding, everything is gonna be great!
PS Did you catch the Bo Burnham reference in the strip?
This week’s Dustinland comic is a true story in honor of Pride Month. You know, it’s weird because the point of the comic is to say that you shouldn’t always make everything about you, but yet of course it’s a story… about me. But that’s how I live life — through my own eyes. So yes, it’s a bit backwards, but hopefully you still get the point.
This week’s Dustinland comic is based on a true story. This all really did happen on a camping trip I took this past weekend. The main idea of the comic is that sometimes I feel tempted to pursue what I know to be a bad idea. In the case of my camping trip, that involved a large, heavy axe known as a maul.
Fun fact not included in the comic: I did briefly faint in real life after this event! No idea why, it didn’t even really hurt that much. I mean, it did hurt, but more like stubbing your toe really badly or standing up and hitting your head on the corner of a cabinet. But I did feel quite light headed and had to sit down. Gave kiddo quite the scare too! I do feel bad about that but hey, at least he got to try a real axe.
Posted in parenthood, philosophy
Tagged axe, bad ideas, camping, children, dad, dad life, kids, parenthood, parenting, parents
This week’s new Dustinland comic is sort of a bummer, but I had a long weekend away and only wanted to post up a one panel strip since I just didn’t have the time to throw up a normal one. And I have a ton of ideas lying around — some of them don’t deserve their own multi-panel strips. So once in a while I do a quick Far Side length strip, if you will, and this is one of them, and it just happens to be sort of depressing. But you know, the truth hurts. Don’t blame me.
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about an approach to life called absurdism. It can seem quite negative — certainly in the way I portray it. But, like nihilism, it can actually be quite freeing. The point is to embrace the lack of meaning in life, rather than fight or deny it. It’s actually similar to eastern ways of thought in many ways, although without the reincarnation or nirvana at the end.
Ultimately the idea is to recognize how pointless it all is, thus freeing yourself from the impossible task of reaching some ultimate end goal that does not exist. And once you’re free, you can do anything, you can feel however you like, you can fill life with whatever meaning you prefer. Of course, I choose to make jokes — probably not the healthiest way to go about things. But it can be fun, so at least there’s that.
Posted in philosophy
Tagged absurd, absurdism, anxiety, bored, boredom, depressed, depressing, depression, existentialism, nihilism, philosophy
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about getting ripped. Or swole. Getting gains. Muscles. You get the picture. Pilates. Powerlifting. Zumba. That’s what I do. Actually it’s not. I do pushups and sit-ups on weekdays. You guys do all that other stuff. UGH it’s boring. I mean, yes, of course it’s good, it can be invigorating, it can be interesting if you do the right thing… but honestly, it’s just not interesting. It’s not mentally stimulating to me to find infinite ways of reaching the same result. Although maybe that’s what comics are. Who knows. Nothing matters.
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about vaccine holdouts. You know, I mean… this one was kind of low-hanging fruit. To be honest, the subject bores me, but apparently people still won’t get vaccinated so I figured the least I could do was mock them mercilessly. It will probably only get them to dig in their heels even more, but then again, nothing matters and we’re all going to die, so might as well get a giggle out of it at least.
Posted in health
Tagged america, covid, covid vaccine, covid-19, pandemic, politics, quarantine, USA, vaccinated, vaccine, vax
This week’s new Dustinland comic is a follow up to last week’s. It’s about NFTs and digital art and how I guess you can’t just make some digital artwork and instantly get rich, just like how you can’t just start posting on social media one day and suddenly get a zillion followers. What does it take? I don’t know. I just know how to draw pictures and make jokes.
This new Dustinland comic is about NFTs, and the comic itself is an NFT. Sort of. Honestly, this whole thing is so meta, I could write a book on it. But for now I will say that I did try to do this the eco-conscious way, but the currency I wanted to use is apparently not for sale or trade in NY. 49 other states? Fine. NY? Nope. So until things change or I find a better way, this is my limited foray into the bizarre world of digital art. Although I guess you can say I have been creating digital art for decades. Just not selling it. Or have I? For what is it to sell, or to own?
Honesty, we can do this all day.
But yeah, if you want to buy some of my art in NFT form, here it is.
Posted in art
Tagged art, bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency, digital art, dogecoin, ethereum, nft, nfts, opensea
This week’s new Dustinland comic is true… to a degree. I do really lie in bed at night thinking about those sounds. 100% true.
Why did I end the strip the way I did? Well, on one hand I appreciate absurdity. On the other, I don’t think people need another overly serious thing in their lives. They certainly don’t come to me for that. And third, I think perhaps you follow that road, literally or figuratively, and it gets pretty dark.