RIP Norm Macdonald

This week’s new Dustinland comic (a little bit late, I know) is about Norm Macdonald. I pretty much say it all in the strip, but really, the guy was such a hilarious weirdo. So different, so out there, so authentic and original. Yes, from time to time he said things that would be borderline cancelly these days, if you’re into that kind of thing. But he never seemed to do things out of malice, and all the comedians who knew him personally seem to say he was also a very kind and supportive guy.

One kinda weird thing that happened to me yesterday while I was drawing this comic… I turned on a podcast of one of his standup routines, and it basically starts with him talking about death and cancer. Pretty intense when taken in today’s context. And yet still funny. And that’s why I say here’s to Norm. R.I.P.

Stall Tales

My 1001th Dustinland comic is about my child frustrating me around bedtime, and features Stephen Hawking’s ghost. Not too much to add to this one — the kids are just amazing at stalling when it comes to staying up an extra minute, or hour. Sleep is just the enemy to them, which is funny, because when you grow up, it’s the best thing ever.

Dustinland 1,000

Yup, this is indeed the 1,000th Dustinland comic. Actually, there’s been more if you count the ones I did in college, but I started numbering them when I first launched the site in 2000.


When this week’s strip ends with a big I DID IT, it’s not just referring to all the comics I made. It means I’ve defeated self-doubt. And that’s something we all deal with, I think. Artists and other creative types especially, but all of us really, especially in this digital world where everyone is on display, and we’re all able to rank and compare ourselves to everyone else at all times. 

When you reach some sort of milestone, you can’t help but step back and look at your life and wonder if you’re a success. And that’s the problem — success isn’t a thing that’s clearly defined. I’ve seen some of the most accomplished people I know still be driven by doubt. You even see it with celebrities who’ve succeeded at the highest levels, still trying to prove something to the world, to themselves. 

Since there is no end goal to success, what it really comes down to is not what you’ve done, but whether you’ve enjoyed doing it. And after over 20 years and 1,000 comics, I can say with 100% certainty that I’ve enjoyed writing and drawing Dustinland, and I can’t thank you all enough for reading along. 

Wrong Island

This week’s new Dustinland comic was inspired by my recent trip to Long Island. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not ALL like that — aka full of Trump trucks driving around with giant flags as if it’s still the summer of 2020. But there is quite a bit of that and it’s pretty depressing. And not only because I disagree with their politics. I think the real depressing part is that so many people are that angry all the time, that they need to literally drive the streets with flags designed to anger and intimidate their fellow citizens.

But yeah, we’re screwed. I actually drew a different final frame originally but edited it out. The original frame had a flag attached to my car, that said 1. You’re wrong 2. I don’t care 3. We’re all screwed, just deal with it quietly like an adult. Which is pretty much how I feel, although that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to make the world a better place. It just means odds are we’re doomed and for your own mental health, accept that. We’ll all be a lot happier, and maybe even pleasantly surprised.

Resignation

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about what it’s like to start a new gig during a pandemic.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love working from home. But I love the freedom to WFH when I want or need to. What is wearing on me is the need to WFH all the time. It just starts to get depressing being in the same room all day, every day, and then even when you’re in this sort of life-changing situation, you’re still there, and the feeling of newness that usually comes with a new job is muted.

Have you experienced this? That would mean you’re part of The Great Resignation — the huge amount of people getting new jobs during 2021. Hence the title. See what I did there?

A Soft Bulletin

This week’s new Dustinland comic is super sexy. Now, you can stop there ad see for yourself or you can read the next paragraph.

And learn that it’s about slow-closing drawers. Me and the mrs. recently turned a tiny unused room into a sort of walk-in closet, and we got all this stuff from Ikea, and man… those slow-close drawers and doors are just a constant source of pleasure. Every time. It never gets old.

Unlike me.

Check Up

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how I just had my yearly physical… for the first time in four years. But it’s not really about that, it’s not really about my health. It’s about my mental health and a surprising question the doctor asked me.

Tough times out there guys. Tough times. I’m not as bad as I seem though. I have to exaggerate things for the comics. Although ironically, I really shouldn’t exaggerate the depression ones. No one seems to like them. Parenthood follies though — WHEW! Kids do say the darnedest things, don’t they. I’ll go back to that next week, perhaps. But for now, let’s wallow, shall we?

Water You Doing?

This week’s new Dustinland comic is basically a video of my living room, just in comic form.

Man, it sure is hard to get kids to do stuff on their own, isn’t it? I guess I’m just not one of them strict parents. Boy, you’d think sarcasm would accomplish more.

Pants Party

This new Dustinland comic is about pants and my lifetime journey from just plain pants, to wide-legged jeans that drag on the ground and get really gross in the rain, to tight hipster pants that work perfectly with my insanely skinny bone-filled body, to today… where I stand at the precipice of the return of baggy pants, coming full circle with my junior high school days.

I’m Done, Period.

Today’s new Dustinland comic is about texting, punctuation and a world gone mad. It’s sort of a young Gen Y, older Gen Z thing. If you don’t know, <a href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p>Today's new Dustinland comic is about texting, punctuation and a world gone mad. It's sort of a young Gen Y, older Gen Z thing. If you don't know, here's more info. </p> here’s more info.

But yeah, apparently you can offend people these days simply by typing a period. On one hand, that’s pretty irritating. On the other hand, it’s extremely stupid. But on the third hand, if you think about it like language and culture, you could go to another country and flash someone a thumbs up or a peace sign, and they could think you’re flipping them off. So really, who’s to say what means anything? Periods, question marks, NFTs, nothing is real, nothing matters, weed is legal, the world is on fire, have a nice day.