No News Is Good News

Man, like I say in this week’s new Dustinland comic, you really come to understand just how many awful things happen in the world when you accidentally stick your kid in front of the nightly news. Even NPR, to be honest. I never watch the news myself, mostly because it’s awful — although local news is very unintentionally funny. I read the news. And I listen to NPR. But there have been many times on the ride to drop kiddo off at daycare in the morning when I’ve had to quickly switch stations. Not all the time, but sometimes.

But yeah. News. Oh and sorry if you are a religious person who is offended by that last panel. Taking the lord’s name in vain and what not. We’re probably not going to come to terms on this one but hey, at least I said sorry. That goes over well in church, right?

The Choice Is Yours

Not must more I could say about this week’s Dustinland comic. Well, not really a comic. An infographic? Not that either. Lots of words presented in a sort of appealing manner, I guess. If I wasn’t a dad with a demanding job I would have thought up a really cool way to actually portray all this information in comic form, but that would have required me to literally not sleep for several days, which is an unpleasant option. Not as unpleasant as our likely future, but still not fun.

Overall I do think we are fucked no matter who gets elected, but at least we should try. Trump and the entire GOP is the opposite of trying. Voting Republican at this point is really just saying “Hey we’re on a speeding train heading off a cliff and I want it to go faster.” Voting for the Democrats may not stop the train but at least there’s a possibility it could. At least we could maybe slow down the misery. At best we can keep pushing for the truly dramatic solution we really need to save this planet and the future of human civilization. Not for 1,000 years from now, but within our lifetimes. That’s the risk. And Donald and the rest of the GOP don’t want to believe it.

Hey, look at that, I did say more about this week’s comic.

Gold

I had something else planned for this week’s new Dustinland comic, but then my kiddo made the comment featured in the strip and I had to switch things up last minute. It’s amazing the things they put together. Just unique ways of thinking. Ironically, while my son gives me way more ideas for comics, he also sucks away all the time it takes to draw them. So that’s a bummer. But it’s pretty fulfilling being a parent, probably more fulfilling than drawing comics, so I think shorter strips are a worthy sacrifice, all things considered.

Oh but yeah, this election is a nightmare and the Olympics are way more fun. Nice to see Trump having a rough week or so and I hope that continues but still, this is just a really unpleasant time. Of course with climate change upon us, we’ll probably have plenty of unpleasant moments ahead of us, but hey, maybe elections will actually get better as mankind bands together to fight a common enemy, just like in Watchmen.

Advantage

I’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks — coincidentally during both the RNC and DNC. That was pretty good timing, because I got to avoid a lot of the stress and anxiety brought on by these events (I avoided the RNC hatefest completely, but I did watch some of the DNC). But still, this scary election has been on my mind and I’ve really been pondering how to cover it through my comics. And this new Dustinland strip is my latest attempt.

EVERYONE is talking about this election, and that makes it hard to say something original about it. But through a lot of writing, I eventually came to this metaphor. Maybe it’s been said before, but I haven’t seen it if it has. And I do think it’s an honest metaphor. Of course all politicians can been seen as taking advantage of people’s emotions to further their own careers. But the Donald takes it to a new level. Just look at what the ghostwriter of his book said about him. This is a guy so out for himself, the only way he’s ever going to do something that benefits anyone else is if it’s by accident. And I know Hillary isn’t perfect. Frankly she worries me in many ways. But there’s really no comparison. I may disagree with her on some issues. I may not be a huge fan of her abilities as an orator. But it’s actually silly to even be debating who would make a better president, her or Trump. Because while there may be doubts as to who she really is, you know who he is. He’s that sketchy guy out to take advantage of you when you’re at your weakest. And if we let him, this country just might wind up permanently fucked.

Effing Cats

You know, I love cats, but man, these wild ones are annoying. As I say in this week’s new Dustinland comic, the kittens are cute, but the adults just hump ALL THE TIME. And they are noisy and crazy and scary with their weird sex sounds, especially in the middle of the night. Definitely not as fun as the cats you see on the Internet in memes. Hey, maybe this can be a new meme. Humping scary feral cat. Oh, maybe Humpy Cat? Probably exists already. Everything does.

The Skinny

In this week’s new Dustinland comic, I pretty much say all I have to say on the matter of being skinny. I mean, of course if I had to choose I’d rather be underweight than overweight. So I’m not actually complaining about that part of it. I’m complaining about the part where people think that it’s okay to openly mock someone for being skinny, even though you would never comment on another person’s weight, height, complexion etc… Actually, I bet tall people get it as much as skinny people do. You’re so tall! How do you drive a car? Where do you find pants? Sort of the same thing. Tall people, if I ever did that to you, my bad.

What Kids Want

This week’s Dustinland comic was originally going to be about the last two panels — just about how annoying kids can be about sharing and wanting and fighting and grabbing and crying. Man, two of them together, it’s just impossible. It’s like they are trying to be as irrational and impossible as they can. Add more kids, it only gets exponentially worse.

But you know, I started thinking about it and decided to expand from that single subject to the broader frustrations around kids and wanting. They’re always wanting something, except of course when you want them to want something. Then they don’t want it. That’s the game. You can’t even do reverse psychology — too dangerous. They might believe you and it would wind up reinforcing what you don’t want them to do.

Oh well, at least mine seems to get sarcasm, which is surprisingly effective at times.