I’m Positive

Not the most uplifting Dustinland comic this week, but I really do feel like the country is doomed. I guess the Democrats did pick up a few seats in some recent elections, so maybe those are a few spots of brightness, but it’s hard to feel positive. I am a bit of a pessimist of course, so there’s that, but still, things are bad. For example, as I say in the comic, Trump is getting flack from his base for having the gall to make a deal with the other party. That’s where we’re at right now. The right has made an uninformed monster out of its base, and there’s no steering them back to sanity. Decades of Fox News started it, and Trump seems to have finished it. I mean, sure, the left has uninformed echo chambers too, but what we’re seeing on the right is something special.

Bad times ahead, that’s what I’m seeing. I hope to be proved wrong. I really do. In fact, I’d love it.

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Pumpkin Pumpkins

This week’s comic is about how there are 50 days until Halloween, and yet every supermarket is already full of PUMPKIN EVERYTHING and OCTOBERFEST. The only thing they don’t seem to have out yet is apple cider, and that’s the one thing I actually want right now. And apple cider donuts. Hot ones.

I mean, some pumpkin stuff is delicious. Shipyard nailed pumpkin beer. Pumpkin pie — delicious. But 1. it’s too early. And 2. the sheer amount of pumpkin flavored items is overkill at this point.

Anyway, I actually had more ideas for this comic but not enough time to draw them all:

  • Self driving pumpkin — not there yet but in 2019 they’ll be released.
  • Hurricane pumpkin (too soon) — leaves pumpkin scented devastation in its wake.
  • Napumpkinalene — detox from opioids through the magic of pumpkins. Chemically it does nothing for you, but what goes better with cold turkey than pumpkin?
  • Pumpkin wall — illegal immigrants can stay in this country if they help build a wall made of pumpkins to keep everyone else out.
  • Octoberfist (this one is R-rated) — a girl in a German waitress costume fists you while you bite down on a pumpkin

Time For Vacation

I know this week’s new Dustinland comic can come off sort of first world problems / mo money, mo problems, but that’s how I feel. It’s like at every moment my job is to appease one person or several people, possibly with competing demands, and there is no end and no way to make everyone happy. And forget about what I want. Although you can say ostensibly that in doing what I want in the bigger scheme of things, I subject myself to this lifestyle where I am subservient to the wants of others. Which is probably correct. But still, even if you have it good, relatively speaking, you can still feel stressed out — and do.

It’s time for vacation.

The Meeting

This week’s Dustinland comic is one of my favorites out of everything I’ve done over the last year or so. I finally had some time to sit down and really work on a strip because my kid was over at his buddy’s house all day on a Saturday afternoon. And that let me really go to town on this one. I like when I can really push it far and take the joke not just to the next level, but to increasing levels of unpredictable absurdity. Just when you think you’ve got the joke, it twists on you, many times in a row.

Maybe I like it more than everyone else will. Who knows. But it was fun to draw, and that’s all that matters.

Single Malt Problems

This week’s Dustinland comic is a fast and cute first world problems sort of deal about something that happened to me late night in the office the other day. No big deal. Just a cute little one. I did draw it in colored pencil though, so that’s different. I’ve been doodling with my kid so I figured why not try his art supplies on my comic just to switch things up. Plus I was too lazy to go downstairs to get my felt-tip pen.

Be Cool

Man, as the world collapses around me, it sure is nice being a parent. Yes, I do worry about his future (and mine), but it is a pleasure being around someone who has no idea about all the awful stuff going on around us.

That’s not at all what this new Dustinland comic is about. It’s just about my kid’s idea of cool. It’s funny. I think.

Good times.

Oh, Say Can You See?

This week’s Dustinland comic is obviously timed for the 4th of July. And it’s all questions. Because that’s how I feel about America right now. I just don’t know anymore. It’s all contradictions. I have a great life. I’m lucky and grateful. But I’m also incredibly pessimistic about the future, and I see so many signs of our democracy crumbling, and of the world at danger. I don’t know what the future will be. I don’t know what this country is about anymore. I don’t know if I believe in America’s capability to self-govern and function as a country run for and by the people.

I do know we’ve accomplished so much as a nation. I do know I owe so much to this country and I’m so lucky to have been born here. But I don’t know our children will be saying the same thing 20 years from now. And that’s a scary thought.

It’s up to the people to make sure this country remains a great place to live. And these days, that’s what scares me.