Exposed

I gotta say, when Louis CK was implicated as a moltesty perv, it was really depressing. Can we have no heroes? I mean, Freud said we’re all screwed up over sex, but can’t these dudes be silently or privately screwed up like everyone else and not take it out on innocent people (I was going to say women but there’s Kevin Spacey)? Well anyway, that’s the subject of this week’s Dustinland comic. And like I say in the comic, it’s crazy, but right now every guy in America is walking around, wondering if they ever did something they shouldn’t have. And that’s a good thing, because I can only assume it will lead to less creepy activities in the future.

In lighter news, I was playing a game with my friends where we tried to figure out who would be the person least likely to be outed as a molester. My buddy said Tom Hanks and I don’t think I could beat that. Another friend said Dave Grohl, which is pretty good too, although as a rock star, I think he comes in second after Hanks. How about Viggo Mortensen? He seems like a nice guy. Have you ever seen him in a nordic sweater? Innocent, I say. Oh… wait… I got it: Stevie Wonder.

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To Be Young

Okay, so kids aren’t always as happy as I make them out to be in this week’s new Dustinland comic. BUT, I do think that in general, they are way happier than adults. They live in a naive world of joy where nothing bad has ever happened, aside from maybe someone they know got hurt or something like that. But certainly for kids, there is no war, terrorism, mass shootings, bombings, opioids, depression… etc… (first world kids, that is). And I think that’s one of the best parts of being a parent. Being around these perfect little balls of happiness is just so refreshing and invigorating. Of course I’m sad I will one day have to pass along this awful orb of misery we call human civilization, and I’ll have to teach him about how shitty people can be, but for now, it’s alllllll good.

Rotten To The Core

As much as I seem to hate apple picking in this week’s new Dustinland comic, I actually kind of enjoy it for some reason. Just seems like something you have to do each year. But it’s better when it’s not too crowded and when it’s cool out, not 75. But hey, climate change! Fun times.

Really though, I went to an orchard this year that was so crowded, people were waiting 30 minutes just for coffee and donuts. I mean, with a five-year-old in tow, that’s just not gonna happen. I bet the farm I visited got written up on Time Out or something. Man, nothing ruins a cool spot like a Time Out link.

Sick Day

Everyone seems to have the same cold right now, at least in New York. I got it after a few people in my office had it last week, then passed it on to my family this weekend. Today I had to stay home with my kiddo, since he wasn’t feeling well. And as you can see in my new Dustinland comic, this is how it turned out.

I guess it was all for the better. He did sound horrible in the morning. But man, by lunch time, dude was basically doing backflips. Man, last week I was sick and it was way less fun. Kids always win.

If I Were Single

To be honest, this new Dustinland comic is just a scheme to go into my YOLO joke. I could have just talked about how You Only Live Once is basically We’re All Gonna Die, but it’s funnier / easier to read in a story, so there you have it. Comics, behind the scenes. Fascinating and unpredictable as always!

Really though, this comic does have a bit of that sitcom zinger feel to it, but again, I do like the basic insight. YOLO is sort of morbid if you think about it. Acknowledging death — in a positive, accepting manner, albeit, but still.

Also, can you say YOLO if you believe in reincarnation? Or would that be TAMLSYBBAITOOYWUAWITNO (There Are Many Lives So You Better Be Awesome In This One Or You’ll Wind Up A Worm In The Next One)!

But seriously folks.

Stay Young

I’ll admit it, a lot of my comics are depressing. I am definitely a pessimist. Or perhaps a realist at best. But as I allude to in this week’s new Dustinland comic, that’s what’s nice about being a parent. Kids are so naive and wonderful, they do seem to really love life. And that’s something to learn from. True, you can never go back to the garden again, but you can at least try to learn something from the way they experience life. In the face of such endless misery — like the awful events in the news today, this week, this month, this past year — what else can you do but try to do your best, to make the world better, and to find some joy in the world, wherever you can.

Comic On 2017

This week’s new Dustinland comic is obviously a parody. I guess the premise is, what if some shady character cooked up a fake comic convention that used a bunch of bootleg hero rips offs to swindle people out of their money. But really it’s just an excuse to do a comic book version of Tim and Eric’s “Sports.”

I had a lot more of these but only so much time for drawing. I think my favorites are Fingerblast, No-Eye Joe and Silly String.