Staying With The Times

My latest Dustinland comic is about social media. And hey, that’s how I promoted it. But it’s really more of a commentary about people and trends. That’s what’s ultimate underlying the strip. How we’re always chasing what’s hot and never catching up, even when the hottest thing is something we already did many years ago.

Technology or not, some things never change.

The Color Of Pain

I had so much fun with last week’s Dustinland comic, based on the annoying baseball anthem/classic folksong “Cotton Eyed Joe,” that I decided to follow up with a new and very serious strip in the same vein. I won’t ruin the joke with a spoiler alert, so go check it out now before reading the rest of this post.

Go. I’ll give you some room so you don’t accidentally read what it’s about.

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So yeah, I wonder if Eiffel 65 had such bummer thoughts in mind when they wrote the classic hit, “I’m blue.” Because if you look at the lyrics, they are pretty depressing. Maybe not as bad as I took it, but hey, good times.

Despair

I was gone for a couple of weeks on a work trip, so I figured I’d come back with a very serious Dustinland comic for these very serious times.

And it does bring up a lot of good questions. Where DID he come from? And where DID he go? It’s a mystery we’ve been trying to solve for ages. And the answer… well, that’s something we may never know.

Land Lord

Not a lot to say about this week’s Dustinland comic. I just think the word land lord is funny. There really are no more lords. There’s no office lord. There’s no zoo lord. I really think landlord is the only lord left.

Bernie vs Hillary

Sort of a boring topic covered in this week’s Dustinland comic. I mean, of course it’s not boring boring. It’s very important and fascinating in many ways. But it’s boring in the sense of, well, it’s almost impossible to say anything original about the U.S. presidential election, considering other people are pretty much paid to do nothing but say things about it 24-7. But this is my take on the Democratic primaries (GOP trolls please wait for another comic to comment about Trump, email scandals, socialism and other predictable topics).

Not much to add here beyond what’s in the comic. But yes, my big fear is that Hillary and Bernie are splitting the party. I really see a lot of anger and distrust from both sides, especially young Bernie fans. And my one concern, the one reason I really wrote this comic, was to say that even if you don’t look forward to a Hillary presidency, it’s still going to be WAY better than a Trump or Cruz presidency. Way, way , way better. To the degree of maybe not dooming the entire human race better.

Now, just remember, back in the Gore vs Bush days, there were a lot of Nader fans saying “Hey, Gore, Bush, same thing, right?” Well, I think we all know the answer to that one. Because while Gore was a career politician with support from big donors — just like Hillary — he probably would not have gone down in history as one of the worst U.S. presidents ever, like Bush will. And Trump/Cruz make Bush look reasonable.

So kids, love Bernie. Vote for him. Root for him. I will too! But, if it comes down to Hillary vs. Trump in the end, remember, it’s NOT the same either way. It’s a really, really big difference.

The Power Of The Asshole

Would you consider this week’s Dustinland comic to be NSFW? I think it’s debatable. I mean, asshole is a curse, but it’s certainly not a four-letter word. It’s one of those borderline curses. Like, I wouldn’t want my kid using it but if he was 14 and it slipped out, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. I mean, we all say it. We all think it. It’s just the perfect word for that kind of person. And sadly that kind of person is everywhere. And I have been thinking about it a lot lately, because there are so many troubles in the world today being caused by so few people. It just seems like assholism will be an eternal problem that we may never be able to fully combat.

PJ Day

Explaining the concept of death to little kids is interesting. As I allude in this week’s Dustinland comic, kids don’t really seem to grasp it. Or at least they don’t get it when they haven’t been exposed to it. My son seems to have a trivial view on the matter. He gets what it means, but he clearly doesn’t understand that death is a pretty big deal. But I think that’s a good thing. I’m in no rush to have my little guy well aware of life’s many harsh realities. He’s still young and naive and the world is a fun and exciting place. He has plenty of time to get bummed out over death and taxes and all sorts of inevitable miseries. For now, it’s play time.