Monthly Archives: April 2008

Dustinland — How To Look At Boobs Safely

The interesting thing about week’s Dustinland is that I had to do quite a bit of research on the topic before writing the strip. No — not that kind of research. I mean that since I’m such a perfect, loving husband, I had no idea what men do when they want to look at passing hotties. In fact the whole idea of the strip originated with a buddy of mine. It was all his idea. Not mine. Are you reading this, honey? Sweetie? Muffinface?

Dustinland — Ladies’ Nizzight

This week’s Dustinland is pretty self explanatory. And yes, it really is based on a true story. A friend of mine wrote an article for a URB Magazine a while back and his research led to that amusing anecdote. Golly gee, it sure was funny! By the way, there are some pretty funny ads popping up along with this comic – at least the ones that I’m getting are anyway.

As for Birdy, this week he celebrates Earth Week by recycling. Get it?

Dustinland — I Faint When I Go To The Doctor

This week’s Dustinland is a sad truth. Look, I don’t know why it happens, but if I have blood drawn or apparently if I get something burned off me with a hot piece of metal, I tend to pass out. I’m okay when I get shots, but I guess sometimes about the whole cutting, burning, bleeding thing gives me anxiety. The weird thing is that sometimes it doesn’t bother me at all when it’s happening, but then I feel suddenly weak afterwards. I think I got really light-headed this one time when they couldn’t find the vein so they had to keep stabbing for it over and over again, and ever since then I must have some kind of subconscious thing that feeds on itself and gets worse each time. Oh well. Could be worse right? Only bad thing is that my friends like to make fun of me over it, attributing it to a lack of manliness. At least it makes for good comics.

As for Birdy this week, he’s in Photoshop land.

You also may have noticed some changes to the site. I’m trying to revamp things so there are some new buttons. Hopefully they make navigating Dustinland.com easier. It would take quite some time to update the entire site at once so I’ll be slowly going back and fixing up everything in the archives. Fun!

Dustinland hits No. 2 on Digg despite haters

Oh boy. This is going to take a while to address. First, the good news: Dustinland reached No. 2 on Digg.com today with just under 3,000 diggs as of right now (April 8, 7:10). So that means I got a ton of hits today, which is great. Oddly enough, the Dustinland that got all this attention is pretty old. It’s a strip from 2003 that addresses the anti-marijuana commercials airing on television at the time. I guess someone was looking though my archives and found that one and liked the message and posted it. Now, it’s about five years old and definitely not my best strip, but I’d like to think that the message is still a pretty good one. To sum it up, I was making the following points regarding the anti-pot ads in question:

1. They severely exaggerated the effects and ramifications of smoking marijuana

2. They unfairly equate the smoking of a relatively harmless substance with murder and rape

3. They seem hypocritical when aired back-to-back with beer commercials, considering that alcoholism has ruined and continues to ruin many more lives than weed ever will

4. They are also hypocritical in that I assume they are paid for by the government (with our tax dollars), yet our current and past presidents (Bush and Clinton) have both admitted or are known to have smoked marijuana

I think those points are made pretty clear in the comic, but since the internet is open to users of varying IQs, I just want to lay it all out there in the clearest way possible.

Now, I normally don’t address comments on message boards since you have to assume that whenever you create something and put it online, someone is going to say you’re wrong, you’re unfunny, you suck ass, you’re an idiot, you deserve physical pain and/or death, and pretty much anything you can imagine. Hell, I know I’ve ripped on plenty of bands online — just check out my “articles” on Cracked.com. However, in this case there were some comments on Digg that really got to me, and I feel the need to respond.

Comments like this really infuriate me: “They had 6 frames in that comic and they forgot to get to the Punchline WTF!”

Just because you’re reading a comic, doesn’t mean it has to be funny. There are comics about the Holocaust, Hiroshima, child abuse, rape and pretty much every serious subject matter you can imagine. Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman… read their work. It’s brilliant and yes, sometimes funny, but usually pretty serious. That’s because comics are a form of expression just like any other. Don’t assume that when you set your eyes upon one, its intention is to get you to laugh. If you want a punchline every time, go read Marmaduke.

Dustinland — Zoning Out / Birdy — 2 Girls, 1 Cup

This week’s Dustinland is all about zoning out. It happens to the best of us. I don’t mean day dreaming here. I mean when it’s unintentional. You’re not fantasizing about something to avoid boredom. Your mind just happens to drift away. This happens to me more often then I’d like, but what can you do? It’s just bad when it happens in front of people who think it’s a reflection on them — that they’re boring you. That is not true, or not always at least. Sometimes my mind just goes someplace else, so if I ever do it to you, just know that it wasn’t on purpose and that there’s only a 50% chance you were boring me.

In other news, this is 2 Girls, 1 Cup week for Birdy. If you don’t know what that is, you’re probably better off. Now whatever you do, DON’T SEARCH FOR IT. It is the most disgusting video you will ever see in your life. I literally could only watch the first four seconds. Even that was vile beyond belief. I would recommend watching other people’s reactions though. For instance, here is a clip of The Roots watching 2 Girls, 1 Cup.
Enjoy!