Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Winds of Change

You know when you wait and you wait for an album to come out, and then when it does it totally sucks and sounds nothing like any of the band or artist’s other albums? That’s what this week’s Dustinland is about. And hey, I know artists need to change and evolve. But sometimes you like a band for a reason, and it can be very frustrating to hear them change their sound — especially when, like many of today’s bands, they change their sound early on in their career with only one or two albums under their belt. Because it’s one thing if you’re making a big change after four albums. It’s another thing when you’re a relatively new band.

The thing that frustrates me is often the attitude expressed by some artists in interviews. There can be a sort of open hostility even to simple questions that reference previous work. Sometimes — not always — you read these quotes that reflect this holier than thou attitude, a sort of “fuck the fans” blow off where musicians express disdain for their fans for merely liking their sound and wanting to hear more of it. Logically speaking, it makes sense. You like a band because you like what their music sounds like. If that sound changes, you may not like the new sound and hence may be disappointed and unhappy with the band. Pretty basic logic, yet it seems that these days, once musicians get any sort of following they feel they can churn out anything and their fans will eat it up.

Hey, I’m not against all instances of change. Sometimes it works out for the better. But a lot of the time it’s just change for the sake of change.

Olympic Birdys

Here’s one, and here’s another.

I’m going to try to one every day but we’ll see if I have the free time.

P.S. The lujer guy is NOT the guy who died. That would be tacky, obviously. This is just some lujer dude in a cool pic.

It’s Time To Play: Who’s The Nerdiest?

This week’s Dustinland has a poll! How fun is that? I probably should have figured out how to do it so that the poll’s answers would show right on the site but I got really tired of sitting at the computer all day. It actually starts to physically hurt after a while. IF YOU’RE A NERD!!!! Oh snap. Really though, I think it’s great to be a nerd. It just means you are really obsessive over something and you have a lot of knowledge in one area. What’s wrong with that? I myself can be categorized in more than one of those categories, although the only one I will admit to is music. And maybe a little hobbit action, if you know what I mean.

As for the rest of them, man, I had to do a lot of research for this sucker. It’s all real! Some of the dialogue is almost word-for-word straight out of internet forums (it’s interesting – each nerdom has its own little language). I even looked up T-shirts, so there are some jokes in this strip that I don’t even get. Anyway, it will be fun to see what wins the poll, although it will be disappointing if only like 17 people vote in it. Also I really hope people don’t vote for webcomics just to be “funny.”

P.S. In case you don’t know, LARPing stands for Live Action Role Play (see the movie Darkon).

*Edit – So knitting is winning the poll for the nerdiest of the nerds. I am not the only one who found this a bit suspect, so I dug around a little and found that there was a decent amount of traffic driven to the Dustinland by a site called Ravelry, which is apparently a “knit and crochet community.” You have to be a member to look inside the forums, but oddly enough it appears someone is actually encouraging other  members to vote for knitting. I guess they are embracing their nerdiness, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Sign My Yearblech

This week’s Dustinland is all real. Everything is taken straight from my high school yearbook, which I dug out from the vaults of my parents’ apartment (I was there visiting this weekend in order to play with their new kitten [his name is Rex]). In case you want to know, I went to Stuyvesant High School, and in case you want to know what that means, well Stuyvesant is some big fancy NYC public school for nerds. You have to take a test to get in, kinda like a mini SAT. Once you’re there it pretty much sucks because it’s harder than most colleges, but you get to learn stuff and most importantly, you don’t get beaten up, robbed or stabbed, like many do in regular NYC public schools. Basically, it’s private school for smart kids without money. I guess that has nothing to do with this comic but I just had a few beers so I’m rambling.

Site Redesign

So I redesigned the site this weekend. I think it looks a bit sleeker and cooler, and I’m pretty positive it’s more functional. I’m also planning on setting up a “donate” feature for those of you who like my comics so much you just want to give me money even though you don’t have to. That should be coming soon, and I know you’re all really thrilled about that. The Dustinland archives haven’t been updated yet either, and if the redesign is well-received I’ll start that miserable tedious project soon as well. Now for the biggest change:

From now on Birdy will be updated three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Still three comics a week, just spread out.

Why redesign the site? Well, for one, I have been wanting to do so for a long time, way more than a year. For two, I have been looking at some more successful webcomic sites (yes, I know, more successful than Dustinland? How is that possible?) and taking notes as to what seem to work.

So, what do you think?

I Need Yo Love

This week’s Dustinland is based off some observations I’ve made recently. I touched on the subject of desperation back in 2004, but now I have a few new ideas on the subject. Must be that wisdom that comes with age. Yup, I sure am wise. But yeah, desperation is a killer. You can sense it instantly, like dogs and fear. The key is really to just be happy with yourself, just enjoying riding solo and being single, while simultaneously being able to playfully flirt. That’s easier said than done though, especially during a prolonged dry streak.