Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tis The Season

Yup. Present time. Yay. Okay, okay, I won’t be a Scrooge. Buying presents can actually be kinda fun — when you actually have good ideas of what to get someone. I feel like you always get good present ideas for people in April, but then when the holidays come around you completely blank.

P.S. I’m not really kidding in that last panel.

It Ain’t Over Til You’re Over (Each Other)

Yeah. Breaking up. Like I say in this week’s Dustinland, it sucks. We’ve all done it. Unless of course you’ve never dated anyone or you married the first person you dated: two situations which also deserve their own comics. But I guess this isn’t really about breaking up, a subject I’ve covered before. It’s about that period before you break up, or toward the end where it’s inevitable and everyone but you is just like, man, get it over with already. It’s just the worst for everyone involved when it drags on and on. So much time is wasted. But at the time it feels like the right thing to do because you’re honestly trying to save something that was at one time really great. Bummer.

The Theory of Hipster Relativity

This week’s comic was inspired by the realization that I have been called a hipster, yet I call other people hipsters. And yet everyone was right. When I went to a dive bar in Williamsburg in 2005 and watched my friend get into a fight with a wimpy little shit with an obnoxious haircut, black rimmed glasses and a skinny tie, I was right in calling him a stupid hipster. And when a guy in my office who could be an extra on The Jersey Shore looked at me and saw a tall, skinny long-haired music nerd and called me a hipster, he was right. And I’m sure when he goes home and hangs out with his friends, they call him a hipster for being a graphic designer and knowing more about fonts than most people do about anything. It’s all relative.

*Update: This strip made the front page of Reddit today. Thanks for all the love all you Redditors!

TRAINing Day: A True Story

Yup. This week’s comic is based on a true story. I mean I wasn’t there or anything but my friend was and I believe him. He’s not the kind of guy to make that kind of thing up. I personally never went through anything like that on the subway, although I was robbed at knife point for about $10 in high school. It was these two thug kids with a big knife versus me and another nerdy white kid (actually, it was this kid). Too bad Russ wasn’t around to step in and save me.

Photopicus Shopizam!

That’s the magic spell I used to create this image for NextMovie that shows how the Harry Potter kids have aged through their seven movies. By the way, I am completely clueless about Harry Potter. I saw part of the first movie and that’s about it. I do know that they once sold this vibrating broomstick toy that got a lot of attention because it was kind of like a vibrator. Good times.

Nocklace

Actually it’s a bracelet, made by a pretty awesome Birdy fan.

I have a big (blue) head

Check out some PhotoShop work I did for this NextMovie feature where I took some celebrities and “Megaminded” them.

How Elections Work in America

I’m not sure whether this week’s comic was about the short sightedness and ignorance of the American people, or the weakness of our corrupted two-party system. Maybe it’s both.

In other news, I went down to the Daily Show/Colbert Report Rally to Restore Sanity/Rally to Keep Fear Alive this past weekend. It was great! It was so nice to be around so many nice, calm people who shared the same beliefs. More than 200,000 of them, to be exact. Of course the event was billed as non-partisan, and the guys on stage did a pretty good job of pulling that off, but the crowd on the other hand was 100% liberal, at least from what I saw. I brought two two-sided signs. Here’s a look at one side of them:

The other sides of the signs said:

I’m reasonable as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore unless you convince me otherwise with a rational argument.

America: Love it or leave it, or stay because it’s your constitutional right to do so.

So the signs were a big hit and a ton of people stopped us to take pics of them (along with my bad haircut). But one person did NOT like them. He was a middle-aged dude with his wife and teenage sons, and they were definitely not in town for the rally. After it was over, he saw us leaving the grounds and said loudly: “Hey, there are those people who said they’d leave the country if Bush won! But look, they’re still here!” We tried to ignore him, but then he came up to me since I was holding the tax sign.

GUY: Let me ask you a question! Did you pay taxes last year?!

ME: Yes.

GUY: Oh really?

ME: Yes.

GUY: How much did you pay?

ME: A lot.

GUY: Oh. Sure. Well then, are there things you think our taxes shouldn’t pay for?!

ME: Yes. For instance, we have a bigger military budget than the rest of the world combined.

GUY: What about the department of education?!

I’ll spare you the rest of the conversation, but basically, from here on I proceeded to have an increasingly calm talk with this guy. I began by asking him if he was a Libertarian, and then asked him if he really believed schools shouldn’t be publicly funded, and it turned out he was more or less an advocate for states rights blah blah blah. Most importantly, the conversation ended with us both smiling and shaking hands. We even agreed on a few things, like the negative influence of lobbyists and the problems with some of our recent military efforts. There was no yelling. No screaming. No hate. It is possible — at least on a small scale.