This week’s Dustinland comic turned out way more depressing than I intended it but oh well! Definitely don’t have time to take another shot at it. In fact, I’ve been so busy, I had to draw all the characters as shapeless blob things to save time. THE SECRETS OF A WEB CARTOONIST—EXPOSED!
The strip was inspired by two things. 1 – an article in Esquire that I read a while back. It hit on some of the same topics. Not the fatherhood part but the part about grown men just not really having friends in the same way that women do, and the way society seems to accept that and even possibly encourage it. 2 – a conversation I had with another dad in the office the other day. Turns out we have very similar experiences during the weekends when we’re off with our families, doing mom-organized excursions. It’s just so weird. All the dads get along really well, we just never hang out outside of these outings. Maybe we’re just too busy. Maybe it’s weird, like I say in the comic—against man code. Who knows. I just know we all like to drink beer, so at least that part of the cliché is real.