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.

2 responses to “Despair

  1. Bitter Scribe

    I have an even more basic question: What does it mean to be “cotton-eyed”? Does it means you have cotton in your eyes? Or your eyes are puffy like cotton balls? Or maybe your eyeballs got gouged out and you have cotton balls in your eye sockets because you’re too poor or cheap or whatever to get proper glass eyes? Also, can people be linen-eyed? Wool-eyed? How about polyester-eyed, or would that be somehow…phony?

    Yes, I do have a lot of time on my hands. Why do you ask?

    • Polyester-Eyed Joe probably wouldn’t have been such a hit.

      While your post is very entertaining, you actually made me think about it, so I Googled it. Wikipedia says:
      “A list of the possible meanings of the term “cotton-eyed” that have been proposed includes: to be drunk on moonshine, or to have been blinded by drinking wood alcohol, turning the eyes milky white; a black person with very light blue eyes; someone whose eyes were milky white from bacterial infections of Trachoma or syphilis, cataracts or glaucoma; and possibly pterygium, a reddish-white corneal overgrowth associated with chronic sun exposure.”

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