Monthly Archives: June 2016

What Kids Want

This week’s Dustinland comic was originally going to be about the last two panels — just about how annoying kids can be about sharing and wanting and fighting and grabbing and crying. Man, two of them together, it’s just impossible. It’s like they are trying to be as irrational and impossible as they can. Add more kids, it only gets exponentially worse.

But you know, I started thinking about it and decided to expand from that single subject to the broader frustrations around kids and wanting. They’re always wanting something, except of course when you want them to want something. Then they don’t want it. That’s the game. You can’t even do reverse psychology — too dangerous. They might believe you and it would wind up reinforcing what you don’t want them to do.

Oh well, at least mine seems to get sarcasm, which is surprisingly effective at times.

Almost Virtual

Don’t get this week’s new Dustinland comic wrong — I think virtual reality is super cool and I really do want it to work and be awesome. But I tried it twice and both times I felt disoriented for about half an hour afterwards. And that was just after 15-30 minutes of use.

Maybe it treats different people differently, just like sea sickness. Or maybe it’s just something your brain has to get used to. Let’s hope that’s the case. I just worry that essentially fooling your brain may have major negative long term effects. But I guess we’ll find out soon! #progress

Father’s Day 2016

This is a little early for Father’s Day but I draw my comics on Sunday nights, so the only way to get this done in time would be to spend Saturday night or Father’s Day evening at the computer, and I’d rather not. So here’s a new Dustinland comic a little early for all the dads out there. And in fact, even more than that — it’s just a nice thought for parents in general, even people who aren’t parents. It’s just nice to think there are millions of these little people running around, innocent little kids, who don’t know the horrors of the world. Who wake up every day excited to experience something new and fun. That’s how it should be for every child. And maybe even every parent. Maybe we should learn from them and do our best to not be jaded, to stop and realize what a wonderful world this is, and to start every day fresh and full of possibilities.

Happy Father’s Day. Enjoy every moment.

Truly Trump

This week’s Trump-inspired Dustinland comic is pretty straightforward. But where it came from is actually more interesting. I’ve thought about the culture war thing behind both the intense and illogical hatred of Obama and the rise of Trump for a while. So clearly that was a big part of this strip. The fact that people support Trump not really because of policy but because they want to “win.” There’s an us vs. them mentality in this country, and it’s been particularly stoked on the right by FOX News and rightwing radio for financial gain. So supporting Trump’s “initiatives” is really just code for “he’s one of us.” I don’t think this is really that much of a new thought, although I feel good about repeating it. But one unexpected thing that inspired this strip came to me through a little research into the other side.

You can read all the opinion articles and punditry pieces you want. Even when they’re incredibly thoughtful and well-informed, you can still learn just as much by reading forums and comment sections. I came across a post by a conservative talk show host asking his followers why they liked Trump despite the many instances where he has clearly not stood up for traditional conservative values and issues. There were some comments where people straight up said”I know it’s not rational, I know he probably doesn’t know what he’s doing politically, but I’m so angry and he is the voice of my anger.” I always assumed it was something subconscious. To hear people admitting they will vote for a crappy, inexperienced candidate simply because he says the right things and makes them feel good, that was really something amazing to see. It’s basically someone accepting that propaganda is working on them, and embracing it, sort of like loving Big Brother at the end of 1984.

Really fun times, guys. I can’t wait to see how crazy conservatives get if they lose the election. Will they be able to handle it, or will they go off the deep end and wreck some serious havoc? Will they look inward and try to make some real changes to their party and approach? Will they double down and dig the hole deeper? I’m sure whatever happens, it will be unpleasant for everyone.