Monthly Archives: August 2016

Pong Masters

In this week’s Dustinland comic I pretty much spell out my full opinion on the beer pong video game. this might be really old news that all the late night talk shows covered when they came out a year or two ago, but it’s new to me so hey, here’s a comic.

When I was in college and first started drawing Dustinland, I was pretty critical of Greek life. I bring this up because while beer pong is not exclusively a frat activity, it’s certainly close. Either way, I was known for being a sort of anti-frat/sorority voice on campus, which I guess was more or less true. Not that I wasn’t critical of many other things but I did enjoy using Greek life as a target, mostly for obvious reasons. But as I got older, I sort of slowed down on this sort of humor. I know some dudes who are ex frat boys and they’re pretty nice guys. Hey, I even dated a sorority girl once, although we dated before she pledged so that only half counts. I guess what I’m saying is that as you get older, you realize the world is just not so black and white. And like David Foster Wallace says, you start to give people the benefit of the doubt more. Or you just watch a lot of FOX News and get super angry. But yes, I chose the calmer path. So sorry frat friends and beer pongers if I offended you. I can see how this game could be fun, I guess. I just sort of hate it personally. But hey, to each his own. Except in my comics.

No News Is Good News

Man, like I say in this week’s new Dustinland comic, you really come to understand just how many awful things happen in the world when you accidentally stick your kid in front of the nightly news. Even NPR, to be honest. I never watch the news myself, mostly because it’s awful — although local news is very unintentionally funny. I read the news. And I listen to NPR. But there have been many times on the ride to drop kiddo off at daycare in the morning when I’ve had to quickly switch stations. Not all the time, but sometimes.

But yeah. News. Oh and sorry if you are a religious person who is offended by that last panel. Taking the lord’s name in vain and what not. We’re probably not going to come to terms on this one but hey, at least I said sorry. That goes over well in church, right?

The Choice Is Yours

Not must more I could say about this week’s Dustinland comic. Well, not really a comic. An infographic? Not that either. Lots of words presented in a sort of appealing manner, I guess. If I wasn’t a dad with a demanding job I would have thought up a really cool way to actually portray all this information in comic form, but that would have required me to literally not sleep for several days, which is an unpleasant option. Not as unpleasant as our likely future, but still not fun.

Overall I do think we are fucked no matter who gets elected, but at least we should try. Trump and the entire GOP is the opposite of trying. Voting Republican at this point is really just saying “Hey we’re on a speeding train heading off a cliff and I want it to go faster.” Voting for the Democrats may not stop the train but at least there’s a possibility it could. At least we could maybe slow down the misery. At best we can keep pushing for the truly dramatic solution we really need to save this planet and the future of human civilization. Not for 1,000 years from now, but within our lifetimes. That’s the risk. And Donald and the rest of the GOP don’t want to believe it.

Hey, look at that, I did say more about this week’s comic.

Gold

I had something else planned for this week’s new Dustinland comic, but then my kiddo made the comment featured in the strip and I had to switch things up last minute. It’s amazing the things they put together. Just unique ways of thinking. Ironically, while my son gives me way more ideas for comics, he also sucks away all the time it takes to draw them. So that’s a bummer. But it’s pretty fulfilling being a parent, probably more fulfilling than drawing comics, so I think shorter strips are a worthy sacrifice, all things considered.

Oh but yeah, this election is a nightmare and the Olympics are way more fun. Nice to see Trump having a rough week or so and I hope that continues but still, this is just a really unpleasant time. Of course with climate change upon us, we’ll probably have plenty of unpleasant moments ahead of us, but hey, maybe elections will actually get better as mankind bands together to fight a common enemy, just like in Watchmen.

Advantage

I’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks — coincidentally during both the RNC and DNC. That was pretty good timing, because I got to avoid a lot of the stress and anxiety brought on by these events (I avoided the RNC hatefest completely, but I did watch some of the DNC). But still, this scary election has been on my mind and I’ve really been pondering how to cover it through my comics. And this new Dustinland strip is my latest attempt.

EVERYONE is talking about this election, and that makes it hard to say something original about it. But through a lot of writing, I eventually came to this metaphor. Maybe it’s been said before, but I haven’t seen it if it has. And I do think it’s an honest metaphor. Of course all politicians can been seen as taking advantage of people’s emotions to further their own careers. But the Donald takes it to a new level. Just look at what the ghostwriter of his book said about him. This is a guy so out for himself, the only way he’s ever going to do something that benefits anyone else is if it’s by accident. And I know Hillary isn’t perfect. Frankly she worries me in many ways. But there’s really no comparison. I may disagree with her on some issues. I may not be a huge fan of her abilities as an orator. But it’s actually silly to even be debating who would make a better president, her or Trump. Because while there may be doubts as to who she really is, you know who he is. He’s that sketchy guy out to take advantage of you when you’re at your weakest. And if we let him, this country just might wind up permanently fucked.