Category Archives: holidays

You Better Watch Out

This week’s Dustinland sort of took the theme of last week’s comic and combined it with the holidays. I’m not really sure I love how it turned out, but it was my first time actually drawing Trump, believe it or not, and I think that took time away from the writing. But man, that guy has no neck. Who knew? Everyone focuses on the hair and skin color and now chins, but I feel like he really is neckless. I mean, our long line of presidents is not a beauty pageant by any means, so I am not saying it has any effect on his leadership ability to not have a clear definition between head and shoulders in the form of a neck. I’m just saying I looked at a lot of photos to draw the guy and it’s basically just straight lines up from shoulders to head.

Merry Christmas!

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.

Parenthood New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year everyone! This final Dustinland comic of 2015 highlights what’s in store for all the parents of small children out there – and it’s not a late night of dining, dancing and drinking.

Enjoy and thanks for the support! See you all in 2016!

Day Of The Dad

This week’s Dustinland was created in advance of Father’s Day. I could have released it on the actual day, but hey, this is Father’s Day, and I’m a father, so I get to do it my way this time. Really though, there is too much of a silly nature to Father’s Day, I think. Mother’s Day is heartfelt and meaningful. What are we doing for mom? Oh mom, there’s only one mom. Etc… Then Father’s Day comes around and it’s like, hey fatso, here’s a hot dog and a tie. It’s just a different vibe, and I think dads deserve better.

I love being a dad. But it’s hard (yes being a mom is hard too, but we’re not talking about that now). I don’t want to reiterate what I said in the comic, but.. well, here’s a quick story. I have these two dad friends. We had plans to hang out tonight after work. Last minute, ALL THREE OF US had to cancel. That’s #dadlife. Dads, you know what I mean. We live for a happy family. Beyond that, it’s the little things. Cliche, maybe. But cliches exist for a reason.

Dad on, dads. Dad on.

New Year’s Absolution

As I say with this week’s Dustinland, this year I’m not even pretending to have New Year’s resolutions that I’m actually going to follow through on. It’s just too disappointing, setting yourself up for failure like that.

Well, see you in 2015!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This week’s Dustinland comic is about the disturbing lyrics behind “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” That song is messed up, man. It’s basically a creepy threat to your kids, saying “Hey, you better be good, because this fat guy is watching you 24-7 like you’re some Guantanamo detainee, and if you’re not good, you’re not gonna get any presents for Christmas, even though society hypnotizes you into believing it’s the one thing in life you should look forward to all year.”

I don’t want to be all War on Christmas fuddy duddy over this, but man, this song is dark. My kid seems to like it though, and he requests me to sing it to him, so who knows — maybe he’s accepting of today’s increasingly Big Brother like no-privacy state. Or maybe he’s two and it’s a catchy song.

Happy holidays!

Merry Spitemas

The holiday season has officially begun, and I already picked out my Christmas tree, one week earlier than I normally do. And that’s what inspired this week’s Dustinland comic. The happiness generated by my new tree reminded me of the time way back, depressingly over a decade ago, when I bought my own secret private tree that I spitefully hid from my roommates. And don’t get me wrong, we were all on very good terms before and after that. I just got pissed off and reacted in the heat of the moment, and then decided to go with it as some sort of weird sort of funny lesson. I doubt anyone learned anything from it, besides me, and all I learned was how to put a Christmas tree using a crappy $5 metal base (it ain’t easy).

Anyway, I do love the holiday season. As I said in another comic a year or two ago, one nice thing about having kids is that it brings some fun back into the season. Sure, it’s always pretty and nice and cozy, and there’s that whole thing where there are actually several days when you don’t have to work, but overall, as you get older, it starts to lose its magic. But you become a parent and suddenly Santa is back in the picture and things are exciting again. See, there you go, some positivity, right after I bah humbugged and somehow manage to turn the act of buying a Christmas tree into something spiteful. Now that takes talent, no?