Category Archives: holidays

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?

The Top Comic I Drew About The Top Things That Happened in 2013

This final Dustinland comic of 2013 is my usual year end summary. I don’t always do it, but most of the time (2012   2011   2010   2000-2009   2005   2003   2002). I don’t know if anyone likes these, but I enjoy doing them, because it helps me get a good glimpse of the year in one shot, and it’s also nice to look back on further down the road.

Each year I try to give the strip a different spin. In 2010 it was a social media thing. This year I sort of did a little riff on lists. You know, December is list time. Top Albums of the Year! Top Songs! Top Videos! Top Movies! Top Memes! People Who Died! Etc… So everything in my comic is a “top” list. Even if there’s just one thing. HAHA! Get it?! Boy that’s almost sort of funny.

See you next year!

The 12 Days of Xmas

As evident in this week’s Dustinland comic, The 12 Days of Christmas has some really weird lyrics. I’m sure there’s some historical significance of each line… I guess… I mean, even in the Downton Abbey era I still don’t understand the idea of giving someone 11 leaping lords. First of all, why 11? Seems like overkill. Second, what does that mean? Just dudes who jump? I guess they’re lords… I mean, you must be pretty powerful if you can not only get 11 lords to jump at your behest, but then you can GIVE them to someone. And then what? I own them now? Thanks… lords… just what I needed. How is that going to work in a 2-bedroom apartment in Queens? I guess that’s my problem now.

Good times! Happy holidays everyone!

Rolling Over 2012

Hey, check out this special comic celebrating 2012! I usually like to end off the year with these sort of look back type strips, but this year I decided to jazz it up a bit and make it more interactive. Let me know if you like it! Maybe I’ll do more of these.

This year kinda sucked a bit, but it could have been worse so here’s to a great 2013!

PS Check out these Dustinland comics looking back at other years:

2002     2003     2005     2008     2000-2009 – worst decade ever     2010     2011

The Holiday Spirit Cycle

Pretty simple comic for the 2012 holiday season. But it’s really true. As you get older, the holidays lose that magical feeling. When you’re a kid, the whole month of December glows. So much excitement and anticipation… all that time off of school, presents, maybe snow… it’s just a special time to look forward to every year. Then you grow old and it’s just….blah. Annoying holiday songs playing in every store for more than a month, grey skies, things you have to do replace things you want to do—basically, the holidays become a chore.

But then you become a parent and all of a sudden the excitement is back. It’s not the same, but it’s still there. You just see it through them… how much joy they get from the whole experience. And it’s not just about presents. That’s part of it, sure, but it’s more than that.

Anyway, happy holidays (a little bit late in terms of this post—sorry, I’ve been busy)!

Fodder’s Day

Yup, not much more to say about Father’s Day than I already said here in this comic. It is definitely weird being on the other side of a holiday you’ve celebrated so many times. And you know what, if someone gave me a really nice tie, I probably would appreciate it. Really though, I think it will be nice to have another day besides my birthday where it’s in my honor. Although, it gets weird with the layers of parents. You know, I’m a dad, but I have a dad, and my wife has a dad, so that’s three dads to celebrate on the same day. I can only imagine what happens when great grandparents are around too.

Dads. High five.