Category Archives: philosophy

Days of Despair

This week’s Dustinland comic is about how I fight depression in these dark days. I mean, man, it’s getting pretty bad. When those kids were being taken from their parents, I just didn’t know what to do. I remember drawing an extra comic just to deal with it. Staying up late to do something, anything. Now of course the problem hasn’t be solved, but things are so bad, we’re just happy it’s not getting worse.

Anyway, yeah, if you want to look at it rationally, we are PRETTY fucked. I mean, it’s bad. But emotionally, that can really screw you over unless you just accept it in an eastern “life is suffering” sort of way, or… or I don’t know. You laughing at farting bunny comics.

“I’d rather be a humorous fool than a serious jackass.” — Way of the Peaceful Warrior

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This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how life is telling me to slow down, but the rest of me is fighting the urge, even though I know it is the most beneficial approach. You know, in terms of happiness. But sometimes I think happiness is boring. Not happiness, but rather contentedness. You know, meditation, quietness, simple things — it’s just been done before.

I don’t know what I am talking about. Sorry for rambling. In other news, I drew this comic last week when the government was taking babies from their parents. But you know, because they’re immigrants, it’s okay. That’s America! Can you believe it? Who’d a thunk it would get to this point, where each day they trot out a new moral outrage just to see what they can get away with. How far can they push it and have us still take it, or even worse, enjoy it! Well, you can see why I made the new comic I just did.

Two comics for the new year

I drew two comics for the new year.

A positive one. 

A negative one. 

Which did you click on first?

20 Years

This new Dustinland comic is not so much about my new book (which you can now buy here at Amazon!) but rather inspired by it. It’s about the thought process behind it, and the hopes, fears, dreams, and paranoia brought on from discussing it with people in the real world. So really it’s more about success, as an artist and as a human.

It’s a topic I’ve touched on before and probably will again, but I felt that this 20-year milestone was the right time to dive into it.

Also, I was inspired by my trip last night to the Society of Illustrators for a goodbye party for MAD Magazine, as they are moving from their classic NYC home out to the west coast to join the rest of their DC Comics companions/overlords. As an occasional contributor, it was an honor to be among great like Al Jaffee, Tom BunkHermann Mejia and basically a huge room full of some of the world’s best cartoonists. I’d like to thank all the awesome MAD editors and staffers (especially Jonathan Bresman and Ryan Flanders), who were so kind to me over the years, and who brought me into this amazing family of talented artists and creators. It’s a bummer to see the gang split up and such a NY institution leave town, but hey, the times they are a changin.

Coming soon… Dustinland in book form

I’ll make it short: I’m coming out with a book. A compilation. Best of 20 years. Trying to get it out before 2017 is over so…

Back to work!

Stay tuned!

To Be Young

Okay, so kids aren’t always as happy as I make them out to be in this week’s new Dustinland comic. BUT, I do think that in general, they are way happier than adults. They live in a naive world of joy where nothing bad has ever happened, aside from maybe someone they know got hurt or something like that. But certainly for kids, there is no war, terrorism, mass shootings, bombings, opioids, depression… etc… (first world kids, that is). And I think that’s one of the best parts of being a parent. Being around these perfect little balls of happiness is just so refreshing and invigorating. Of course I’m sad I will one day have to pass along this awful orb of misery we call human civilization, and I’ll have to teach him about how shitty people can be, but for now, it’s alllllll good.

Stay Young

I’ll admit it, a lot of my comics are depressing. I am definitely a pessimist. Or perhaps a realist at best. But as I allude to in this week’s new Dustinland comic, that’s what’s nice about being a parent. Kids are so naive and wonderful, they do seem to really love life. And that’s something to learn from. True, you can never go back to the garden again, but you can at least try to learn something from the way they experience life. In the face of such endless misery — like the awful events in the news today, this week, this month, this past year — what else can you do but try to do your best, to make the world better, and to find some joy in the world, wherever you can.