Category Archives: politics

Wrong Island

This week’s new Dustinland comic was inspired by my recent trip to Long Island. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not ALL like that — aka full of Trump trucks driving around with giant flags as if it’s still the summer of 2020. But there is quite a bit of that and it’s pretty depressing. And not only because I disagree with their politics. I think the real depressing part is that so many people are that angry all the time, that they need to literally drive the streets with flags designed to anger and intimidate their fellow citizens.

But yeah, we’re screwed. I actually drew a different final frame originally but edited it out. The original frame had a flag attached to my car, that said 1. You’re wrong 2. I don’t care 3. We’re all screwed, just deal with it quietly like an adult. Which is pretty much how I feel, although that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to make the world a better place. It just means odds are we’re doomed and for your own mental health, accept that. We’ll all be a lot happier, and maybe even pleasantly surprised.

Normal

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how normal is no longer going to be sitting back and relaxing and ignoring politics while someone else takes care of it. But to be honest, that’s what got us here in the first place. To a degree, at least.

Also I’ve had to do a few short comics because I’ve been working on some other soon to be revealed stuff… so stay tuned!

2021: How It’s Going

This new Dustinland comic is my take on the “How it started, how it’s going” meme but in comic form. I kinda hate doing a comic based on a meme but I am actually busy working on another comic project and I have a day job so this two-panel format really is working for me right now.

But I do agree with the sentiment. Funny how quick that whole yay 2021 thing went away. I think I had a nice 5 days or so.

Freedom?

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about the ongoing nightmare we’re experiencing after last week’s violence in D.C. While it would be easy to just rant about how everyone warning about the dangers of Trumpist misinformation was right, I felt it more interesting and nuanced to discuss freedom. Freedom of speech in particular. Because it’s probably the one place where I am hearing a debate from both sides, not just one. And it’s an interesting and distressing problem. One I don’t claim to have the solution to. All I can say confidently is that governing hundreds of millions of people is complicated, and like Socrates suggested, anyone who walks around pompously claiming they know the answer to this or that is probably full of it.

One last note. I don’t love the art for this one, but I just needed to get a strip out before some other crazy shit happens, and free time is tricky to come by in these quarantine days. So thanks for staying with me even if this week’s strip is more of an illustrated article than a comic.

The Most Wonderful Time

This week’s new Dustinland comic is a musical holiday strip! I recommend bringing up this instrumental so you can sing along.

Note: I am not that miserable about this holiday season! It’s just funnier.

Happy holidays!

No Thanks — Macy’s Parade 2020

This week’s Dustinland comic tackles the weird 2020 TV-only Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, remixing its balloons with Trump cronies for a whole lot of fun. Or rather, a whole lot of pun.

To be honest, I was really torn about this comic. I had a bunch of ideas for more serious strips about being grateful this year, but for some reason I felt like this was the way to go. A little silliness. I mean really, do we need more seriousness at this point?

But maybe I’ll drop another comic real fast before Turkey Day. We’ll see how much time I can scrounge together.

It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

This week’s new Dustinland comic is meant to prepare my readers who voted for Biden. Prepare you for a week of hell. Maybe a few months of it. Because Trump will not leave peacefully. His followers won’t either. It is a cult, plain and simple. Not all 70 million who voted for him. But a certain element of it. And these diehards have so embraced dear leader, that they will believe anything he says. And he will rally them — maybe to violence.

So stay focused, people. Put down the bubbly. It’s time to get serious again. And that feeling you had Saturday when people were dancing in the street? Let that inspire you to fight for your right to feel it again January 20th.

A Dream of Redemption

With this week’s new pre-election Dustinland comic, I’m trying to keep it hopeful and inspiring! And that is hard for me, because I am NOT that kinda guy. Deep down inside, as I suggest in the final frame, I’m pretty pessimistic. But nobody needs that from me right now. I don’t even need that.

So here you have it. A little hope for redemption — for America. If I was a religious person, right now I’d say I’m praying for us all.

Country of Make Great

This week’s new Dustinland comic is my own little take on Borat. You know, it’s kind of fun being Borat. You can say things you’d never say on your own. Is nice!

Really though, I hate being so negative during election time, but I can’t help it. I’m a pessimistic guy during a depressing time. But I do have hope, believe it or not. I hope people vote out this criminal, and beyond that, I hope our nation can come together afterwards, even if it’s not to love each other, to at least accept reality and escape all this conspiracy nonsense. Because if we don’t even have a reality to agree on, there’s no way to move forward. On anything.

Bohemian Crapsody

This new Dustinland comic is obviously set to the lyrics of a song we all know and probably love, or at least find amusing. But not the part most people focus on. I don’t know how it happened, but these lyrics came to mind as just a perfect illustration of how I’ve been feeling lately.

Of course the next logical step would be to follow with a panel that replaces “Mama!” with “MAGA!” but I like that I ended it on this mental health note, which is essentially saying we all need to step away from everything and just briefly say “I don’t care.” It doesn’t mean to actually not care or to give up and not try. It just means you can’t let it be your entire life, you can’t keep doom strolling. Turn it off, unplug, and just BE.