Category Archives: pop culture

RIP Norm Macdonald

This week’s new Dustinland comic (a little bit late, I know) is about Norm Macdonald. I pretty much say it all in the strip, but really, the guy was such a hilarious weirdo. So different, so out there, so authentic and original. Yes, from time to time he said things that would be borderline cancelly these days, if you’re into that kind of thing. But he never seemed to do things out of malice, and all the comedians who knew him personally seem to say he was also a very kind and supportive guy.

One kinda weird thing that happened to me yesterday while I was drawing this comic… I turned on a podcast of one of his standup routines, and it basically starts with him talking about death and cancer. Pretty intense when taken in today’s context. And yet still funny. And that’s why I say here’s to Norm. R.I.P.

Pants Party

This new Dustinland comic is about pants and my lifetime journey from just plain pants, to wide-legged jeans that drag on the ground and get really gross in the rain, to tight hipster pants that work perfectly with my insanely skinny bone-filled body, to today… where I stand at the precipice of the return of baggy pants, coming full circle with my junior high school days.

I’m Done, Period.

Today’s new Dustinland comic is about texting, punctuation and a world gone mad. It’s sort of a young Gen Y, older Gen Z thing. If you don’t know, <a href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p>Today's new Dustinland comic is about texting, punctuation and a world gone mad. It's sort of a young Gen Y, older Gen Z thing. If you don't know, here's more info. </p> here’s more info.

But yeah, apparently you can offend people these days simply by typing a period. On one hand, that’s pretty irritating. On the other hand, it’s extremely stupid. But on the third hand, if you think about it like language and culture, you could go to another country and flash someone a thumbs up or a peace sign, and they could think you’re flipping them off. So really, who’s to say what means anything? Periods, question marks, NFTs, nothing is real, nothing matters, weed is legal, the world is on fire, have a nice day.

Nothin For Tony

This week’s new Dustinland comic is a follow up to last week’s. It’s about NFTs and digital art and how I guess you can’t just make some digital artwork and instantly get rich, just like how you can’t just start posting on social media one day and suddenly get a zillion followers. What does it take? I don’t know. I just know how to draw pictures and make jokes.

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.

Naustolgia

This new Dustinland comicis about having nostalgia for the 90s. But the dumb kind of pop culture nostalgia that fills the Buzzfeeds of the web, although I put some of that in there for the funnies, but nostalgia for an era before 9-11, before Trump, before social media… a time where your biggest worries were personal and petty, not global and apocalyptic. And that’s not to say there weren’t awful things happening in the 90s. It’s just that on one hand, we weren’t quite as aware of them, and on the other hand, they didn’t seem to be threatening the entire fabric of our society.

The Dolly Parton Challenge

This week’s new Dustinland comic is my take on the Dolly Parton Challenge, an innocent yet self-centered meme where you create a quadrant of selfies, one for each of the four major social media platforms (aside from Twitter). It’s a fun meme, but I mean, the reality behind social media — and life in general — is that no matter what you do, no one really cares (unless it directly affects them), and then you die. But hey, once you realize that, it can really free you up. Because if life is fleeting and meaningless, why waste so much time on social media?

Emergensea

In this week’s new Dustinland comic, I make fun of the poster from 9-1-1 Season 3. I didn’t even know this was a show until the thumbnail popped up on Netflix. I can only assume it is a pretty bad generic cop/ER drama, just with a little Michael Bay over the top FX sprinkled on.

I know this is really out of the blue but I think it’s funny and it’s nice to take a break from politics for a minute and just laugh at something stupid (stupider than politics that is, if that’s possible).

Inconceivaple

This week’s Dustinland comic is about the vaping scare, which is definitely freaking out a lot of people. You know, I don’t feel bad for the big companies that are trying to get kids hooked on candy apple bubble gum vapes, but I do feel bad for all the vape shops that have popped up around the country. Not that they’re nice places, but I mean… that’s a lot of small businesses that are getting hit by a sudden massive problem.

Also I feel bad for anyone who wants to sneak weed into a concert.

Look I’m Old

I didn’t feel like downloading some weird app just to make myself look old, especially since it could be a sketchy data capture scam. So I drew it instead.