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A Needed Distraction

SPOILER ALERT! STOP READING NOW UNLESS YOU ALREADY READ THE NEW DUSTINLAND COMIC!!!

 

Ok so I assume you read the comic. Yeah, I combined the Syria attack with the Pepsi ad thing. You know, I mean, on the Trump thing I think it’s pretty clear he’s using war for his own political purposes, which to be honest is probably the most normal thing he’s done so far in office. Not that it’s good, it’s just sort of obvious to discuss why he did it after all he said in the past. And then whether it’s right or wrong, that is super complicated. I mean, I was frustrated for so long seeing the world watch and do nothing as innocent families have been killed over and over again in Syria, but I also see what happens when you destabilize regions of the world, or when you put ground troops on the ground. So yeah, I’d rather not get into that. I’d rather talk about the politics of soda!

Man, that ad. That was rough. You’ve got to assume some people who worked on it knew what was coming but were powerless to stop it. I feel for these people, I really do. Because you never know — sometimes 100 people want to do something cool and smart, and 2 people want to do something clueless and horrible, but if those 2 people are important enough, not only will they get their way, but everyone else will be too afraid to tell them any different.  Or who knows, maybe everyone screwed up together. Maybe one day we’ll find out what really happened. Until then, I’ll draw cheap shot comics about it.

Donald Trump’s Cabinet

This week’s Dustinland comic is about Donald Trump’s cabinet. The comic does not portray the real one, but rather my take on his dream cabinet. But what I’m really trying to say is that Trump seems to be enacting the classic conservative tactic of appointing people who don’t believe in an agency’s stated goal to head that agency. So if there’s an agency dedicated to saving trees, he appoints a guy who works for the lumber industry. That sort of thing. That way he doesn’t have to go through the hard work of actually killing the EPA. He can just make it useless and weak via an oil industry stooge.

This is happening across the board, in the name of the economy, jobs and big business! I think we have to try this every 4-8 years because people forget what happens. This time I’m thinking all we’ll need is two. Two years of Trump and I think people will be just about done. Definitely metaphorically but perhaps literally. Hopefully not though. Hey, hopefully I’m wrong about this whole thing and Trump is the best president ever. Fingers crossed.

The Wonder Years

This week’s Dustinland comic was inspired by the NYC bombings. I pretty much say all I have to say about the subject in the strip. This is more of a place for people to discuss it. Aside from the 5,000 social media channels I engage on as well. But yes, these last 15 years or so sure do make you wish for the days when the worst thing on the news was the president getting a blowjob.

Pong Masters

In this week’s Dustinland comic I pretty much spell out my full opinion on the beer pong video game. this might be really old news that all the late night talk shows covered when they came out a year or two ago, but it’s new to me so hey, here’s a comic.

When I was in college and first started drawing Dustinland, I was pretty critical of Greek life. I bring this up because while beer pong is not exclusively a frat activity, it’s certainly close. Either way, I was known for being a sort of anti-frat/sorority voice on campus, which I guess was more or less true. Not that I wasn’t critical of many other things but I did enjoy using Greek life as a target, mostly for obvious reasons. But as I got older, I sort of slowed down on this sort of humor. I know some dudes who are ex frat boys and they’re pretty nice guys. Hey, I even dated a sorority girl once, although we dated before she pledged so that only half counts. I guess what I’m saying is that as you get older, you realize the world is just not so black and white. And like David Foster Wallace says, you start to give people the benefit of the doubt more. Or you just watch a lot of FOX News and get super angry. But yes, I chose the calmer path. So sorry frat friends and beer pongers if I offended you. I can see how this game could be fun, I guess. I just sort of hate it personally. But hey, to each his own. Except in my comics.

Gold

I had something else planned for this week’s new Dustinland comic, but then my kiddo made the comment featured in the strip and I had to switch things up last minute. It’s amazing the things they put together. Just unique ways of thinking. Ironically, while my son gives me way more ideas for comics, he also sucks away all the time it takes to draw them. So that’s a bummer. But it’s pretty fulfilling being a parent, probably more fulfilling than drawing comics, so I think shorter strips are a worthy sacrifice, all things considered.

Oh but yeah, this election is a nightmare and the Olympics are way more fun. Nice to see Trump having a rough week or so and I hope that continues but still, this is just a really unpleasant time. Of course with climate change upon us, we’ll probably have plenty of unpleasant moments ahead of us, but hey, maybe elections will actually get better as mankind bands together to fight a common enemy, just like in Watchmen.

Staying With The Times

My latest Dustinland comic is about social media. And hey, that’s how I promoted it. But it’s really more of a commentary about people and trends. That’s what’s ultimate underlying the strip. How we’re always chasing what’s hot and never catching up, even when the hottest thing is something we already did many years ago.

Technology or not, some things never change.

The Color Of Pain

I had so much fun with last week’s Dustinland comic, based on the annoying baseball anthem/classic folksong “Cotton Eyed Joe,” that I decided to follow up with a new and very serious strip in the same vein. I won’t ruin the joke with a spoiler alert, so go check it out now before reading the rest of this post.

Go. I’ll give you some room so you don’t accidentally read what it’s about.

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So yeah, I wonder if Eiffel 65 had such bummer thoughts in mind when they wrote the classic hit, “I’m blue.” Because if you look at the lyrics, they are pretty depressing. Maybe not as bad as I took it, but hey, good times.