They’re Listening

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how our kids are silently absorbing all the negative political conversations we have while they’re playing off in the corner, seemingly ignoring us.

Now, in the comic, I joke about being proud of my son’s actual real life quote, but in all seriousness, I find it concerning. I don’t want him to be as stressed out and negative as I am. But I guess it can’t help but seep in. Because they really are little sponges, and they’re listening, even when you think they’re not. And whether you’re a liberal, a conservative, or something in between (which I think is actually the truth for most of us), we need to protect our kids from the unrelenting negativity, hate and cynicism that’s dominating politics in the U.S. — and in much of the world, from what it sounds like. We need the next generation to grow up thinking they can make a difference, in their own lives, and to the world.

So yeah, as funny as it can seem, no more Dusty Downers…

Marriage Borey

I rarely ever have marital spats, like the one in this week’s new Dustinland comic, but when I do, kiddo definitely notices! And boy do these kids say the darnedest things.

By the way, if you don’t get the last panel, look up “Marriage Story meme.”

Cup Scouts

This new Dustinland comic is about cup stacking AKA speed stacking AKA the “sport” where kids stack and unstack cups as quickly as possible. I won’t say anything else here, since I pretty much say it all in the comic, but I will also leave you with this insane clip of the world speed stacking record:

Moderaters

This week’s new Dustinland comic is my response to all the political experts who have been telling us who can and can’t beat Trump. Well, at least they tell us who can’t. And that seems to be anyone who actually stands for any sort of truly progressive issue, any candidate who believes in changing America for the better. They tell us, oh America isn’t ready for that. You stand for change? That’s crazy! You want the same healthcare the rest of the world has? You crazy leftists! You think it’s bad that multi-billion-dollar companies pay zero taxes in the U.S.? You wacky socialists! You better shut up and leave the politics to the centrists. Yes, play it safe, right down the middle, stand for nothing. That’s the way to win elections.

Meanwhile conservatives around the world push for increasingly extremist agendas and win. So the right goes further to the right, and it works for them, but we’re told that the left should not do the same… instead of fighting back and pushing for progressive stances, we should either support the status quo, or actually go further to the right. That makes a lot of sense. Turn ourselves into a watered down version of the right, in order to combat the right. That sounds like a winning recipe. But this advice is from the people who got us where we are today, so maybe they’re not the best ones to listen to after all.

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?

Puerto RicOH NO

This week’s Dustinland comic is about how I planned a vacation to Puerto Rico right before a bunch of earthquakes happened, and how this made me paranoid, confused and guilty. So what do you think… should I go or not?

Explaining US-Iran Relations to Kids

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how difficult it would be to explain a war with Iran to children. Working on this comic made me realize that 99 out of 100 Americans is most likely not aware of the history between the US and Iran beyond the last 10-20 years — maybe 30 if we’re talking about some folks a bit older who remember Jimmy Carter and hostages. But that is par for the course — we’ve got lots of people with virulent opinions yet no knowledge. Good times!