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I’m New Here 5 & 6

Here are my two latest comic strips for The River Journal, an excellent local newspaper up here in Westchester. Homeowners, you will appreciate the newest one.

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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.

Jerky Mantooth

Yes, this week’s Dustinland is based on a true story. No, I will not say where it took place—and here’s why. For one, it wasn’t their fault. The tooth was already damaged long ago, in a sense, waiting for something like this to come along and usher it to a toothy grave. And what better a way to lose a tooth than via delicious beef jerky? Certainly beats losing it on a lunchtime crouton. And two, they were super nice to us. They checked in a few times, the manager came out, they gave us free drinks, they even told us to call ahead next time we stop by. Now, of course they want to prevent themselves from being sued, or worse, reviewed on Yelp as being tooth murderers. But still, they did the right thing.

And they make some damn good jerky. And meat.