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March of Progress

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about the steady devolution of my wardrobe during pandemic quarantine times. I do like the title quite a bit… in case you don’t get it right off the bat, the classic illustration of ape evolving into man is called “March of Progress” and it’s March, but the progress I’m talking about is not quite as positive. More like, progressing into extreme comfort yet ultra-laziness.

Additionally, the strip is in a bit of a different format than my usual downward scrollers, harkening back to the olden days of horizontal comics meant for the desktop. However, in this case, it’s more horizontal than ever before… one long image, scrolling left to right. I did this really to test what’s possible on mobile (sorry desktoppers). I’ve been looking at a lot of comic art lately and feeling a bit constrained by the tiny boxes we have to fit our art into these days in order to be seen, since most people are looking at everything on their tiny phones. So everything is a square. Content for squares. Which is fine. I like being read. And easy — just cut and paste a ton of square templates and go to town. But it certainly does limit storytelling. In some ways, it would be like telling a cinematographer you can only use one lens for an entire movie.

We’ll see how this works. If people enjoy it, maybe I’ll try a few more experiments in the coming weeks.

Mad No More

Mad Magazine is gone, and this week’s new Dustinland comic is in celebration of a classic publication. So influential, a home to so many great artists and satirists… now a victim of the modern, digital era. Unable to pull at Nat Geo and reinvent itself for the days of Instagram, or even the days of peak television, it’s going away forever. And I’m so grateful I had the chance to work with them.

Just for a while, I got to be… one of the usual gang of idiots.

Birdy

I rarely mention Birdy here, since he’s such a, shall we say, acquired taste. And he makes very infrequent appearances these days. You see, if you’re new to Birdy, he’s a character I created one day on the beach as a satirical joke, a dark twist on the pre-webcomic, lame and corny daily newspaper comic strips I grew up reading. Which, to be honest, I sort of yearn for these days, but that’s another story. But yes, Birdy. I did not think he would go on for years and years, over 1,600 dark, creepy and sometimes abstract and/or just not funny. But eventually it got hard to squeeze another gag out of him in between a career and dad life, so I put the breaks on. He comes out every now and then, though, including his three new strips, here, here and here. They’re based on internets, and I figure if Joan Cornellà can sink to these sort of things, so can I.

Left Get Physical

I drew this new Dustinland comic lefty since my right hand is broken. But man, physical therapy is not fun. Ouch.

Listen to the robot:

Special thanks to Zeke O’Donnell for bringing this to life in one day. Amazing. Genius. Brilliant.

Now go buy my book on Amazon, because a robot told you to!

Glickcoin

Everywhere I go, dudes are talking about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. White dudes. Everywhere. It feels like nerdy legalized gambling for gamers. But some of these dudes definitely made some cash, so maybe I’m the weird one to be skeptical?

But yeah, that’s what this week’s new Dustinland comic is inspired by. Invest today!

And when I say invest, I mean buy my new book, Thanks For The Meh-mories: 20 Years of Dustinland Comics. Now on Amazon!

Comic On 2017

This week’s new Dustinland comic is obviously a parody. I guess the premise is, what if some shady character cooked up a fake comic convention that used a bunch of bootleg hero rips offs to swindle people out of their money. But really it’s just an excuse to do a comic book version of Tim and Eric’s “Sports.”

I had a lot more of these but only so much time for drawing. I think my favorites are Fingerblast, No-Eye Joe and Silly String.

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.

Bubble Bobble

This week’s Dustinland comic is not me preaching to the choir, although that would have been very easy to do at this moment in time. Rather, it’s about how there really seems to be two Americas. More so now than ever before. And maybe this is nothing new, but it sure has been brought to light as half the nation celebrates Trump’s win while the other half cringes in fear and misery.

Going back 16 years, it’s not all too different than Bush. Patriotic hero to the right, hated buffoon to the left. Then Obama came along. Composed yet righteous inspiration to the left. Power grabbing demon to the right. How can the country be so incredibly split? How can so many people look at the same facts yet come to the opposite conclusion? Ah… but there you have it. They’re NOT looking at the same facts. They never were, and it’s only getting worse.

Sure, back in the day people could choose to read the conservative newspaper or the liberal newspapers. Then came radio. Then came TV news. Then came 24-hour TV news. And then came the internet. And then came social media. Never before has it been so easy to have your own opinion validated by information either cherrypicked or completely made up by people looking to profit by telling you what you want to hear. What’s true? What’s fact? Who knows anymore? And that’s the scariest part of this whole election.

WWJD

Throwing you off with the title of this week’s Dustinland comic, ay?! Well the J explains itself pretty quickly. Jim Henson. I just read his biography. What an inspiration. The guy was a creative genius and nearly a saint in his personal life. An example that you can be a good person and do the right thing in life and still be a hugely successful leader and influential artist. And now I’m trying to take what I’ve learned about him and put it toward the election. Because I have tried to stay above the fray, but at times I have been dragged in. I have dealt with it better than most I think, but still… it’s so easy to be mean. It’s funnier. It’s more popular with those who agree with you. But it’s just bad. Bad for everyone. And this country does not need anymore of that. Enough negativity and hate. It’s poisonous for the nation and for each and every one of us. And you can call me a do-gooder if you want.