Yup, this is indeed the 1,000th Dustinland comic. Actually, there’s been more if you count the ones I did in college, but I started numbering them when I first launched the site in 2000.
When this week’s strip ends with a big I DID IT, it’s not just referring to all the comics I made. It means I’ve defeated self-doubt. And that’s something we all deal with, I think. Artists and other creative types especially, but all of us really, especially in this digital world where everyone is on display, and we’re all able to rank and compare ourselves to everyone else at all times.
When you reach some sort of milestone, you can’t help but step back and look at your life and wonder if you’re a success. And that’s the problem — success isn’t a thing that’s clearly defined. I’ve seen some of the most accomplished people I know still be driven by doubt. You even see it with celebrities who’ve succeeded at the highest levels, still trying to prove something to the world, to themselves.
Since there is no end goal to success, what it really comes down to is not what you’ve done, but whether you’ve enjoyed doing it. And after over 20 years and 1,000 comics, I can say with 100% certainty that I’ve enjoyed writing and drawing Dustinland, and I can’t thank you all enough for reading along.
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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 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.
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