Tag Archives: covid-19

Bohemian Crapsody

This new Dustinland comic is obviously set to the lyrics of a song we all know and probably love, or at least find amusing. But not the part most people focus on. I don’t know how it happened, but these lyrics came to mind as just a perfect illustration of how I’ve been feeling lately.

Of course the next logical step would be to follow with a panel that replaces “Mama!” with “MAGA!” but I like that I ended it on this mental health note, which is essentially saying we all need to step away from everything and just briefly say “I don’t care.” It doesn’t mean to actually not care or to give up and not try. It just means you can’t let it be your entire life, you can’t keep doom strolling. Turn it off, unplug, and just BE.

Malaising Grace

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about that feeling you get every morning when you wake up and realize it’s still 2020 and you have nothing to look forward to besides more stress, strife, fear and loathing. Sometimes I try to get excited about something… like, hmmm… maybe I can go by myself a donut today. That sort of thing. The little things. That seems to be something to live for when the big things are all horrible and you can see civilization collapsing before your very eyes.

Happy Monday.

Negative Diagnosis

Wanted to get this new Dustinland comic out there quickly before there’s an alien invasion or biblical plague or some other massive insanity that would make whatever I drew two days ago incredibly irrelevant.

And it was hard to have an original take on Trump getting COVID. But after a bit of thought I figured it out. The most interesting—or disturbing—part of this whole thing is that we can’t even all agree whether he even has it or not! That’s how insane life has gotten in this country. Maybe in this world. Who knows anymore. Who knows?

1 Crazy Summer

This week’s new Dustinland comic is not really a guide to staying sane this summer, but rather a way to vent about how incredibly boring and frustrating it is to stay home with your family for weeks during 90-degree heat. There really is just nothing to do, and the days of “yay let’s do a puzzle” are far behind us. But while I complain in the strip in what I hope is a wacky relatable way you’ll all appreciate and share with your friends on your 78 social media accounts, in reality, I do try to have little things — little routines with kiddo especially — that keep things interesting and keep us from going nuts. My favorite is our weekly “snack attack”, where we go to 7-11 or CVS and I simply let my 8-year-old son buy whatever he wants. It’s good times — although it does result in what I mention in #2 of this week’s strip. Oh well, gotta give ourselves a break this year!

Nation Without A Care

This week’s new Dustinland comic pretty much says all I have to say about the matter. I mean, I don’t think EVERYONE in the U.S. is like this, but enough people are to ruin everything for the rest of us. I don’t think it’s necessarily their fault — even the idea of something being anyone’s fault is a whole other philosophical wormhole. It’s really more about human nature combined with the American experiment leading to this current state of ignorant nightmare. Good times.

Cracks

This week’s new Dustinland comic is obviously about the stress caused by months of quarantine. For me personally, it’s less about the fear of getting sick and more about dealing with the monotony and frustrations of day to day existence right now. In particular, balancing work and parenting. Of course I am grateful for my awesome life etc… it’s just that right now there’s a lot of bullshit going on and it’s hard to not let it slowly get to you. This past week I really noticed it creeping in.

As for the absurdist ending, that’s not meant to be something negative, but most people take it that way. Really it just means that life is meaningless is silly, so why stress over it. Just laugh and go with the flow and try to enjoy it, or at least “enjoy” it. Kind of like a dark version of eastern philosophy, but without the enlightenment or reincarnation parts.

Pandemicemonium

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how we don’t really know anything about the pandemic. I mean, we know a lot, but compared to normal life, we don’t know anything. Never have I felt so at a loss for a plan. What happens next for how long? Don’t know. And I sort of always knew we didn’t know what was going on, but this really sheds light on to just what extent we are all making it up.

Unmasked

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about people who refuse to wear face masks in public. I’m sure it will piss plenty of people off, but you know what also pisses me off? When people spread a deadly virus because they are can’t accept the slightest inconvenience in their spoiled, ill-informed lives.

Blahrantine

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how blah quarantine is. Just the same day, over and over again. I mean, when it’s nice out at least you can go for a walk or something, but when it’s cloudy or rainy it’s just… BLAH. Of course I can still suck it up and deal with it because it’s not like living in a hole for two years hiding from nazis like some people had to do during WWII. It’s not like I’m going to risk my life and the lives of my friends and family just so I can go to the gym or hair salon after I burn down a 5G tower. Oh man, we are so doomed in this planet of idiots. That’s a big part of the blah. It only gets more blah if you read the news.

Masked Emotions

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how telling a face mask is. Yes, it is not fun to wear one, but not wearing one is quite the statement.

Lately I’ve felt the urge to write a comic about how stupid we are in our rush to open everything back up. And how spoiled we are as a nation — completely unwilling to sacrifice anything, and totally intolerant of the slightest suffering, ignorant due to failed systems of education and belief, etc.  But I don’t think people need this right now. They don’t need me telling them what they already know — that we will only learn from mistakes, and so more people will have to die before we suck it up and shut up and deal with this crappy situation without throwing a shit fit because we can’t go to the beach.

So yeah, that stuff is NOT in my comic this week, so enjoy. But it felt nice to leave it here.