To be honest, this new Dustinland comic is just a scheme to go into my YOLO joke. I could have just talked about how You Only Live Once is basically We’re All Gonna Die, but it’s funnier / easier to read in a story, so there you have it. Comics, behind the scenes. Fascinating and unpredictable as always!
Really though, this comic does have a bit of that sitcom zinger feel to it, but again, I do like the basic insight. YOLO is sort of morbid if you think about it. Acknowledging death — in a positive, accepting manner, albeit, but still.
Also, can you say YOLO if you believe in reincarnation? Or would that be TAMLSYBBAITOOYWUAWITNO (There Are Many Lives So You Better Be Awesome In This One Or You’ll Wind Up A Worm In The Next One)!
But seriously folks.
This week’s Dustinland comic is not really based on my wife, because she’s pretty good about these kinds of things. But she does have the occasional moment of unsure what should I wear panic. The girl in the strip is really a combination of women I have dated and stories I’ve heard from other people. And yes, it’s a bit of a cliché, I know, haha, what is this a sitcom? But really, clichés exist for a reason, and that’s all I’ll say about that before I have to flee to Mexico again.
Now, when I say “always” i the title of this comic—and post—I’m just talking about humans. You can probably bet on nice horses and win. I mean, I really don’t know what goes on in the horse world so you’d have to ask a different person if you wanted some info that would help you the next time you head out to the track.
Really though, it was a said thing to see. It reminds me of when I went to spring break as a college junior. I went to Cancun and had a horrible because my ass was exploding pretty much the entire trip. But one night I was out at some club and they were having a boob contest and one of the girls we were hanging out with asked me if she should go up there and join it. I guess most dudes would be like HELL YEAH DO IT but I couldn’t help but blurt out, “Why would you ever do that? Do you not see the hundreds of dudes taking photos in here? Do you want to be naked on the Internet forever?” And you know what: She didn’t do it, but she was disappointed in my answer. She really wanted to. Why? I don’t know. Why do girls let themselves be disrespected and abused and sometimes even seem to like it? Why do bros feel like it’s okay to act that way? Why are people such idiots? Why are we even worried about stuff like this while the Amazon rain forest is being turned into a giant cattle ranch? Why ask why: Drink Bud Dry.
I was recently out in the city and was noticing the interactions of some young single whippersnappers and it inspired me to draw this comic. Not because I am some super pimp dating guru, but simply because I remember when I was young and single and stupid, chasing after girls and not understanding why things weren’t working out. For most dudes, it takes a while to have that realization that you have to be more than just a “nice guy.” Of course, this is only part of the puzzle, because like I show in the comic, the reaction to this realization can result in major asshole-itude. It’s subtle. It’s something that can’t be told to you. It’s something that comes with age — hopefully. So as fun as it is to imagine what if some future me could have traveled back in time and dropped all this knowledge on younger me, there’s a good chance it wouldn’t have made one bit of difference.
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Tagged dating, love, sex
This week’s Dustinland is based off some observations I’ve made recently. I touched on the subject of desperation back in 2004, but now I have a few new ideas on the subject. Must be that wisdom that comes with age. Yup, I sure am wise. But yeah, desperation is a killer. You can sense it instantly, like dogs and fear. The key is really to just be happy with yourself, just enjoying riding solo and being single, while simultaneously being able to playfully flirt. That’s easier said than done though, especially during a prolonged dry streak.
Don’t get this week’s Dustinland wrong: I don’t really fight with my wife much but of course there are a lot of little things we rag on each other about. And it’s all fun and good when that happens, even if once in a while it gets a little serious. The problem lies when little arguments are constantly springing up in place of bigger ones. You see it in unhappy couples. Lots of little bickering about nothing, that comes out because they’re both trying to hide the real issues that are making them unhappy. Sometimes I think everyone can see it except for the people doing it. But that’s life — it’s so easy to see when other people are making mistakes, but so hard to notice it in yourself.
You know, Ho Blind? Like Snow Blind? Sheesh, tough crowd.
Seriously though, this week’s Dustinland is a topic I tackled a few years ago, but this time I think I got it right. I also realized I haven’t been touching on subjects of sex and love quite as much as I once did. That’s probably because I’m a long way from single these days, and that’s when you really start thinking about those things. I’ll see if I can dig up some more theories though, since it’s a great topic. The best really.
I’ve been wanting to tackle this strip for a while but the last time I asked an Asian this question, they didn’t have much to say one way or another. This time, well, obviously my friend had a lot to say. I know it’s probably a bit of a contentious issue with some people, and I wanted to get some other opinions on the matter, but the problem is that I didn’t. Hey, come on, it’s not called “Ask A Bunch Of Asians.” That would take way longer to draw.
But anyway, I do know a ton of white dudes with Asian girl fetishes. It seems like once they hook up with one, they get addicted. Several dudes have told me it’s because Asian girls are really loud in bed. I would have put that in the comic but that will have to wait until “Ask A White Guy.”
One interesting thing about this subject is that it really reminds me of when you ask a black woman what she thinks about black men dating white women. You’ve got the same sorta “they’re stealing our men” thing. In fact, I’ve even heard the same thing from Jewish women complaining about how many Jewish men are marrying non-Jews.
One final note: I think this comic should be really popular since there are a lot of Asians out there and they are mostly pretty good with computers.
I originally intended this week’s Dustinland to be purely something to cheer up depressed single folk. Whether you were just dumped, you’re in a huge drought, you love someone who doesn’t love you, or you’re just feeling down and out about yourself and your future prospects — that lonely, hopeless feeling is something everyone has felt at some point. But then I thought about it some more and didn’t want my strip to come out like some preachy cliché, even though it’s almost impossible to avoid clichés when covering this subject. So I mixed it up a little, especially with that 6th panel, which could strike people the wrong way. In fact, I could see people being mean and just forwarding around the first six panels, just to make people cry. So don’t do that! Because in the end I want this strip to make people laugh. Happy single people, sad single people, people in relationships — everyone. And if it cheers you up a bit, then even better.
You know, this week’s Dustinland covers a pretty good topic but I’m not too thrilled with the way the comic came out. It’s just not that funny. I mean, it’s true, so that’s good, but not too funny. I tried to cover my ass in a sorry, lazy way via the “comic so funny it doesn’t need a punchline” but I guess I’ll just have to settle with being grumpy about my comic this week, since I had to work late today and have no time to whip up another one for you. But who knows, I thought my 2003 comic about rainy weekends was lame and it wound up getting forwarded around the world. Maybe all the angry couples around the world will make this one a hit.