This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how kids’ naive yet very real (in their minds) fears can uncover adults’ more “realistic” and depressing anxieties. It’s actually very reminiscent of an early Matt Groening Life In Hell strip that may have even led to an eventual bit on the Simpsons. Do you know what I’m referring to? I tried to find it via Google image search but couldn’t and stopped looking after about 14 seconds. But yeah, comics. Depression. Hopelessness. Nightmares. Good times.
Posted in parenthood, philosophy
Tagged anxiety, children, climate change, dad, dad life, depressing, depression, fatherhood, kids, nightmares, parenthood, parenting, parents
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about an approach to life called absurdism. It can seem quite negative — certainly in the way I portray it. But, like nihilism, it can actually be quite freeing. The point is to embrace the lack of meaning in life, rather than fight or deny it. It’s actually similar to eastern ways of thought in many ways, although without the reincarnation or nirvana at the end.
Ultimately the idea is to recognize how pointless it all is, thus freeing yourself from the impossible task of reaching some ultimate end goal that does not exist. And once you’re free, you can do anything, you can feel however you like, you can fill life with whatever meaning you prefer. Of course, I choose to make jokes — probably not the healthiest way to go about things. But it can be fun, so at least there’s that.
Posted in philosophy
Tagged absurd, absurdism, anxiety, bored, boredom, depressed, depressing, depression, existentialism, nihilism, philosophy
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.
Posted in philosophy
Tagged 2020, anxiety, apocalypse, bored, climate change, covid-19, depressed, depressing, depression, election 2020, pandemic, quarantine
When I was deciding what subject to tackle with this week’s new Dustinland comic, I was struggling. On one hand I had some funny and trivial zingers about closing apparel retailer, The Dress Barn. On the other hand, I have been bogged down by many very deep, dark depressing thoughts lately. How can you make silly jokes when you’re worried about the doom of mankind? Don’t you have some sort of social responsibility to raise awareness of important issues facing us all? But then again, don’t people already know about things like climate change and growing authoritarianism, and don’t they really just need a break from all that, in the form of stupid jokes?
These are the questions I was asking myself, until I decided, why not make this debate the topic of the comic. So you do get your Dress Barn jokes, mixed in with some hints of existential dread. Good times for everyone, yes?
Posted in environment, philosophy, politics
Tagged anxiety, apocalypse, climate change, depressed, depressing, depression, doom, dress barn, pessimism, politics, stress, trump
I have been having a tough time lately coming up with cute observational comics as I watch the world burn. That’s what this week’s new Dustinland comic is about. I have a feeling people won’t enjoy it very much, since it’s just depressing and offers little humor or solution. But it’s really just therapy for me — I need to get it out so I can move on.
Posted in politics, Uncategorized
Tagged 2020, america, climate change, democracy, democrats, depressing, depression, donald trump, plastic, political comic, politics, republicans, trump, trump comic, trump supporters, uspolitics
This week’s Dustinland comic speaks for itself. Pretty depressing I guess! Not really a cry for help. More like a substitute for therapy.
Also, my comic updates have not been as regular as they once were. This is why. Just hard to creatively get it up these days, if you will. Well, maybe it’s just a phase.
Posted in philosophy
Tagged aging, anxiety, depressed, depressing, depression, meditation, middle aged, midlife crisis, politics, sad, stress, therapy, trump, trump supporters, uninspired
This week’s Dustinland comic is about how I fight depression in these dark days. I mean, man, it’s getting pretty bad. When those kids were being taken from their parents, I just didn’t know what to do. I remember drawing an extra comic just to deal with it. Staying up late to do something, anything. Now of course the problem hasn’t be solved, but things are so bad, we’re just happy it’s not getting worse.
Anyway, yeah, if you want to look at it rationally, we are PRETTY fucked. I mean, it’s bad. But emotionally, that can really screw you over unless you just accept it in an eastern “life is suffering” sort of way, or… or I don’t know. You laughing at farting bunny comics.
“I’d rather be a humorous fool than a serious jackass.” — Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Posted in philosophy, politics
Tagged america, anxiety, apocalypse, democracy, democrats, depressed, depressing, depression, donald trump, maga, meditation, political comic, politicin, politics, revolution, stress, the donald, trump, trump supporters, uspolitics, vote, zen
This week’s new Dustinland comic is a depressing look at how shitty America has become. I wonder if we can ever fix this? Hard to say. Even if we get rid of the losers causing all this suffering, I think we have done irreparable damage to the nation in the eyes of the world. That being said, if we survive it and come out on top, it’s a good lesson for the world. You can’t sleep on evil. It never goes away, and as for America being the world police, well… who watches the watchmen?
Posted in politics
Tagged america, beer, depressing, donald trump, drunk, evil, immigrants, immigration, kids, parenting, political comic, politics, raising children, statue of liberty, trump, trump comic, trump supporters, uspolitics
This week’s Dustinland comic is something something meh I dunno.
You know the thing is, I am most energized and inspired in the morning, yet that is when I am least available to be creative, between family life and work. I occasionally have time at night, after a full day of activity, and that’s when I am tired and uninspired and all I want to do is sit on the couch. Such is life I guess, or at least until my kiddo is a teenager who sleeps until 11:00 and never wants to hang out with me. Not that I’m looking forward to that but it will be good for the comic.