Here’s a collection of comics I drew for Westchester’s River Journal, starting with the latest strip appearing in this month’s issue! This strip is called I’m New Here and it’s written from the perspective of someone new to living in the burbs. However, during COVID it sort of thematically morphed into more of a pandemic comic, albeit with a bit of a suburban feel. Normally I post a brand new strip on Monday or Tuesday night but sometimes quarantine living just sucks the inspiration out of you. Glad I’ve got a bunch of other strips lying around!
Posted in health, parenthood, school, work
Tagged depressed, depression, irvington, new york, NYC, pandemic, parenthood, parenting, quarantine, sleepyhollow, tarrytown, westchester, wfh
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.
Posted in politics
Tagged anxiety, covid, covid-19, depression, election, election 2020, meditate, meditation, political comic, politics, qanon, stress
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
This week’s new Dustinland comic is a rewording of the famous folk song, This Land Is Your Land. Trying to keep some similarities with the phrasing and wording of the original, I updated it to speak to the anxious and divided country America has become. Not that we were ever some perfect nation of peace and love, but at least in my lifetime, things have never been this bad.
I guess I should give people some words of hope and encouragement now, but things are looking pretty grim to me. But… prove me wrong! How about that. When things turn out just fine because of your actions, you can laugh at the stupidest negative cartoonist. Does that inspire you to make a difference? Because that’s all I’ve got right now.
Posted in politics
Tagged 2020, america, anxiety, apocalypse, democracy, depression, doom, election, election 2020, fascism, freedom, pandemic, stress
This new Dustinland comicis about having nostalgia for the 90s. But the dumb kind of pop culture nostalgia that fills the Buzzfeeds of the web, although I put some of that in there for the funnies, but nostalgia for an era before 9-11, before Trump, before social media… a time where your biggest worries were personal and petty, not global and apocalyptic. And that’s not to say there weren’t awful things happening in the 90s. It’s just that on one hand, we weren’t quite as aware of them, and on the other hand, they didn’t seem to be threatening the entire fabric of our society.
Posted in politics, pop culture
Tagged 1990s, 2020, 90s, anxiety, apocalypse, covid, democracy, depression, donald trump, fascism, nostalgia, pandemic, politics, quarantine, trump, trump supporters
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about the QAnon conspiracy, which is essentially a massive troll effort meant to destabilize America. On one hand, this is obviously absolutely frightening and depressing, but on the other hand, I think it’s more important to examine the state of our country and discuss why so many people were in the kind of mental state that this sort of madness would appeal to them. Because this is the real problem — and it’s a big one without a simple answer.
Posted in philosophy, politics
Tagged 17, apocalypse, conspiracy, depression, happiness, political comic, politics, qanon, trump, trump supporters, uspolitics
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!
Posted in parenthood
Tagged bored, covid, covid-19, dad life, depression, family, fatherhood, fathers, kids, pandemic, parenthood, parenting, parents, quarantine, raising children, raising kids, summer, summer 2020
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.
Posted in philosophy, politics
Tagged america, anxiety, corona virus, covid, covid-19, depression, face mask, pandemic, philosophy, quarantine, shelter in place, stress, uspolitics
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.
Posted in philosophy
Tagged absurdism, anxiety, covid, covid-19, depression, parenthood, parenting, parents, philosophy, quarantine, stress, wfh, work, working from home