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Pong Masters

In this week’s Dustinland comic I pretty much spell out my full opinion on the beer pong video game. this might be really old news that all the late night talk shows covered when they came out a year or two ago, but it’s new to me so hey, here’s a comic.

When I was in college and first started drawing Dustinland, I was pretty critical of Greek life. I bring this up because while beer pong is not exclusively a frat activity, it’s certainly close. Either way, I was known for being a sort of anti-frat/sorority voice on campus, which I guess was more or less true. Not that I wasn’t critical of many other things but I did enjoy using Greek life as a target, mostly for obvious reasons. But as I got older, I sort of slowed down on this sort of humor. I know some dudes who are ex frat boys and they’re pretty nice guys. Hey, I even dated a sorority girl once, although we dated before she pledged so that only half counts. I guess what I’m saying is that as you get older, you realize the world is just not so black and white. And like David Foster Wallace says, you start to give people the benefit of the doubt more. Or you just watch a lot of FOX News and get super angry. But yes, I chose the calmer path. So sorry frat friends and beer pongers if I offended you. I can see how this game could be fun, I guess. I just sort of hate it personally. But hey, to each his own. Except in my comics.

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No News Is Good News

Man, like I say in this week’s new Dustinland comic, you really come to understand just how many awful things happen in the world when you accidentally stick your kid in front of the nightly news. Even NPR, to be honest. I never watch the news myself, mostly because it’s awful — although local news is very unintentionally funny. I read the news. And I listen to NPR. But there have been many times on the ride to drop kiddo off at daycare in the morning when I’ve had to quickly switch stations. Not all the time, but sometimes.

But yeah. News. Oh and sorry if you are a religious person who is offended by that last panel. Taking the lord’s name in vain and what not. We’re probably not going to come to terms on this one but hey, at least I said sorry. That goes over well in church, right?

Almost Virtual

Don’t get this week’s new Dustinland comic wrong — I think virtual reality is super cool and I really do want it to work and be awesome. But I tried it twice and both times I felt disoriented for about half an hour afterwards. And that was just after 15-30 minutes of use.

Maybe it treats different people differently, just like sea sickness. Or maybe it’s just something your brain has to get used to. Let’s hope that’s the case. I just worry that essentially fooling your brain may have major negative long term effects. But I guess we’ll find out soon! #progress

Truly Trump

This week’s Trump-inspired Dustinland comic is pretty straightforward. But where it came from is actually more interesting. I’ve thought about the culture war thing behind both the intense and illogical hatred of Obama and the rise of Trump for a while. So clearly that was a big part of this strip. The fact that people support Trump not really because of policy but because they want to “win.” There’s an us vs. them mentality in this country, and it’s been particularly stoked on the right by FOX News and rightwing radio for financial gain. So supporting Trump’s “initiatives” is really just code for “he’s one of us.” I don’t think this is really that much of a new thought, although I feel good about repeating it. But one unexpected thing that inspired this strip came to me through a little research into the other side.

You can read all the opinion articles and punditry pieces you want. Even when they’re incredibly thoughtful and well-informed, you can still learn just as much by reading forums and comment sections. I came across a post by a conservative talk show host asking his followers why they liked Trump despite the many instances where he has clearly not stood up for traditional conservative values and issues. There were some comments where people straight up said”I know it’s not rational, I know he probably doesn’t know what he’s doing politically, but I’m so angry and he is the voice of my anger.” I always assumed it was something subconscious. To hear people admitting they will vote for a crappy, inexperienced candidate simply because he says the right things and makes them feel good, that was really something amazing to see. It’s basically someone accepting that propaganda is working on them, and embracing it, sort of like loving Big Brother at the end of 1984.

Really fun times, guys. I can’t wait to see how crazy conservatives get if they lose the election. Will they be able to handle it, or will they go off the deep end and wreck some serious havoc? Will they look inward and try to make some real changes to their party and approach? Will they double down and dig the hole deeper? I’m sure whatever happens, it will be unpleasant for everyone.

Bernie vs Hillary

Sort of a boring topic covered in this week’s Dustinland comic. I mean, of course it’s not boring boring. It’s very important and fascinating in many ways. But it’s boring in the sense of, well, it’s almost impossible to say anything original about the U.S. presidential election, considering other people are pretty much paid to do nothing but say things about it 24-7. But this is my take on the Democratic primaries (GOP trolls please wait for another comic to comment about Trump, email scandals, socialism and other predictable topics).

Not much to add here beyond what’s in the comic. But yes, my big fear is that Hillary and Bernie are splitting the party. I really see a lot of anger and distrust from both sides, especially young Bernie fans. And my one concern, the one reason I really wrote this comic, was to say that even if you don’t look forward to a Hillary presidency, it’s still going to be WAY better than a Trump or Cruz presidency. Way, way , way better. To the degree of maybe not dooming the entire human race better.

Now, just remember, back in the Gore vs Bush days, there were a lot of Nader fans saying “Hey, Gore, Bush, same thing, right?” Well, I think we all know the answer to that one. Because while Gore was a career politician with support from big donors — just like Hillary — he probably would not have gone down in history as one of the worst U.S. presidents ever, like Bush will. And Trump/Cruz make Bush look reasonable.

So kids, love Bernie. Vote for him. Root for him. I will too! But, if it comes down to Hillary vs. Trump in the end, remember, it’s NOT the same either way. It’s a really, really big difference.

Daycare Bullies

I don’t know if it’s fair to call a three-year-old a bully, but you can certainly say he’s on the right path. As I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, it’s hard teaching your kids to stick up for themselves. A lot of it seems to be within them, at least at an early age. My kid is sort of nice and sensitive, just like I was. I’m trying to toughen him up a little, but it doesn’t seem to be working. He’s just a nice guy who doesn’t like to get physical in a violent way. Except with me, I guess. He has no problem punching me in the nuts or kicking me in the face. Happens quite often, and usually unprovoked. Maybe that’s the answer. “Just pretend the mean boy is daddy.”

Burning Marshmallow

Another week when I didn’t have to think about a new comic idea! Kiddo just said something and suddenly I had my comic. Man, he’s good, that little guy. Full of gems. I do like the combination of a child’s fresh perspective on the world combined with the unique way they look at words. They put things together in weird ways that are not entirely wrong, yet completely surprising and original. Poop is another fascination to them, and I have to admit, poop is weird. If you really think about it, that is. Not suggesting that you do, but if you did, it gets weird.

Poop.