This new Dustinland comic is basically a transcribed moment between my son and I from about 6 months ago. I never got around to drawing the strip. But yeah. Technically, he’s right. We are all meat.
These days he doesn’t play with Little People anymore. Pretty much Lego 24/7. And he has my old Micro Machines and MUSCLE men, which are big hits. But no bringing the MUSCLE guys out of the house! Those are classic ’80s toys. High five.
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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?
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This week’s Dustinland comic was originally going to be about the last two panels — just about how annoying kids can be about sharing and wanting and fighting and grabbing and crying. Man, two of them together, it’s just impossible. It’s like they are trying to be as irrational and impossible as they can. Add more kids, it only gets exponentially worse.
But you know, I started thinking about it and decided to expand from that single subject to the broader frustrations around kids and wanting. They’re always wanting something, except of course when you want them to want something. Then they don’t want it. That’s the game. You can’t even do reverse psychology — too dangerous. They might believe you and it would wind up reinforcing what you don’t want them to do.
Oh well, at least mine seems to get sarcasm, which is surprisingly effective at times.
This is a little early for Father’s Day but I draw my comics on Sunday nights, so the only way to get this done in time would be to spend Saturday night or Father’s Day evening at the computer, and I’d rather not. So here’s a new Dustinland comic a little early for all the dads out there. And in fact, even more than that — it’s just a nice thought for parents in general, even people who aren’t parents. It’s just nice to think there are millions of these little people running around, innocent little kids, who don’t know the horrors of the world. Who wake up every day excited to experience something new and fun. That’s how it should be for every child. And maybe even every parent. Maybe we should learn from them and do our best to not be jaded, to stop and realize what a wonderful world this is, and to start every day fresh and full of possibilities.
Happy Father’s Day. Enjoy every moment.
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Happy New Year everyone! This final Dustinland comic of 2015 highlights what’s in store for all the parents of small children out there – and it’s not a late night of dining, dancing and drinking.
Enjoy and thanks for the support! See you all in 2016!
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I’ve been so tired from a week of messed up daylight savings time, I’m posting my latest Dustinland comic 24 hours late for the second week in a row! Now, daylight savings doesn’t bother me, but like I say in the comic, it doesn’t even exist to my three-year-old. And THAT’S a problem. Because he used to wake up around 7:00, and now that has become 6:00. Big difference. Oh, me so sleepy. Me nap-nap long time.