Tag Archives: home ownership

Blinded By The Light

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about something that actually does happen to me on occasion. I’ll wake up to a beam of light shining through the one-inch gap that the window shade doesn’t cover, only to see that somehow there is light blasting right into my eye from an ultra bright street light a block away. Seems intentional if you ask me.

Am I alone here?

Hot End to 2022

This week’s new Dustinland comic is a 100% true story about a minor fire that broke out in my house recently. Fortunately everything is okay, but it was scary, and it will continue to be a huge pain in the ass to get all this fixed.

I think the scariest part is seeing how fast a fire can spread. One little oops and really you can find yourself in a disaster — or worse — in minutes.

Aside from that, you know, it’s just stuff. It will take a while to replace and fix, and I did lose a few comics, but nothing too irreplaceable. I think the biggest inconvenience is that I use the basement as a home office and that’s not possible for the time being, so that should be interesting.

But yeah. Fire. It’s dangerous. Wheee 2023.


This week’s new Dustinland comic is about crickets. It’s a short one because I was very busy this weekend, not only watching the Mets lose, but also ironically, attending Comic Con. I say ironically because it’s ironic that a comic convention kept me from drawing comics.

But yeah, crickets. Charming to hear, less charming to see. But in general, I am pro cricket. Except for those huge dinosaur looking ones you find in the basement sometimes. Gross.

Clean Thoughts

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about compulsive cleaning as a sort of therapy. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but in some ways, if you think about it, it’s kind of like what monks do. Chores… constant chores, almost as a meditation. So yeah, despite my cynicism, maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all.

I actually do kind of enjoy vacuuming. It’s very before – after. Also weeding. That’s 100% my favorite chore. How bout you?

Manic Mundane

This week’s new Dustinland comic is a collection of thematic annoyances. Nothing too profound, just little daily things we can all relate to, with a sprinkling of existential dread at the very end.

I do really get worried when I find a random screw at home though. I keep thinking I’m going to be sitting on a chair that suddenly collapses, sending a wooden shard into my spleen, or something like that. That would be an actual first world problem.

Domestic Flights… of Rage

I’ve been pretty busy lately so this week’s new Dustinland comic is just a quick two-panel strip about… well basically what happens just about every day at home. And you know, I think a big part of having a family is being able to not fly off the handle at stupid little things, like the way the dishwasher is loaded. Just chill, because half the time the thing that wasn’t put back in the right place… it’s something you did and just forgot. Except for when the kids don’t close the cabinet doors DAMMIT HOW HARD IS IT?!

I Fell Down The Stairs

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about the time I fell down a flight of icy stairs outside my house about a month ago. Funny, as I write this, I can hear the garbage truck outside, which is exactly what prompted me to race out of the house the day of the incident. I’m mostly fine now, although I do think I kinda broke my middle finger and it’s still a bit messed up.

In other news the entire world is focused on Will Smith right now, so figured I’d mention that here. Will Smith. See? I did it.

I’m New Here 8-12

This week I was a bit too busy for a new strip, but here is a collection of my last five strips for The River Journal. They’re meant for an audience of a few towns in Westchester, NY, but really I think anyone who moved from the city to the burbs will appreciate it. Hence the title.

These will also be a nice break from all the misery in the news today since these are all pre pandemic and non political. So take a break and enjoy.

I’m New Here 5 & 6

Here are my two latest comic strips for The River Journal, an excellent local newspaper up here in Westchester. Homeowners, you will appreciate the newest one.

I’m New Here

I’ve been drawing a new comic called I’m New Here for a local newspaper called The River Journal. They cover a bunch of towns up here in Westchester, including mine. I say up here because Westchester is north of NYC, and that’s sort of where everything is judged by around these parts. Anyway, you can see the first four strips here. There’s certainly a theme, as you can tell from the title. I grew up in an apartment in Queens so being new to the suburbs provides endless ideas. If you’re lucky enough to live in a Hudson river town, you get the printed version delivered right into your mailbox. Good times.