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20 Years

This new Dustinland comic is not so much about my new book (which you can now buy here at Amazon!) but rather inspired by it. It’s about the thought process behind it, and the hopes, fears, dreams, and paranoia brought on from discussing it with people in the real world. So really it’s more about success, as an artist and as a human.

It’s a topic I’ve touched on before and probably will again, but I felt that this 20-year milestone was the right time to dive into it.

Also, I was inspired by my trip last night to the Society of Illustrators for a goodbye party for MAD Magazine, as they are moving from their classic NYC home out to the west coast to join the rest of their DC Comics companions/overlords. As an occasional contributor, it was an honor to be among great like Al Jaffee, Tom BunkHermann Mejia and basically a huge room full of some of the world’s best cartoonists. I’d like to thank all the awesome MAD editors and staffers (especially Jonathan Bresman and Ryan Flanders), who were so kind to me over the years, and who brought me into this amazing family of talented artists and creators. It’s a bummer to see the gang split up and such a NY institution leave town, but hey, the times they are a changin.

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Rex In The City in July MAD Magazine

Make sure to pick up a copy of the July issue of MAD Magazine (a Narnia spoof is on the cover)! I’ve got a “Rex in the City” strip in there. For those of you who don’t know, “Rex in the City” is a strip of mine that occasionally runs in MAD. The main character is named — surprise — Rex, and the strip is closer to Dustinland than it is to Birdy. It’s pretty obvious where I got the title, and sadly, I just found out that the show is actually “Sex AND the City” not “IN the city.” I mean, I don’t watch the show and when people say it out loud, it’s hard to tell if it’s IT or AND. Oh well. I learned this from a comment on Reddit regarding this recent Birdy strip, and the comment went something like this: “It’s Sex AND the City, and your comic is shit.” Yikes. Sorry SJP fans — it’s Birdy, not me. Okay, it’s me too. That show fucking blows.