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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?

The Top Comic I Drew About The Top Things That Happened in 2013

This final Dustinland comic of 2013 is my usual year end summary. I don’t always do it, but most of the time (2012   2011   2010   2000-2009   2005   2003   2002). I don’t know if anyone likes these, but I enjoy doing them, because it helps me get a good glimpse of the year in one shot, and it’s also nice to look back on further down the road.

Each year I try to give the strip a different spin. In 2010 it was a social media thing. This year I sort of did a little riff on lists. You know, December is list time. Top Albums of the Year! Top Songs! Top Videos! Top Movies! Top Memes! People Who Died! Etc… So everything in my comic is a “top” list. Even if there’s just one thing. HAHA! Get it?! Boy that’s almost sort of funny.

See you next year!

Hipster Dustinland: Still in the news

The Theory of Hipster Relativity Dustinland comic continues to have legs, three years after its creation. Most recently, it was mentioned in a Boston Globe article detailing the hipsterification of a neighborhood. But more bizarrely, shortly before that article came out, the comic was featured in a Canadian sociology textbook. I find both of these things quite excellent, but the textbook especially. You spend your whole life hating school and wind up as part of a lesson plan. Who knew?

1069324_10151584430868214_1780979267_nIt is now official: I am an expert source when it comes to the science of hipsterology.

This Is News To Me

This Dustinland was inspired by a rare viewing of cable news I was subjected to the other day. I actually don’t even have cable, which is great because it’s evil on the most part, but that’s another topic.

When I watch cable news networks, I feel like I am being yelled at and bombarded. I don’t understand why people put themselves through this. Nothing is fun about it. Even when they’re talking politics and you agree with the pundits, it’s still not fun. It’s stressful and awful. I like me some BBC or PBS news where it’s more like someone calmly telling me what is happening, rather than trying to freak me out and get a reaction out of me, or even worse, telling me what that reaction should be.

Anyway, I know this isn’t the freshest topic but it hit me the other day so there you have it.