This week’s new Dustinland comic is not really a guide to staying sane this summer, but rather a way to vent about how incredibly boring and frustrating it is to stay home with your family for weeks during 90-degree heat. There really is just nothing to do, and the days of “yay let’s do a puzzle” are far behind us. But while I complain in the strip in what I hope is a wacky relatable way you’ll all appreciate and share with your friends on your 78 social media accounts, in reality, I do try to have little things — little routines with kiddo especially — that keep things interesting and keep us from going nuts. My favorite is our weekly “snack attack”, where we go to 7-11 or CVS and I simply let my 8-year-old son buy whatever he wants. It’s good times — although it does result in what I mention in #2 of this week’s strip. Oh well, gotta give ourselves a break this year!
Posted in parenthood
Tagged bored, covid, covid-19, dad life, depression, family, fatherhood, fathers, kids, pandemic, parenthood, parenting, parents, quarantine, raising children, raising kids, summer, summer 2020
This week’s new Dustinland comic is obviously about the stress caused by months of quarantine. For me personally, it’s less about the fear of getting sick and more about dealing with the monotony and frustrations of day to day existence right now. In particular, balancing work and parenting. Of course I am grateful for my awesome life etc… it’s just that right now there’s a lot of bullshit going on and it’s hard to not let it slowly get to you. This past week I really noticed it creeping in.
As for the absurdist ending, that’s not meant to be something negative, but most people take it that way. Really it just means that life is meaningless is silly, so why stress over it. Just laugh and go with the flow and try to enjoy it, or at least “enjoy” it. Kind of like a dark version of eastern philosophy, but without the enlightenment or reincarnation parts.
Posted in philosophy
Tagged absurdism, anxiety, covid, covid-19, depression, parenthood, parenting, parents, philosophy, quarantine, stress, wfh, work, working from home
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how we don’t really know anything about the pandemic. I mean, we know a lot, but compared to normal life, we don’t know anything. Never have I felt so at a loss for a plan. What happens next for how long? Don’t know. And I sort of always knew we didn’t know what was going on, but this really sheds light on to just what extent we are all making it up.
Posted in parenthood
Tagged corona, corona virus, covid, covid-19, face mask, pandemic, parenthood, parenting, parents, philosophy, quarantine, raising children, raising kids, shelter in place
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how blah quarantine is. Just the same day, over and over again. I mean, when it’s nice out at least you can go for a walk or something, but when it’s cloudy or rainy it’s just… BLAH. Of course I can still suck it up and deal with it because it’s not like living in a hole for two years hiding from nazis like some people had to do during WWII. It’s not like I’m going to risk my life and the lives of my friends and family just so I can go to the gym or hair salon after I burn down a 5G tower. Oh man, we are so doomed in this planet of idiots. That’s a big part of the blah. It only gets more blah if you read the news.
Posted in health
Tagged bored, corona, corona virus, covid-19, depression, home schooling, pandemic, parenting, quarantine, shelter in place, stayhome
This new Dustinand comicis about how hard it is to WFH while taking care of your kids. Or really, while home schooling your kids. And boy, second grade math sure has changed! You know, I went to a specialized math and science high school for the top nerds in NYC, I did pretty well on my SATs, and even I have to read my 8-year-old’s math questions multiple times before I can even try to explain how he should be answering them. I’m sure there is a science to all of this, but man, it ain’t easy. And I have a job.
Posted in school, work
Tagged corona, corona virus, covid-19, dad, dad life, fatherhood, kids, math, parenthood, parenting, quarantine, school, wfh, work
Has your birthday been cancelled due to the virus? How about your kid’s? Well, this week’s new Dustinland comic is for you. Fun times. But hey, you gotta laugh, or you’re gonna cry.
Stay safe, everyone!
Posted in parenthood
Tagged birthday, cancelled, corona, corona virus, covid-19, dad life, fatherhood, nintendo, nintendo switch, pandemic, parenthood, parenting, parents, raising children, raising kids, switch, virus
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how our kids are silently absorbing all the negative political conversations we have while they’re playing off in the corner, seemingly ignoring us.
Now, in the comic, I joke about being proud of my son’s actual real life quote, but in all seriousness, I find it concerning. I don’t want him to be as stressed out and negative as I am. But I guess it can’t help but seep in. Because they really are little sponges, and they’re listening, even when you think they’re not. And whether you’re a liberal, a conservative, or something in between (which I think is actually the truth for most of us), we need to protect our kids from the unrelenting negativity, hate and cynicism that’s dominating politics in the U.S. — and in much of the world, from what it sounds like. We need the next generation to grow up thinking they can make a difference, in their own lives, and to the world.
So yeah, as funny as it can seem, no more Dusty Downers…
Posted in parenthood, philosophy, politics
Tagged 2020 election, children, climate change, cynicism, dad, dad life, dadhood, election, father, fatherhood, kids, negativity, parenthood, parenting, parents, politics, raising children, raising kids, uspolitics
I rarely ever have marital spats, like the one in this week’s new Dustinland comic, but when I do, kiddo definitely notices! And boy do these kids say the darnedest things.
By the way, if you don’t get the last panel, look up “Marriage Story meme.”
Posted in marriage, parenthood
Tagged argument, domestic, fight, keto, love, marriage, marriage story, marriage story meme, parenthood, parenting, parents, relationship
This new Dustinland comic is about cup stacking AKA speed stacking AKA the “sport” where kids stack and unstack cups as quickly as possible. I won’t say anything else here, since I pretty much say it all in the comic, but I will also leave you with this insane clip of the world speed stacking record:
Posted in parenthood
Tagged childhood, children, cup stacking, fatherhood, gym, kids, parenthood, parenting, raising children, raising kids, school, speed stacking
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how difficult it would be to explain a war with Iran to children. Working on this comic made me realize that 99 out of 100 Americans is most likely not aware of the history between the US and Iran beyond the last 10-20 years — maybe 30 if we’re talking about some folks a bit older who remember Jimmy Carter and hostages. But that is par for the course — we’ve got lots of people with virulent opinions yet no knowledge. Good times!
Posted in parenthood, politics
Tagged children, dad, fatherhood, fathers, iran, parenthood, parenting, parents, political comic, politics, raising children, us iran, us iran relations, us iran war, uspolitics, war