Like I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, my kid is sorta in the dad zone these days, but hey, that’s not such a bad thing. I’ll just remind him of this when he’s 15 and doesn’t want to hang out with me.
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I could probably make every single comic about my kid, but I try to switch it up. But yes, here is my third Dustinland comic of the year, and it’s inspired by my son’s real “nightmare.” I mean, I guess it could be scary if it was “directed” right, if you will. Maybe scary like the part of the Shining where the guy is in the bear costume and you’re just like “what?” But man, when you wake up at 3:00 AM and run into the kid’s room, you expect something way worse that that.
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This week’s new Dustinland comic is pretty straightforward. But I really do think it worked. Took a while. When he was two, three, he just didn’t care about music. Then it hit me — instead of focusing on the music, I focused on the subject matter. It had to be really obvious. And it had to be about a kid-friendly subject. Police, good guys, bad guys, monsters, robots, thunder, lightning, fire, race cars… And as you can see from my comic, it worked! And once he got hooked, then he diversified on his own and started hearing my music and asking me to add it to his list.
So I did it! At least until he’s older and then instinctively starts listening to whatever I hate, just to make a statement. So I guess pop country. Can’t wait.
Okay, so kids aren’t always as happy as I make them out to be in this week’s new Dustinland comic. BUT, I do think that in general, they are way happier than adults. They live in a naive world of joy where nothing bad has ever happened, aside from maybe someone they know got hurt or something like that. But certainly for kids, there is no war, terrorism, mass shootings, bombings, opioids, depression… etc… (first world kids, that is). And I think that’s one of the best parts of being a parent. Being around these perfect little balls of happiness is just so refreshing and invigorating. Of course I’m sad I will one day have to pass along this awful orb of misery we call human civilization, and I’ll have to teach him about how shitty people can be, but for now, it’s alllllll good.
Everyone seems to have the same cold right now, at least in New York. I got it after a few people in my office had it last week, then passed it on to my family this weekend. Today I had to stay home with my kiddo, since he wasn’t feeling well. And as you can see in my new Dustinland comic, this is how it turned out.
I guess it was all for the better. He did sound horrible in the morning. But man, by lunch time, dude was basically doing backflips. Man, last week I was sick and it was way less fun. Kids always win.
I’ll admit it, a lot of my comics are depressing. I am definitely a pessimist. Or perhaps a realist at best. But as I allude to in this week’s new Dustinland comic, that’s what’s nice about being a parent. Kids are so naive and wonderful, they do seem to really love life. And that’s something to learn from. True, you can never go back to the garden again, but you can at least try to learn something from the way they experience life. In the face of such endless misery — like the awful events in the news today, this week, this month, this past year — what else can you do but try to do your best, to make the world better, and to find some joy in the world, wherever you can.
Man, as the world collapses around me, it sure is nice being a parent. Yes, I do worry about his future (and mine), but it is a pleasure being around someone who has no idea about all the awful stuff going on around us.
That’s not at all what this new Dustinland comic is about. It’s just about my kid’s idea of cool. It’s funny. I think.