12. Moving

Life changes. (The full-color version is here; I left the first two panels for symbolism’s sake.)



A New Challenge

Yep, that special time of year has rolled around again–it’s the last day of school! I know I posted yesterday and all, but I still have to wrap things up before I turn my school-issued laptop in during seventh period today.

So, guys… it’s been an interesting year. I’d like to say that things went well–that I had a lot of fun learning how to drive, turning sixteen, and turning out another six installments in Shenanigans: A Life. And I did enjoy those things. But to forget the hard times–like almost getting in a car accident, having an awkward one-sided relationship (yes, it’s about time y’all knew about that), and failing to meet my goal of making a comic every month–to forget those hard times would be to forget half of the year itself.

I tend to mess around a lot on this blog, posting sporadically and really doing whatever my heart pleases. It might surprise a lot of you guys, but in real life, I’m very shy and I’m always very busy with piles of coursework. If I had the time to draw more, you guys know I would. But I never quite get everything done, this website included.

I’m not going to drag on for forever, but you get the point. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the comic (using their real names) once again: Gunnar, Caleb, Alexa, and Maslin, among many others (including everyone from the last hiatus announcement). Because that’s exactly what this post is–an announcement. With the start of the summer comes the start of the annual SaL hiatus, and this year I happen to be taking on a job as a swimming instructor to boot.

However, I implore you not to despair! As with Coming Soon!, I have a lot in store for you guys over the next few months (I’ve got more than ten new images primed and ready to upload, in fact!). Dustlander Productions will be stronger than ever this summer, and I welcome the challenge. No, I accept it.

Thanks all,

– Dustlander

11. Drawing

11. Dustlander

Funny story: this exact scenario happened to me whilst drawing this comic. It took all of my dignity not to show the person the comic and the irony of the situation.

In other news: I met my goal of finishing the comic by the end of May, and DeviantArt is now blocked on my school computer! So the DA users will have to wait a bit before this one gets posted.

10. Guest

10 Guest

What better way to celebrate 10 “Shenanigans: A Life” comics, my own birthday and the website’s birthday (both of which to be celebrated next month) than with a guest comic? As you might imagine, Cal drew it this time around. Trust me, he is way better at drawing than this. He just doesn’t do it as much as me.

He wasn’t recording or anything, so unfortunately that means no time-lapse this time around. Be sure to watch the last one, though!

6. Ideas

1-4 D. GIMP




(Click here for the mobile version!)

Oh, shoot, forget the quirky one-liner description. All I’ve got to say is, WE’RE BACK!!

That, and I also have a few announcements!

  • You read the website’s name above right. The URL’s finally changing to just plain dustlander.com! I’m still working out the kinks and the URL is actually blocked on my school computer, but it’ll all be sorted out in a couple days.
  • Expect comics more frequently than last year! This time I’m starting the comic from the beginning of the school year, so that’s, like, ten times more comics than you guys are used to! Or something.
  • EDIT: Enjoy the new, even more touched-up versions of this comic on all the websites I post on! I’m finally satisfied with the quality of each comic, so I’ll be working on the next one shortly.

Huh. That’s it. Here’s to a great year!

Sophomore Year

EDIT: Oh! Sorry about what appears to be faded words here. This was drawn on the back of a church pamphlet. Anyway…

Well, you knew it was coming, but you probably didn’t think it was coming so soon! It’s that time of year again and Cal and I are making a smashing return, which means more comics, more sketches, more of basically everything! Getting back my laptop tomorrow will certainly speed up the process of drawing, editing, and posting all this cool stuff… I can’t wait!

Of course, some of you may be wondering: “How often will he post comics this year?”, “What will happen to his other projects?”, or even, “Didn’t he get a haircut the last time I saw him?”. Rest assured that all these questions will be answered in due time. For now, I advise you to enjoy the above sketch or perhaps the second season of Gravity Falls.

That’s it! The first comic of the year should be up in a few days… let the Shenanigans begin!

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon Dustlander

I suppose this is about 24 hours late, but you should just be glad I got it online before the last day of school!

That’s right, guys. I’m taking a break from Shenanigans: A Life. Not voluntarily, of course–we’re required to turn in our school computers tomorrow as they are, well, school property. I’ve been drawing the regular strips and other digital art on my school laptop, so all artwork of that type will have to wait until September.

But if you think dustlander.wordpress.com is getting shut down, you couldn’t be more wrong! Not only am I expanding to the extremely well-known DeviantArt community (and I’ve already done so–check out everything I’ve put on there here!), but I am also going to keep the site running. If I get internet access through my home computer (which is unlikely, but possible), I may even be able to scan in and post the dozens of sketches that I’ve put work into over the year. Trust me, it’s good stuff! You won’t want to miss it.

Along with the sketches are a few “secret” projects I’m working on. They’re much more story-driven, face-paced and action-filled than SaL will ever be, so I’m going to need more time before actually starting their comic art. Still, be aware that some of the characters from these projects, including the newly-reworked Project LEGEND and the slightly-revealed Project STEAMPUNK, will likely make appearances in sketch posts. Another reason you won’t want to let Dustlander Productions get, well, too dusty.

That’ll be it for now. But I’d like to thank everyone that made this first year of Shenanigans: A Life and Dustlander Productions a success. Shoutouts to my friends and family, including Lauren, Aiden, Caleb, Maslin, Alexa, and Anthony–you know who you are! 🙂

Stay classy, everyone, and here’s hoping September doesn’t roll around too quickly!

– Dustlander

4. Friday

4. Friday

Depends on your definition of “crazy”…

I’m experimenting with some new backgrounds–simpler ones that are easier to draw and don’t draw as much of the eye’s attention. Did I do well? Tell me what you think in the comments, and don’t be afraid to like or follow the blog while you’re at it!


2. Homecoming

2. Homecoming

Don’t worry, the poster is plastic-wrapped.

On an unrelated note, expect a website redesign soon! Probably around next week instead of a comic due to the extra work.

EDIT: Sorry! It’s been a while since I posted this. I promise I’m working on the new header for this website, but it’s going to be bit more detailed than I anticipated. Keep twiddling your thumbs and it’ll be done for y’all soon!

1. Compliment

Deep Thoughts Mode Activate.

So here we are! The first strip of this hopefully successful webcomic. I think I’ll call it “Shenanigans: A Life”… anyway, if there’s any problems with the site, just let me know. I just got started with WordPress, and I still don’t know how it works at all.

Happy reading!