Updated on 16 October, 2021
Dustin Comic is a weekly comic strip created by Steve Kelley, editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Jeff Parker, cartoonist for Florida Today. It first aired on January 4, 2021 and is syndicated by King Features Syndicate. It features a five-panel picture book, which opens with the first panel showing a man dressed in a Santa hat walking through a snowstorm while holding a gift box containing a variety of treats.
Life is good for Dustin, a.k.a. Dustin Henderson, a.k.a. Dustin Neff, a.k.a. Dude, is a lovable, outgoing twenty-one year old who enjoys high school, playing football, biking, and working hard at his day job. One day, however, he gets fired from his last job after letting a co-worker steal his boss's car, which gets him into trouble with the authorities.
After getting out of jail, he is approached by an attractive blond named Ariel Price. Within a few minutes of meeting her, the two start having a love affair that quickly escalates into infidelity. Ariel tries to seduce him but he backs off, unwilling to let her seduce him. She leaves him in an unconscious state and goes on with her life.
One day, Dustin goes to visit his old friend Paulie, who has moved on to Los Angeles. He tries to convince him to get back together, but Paulie is too comfortable in L.A. and does not want to return to Pittsburgh. Dusty decides to pursue his friend, but first he must deal with his guilt over stealing the boss's car. Meanwhile, he runs into Ariel who tells him about her latest escapade.
Things go bad when Paulie's boss finds out about the relationship between Dustin and Ariel. He threatens to fire Dustin if he does not tell Ariel's story to his boss. What follows is a chain of events that puts both women in a precarious position. Ariel must trust Dustin but must also be willing to lie to cover his blunder. Meanwhile, Dusty must deal with the embarrassment of his confession to his boss as well as the pressures of living in a new place.
In this action-packed tale, Comic brings in enough believable elements to make the story more than just another guy stealing from the boss. He makes us care for both sides of the story and feels sympathy for both women involved. I always felt for Dustin because he had a hard time justifying to himself why he was doing what he did. Comic does his best to show us that we can care about someone and still see them in a different light.
Dustin, like many of the comic book characters, is written very well. His dialogue is crisp, his facial expressions are realistic, and he does a terrific job of expressing his feelings. The storyline was gripping to read and went down easy. It may not seem like a book that would appeal to everyone, but for those who enjoy comics, this is a book they will read over again.
Overall, this was a positive story that won me over. I really enjoyed listening to the radio version of the story and watching the movie. Dustin is an interesting hero and a great addition to any superhero collection. If you haven't picked this up, you need to. You won't regret it.
I would recommend this to any reader who enjoys strong characters and a great story. For the teenager in all of us, this book will keep you entertained. For adults, it will add another comic to your collection. I highly recommend this book.
You can purchase this book wherever books are sold. You should pick up a copy right away. You won't regret it. If you have never read anything like " Dustin Comic" before, you will quickly find yourself wanting more.
Dustin is an average high school student that tries to navigate the confusing world of college life. With a loving and supportive father, a beautiful mother, and a difficult but good friends group, life is just about as perfect as it can get. Life isn't perfect, but comic books sometimes allow for a moment of clarity. Enjoy this one.