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By Steve Kelley & Jeff Parker


About Dustin

Each day, Dustin invites readers into the lives of the Kudlick family, who have welcomed the strips’ 23-year-old namesake back into the house after college for “just a little while.”

Mind you, the Kudlicks are not a dysfunctional family – rather they are highly functioning with mother (Helen), father (Ed) and daughter (Megan) suddenly living again with devoutly dysfunctional Dustin, who at 23 is unemployed, unmotivated and unable to see any of that as a problem.

An inveterate dreamer, Dustin refuses the prescribed route to success – working his way up. Instead, he insists he will patent an invention…join the PGA Tour…or take his comedy act to television. Until then, he works temporary jobs for a day or two – sometimes a week – and then quits or is fired and the process begins anew. One day, he’s a meter maid, taking down soccer mom SUVs. The next day, he is a private detective investigating a cheating spouse: “I have to follow some lady around the golf course…her husband thinks she’s moving her ball.”

Though Dustin is the star, the strip is what creators Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker call a “sitcomic” that often explores relationships of cast members, even in Dustin’s absence. Kelley notes, “Between Dustinrsquos temp jobs, Helen’s radio show and Ed’s law practice, the strip has plenty of fresh air pouring in. The only thing about Dustin that’s predictable is that it’s different every day.”

Dustin was named “Newspaper Comic Strip of the Year” by the National Cartoonists Society for 2010.

Meet the Creators

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    Jeff Parker

    Jeff Parker began drawing editorial cartoons for Florida Environments newsmagazine in 1989. He moved to the Orlando Business Journal in 1990 before joining his hometown newspaper, Florida Today, in 1992. He retired from editorial cartooning in 2013. Throughout his 21 years with Florida Today, Jeff’s work was distributed to hundreds of newspapers in the United […]

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    Steve Kelley

    The creative team behind Dustin combines the talents of established political cartoonists Steve Kelley, who writes the strip, and Jeff Parker, who draws it. Kelley has extensive experience producing humor. In 1985, he began writing comedy and performing at open-mike nights in San Diego. His incisive wit and dry delivery quickly propelled him to showrooms […]

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