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Interview: Dustin Nguyen Talks Moving BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM to Twice a Month

Great news for fans of the series!

Have you been reading BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM? It's a great digital series by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen. The chapters have been coming out around the holidays but it's just been announced that the series is moving to a twice a month schedule.

We took this opportunity to ask Dustin a few questions about the series and this change.

Comic Vine: How did the series turn from holiday-themed installments to a bi-monthly series?

Dustin Nguyen: Around last Christmas sometime, we got a call from DC basically telling us "People like it, you should do more. Can you do more?" So we're doing more.

CV: Does this free you up to do other stories rather than just focus on the holidays?

DN: It definitely does. Though we're still sticking with the original stories we've outlined for the year- holiday-wise, but now we have a "B side" as our Editor Sarah Gaydos likes to call it. Some of which gives us room to have extended chapters, 2 parters and such.

CV: Why has it taken so long for this to become an actual series?

DN: Hah! It depends on who you ask. Me - scheduling has been a big issue for the past few years, Derek Fridolfs and I have always been tied up with one deadline or another since...forever. For DC, it was just a matter of where to put a series like this. Initially, they were 10 page, single stories, and holiday specials. That makes it sort of specific in format and distribution. So I told DC, "Hey you know what? I have an idea - create something called DC DIGITAL for me, so we can put Lil Gothams in there". And it was DONE.

Just kidding, but that would be a way better answer.

== TEASER ==

CV: Looks like the series will see its first printed issue in April. What are the pros and cons of doing a digital first comic?

DN: The pros are definitely getting more eyes on it from folks that normally wont run to the store to pick up a single 10 page book. Many readers of Lil Gotham are friends and fans I've known that love comic art, but rarely read or keep up with actual comics. Many of them are overseas or in an area without a comic store within miles. Digital allowed them to visit a website, homepage, facebook page - whatever, and say "Oh hey, there's a new book. It's .99 cents. I can read it right now" Click. Done. So I'd say accessibility is a big factor. As with anything, if you spend a ton of energy and time on something, it's all about getting as many eyes on it as possible.

Cons, besides majorly re-working the way I tell a story panel to panel to make it work for the e-readers, the schedule is still just as rigorous as any monthly book... so the cons are the same as ever.

CV: Will each issue remain self-contained?

DN: For the most part they will be, we have a few that will take more than 10 pages to tell. We'll have our own little summer event. Very little.

CV: Will other Li'l characters ever show up or are you just focusing on the Gotham residents?

DN: Ah most definitely. You'll get to see a little JLA cameo in this month's Valentine's special. Then later on this year, we actually leave Gotham City for a bit too.

The Valentine's Day issue goes on sale digitally this Sunday.

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Posted by impossibilly

Awesome news!

Posted by Trevel8182

Awesome!

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Cool, my littlest bro loves these.

Posted by Crash_Recovery

If you're not reading this, you're missing out.

Li'l Gotham is a great example of how all-ages comics can really be enjoyable by all ages.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I should really start checking them out since this has happened

Posted by annafh

This makes me so happy!

Posted by doomsilver

Dude's art is amazing!

Posted by iaconpoint

Dustin Nguyen is so great.

Posted by Decept-O

I love Dustin Nguyen's and Peter Nguyen's art quite a bit. I have shared images of both their work with friends of mine who aren't very familiar with comics, and they all love what they both do.

Keep up the great work!

Posted by FatihBATMAN

Niiiice! Cuteness overload!

Posted by DonFelipe

Love this title... but (there's always a but) I'm not sure if a more frequent schedule won't take away some of its magic?
I was always looking forward to the next holidays. Now, it adds one more title to the pull list that already is too long.

Posted by wolfmangideon

It's a shame I have to wait until April for the first issue.

Posted by RedOwl_1

I love Li'l Gotham Dustin's art is gorgeous and the stories are fun to read :D Very much all ages (which doesn't mean "just for kids" at all)

Posted by Teerack

D'awwww! Lil' Harley is 'dorable!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Definitely may try this out when it gets to hardcopy format. Have always enjoyed Nguyen here.