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L’il Gotham – The Cute Crusader Strikes Bwack – Dustin Nguyen Talks Shop

Lil Gotham Valentines DayTired of face lift…offs and the morbidity of comics, want to just have a little bit o’ fun with some of your favorite Gothamites? Look no further than L’il GOTHAM. Before you think this digital exclusive is just the Muppet Babying of the bat family, listen to what L’il GOTHAM artist extraordinaire, Dustin Nguyen, has to say about Holiday time inside his imagination.

Rob Patey – Optimous Douche (OD): I’ll admit, as a fully grown man the L’il GOTHAM line scared me from both peer perception and enjoyment. So I need to ask, how two other grown men would think to slather Gotham with Muppet Baby style cuteness?

Dustin Nguyen (DN): At first, it was done for fun- to take a break from the seriousness of drawing the day to day books I was working on. Then it just got addicting to see what every character might look like and act if they weren’t always so serious.

Dustin_NguyenOD: Where did the Holiday theme for each issue come from? Was it part of the initial pitch or a DC add? And what antics can we expect for Passover this year?

DN: The Holiday theme in the initial pitch we titled “ Little Gotham’s: Calender of Small Events.” It came from the idea that if we can get DC to sign off on a year-long Holiday based series… we’d get at least a year’s worth of work. Passover’s going to all bundled up with this year’s end of season special, I believe that one’s going to be a two-parter.

OD: Will future chapters be holiday themed as well, or can we expect a break from Holiday time? 

DN: Yeah definitely, since we get to do 2 chapters instead of 1 a month now, we are expanding to a few 2-parters for some stories, and as you mentioned- break away from the holiday theme and might even leave Gotham City for a bit.

OD: Both you and your writing counterpart  Derek Fridolfs work in the other stratums of the DC brand spectrum of ages. What’s it like shifting gears from one to the other, and do you ever find ideas from one feeding the others?

DN: I definitely feel the two have to co-exist, although to be honest, I am a little behind on the current timeline. Derek and I still sort of live in the BTAS world sometimes.

OD: The New 52 continuity in Gotham is pretty dark, are you guys making any of those themes a little more palatable like the Joker’s face hanging off his skull? Or do you just avoid main continuity all together? 

DN: Even though we’re part of the main DC universe, we aren’t part of the main continuity, which allows us a slight bit more freedom with our stories and costume choices.

OD: So have you guys hit every player in Gotham yet? Anyone waiting in the wings or someone you’re dying to “youth”enize?

DN: We’re pretty much open to anyone really, i prefer some of the more obscure, lesser used characters, but we always want to include some that’s more known as to not completely alienate the main audience. ah- but they all stay their own age even through my stylized versions!

Lil Gotham Valentine Special

OD: Friendship is a big part of L’IL GOTHAM as are larger panels with far easier flow. I have to assume this is because a child’s head and thus brain is so small and also have a false sense that mankind is good? Do you find any extra freedoms in these wide open panel spaces and moralistic black and white surety?

DN: That’s absolutely what it is, so we’re letting the kids enjoy it while it lasts, but around that, there’s still plenty or room to play with. Now that we’ve gotten the green-light to do more chapters, we can focus on stories that are more involved and would take a bit longer to tell.

bat cow funnyOD: What about Bat-Cow? I loooovvveee Bat-Cow!
DN: So does our editor Sarah! i believe you’ll see a guest appearance by the cow sooner than later.

OD: Can you please give us the lowdown on the impending Valentine’s issue if you would be so kind? 

DN: It’s going to be full of <3

OD: Oh come on now, you can do better than that. Who are the primary players? Perhaps a little Poison Ivy love potion?

DN: Gah! you NAILED it. Joker and the LAYDEEES in this one.

L’il GOTHAM’s Valentine special  is ready for download now. Get up on it, especially for the wee comic fans in your life.

HOLY PREMIUMS BATMAN – DARK KNIGHT INSURANCE CLAIM

I love it when my two loves of marketing and comics collide. I got a great email today from the clever folks at AutoInsuranceCenter.com who have tabulated the damage to all of Bruce Wayne’s wonderful toys in The Dark Knight Rises.

Read the letter from Adam West, Progressive Insurance Agent to…well, I guess himself…kinda.

A Letter To The Bruce Wayne Estate From His Progressive Agent

Dear Representatives of the Batman Estate,The Bat

First off, we at Progressive Insurance want to express our sincere condolences on the demise of Batman as a result of his heroism during a recent terrorist attack by a scurrilous villain known only as ‘Bane’. Batman’s loss will be felt by all residents of Gotham City (and perhaps the entire world!) whom he so valiantly fought to protect.

As a claims representative of Progressive Insurance, I’ve been assigned the job of reviewing your claim for repairs and replacement of two vehicles in the Bat Fleet in the amount of $54,485,500. As you might imagine, the figure claimed for these vehicles is far above the normal amount claimed by our customers.

We also want to point out that the history of claims filed for the Bat Fleet of vehicles points to a tendency toward recklessness, even in light of the dangerous nature of Batman’s profession. Claims in the past five years alone have totaled an astounding $214,753,437.22, a figure that would disqualify you for coverage by all but the most dedicated of insurers, of which Progressive is most certainly the leader. We feel we have striven above and beyond the call of duty to provide coverage to Batman in an effort to support his crime-fighting mission, however we must thoroughly reassess the risk/reward ratio of continuing to do so in light of this most recent claim.

Your claim report states that the vehicle known as ‘The Bat’ was destroyed by an atomic bomb during a recent terrorist attempt in which Bane stole the nuclear core of a fusion reactor and held the entire city of Gotham hostage by threatening detonation. Batman valiantly employed the Bat to fly the bomb out over the ocean where it was detonated, thus destroying the Bat and sacrificing his own life while sparing the lives of millions of residents of Gotham City and the surrounding area. While we recognize that the destruction of the vehicle was the result of great heroism, the high cost of its replacement necessitates a thorough review of your claim.

Additionally, you’ve filed a claim for repairs to the Bat Cycle for $2,480,500. Your claim states that the vehicle was driven by a Ms. Cat Woman and was involved in a high speed chase with military vehicles, receiving damage from a variety of assault weapons. As Cat Woman is not listed as a driver on your policy, we will not be able to pay your claim for repairs. However, had she been listed as a driver on your policy, the fact that she operated the vehicle recklessly at speeds far in excess of the speed limit in a busy metro area would have negated this claim. If Ms. Cat Woman is going to be operating any of your Fleet of Bat vehicles in the future, we will need to do a thorough investigation of her driving record to see if she has a history of moving violations or DUI. I should add that insuring her is likely to be extremely costly, given the current claim.

As for your claim for replacement of the Bat in the amount of $52,005,000, you’ve stated that its specialized design and capabilities include:

  • Titanium construction that renders it bullet- and bomb-proof.
  • A jet engine with high-speed flight capacity.
  • An onboard computer with a direct feed to the mainframe computer located in the Bat Cave.
  • Onboard projectiles and missiles, and the ability to self-destruct by remote control in the event the vehicle falls into the hands of criminals such as Bane, the Joker, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze or the Riddler.

Recognizing the highly specialized nature of the Bat, the significant cost of repairs and replacement, and the dangerous, crime-fighting missions for which it’s employed, if we are to continue to insure the vehicle, we need to make an adjustment to the premium. The new monthly cost to insure will be $258,860.50. We must also include the stipulation that drivers of the Bat avoid all contact with atomic bombs in the future, as the vehicle, despite its considerable bomb-deterrent capabilities, isn’t able to withstand such attacks without considerable damage or outright destruction.

Additionally, we will need to visit the Bat Cave garage where the Bat Fleet of vehicles is stored. We understand the secret nature of this location, nevertheless, we must complete an inspection to ensure that the facility is adequate to provide proper storage of these highly valuable, specialized vehicles. Please forward the address at your earliest convenience.

According to your report, a person known only as ‘Robin’ is now replacing Batman as the person responsible for fighting crime and ensuring the overall security of the entire Gotham City metropolitan area, if not the world. We wish him success in carrying out his mission and hope that his driving style is less destructive than his predecessor. If he completes a safe driving course, we might be able to offer a small discount on your premium.

Sincerely,

Adam West, Progressive Claims Representative