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Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs bring Li’l Gotham to DC Digital

DC Comics is expanding its digital-first initiative Wednesday with Li’l Gotham, a monthly serial featuring Dustin Nguyen’s popular chibi-esque renditions of Batman’s friends and foes. Nguyen’s frequent collaborate Derek Fridolfs will co-write.

The story, called “The Calendar of Small Events,” is holiday-themed, with the first installment tied to Halloween. Subsequent chapters will center around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

“This has been a passion project of mine for some time now, and for anyone that’s followed my work, I’m sure it’s more of an ‘its about time!’” Nguyen told DC’s The Source. “The look and style is a slight departure from my usual (think the exact opposite of serious), but the idea has always been the same — to take our favorite existing Gotham characters, place them in fun scenarios without having to be tied to just one continuity or look and feel. It’s basically a Batman book for fans, by two huge fans.”

While the artist’s pint-sized, and lighthearted, takes on the denizens of Gotham made their official debut in 2009’s Batman Annual #27 and Detective Comics Annual #11, they began years before as a hobby.

“At times in various platforms, Batman has been extremely dark and taken very seriously,” Fridolfs said. “So respectfully, we’re going in the opposite direction and having a bit of whimsical fun with a whole city of characters beloved by fans and especially ourselves. Li’l size … big enjoyment.”

Each installment is available for download for 99 cents from the DC Comics website.





October 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Just like Marvel! :P

Not sure what you mean by “Just like Marvel”, but DC has been doing variations of this for years.

So has Marvel. Beyond the most recent Skottie Young & Guruhiru stuff. Marvel’s been giving characters the baby/kid treatment since at least 1986’s Uncanny X-Men Annual #10 – aka. the X-Babies debut. I don’t know exactly how long DC has been doing kid versions of their characters, beyond the questionablely “fun-sized” Bat-Mite, but Marvel’s been at it for 26 years now. On & off.

Superboy #8 (1950) saw the first adventure of “Superbaby,” a character which extends the “Junior Superman” concept to that of a super-powered toddler. The Superbaby stories are set in the time just after the Kents adopt Clark. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Good god…is that what needs to be discussed here? Who did this kind of treatment to their characters first and/or the longest??? What about some comments on whether you like the idea; or, if you’ve never seen thjs kind of thing before, whether you’ll try it; etc. sheesh!

Hmmm, well anything will do for my Steph and pre-nu52 Red Robin fix. I can settle for this.

Yeah but these arent babies

Cant wait!

Excited about this! As soon as it comes out in print, at least! :)

I wasn’t thinking Marvel Babies when I saw this but Jill Thompson’s Li’l Endless. If this is even half as good as that it will be a must buy for me! :)

thank heavens some stephanie brown! (i will always love the pre-new 52 bat universe better than what you have now. i prefer a batman/teen titans-centric univers to a batman/justice league-centric universe)

I wonder if this will be collected as standard single issues, or if there’ll just be one book, formatted more like the Zuda trades…

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