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Dustin Nguyen on Dick Grayson, watercolor, and 'Robin & Batman'

Episode Summary

This week, Dustin Nguyen joins us to discuss Robin & Batman, working with Jeff Lemire, his process, and so much more!

Episode Notes

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  1. Marvel announces new one-shot 'Secret X-Men' #1 for February 2022
  2. Marvel releases ‘X Lives of Wolverine’ and ‘X Deaths of Wolverine’ #3 & #4 details
  3. The 90s' Spider-Man spin-off team the Slingers returns in February
  4. Marvel teases Queen Goblin to appear in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ in February 2022
  5. Image sets ‘Step by Bloody Step’ fantasy opus for February 2022
  6. Creators for Creators grant recipients kicking off ‘New Masters’ #1
  7. Diamond, Alliance Hit by Ransomware Attack
  8. Netflix and Archie Comics team up for live-action musical ‘The Archies’

Standout KAPOW moment of the week:

Nathan - Batman: The Imposter #2 (Mattson Tomlin, Andrea Sorrentino, Jordie Bellaire)

Dave - Alien #8 (Salvador Larroca, Phillip Kennedy Johnson)

Our Top Books of the Week


  1. Venom #1 (Ewing, Ram V, Hitch)
  2. Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #78 (Thompson, Pichelli, Towe)


  1. Venom #1  (Ewing, Ram V, Hitch)
  2. Robin & Batman #1 (Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen)


  1. Dave: X-Force #25 (Ben Percy, Robert Gill)
  2. Nathan: The Nice House on the Lake #6 (James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jordie Bellaire)


  1. Dave: Kang the Conqueror #4 (Mike Del Mundo)
  2. Nathan: King Spawn #4 (Jason Shawn Alexander)

Segment: Interview with Dustin Nugyen (Superman Unchained, Joker: Endgame, Descender, Robin & Batman)

  1. What has the collaboration process been like with Jeff Lemire in putting this story of Robin’s early days together?
  2. What do you think it is that sets Dick Grayson apart from Batman’s other partners?
  3. When working with water color, do you ever run into a page that doesn’t quite work due to the chaotic nature of water color?
  4. You’ve drawn a few very different Robins over the years, from Streets of Gotham to Lil Gotham. How do you personally approach capturing the demeanor and physicality of Dick Grayson vs Damian Wayne?
  5. Huge fan of last year's Batman Tales: Once Upon A Crime. Any chance we’ll get to see you and Derek Fridolfs paired on a project like this in the future?
  6. What is your process like working on a book like this with a clear 3 issue structure, do you work linearly, or do you start with pages that excite you most?
  7. Was there anything in Robin & Batman that you learned?
  8. What are some of your favorite Robin stories? What are some of your favorite Batman stories?
  9. Is there a character you haven’t yet gotten to tackle you’re dying to do next?
  10. What comes are you reading right now?

Off Topic Top Shelf: Working on his house