Dustin Nunn, A Published Author and Cartoonist with Autism: Includes Cartoons

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How I met Dustin Nunn, a published author and cartoonist

The events that led to this interview began when I met Dustin's father, Randy, on Twitter. I had noticed Randy had been promoting Dustin's book, Dustin & Darling. In addition to being a great cartoonist, I was impressed to learn Dustin has a mild form of autism. As a teacher and a parent of a child with autism, I am always fascinated and inspired by those that succeed beyond the norm. I had also noticed an honorable and steadfast attempt of a father simply helping his son secure an independent future as an author/cartoonist. Nevertheless, I was intrigued and wanted to get to know Dustin and his family.

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Dustin Nunn - The Telephone Interview

An Introduction - When I called Dustin, I had not anticipated the call to last over two hours, it didn't even feel like a long call. Dustin and his parents were forthcoming as well as hopeful for his success. Also, I could talk to Dustin's mom, Donna, for hours. We were kindred spirits with the paths we had mutually experienced as parents of a child with autism. The early years are incredibly similar for many parents of children in the spectrum. Several times during the interview, I would get so involved in the conversation that I would forget to take notes!

Dustin Nunn

Dustin Nunn is a published cartoonist and the proud author of the comic book, Dustin & Darling. Dustin created all of the characters that are loosely based on himself, his real life dog, Darling, and various other family members. He has also created fictional characters that embark on some thrilling adventures.


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Dustin is a HUGE fan of video games



Dustin loves video games and he ran off a list quicker than I could write. He did make it a point to say that he preferred the classics as opposed to the newer genre of army games; strongly feeling that the newer genre does not compare. He enjoys classic games like Sonic, Mario Bros., Gallaga, Space Invaders and PacMan.


Dustin uses a drawing tablet for his online work

There are a variety of drawing tablet brands. Dustin tells me he uses a Genius stylus for drawing his artwork.

Drawing tablets and stylus items are available on Amazon

Dustin loves the WWE


Dustin is a big fan of wrestling and can tell you quite a bit of history in regard to how the world of wrestling has evolved. Dustin enjoys wrestling so much that he has even created his own wrestling organization known as the World Wrestling Business (WWB).

Dustin has created several characters including El Americano. I absolutely love this character as it reminds me of the masked wrestlers from Mexico (think Nacho Libre). You'll also find Dustin "High Flyin" as well as taking on the fictional version of his Dad - Mad Dad.

I have included a variety of WWB characters below. All of these images were drawn and created by Dustin Nunn and are used with permission. All artwork is copyright and may not be redistributed without exclusive consent from Dustin Nunn.

Here are of few of Dustin's WWB Characters

Dustin and Mad Dad battle in the ring
Dustin and Mad Dad battle in the ring | Source

Additional WWB Characters Created by Dustin Nunn

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Aside from classic gaming and drawing Dustin enjoys classic rock from the 80's

Dustin shared with me that during his spare time he enjoys watching and listening to music videos on YouTube. His favorites include Twisted Sister, ZZ Top and Steppenwolfe. He is not very fond of the current music style today and prefers keeping it old school; an interesting fact for a 2008 high school graduate.

Dustin's Dream

Dustin Nunn is not a man without words. He has plenty to say about his interests, upbringing, goals and hardships. He truly wants to succeed with his cartoon work and has several manuscripts ready. He is prepared to have at least 5 more books published in the near future.

Living with autism can lead to difficulties in the standard workplace. Dustin wants to follow his dreams and continue to publish his work and live an independent life as a stay at home author and cartoonist. Regardless of any disability, we all deserve to strive for our personal dreams.

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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey MissOlive, you did a fantastic job on this hub. I'll agree that awareness must be increased about Autism and it's great to see someone who has Autism become accomplished. It's a great victory! :) Voted up! Awesome! :) Thank you for sharing. :)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This is so cool. Dustin is indeed amazing in what he has been able to accomplish. I wishing this for your son and so much more. Blessings to you both. Happy new year!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

A 23 yrs old charismatic boy. Thanks for the share Miss Olive. This Cartoonist seem to be a promising future star. I have a kid with autism and I know how good they are for the Arts.

LORD


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I watched a couple of the videos and checked out Dustin's website too. What a fantastic artist. It's just another great example of someone making the most of his talents in the face of some obstacles. His parents seem immensely proud. Best wishes as you help your son along a similar journey.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

How exciting for you and Dustin! Social networking, we gotta love it...we never know who will cross our cyberspace path! Thumbs UP!!!


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kimh039 4 years ago

Beautifully done, missolive. What a masterful write up on Dustin Nunn and his book, Dustin and Darling. I love twitter friends:)


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Bbudoyono 4 years ago

Very inspiring. I just searched on fb but I could not find him.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Dustin is simply awesome and I wish him and his family nothing but the best. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all that have read and commented.

Bbudoyono - not sure what may have happened when you 'searched' on Facebook, but I just clicked on the two links I provided in the hub and they worked.


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FatFreddysCat 4 years ago from The Garden State

A cartoonist who's into '80s rock and classic video games? Dustin sounds like my kinda guy. Nice hub, voted up.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

This is one inspirational hub. Dustin is one creative and amazingly talented person. Passing this one on.


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MPG Narratives 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I really enjoy seeing stories of people with Autism who are successful and Dustin is just one of them. Thanks for highlighting his story in this hub missolive, well done. Voted up and beautiful.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Loved this inspiring story. It's work always good to hear another positive outcome for people with autism. Will pass this on to other teachers who work with special needs children.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Excellent hub. With his talent and with family, friends, and fans networking to make it known, he'll probably do well. I have a Facebook friend who is middle-aged and autistic. She has written articles on what that is like, and she wrote a novel with a main character who, like herself, is both autistic and faceblind. See my review at http://bleekley.hubpages.com/hub/autistic_hero


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arusho 4 years ago from University Place, Wa.

Great hub! My cousin's son has autism, it's nice to see what he could accomplish when he gets older..


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

arusho - Thank you! My best to your cousin's son!

B. Leekley - I really want to get the word out on Dustin. Thank you for your comment and reading. I'll check out your link as well.

teaches12345 - It is nice to hear success stories - Dustin and I appreciate that you will pass this on - Thank you.

MPG Narratives - Thank you very much - I am grateful for the votes too! :)

Gypsy Rose Lee - He is amazing - thank you for sharing


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Miss Olive,

So cool and inspirational. Thank you for sharing Dustin's story and work, which I will share with my FB friends. It is heartening to see someone reach their amazing potential, tapping into their personal and unique talents and strengths.

Voted UP & UABI-- Have a lovely day, mar.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Im deeply moved by this hub - it gives so much hope to families like mine that live with autism every day. You're a blessing to spread the word like you do.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awesome Hub MissOlive! I will for sure follow him on his social networks!

He is amazing and I am so glad to have learned about him. Very high functioning - anything is possible! I am gonna tweet this one too!


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Very interesting hub MissOlive. Something totally different. I'll look further at his sites. It's always brilliant to see success where so many people don't expect it. Thanks. Voted up.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

annart - Dustin has a great future ahead of him, but he needs our support. I appreciate you looking at his sites and for your votes.

RealHousewife - Thank you Kelly - I appreciate the tweets and I'm sure Dustin does too.

Ardie - Thank you for sharing. Autism has affected my family as well. We want everyone to be the best that they can be. Although Dustin's autism is mild he is still an inspiration.

marcoujo - I appreciate you spreading the word. Glad you were inspired and I appreciate your votes.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Marisa,

What a well written and inspiring hub. Although I do not know anyone close to me with Autism, my sister is a pre-school teacher and I have learned things about it from her. She has had students in her class with Autism and I am always so proud of her when I hear what changes she has been able to make with them. I will gladly share this great piece.

Sharyn


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

great, fantastic work, Miss Olive. What an inspiration! Up and shared


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Thanks for sharing Dustin's story, MissOlive. Art has helped many less verbal people communicate with the world. Dustin's voice will be heard through his drawings.


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

Dustin is very inspiring! More parents to autistic children should read about this. Your hub promotes awareness to various wonderful potentials people like him could have in spite of the autism. :)


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Thank you for sharing this hub about Autism. The cartoons are beautiful. Its authentic the way you captured the essence of this talented young man - Dustin. We definitely need to have more awareness about Autism. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, beautiful, interesting and useful.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

jeyaramd - Very glad you enjoyed this hub. I appreciate your views on Autism Awareness. Thanks for the votes and for sharing too!

thesingingnurse - He is a great inspiration - isn't he? Thank you.

Daisy Mariposa - Thank you for reading and commenting. Every person affected with autism has a variety of unique characteristics. Dustin is in fact verbal and loves to talk. His cartoons and books will be a wonderful way for him to spread his voice.

PDXKaraokeGuy - Thank you very much - I appreciate that.

Sharyn's Slant - Thank you for sharing. We are seeing more and more students in the spectrum in our school districts. It is always a wonderful moment when we can reach and meet the needs of all students. You have every right to be proud of your sister. Dustin wants to bring more awareness to our schools and our communities. Teachers like your sister can help make a difference.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thanks so much for introducing me to Dustin. He is quite amazing. I will follow him on the social networking sites you have listed. A very nice move on your part. Thanks again missolive!

vocalcoach~


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

olive, you're welcome. Thanks for raising awareness!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

vocalcoach - you are quite welcome. Dustin loves having new followers. I appreciate your comment and support - Dustin does too!

PDXKaraokeGuy - Thanks again buddy! Wishing you the best in all your endeavors as well.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great tribute and one to vote up.

Thanks for sharing.

Take care,

Eddy.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Eiddwen - Thank you Eddy. I appreciate the vote.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago

Such a fantastic Hub Miss Olive. I never heard about Dustin Hunn but I'm glad you wrote about it. I googled his name and been reading up on him a little more. Thank you for sharing his story. Voting up!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Jangaplanet.

Dustin appreciates your support. Please consider promoting this hub and/or any of his social network profiles.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well this is what it's all about - isn't it - promoting other people who may not otherwise may not get a chance to be seen or heard - it speaks as much about this young man's talent as it does about your precious heart Miss Olive - and you will be both be highlighted on my FACEBOOK page with a tribute posting and a direct link back here. Congratulations by the way on 600 plus followers ..... lake erie time ontario canada 12:54am


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

epi! I am so glad you stopped by to learn more about this wonderful and inspiring young man. I'm sure Dustin appreciates your support as much as I do. Epi, I am more than honored to have you as a part of my wonderful 600 followers. I am blessed! You were one of the first to comment on my hubs when I first joined HP and I'll never forget it. Cheers!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

thanks, miss olive. i appreciate your support!


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GinnyLee 4 years ago from Arlington, VA

Wow! What a wonderful story. You did a fabulous job on the hub and I am humbled by the inspiration and achievement of this author.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

PDXKaraokeGuy - always a pleasure :)

GinnyLee - Thank you, I'm glad you think so. It is always inspirational to see the goals and success of others. Dustin is a fine young man with the true desire and need to work from home. Please help me spread the word on his endeavors.


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Shawnte87 4 years ago

Excellent hub. My cousin has autism and is a very passionate artist as well. Just goes to show that you can do anything you put your mind to, no matter what you're going through.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Shawnte87 - I am very glad to hear about your cousin. What kind of artist? I've always said, never underestimate the mind of a person with autism. I appreciate you coming by to read and comment.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Real people really count...even more than comic book heroes. Delightful interview.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Perspycacious - Thank you very much. We all count and Dustin thanks you for taking note.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Marisa what a heart warming hub. I followed Dustin on tweeter.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Whoa! What an inspiring initiative my friend.....

I am just mesmerized to meet such a fun and talented guy over here.

A great interview....


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Sunnie Day, Thank you so much for following Dustin on Twitter and sharing your support.

rahulo324, Thank you Rahul. Dustin is a great kid and we all deserve to shoot for our dreams. He is very talented and I wish him the very best. I'm glad you came by to meet him through this hub.


kelleyward 4 years ago

I've never heard of Dustin before. Thanks for writing this. What a fascinating young man! Voted up and shared! Kelley


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

How cool that this guy is using his talents to make incredibly awesome comics! Even more cool that he's triumphant over his autism. I'm always looking for inspirational people! He's on my list!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

kelleyward, thank you so much for your votes and shares.

cclitgirl, he is a very talented cartoonist. This young man is determined to succeed. Glad you enjoyed reading about Dustin.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sounds a talented lad and so good find him out all the best of luck to him!


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thewritingowl 3 years ago from Ireland

Well said. I am the mom of an autistic son too and already at 5 he is fascinated by computer graphics and although he is still largely non-verbal he is so into computer games. I too have mild ASD (Aspergers Syndrome) and I was also a huge fan of space invaders too (still am when you can find this ancient game these days!). Will share this on my FB and Twitter too.


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lemonkerdz 3 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

Very interesting article on DustinĀ“s life and work, although autism is a terrible condition to have to live with, those with autism are very special people, i had a friend who had this condition, and what a shame when people just do not try to connect with them, this work of Dustin shows the great work and contributions they add to our lives. A pat on the back from me mate.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I don't know how I missed this when it was first published! This is a great article showcasing the talents of a person in the spectrum. I will use this as an inspiration to my students! I am always looking for another great example! I am sharing this!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

missolive - I have watched the video, joined his fan club and his website and am ordering his books. You have made such a difference for this beautiful and talented artist. May both Dustin and your son be blessed dearly. Thank you.

Voted up and across and will share. Hugs.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

What a helpful and inspiring hub. Well done, MO! :-)


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is an amazing story of true talent. True talent knows no labels. It is just a gift the creative fortunate are born with. Thanks for sharing this, very interesting and uplifting!

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