Dustin Nunn, A Published Author and Cartoonist with Autism: Includes Cartoons
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.
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 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.
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
Additional WWB Characters Created by Dustin NunnClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 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.