I knew this question would come eventually, and I’ve been dreading it… I love SO many of Tim’s stories that I have no idea how I’ll narrow it down. :) I suppose it depends on what you’re looking for outside of Tim. It also depends on how much cash you have to throw around.
When I first started reading DC, my first purchase was a complete set of the Robin monthly. I buy almost all of my comics on ebay, and I usually pay about $1 per issue. Right now there’s a complete set of Robin comics that are only at about $47 (including shipping—way cheaper than what I spent on my set). If you can afford it, that’s my prime recommendation. You’ll miss pieces of some of the bigger story arcs, but it’s a great set of comics that will introduce you to all the major players in the Bat family.
If you don’t have that kind of cash to throw around and/or don’t live in the US, you’re probably looking to buy trades or digital comics. I’m kind of a single-issue purist, so I don’t really know much about trades. The best I can do is suggest story lines.
A Lonely Place of Dying is of course a good place to start. It tells the story of how Tim comes to be Robin. If you’re somewhat familiar with Tim, though, you might notice that he seems very young and emotional compared to the Tim you know. If you’re looking to buy trades, I do know that if you get this as a trade you can usually get it in combination with A Death in the Family, which is about how Jason stops being Robin. They are both excellent stories and very worth your time and money.
From there Tim goes through a lot of training in the Batman and Detective Comics books before eventually donning the costume. That’s great stuff, too. You get some insight into Tim’s childhood and find out how his mother dies and his father starts to be a bigger part of his life. Unfortunately I have no idea how you’d collect those issues if you’re not looking to buy singles.
Chronologically, this is where the three Robin mini series fit in. I would definitely recommend reading them eventually, but I’m not crazy about them, so you could certainly put them off for a while, which is what I’d suggest.
The next big storyline is Knightfall/Knightquest/Knights End. It’s a great run which partially inspired The Dark Knight Rises. Tim isn’t in the story too heavily, but it’s the storyline that launches his monthly.
Contagion is a great story if you like the emotional component in your comics. There’s a bunch of drama when Tim gets really sick and his family has to help him deal with it.
Next up is Cataclysm/No Man’s Land, which is FANTASTIC storytelling from start to finish. If you’re looking for more Batman than Tim, try this on for size. Again, though, Tim isn’t heavy in the story.
At the moment I can’t think of the other major events that are worth reading. There are some (like Identity Crisis - also fantastic storytelling, but not centered around Tim - or the Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul) which have significant impact on Tim’s character, but probably won’t make much sense if you don’t have a foundation in his personality already. Red Robin is a great series (and drawn by Marcus To, whose Tim is STUNNING), but it’s sort of the culmination of everything that happens to Tim in the later issues of his monthly series. Then there are his team books like Young Justice (which is personally not my favorite and doesn’t really do much for Tim’s character growth) or Teen Titans (which is still waiting to be read, so I can’t really comment) that will give you a sampler of heroes, but probably not a lot of focus on Tim himself.
So, to summarize, I would recommend saving up for and purchasing the full run of Tim’s monthly. It’s a really good series from start to finish; you won’t regret the money spent. From there, start branching out into some of the other storylines that take place in other series, like Contagion or No Man’s Land. A Lonely Place of Dying is very much worth the read, since that’s where Tim starts out.
(That was super long and hopefully answered your question. If not, please let me know and I’ll try to target what you’re looking for more directly. Thanks for the ask!)
Rooftop Baseball and the Gotham Selfie Olympics.
2 different versions of a print, haven’t decided which one I’ll be printing, though! May Touch up later.
Edit: I posted the wrong crop…..
Another drawing/painting of a Batman animated series that was turned down by Cartoon Network because they said it was “too dark.” Based off of “No Man’s Land.” Penciled by Coran Stone. Instead of this, the network decided on Batman: The Brave and the Bold
the actual last page to Batman 28 before we made some changes to it. we kept her hair color the same this time around, though.
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More old art from 2007, collected here for posterity. BATKIDS! Long may they brood and joke and punch.