First up! You may have noticed the new Atomic-Robo.com. I hope you like it. OR ELSE.
So, what’s this series about?
One thing that happens when you figure out 90+ years of history filled with action science is you end up with a ton of crazy stories. But a lot of them just don’t fit in the “main” series. Y’know, it would’ve been kinda strange to include the time Robo trained with Bruce Lee and fought the crimelord of Hong Kong somewhere in the middle of Vol 5.
Spoiler: so, that happens.
Moreover, a lot of these stories, while they’re interesting and valuable additions, they don’t warrant a full issue. We used to handle these things with short stories in the backs of our issues, but we weren’t satisfied with that model.
The artists who drew those stories did so in their own free time. Call it fan art that just happened to be based on a Robo script they found. In their inbox. Sent by me. We loved being able to pack a little more content in our issues, but we came to hate that it got there by exploiting our friends. Sure, they came to us, in some cases they begged. But if these guys are going to take the time to draw comics for us, they should get paid for the effort.
Therefore: Real Science Adventures. This series lets us illuminate corners of Robo and his world that we don’t have time to see in the main series. It gives us room to tell, “the rest of the story.” And it lets us do it without straining your wallet.
How’s that? Each issue is only $2.50 in print or $1.99 digitally. Boom.
Every issue is a collection of several short stories, four or eight pages each, with scripts by me and art by friends we’ve made over the years. This way Scott can keep churning out pages for Volume 7 and you get twice the Robo without putting him in the hospital or crazy house.
For the record: I made a pretty compelling case that the crazy house would not be so bad, but Scott is a stubborn mule when it comes to being potentially branded mentally deficient. Whatever.
As an added bonus to our digital-only readers, RSA will include all the previously unreleased short stories from earlier volumes for free.
EDIT: I was wrong about the digital price! It’s $1.99 Argh! Fixed now.