State of the Robo for 2013

State of the Robo for 2013

Here’s what you guys can look forward to from Team Robo in the new year!

All New Super Rad Merch: I’m not at liberty to divulge too many details, but the basic idea is: more T-shirts, more lady shirts, more products in general. Stay tuned!

Real Science Adventures (vol 2): Probably the first thing we’ll release is a new batch of RSA. This time it’s six issues of these guys. The first three issues are one shots focusing on different parts of the team as they encounter what appears to be an ever more vast conspiracy. The last three issues unite the Centurions against the full force of a threat that looms over the entire United States. Good times!

Atomic Robo: Last Stop: The animated short by The Fictory should be complete somewhere in the middle of 2013. They already retooled all existing footage to knock it up a notch. We got a few teasers recently and, uh, you’ll have to trust on this for now but, it will have been worth the wait.

Atomic Robo: the Action Science RPG: The release date for this is still in the air, but I expect to see it in late Q1 or early Q2. It will be jam packed with everything you need to run games set in the Atomic Robo universe. Or its past. Or an alternative to its past. Or any high adventure setting you care to throw at it! AR:ASRPG runs on a version of the new Fate Core system specifically tuned by Mike Olson to get right into the action and having a great time whether you’re a veteran roleplayer or a total newcomer. The game also features dossiers on half a dozen Bad Guy Factions and an expanded timeline that touches on events we won’t get to see in the comics for years.

Atomic Robo Free Comic Book Day 2013: This will come at you on May 4th. Because that’s when FCBD will be! We’re doing something a little different this time around. There’s no Dr. Dinosaur this year because…

Vol 8, ATOMIC ROBO AND THE SAVAGE SWORD OF DR. DINOSAUR: We’re giving you five issues of Dr. Dinosaur instead! This is by far the biggest and craziest adventure we’ve done. You guys seriously have no idea what you’re in for.

We could stop right there and 2013 would be the Atomic Roboiest year yet. But we can do even better than that.


If we don’t have any major crap ups in the first half of the year, then it would be entirely reasonable to see these projects pop up around November or December.

Real Science Adventures (vol 3): Another six issues and sticking to the longer story format of the second series. We can’t make up our minds about what this one should be though. Our choices at the moment are: The Legacy of the Sparrows, The Case Files of Jack Tarot, and a third thing I’m not sure how to summarize but I’m toying around with calling it A Shadow Without End.

Vol 9, Atomic Robo and the Knights of the Golden Circle: In which we pit Robo against a conspiracy older than he is!

  • Mario Di Giacomo

    I believe a Snoopy dance is appropriate.

  • Anique Zimmer

    Yes, yes, and yes!

  • Keith Melton

    Hoping for a Tesladyne Industries Logo shirt! Can’t wait for all these wonderful AR goodies. Best comic series ever created.

  • Brian!

    I can confirm that you will not be disappointed.

  • Sethintheflesh

    My only fear is that everyone will want to be Jenkins and I’ll be stuck role-playing Bernard.

  • Steven Palchinski-Guerrero

    Please do all this! And if you happen to make Robo’s shirts from volume 1, i wouldn’t be sad.

  • Josh Bell

    Whoop whoop! I’m actually going to buy an RPG book. Crazy.

  • agrajag

    Any chance of Robo hardcover collections in 2013?

  • Mecha-Shiva

    A Shadow Without End sounds a bit close to The Shadow from Beyond Time, doesn’t it? Unless it’s related, in which case… carry on. But yeah, this all sounds pretty awesome.

  • Lars Sudmann

    Just received vol.1 of the Real Science Adventures in time to Christmas. Thanks for the nice gift (even if I had to buy it for myself… but whatever). Hm. Maybe you should’ve put Robo against the Apocalypse or something. He could punch it. Or shoot it. Or something along that path.

  • Scott Eaves

    That sounds like a great year of Robo! Thanks for the awesome work! And lots of Dr. Dinosaur- yes!

  • Hypocee

    I will say I’m saddened to see RSA going long-form. The first run was at its most awkward in the serialized stories so it’s definitely correct to either go pure anthology or pure second series, but some of the best Robo stories have been snappy shorts with hooks that couldn’t carry a volume, so it seems a shame to cut them back to just FCBD. OTOH I am aware that a single story fills up less continuity, more Robo is never a bad thing and you guys know what you’re doing.

  • Brian!

    I’ll just say: trust me on how RSAv2 will turn out.

  • Brian!

    Sadly, no!

  • Hypocee

    Oh I do. Content trumps form, and Centurions 4 Lyfe, or at least until Tunguska.

  • Kaijumaster

    Huzza for more of RSA
    Huzza for ‘Last Stop’
    And my years of waiting for Vol. 8 are almost over!

    RSA 3: I’d vote Jack Tarot….

    Merch… I’d still love a Black coffee mug with the Tesladyne logo on it.

  • packetdancer

    A Snoopy dance… with CRYSTALS. Crystals are integral.

  • Stanislav

    Any chances past 2013? I am sure there is a big demand for these collections.

  • Brian!

    There’s definitely A demand, but we’re not sure it’s all that high. Regardless, it’s something we’re very interested in providing. We just can’t say when it’ll happen.

  • Stanislav

    That’s great, hope it will come sooner, that later!

  • Steven Palchinski-Guerrero

    Hey Brian and Scott! Was there a Team Robo Christmas picture this year?

  • Scott!

    No. :(

    I forgot all about it until it was too late. I thought of doing something last-minute, but I didn’t want to make something that wasn’t up to snuff. I’ll make it up for Groundhog Day. :D

  • Steven Palchinski-Guerrero

    ok, all is forgiven. i will look forward to Groundhog day for the first time ever!

  • Nick Smith

    I’ve seen two Robo / Hellboy pieces by Scott ( Have either of you approached Dark Horse or Mignola about the possibility of an official crossover?

  • Brian!
  • Scott!

    One of ,my better answers ever.

  • Brian!

    I agree. Uncharacteristically coherent!

  • Scott!


  • Nick Smith

    I bow to the ineffable wisdom of your reasoning.

    Batman/Hellboy/Starman did indeed suck horribly, although it clearly didn’t take place in the Hellboy universe. I shall also not subtly remind you that Robo has dimensional travel capabilities ;)

    Robo and HB shall ever remain pudding and unagi don!

  • Scott!

    I’ve heard that alernate universe character idea before. I don’t recall the comics ever saying anything about that though.

    Its not an answer that I find creatively satisfying. I really do understand the desire from the fan perspective though. I am, afterall, a fan of Hellboy. But I’m not a fan of Atomic Robo; I’m one of the men behind the curtain pulling the levers and working the bellows. That radically changes how you look at something. ;)

  • Brian!

    The problem with “dimensional travel” is that it still makes those dimensions part of the story. We have a Vampire Dimension because it has a place in the Robo mythos. But that doesn’t immediately imply there’s a place for the X-Men dimension, the Hellboy dimension, or the cowboy dimension in the Robo mythos.

    Maybe we’re over thinking the problem, but keeping Robo’s continuity safely digestible is a big priority for us.

  • Michelle DiBaggio

    Does anyone know of a mail-order subscription service to get Atomic Robo? I had a subscription at the closest comic shop, which is 45 minutes away, and the older I get the more it’s a royal pain to drive down there. I want the single issues shipped to my house, but I can’t find a store that offers Red5 on their lists. :P

  • Scott!

    Have you looked at our How To Buy page?

  • Brian!
  • drduber

    Is the new merchandise going to be released through your splitreason store?

  • Brian!


  • Eurion

    I’d definitively order them as well :)