Loading characters up with angst was a revolutionary move on the part of Marvel Comics back in the '60s. I haven't looked at a calendar today, but that was four decades ago. There are other emotions and motivations available to characters. ATOMIC ROBO is not a comic that will be 100% sunshine and jokes, but we aren't going to delve into melodrama either. You are not going to see Robo mope about his lack of emotions, or pine to be human, or throw a tantrum over daddy issues.
This is nothing more than Scott and I having the audacity to treat women like human beings. I mean, come on, 99 times out of a 100, there is no reason at all to frame a panel from the perspective of a girl's ass. Grow up already.
They're frustrating, unnecessary, and a jarring reminder that all fiction is a thinly veiled series of lies. The major events of Robo's lifetime were plotted years before we worked on the first page of the first issue. Anything Scott and I add to that has to fit organically into the existing framework. If it doesn't fit as naturally as if it'd been there all along, then we skip it and move to the next idea. Everything that happens will fit into the larger mythos; everything that happens will happen for a reason; and nothing that happens can be "undone."
This one's pretty simple. Why should we devote a month of our short lives to creating an issue if it isn't worth reading? And then why should we try to sell you an issue that isn't worth buying? The main source of filler issues seems to be due to moving set pieces from the aftermath of one event to set up the next one. Since we have no reason to follow Robo's life as a linear chain of events, we're free to jump straight from one adventure to the next. Maybe Robo fights a sea monster. Maybe we follow the lives of Action Scientists when off duty. But it ain't filler.
So let's cut out all the dumb stuff that could get in the way of letting you enjoy that.
Brian Clevinger | Co-creator and writer
Brian is an invincible killing machine. And, yes, it is a curse.
Scott Wegener | Co-creator and artist
Scott draws comics on the rare occasions he is not out tugboat spotting.
Lee Black | Editor
Lee is probably eating a risotto right now.
Ronda Pattison | Colorist, Vols 1 - 6
Ronda is queen of the arctic wastes. She colors comic books between raiding seasons.
Nick Filardi | Colorist, Vols 7 and 8
Nick has done colors for probably everybody.
Anthony Clark | Colorist Vol 9+
Anthony is a protein-based computer system designed to discover the most advanced humor in the universe.
Jeff Powell | Letterer tormented by deadlines
Jeff is made of materials that cannot be recreated in the laboratory.
Dr. Dinosaur | Customer Support
Basically, either we give him this job or he ties us up in court for years alleging anti-saurinoid hiring practices.