Posted July 25, 2016 at 02:11 pm

It's that time again. Thanks to our Patrons we are here to answer your burning questions. And your ordinary questions. Burning is always appreciated but not necessary.

I know you've addressed how ridiculous it would be for Tesladyne to have a child employee or sidekick, and I totally agree with you, but I can't help but wonder... are there any current or former 'boy adventurers' not tied to Tesladyne running around in the setting, a la Jonny Quest or Rusty Venture? (I realize Robo himself kinda sorta counts if you think about it)

Chris S.

There’s bound to be bright kids in Robo’s world. We’ve shown at least one. But I like to think that in Robo’s world, there’s sufficient public funding for programs designed to attract and/or identify these kids and then to encourage them to pursue their interests with some mentorship or guidance to keep them from harming themselves or others.

Maybe that’s unrealistically optimistic, but it’s an unrealistically optimistic setting in a lot of ways!

 

With all the modifications Robo has made on himself - not to mention all the times he's had to have himself rebuilt - Tesladyne had any success with adapting Robo's limbs for prosthetics?

Nicholas P.

Scott and I have talked about this a few times over the years. It seems likely that having Robo running around as a proof of concept for, uh, 90 years would be a huge boon to prosthetics technology. But then it occurred to us that studying Robo’s example would lead to monstrous super prosthetics that would injure the people they’re attached to.

So, it’s had relatively little impact on prosthetics as we think of them. But, on the bright side for our crazy sci-fi series, that means dangerously augmented cyborg bad guys!

 

Dear Robo

What kind of music do you guys listen to?  and do you imagine any sort of soundtrack for your comics?

William E.

These days, while working, I tend to listen to stuff like Perturbator, Makeup and Vanity Set, Kn1ght, Lazerhawk, Kavinsky, Betamaxx, sea shanties (too many Aubrey-Maturin novels + Assassins Creed Black Flag), and Boccherini (Aubrey-Maturin again). So, if it sounds like it came from an ‘80s sci-fi movie, or the age of sail, I’m in.

Not sure how I’d go about making an Atomic Robo soundtrack though. Guess it would depend on the era and tone of the particular story being done. Hopefully there’s a lot of Johnny Cash and Inkspots though.

 

Question 1: In the reprint Kickstarter you have about 45 backers who should be getting their name in the comic and 19 who get their name plus actually appear. I'm curious if you can share your plan on how you are going do this? Is it going to be a gradual one or two here and there or are you planning to name drop everyone en masse?

Question 2: A train leaves from New York City (NYC) heading towards Los Angeles (LA) at 100 mph. Three hours later, a train leaves LA heading towards NYC at 200 MPH. Assume there's exactly 2000 miles between LA and NYC. When they meet, which train is closer to New York City?

Tim N.

Answer 1: I will say this: we’ve already written all the relevant scenes, and if everything goes according to schedule, you should see them before the end of this year. Stay tuned.

Answer 2: Hahaha highspeed transcontinental rail in America lol okay buddy good one.

 

So I recently re-listened to all the Atomic Robo: Nuts and Bolts and that got me thinking about the action scientists. You mention several times that you would like to expand their stories but find it too hard to in comic form as you keep flipping through time. Have you considered the possibility of expanding their backstories in prose, possibly in the form of archives of the Tesladyne Newsletter? 

Steven P.

Yes. And we decided it’d be more fun to use these potential stories as fodder for mini-comics here and there. Either online or as bonus content in print issues.

Which is not to say we’ve ruled out prose as a content delivery platform. Patrons know all about what we’re offering at superexplosive.com for example.

 

Summer is upon us and it is a great time to travel, relieve some stress, and get over past defeats. Do you think Dr. Dino and Robo’s differences could be solved if only they could channel their energy into a more constructive pursuit? Have they considered D&D? Or perhaps board games? They come in app form now for the Dino on the go!

Vanessa L.

I’ll be honest, we never thought about it before. Doctor Dinosaur is not exactly the forgiving type. But now I can’t stop thinking about how we need him and Robo playing chess like Professor X and Magneto in those X-Men movies.\

Now to figure out how the hell we could keep Doctor Dinosaur captured. Everything’s just too Looney Tunes with him around.

 

Indiana Jones, Big Trouble in Little China, The Good The Bad The Weird are all great influences for The Temple of Of and let's not forget the force from Star Wars...Just Awesome! But answer me this, is Helen still alive in the present time? She's an amazing character.

Shawn M.

Well, let’s see. She’s at least twenty-ish by the time we first meet her in The Deadly Art of Science, so she’d have to be born in, let’s say, 1910. That would make her 106 years old if she was alive today.

But she’s not. Helen lives a nice, long life full of adventure, but she has passed away.

 

First of all, thank you for making an amazing comic.

I've always been curious about Robo's birth. Is that something we'll ever get to see? What knowledge and behaviors, if any, was he preprogrammed with? I assume he could walk, move, and control his strength so he didn't risk hurting anyone while trying to learn.

Keely M.

Thanks, Keely!

But, yeah, we generally avoid showing Robo’s “origin” as such. We just don’t need one. Most superhero stories need to tell us how and why these characters can do what they do. We already know how Robo does his amazing feats because it’s right there in his name! He’s atomic powered and he’s a robot. Done.

The why is perhaps less obvious, it’s certainly never explicitly stated, but I like to think we’ve built a case out of Robo’s actions that help readers to infer why he does what he does: because it’s the right thing to do.

 

Hi! Firstly, I'm a huge fan, geeking out, saving up for books on my crappy freelance artist budget, etc. etc.

Okay, now that the formalities are out of the way, I wanted to ask if we'll ever see what happened to Jenkins? I'm with Robo on this one and very highly doubt the explosion got him; it didn't kill the other guy, so he could've survived too. I've got this silly personal theory that he survived the explosion and escaped to some remote part of the island, where he's been camping out a la Bear Grylls with nothing but a knife and his wits. Pretty soon that corner of the island gets declared off-limits or haunted or something by Majestic/Ultra; few who go there ever return, and those who do can only jibber terrified nonsense about the Angry Ghost of Tesladyne Island.

Which is probably not what really happened, but it keeps me from worrying about a fictional character too much, haha!

Audrey M.

Oh, man. What happened to Jenkins is definitely the most popular question we’ve gotten since we started The Ring of Fire.

And our answer is the same now as it has always been: we’re not telling you anything other than what’s on the page. He was in an explosion. He hasn’t been seen since. But the other guy who was there seems to have lived through it (with a cyborg arm). And everyone thinks Jenkins is dead, except for Robo who thinks he must be alive because there’s no body.

And that’s just how it stands!

For now...

 

1: This one's for Dr Dinosaur specifically: What is your Origin Story? I know you have said you have come from the past but I am curious on the full details. Were you once good or evil or just crazy? Did you have anyone you cared for? Why come to the future? Why the hate on us mammals? We just trying to survive man. DX

2: For the creators of this fine adventure: Which of the adventures related to Robo do you think is your finest work? Why is this the case?

3: For anyone willing to answer it: For over a hundred years, and possibly many more in the future, Atomic Robo has advanced the course of science, and dealt with monsters from beyond time, evil men seeking the powers of the gods, and crazy scientist dinosaurs. In all those years, in all that time, what has been the hardest evil he has ever had to face and why? Feel free to go metaphysical on this like the horrors of mankind's desire for power or something if you wish, but I mean along the lines of physical or mental threats to his well being like a evil mad scientist with a death ray or a horror from beyond time or something.

Kyle K.

1. Unlike Robo’s origin, which we don’t show because it’s not interesting, Doctor Dinosaur’s origin is only interesting because we don’t show it. Is he telling the truth? Everything he says sounds crazy and wrong. And, not coincidentally, is crazy and wrong. But then it turns out he’s right just enough that it makes us question if he’s actually crazy and wrong about that other stuff too.

2. Brian: I think The Shadow From Beyond Time was our best overall Robo story, but I’m also partial to Ghost of Station X because it’s given us so much to play with ever since.

Scott: Scott: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific. P.S. I am forever jealous of Lo Baker for getting to draw more She-Devils over at realscienceadventures.com. At least I got to do the covers!

3. That’s a toughie. But I think we have to side with the Shadow From Beyond Time on this one. It did, after all, threaten the existence of the entire universe forever throughout time. That’s pretty big. And, technically, we don’t know if Robo succeeded or not.

 

First, thank you for Atomic Robo! It's a series that's made me smile and laugh when I really need it.

I’m working on a webcomic I want to release soon. How do you make a character that is supremely skilled in some ways but also relatable? Particularly non-human characters? 

Robo is a super strong character with a crap load of intelligence who is just as human as every other character he encounters. Which seems to be one of the points of his character. But all the same, how did you go about making him so relatable? Was it something that came about naturally or did you go out of your way to give him a few flaws that make sense with his character?

Marco G.

Glad you’re enjoying our work, Marco.

And, boy, you’ve asked us a whopper of a question. Here’s my attempt at an answer.

To start, I’m not accusing you of doing this, Marco, I don’t know the first thing about your process. But I see a lot of beginners making the mistake of thinking of characters, especially main characters, as the products of equations. Arrange all the variables in the right order, give them the right values, and output a beautiful creature.

But that’s not how it works. These aren’t D&D characters. You aren’t picking from a list of feats, skills, stats, and flaws from TVTropes all min-maxed to produce maximum audience relatability.

So, relatability is a tough one. It’s not something you can force, it has to arise naturally from what we learn of the character through his or her thoughts and actions.

We kind of cheat with Robo. He has the bare minimum requirements for a face and that subconsciously makes most people project themselves onto him. The moment you see him, you’re relating to him without knowing it.

And then he lives in a big, crazy sci-fi world. And most of the people reading about it are somewhat familiar with the kinds of things that happen in big, crazy sci-fi worlds. And Robo is kind of in on it too. He can share the text’s secret jokes and nods and nudges with the audience. Not in a Deadpool-ish Break-The-Fourth-Wall kind of way, Robo never steps out of the world he inhabits, but his experiences of getting slapped in the head with crazy sci-fi threats for nearly a hundred years gives him the same familiarity the audience probably has with regard to the kinds of threats he’s going to face.

So, Robo gets to be funny, but it’s important that he’s not too funny or falsely funny. Those are two products of the same phenomenon. It’s when the writer pushes too hard to make a joke happen and ends up with a string of words that practically scream out at you, the reader, as unnatural. I never plan Joke Goes Here or labor over dialog for humor. If a line comes out funny, then it’s a funny line. I might give it one more pass to make sure it sounds natural. And I’m not against making a slight tweak to an ordinary line if doing so would turn it into a funny one. But if a gag doesn’t work by that second draft, it’s a sign to cut it. For whatever reason, that moment does not call for a joke, or at least that joke, and the best thing to do is to move on. Maybe that sounds harsh, but I strongly believe in the “KILL YOUR DARLINGS” philosophy of writing.

Anyway, this gives us a heroic character who throws himself into danger while giving voice to the most likely thoughts/reactions of the readers. And then we try to structure the action to put a twist on what the audience has come to expect about what’s happening. This twist often comes as a surprise to Robo too, so he continues to mirror the audience’s feelings.

Actually, there is an equation, and it’s much simpler than D&D. Here it is:

Character wants X, but must overcome Y to get it, and then Z is an unintended/unwanted consequence of attaining it.

That’s your story. Asking yourself questions about each of those variables can tell you about the others. Why does the character want X? Why not something else? What will they do or give up to get X? What would they refuse to do or to give up to get X? Why is Y an obstacle? Why not something else? And so on.

This gets you thinking about your characters in terms of their motivations and outlooks, and it gets you thinking about who and what is aligned against them, and thinking about how and why those are. It’s a process that places the characters in their world and gets them reacting to it in ways that make sense. That’s pretty relatable. Everything else is just details.

 

LOVE the series. It's a gem! 

Question: Is zero-point energy based on anything beyond your imagination? The concept? The name? Any connection to real-world science?

Dave C.

It is a very real idea! And, like most very real ideas or historical events/people, we amp them up and sci-fi them a bit, but always with an eye toward keeping them sort of plausible. It’s a tough balance to maintain. Like, a little later in the series, you’ll see Doctor Lu talk about zero-point energy, and what he says isn’t strictly correct, but the ways that it’s incorrect respects what’s true and real about zero-point energy theories. Basically, we try to write stuff like that so that a knowledgeable person could read it and go “That’s not quite right, but they did their research, so it’s wrong on purpose instead of just stupid.”

Usually when you see zero-point energy pop up in sci-fi stories, it’s being used as an excuse to allow for absurdly magical events to happen. Which is fine, it’s just not what we’re doing. When we borrow concepts from reality, be they historical people or events or theories, we like to keep our versions of them a little more grounded to show our respect for the real people responsible for these things in the first place. The way we see it, they never gave us permission to play with their toys, as it were, so this approach is our way of handling their accomplishments with care. We don’t know if anyone notices or cares that we do things like this, but it just feels right.

Posted July 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

Put down your pokemans for just one god damn second and do something fun for a change like participate in the epistolary tradition!

That’s right. You can write us letters through a vast computer network and then we’ll read them and even answer them right here on this website. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll make IDW print them in an upcoming issue of Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od!

Of course our Patrons get first dibs on all this stuff, but their dibs are up as of this exact moment. Now it’s your chance to get on this action. Just email us at asktesladyne@gmail.com with your comments or questions or whatever. If it relates to Atomic Robo, or making comics in general, or trying to pay the bills by doing that, or science, or history, so much the better. But that's not a requirement!

Posted June 15, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Remember how we did that mutl-volume collection a while back called Everything Explodes? And then we did another one called Crystals are Integral? Well, now it's time for our third and final* grimoire of robot comics, Hell and Lightning.

In this well-oiled for your non-sexualized gaze collection, Atomic Robo teams up with jet-pack clad lady pirates, travels to Hollow Earth, and at long last, becomes a cowboy. Collects The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific, The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur, and The Knights of the Golden Circle for your reading delight.

You can get it from your local retailerMidtown Comics, or Amazon.

 

 

*I mean, we'll do more. But it's gonna be like two years before you see a new one.

Posted May 24, 2016 at 02:47 pm

Do you like reading comics?

(yes, of course you do, dummy)

So, here’s the newest hotness on reading comics. The good folks over at comiXology unveiled their all new program…

Here’s the deal. You plunk down $5.99 per month and get access to, well, an unlimited number of comics. But not every comic. What you get are first volumes. Think of it as the comic book lovechild of Netflix and a Sample Platter: you get a little bit of everything, and when you find something you like, you can buy more of it. Readers get to try out new titles at no risk while creators expand the potential reach of their work. It’s win-win and pretty dang cheap.

 Check it out now and get your first month free.

Posted May 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Hey. Team Robo will be at this year's TCAF and if you are anywhere near the icy wasteland of Tor'Onto then you should drop by. Look at our pretty faces.

We'll be on the third floor where all the best and coolest people go (obviously). If you can't find us, I suggest going to every corner until you do actually find us. Why would you want to drop by? Lemme tell you something about our table at TCAF. We will have, for the first time anywhere, ALL NINE ATOMIC ROBO HARDCOVERS FOR SALE. So, y'know, you should get one or nine of them from us. If you backed the hardcover Kickstarter campaign (thanks!) then you'll get yours as soon as they're out of Customs and signed. We'll keep you posted!

But don't worry if you don't live anywhere near Toronto, we've got some news for you too. Guess what comes out Wednesday, May 11th? Why, it's the trade paperback edition of Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire. You can pick it up from your local shop, or Amazon, or your favorite online retailer like maybe Midtown Comics. For those of you who are, let's say, invested in the hardcover edition of our fine books all of a sudden, just hang in there.

Posted May 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

It's time for another batch of READER MAIL from our Patrons. Are you excited? You better be, dammit! Join the fun yourself why not. You'll get access to behind-the-scenes bonus material, Scott's daily sketches (90% Star Wars or Transformers) and projects like this and livestreams that we share with the whole world wide web.

Think I'll start sharing my scripts on Patreon too. Could be fun! Meanwhile:


How far ahead do you write scripts for Atomic Robo? I'm worried about the update schedule if you never get that [Final Fantasy 14] bard hat.

Anders L.

You better start worrying, because all evidence suggests I will never get that goddamn hat. I’ve probably run that dungeon more in a month than anyone’s done in a year and still nothing. Not that I’m intensely bitter about it.

But that’s why we have a studio and regular work hours. I can’t play video games in the office! And I try not to work when I’m home anymore, so if I’m wasting the precious gift of life on an inane video game on my off hours, that shouldn’t Madureira our comic book in any way.

But to answer your question, I like to stay one complete volume ahead of Scott’s progress. That might not sound entirely insane unless you are also in the comics business in which case you’re probably looking at me like I have a problem. Fun fact: I definitely have a problem.

You know how you stayed up late to finish at least one big school assignment at some point in your life? I didn’t. I’m not saying it was always done early, but I never went to bed late or work up early to put the finishing touches on it. That shit got done.

And that weird deadline obsession continues to this day. On the rare occasion I’m hired to do some freelance comic book writing, my scripts are turned in no later than three days ahead of their deadlines. Preferably a week.

It’s a mental illness, but I suppose it’s good for me?

I don’t always manage to stay a full volume ahead of Scott, mind you. It’s just the goal. For instance, Scott’s about one-third through Temple of Od as I’m writing this, whereas I’ve only started outlining the volume after that. Of course, I get to cheat, because it takes much less time to write a whole comic book than to draw one, so by the time he finishes drawing the current series I should have already pulled ahead and if I haven’t already finished writing the next one, I’ll be darn close to it.

The main thing that’s been slowing me down of late is creating content outside of our main series. You’re welcome! First, the current six-part She-Devils story over at realscienceadventures.com, and now I’m writing another RSA bonus story you’ll get to see later this year.

 

Hi guys! Here's a few questions for you!

So we've finally had time travel, any thoughts on that other great staple of sci-fi: parallel dimensions? Does Robo have an evil counterpart somewhere out there with a goatee beard?

Would Robo ever have an adventure centred around my dear old Great Britain? Maybe something involving that Berwyn Mountains thing in the 70s?

And on that note, do you try to keep abreast of all the little real life historical mysteries and unsolved things out there in case they may pertain to Robo one day? Any favourites out there? I've always had a soft spot for the Kentucky Meat Shower, because the locals first instinct to identify the mystery meat was to taste some of it.

Thanks for continuing to bring the human race joy.

Todd M.

So many questions! Here we go.

1. We already dabbled with parallel dimensions! If you’re asking about things a little less completely monstrous, well, that’s complicated. On the one hand, we love screwing with genre conventions and reader expectations. And, certainly, parallel dimensions are a staple of big sci-fi adventure fiction, doubly so in comics. So, it’d be pretty funny if the only parallel dimensions in our big sci-fi adventure comic are filled with vampires. For one thing, there’s got to be a big story behind that, right? If we think of it, that’ll become a volume for you guys.

But then again I’ve always wanted to do our version of Crisis on Infinite Earths, so who knows!

2. Creamy old England is never far from our thoughts, so I wouldn’t count it out.

3. Oh, sure. We tend to use stuff like that in a more background capacity. There’s a little story with we did early on with Jack Parsons that came out of our research into real world weirdness. Arguably, the fact that Majestic 12 actually exists in Robo’s world and what we did with Groom Lake qualify as well. As well as Helsingard’s repeated attempts to conquer the United States via airship. My favorite might be the very small reference we made to Bermeja Island. It’s one little throwaway line that gives us a huge amount of material for adventures.

 

So you have established that in Atomic Robo action science applies the Indiana Jones model to all fields of science instead of just archaeology. Additionally Real Science Adventures implies that this action filled version of real world fields also applies to martial arts, escape artistry and writing. So my question is how far does this extend? Are there action concert pianists (dealing with musical conspiracies), action sewage technicians (maintaining monster filled sewers) or action babysitters (liberating child soldiers)?

Arthur L.

Basically? Yes!

An accountant can stumble upon a paper trail that leads right to the backdoor of a mad scientist or government conspiracy. A musician can hunt down a symphony that weakens the quantum barriers between realities and lets vampires leak in.

It’s a big and crazy world out there. Adventure is around every corner.

 

Tesladyne put together a fairly impressive orbital insertion in just *seven hours* in "The Ghost of Staion X.". What other space operations have they carried out? Has Robo been to the Moon?

Nicholas P.

None. That was their first and they were kinda making it up as they went. It’s impressive as hell, but keep in mind they had the hardware on hand, more or less, and they didn’t have to be too concerned about safety or life support of any kind. Or regulations. That was an illegal launch in every possible way.

Robo has been to the Moon, apparently, but it’d have been part of a NASA launch.

 

Hi guys.

I was talking with my wife and daughter last night about Atomic Robo (as one does), and the subject of Jenkins came up. Specifically, his current metabolic status.

I'm not asking you guys to reveal if he's still alive, but do you know when such a decision might be made public? I told my 1st grader that if we have some Temples of Od, Spears of Destiny, Mirrorshade Overdrives and other volumes queued up before you get back to the present, she might not know about Jenkins until middle school.

Fair to say?

PS - Any plans to do a con in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere else in northern CA?

Kevin B.

Oh, Jenkins, Jenkins, Jenkins.

On the one hand, he’s officially dead. On the other, Robo doesn’t believe it. And we know the other guy in that explosion lived.

But, yeah, we can’t confirm or deny anything related to Jenkins at this time. The good news is that you won’t have to wait quite so long as you’ve projected. We’ve fallen into a rhythm where we dive into Robo’s past for one volume and then revisit the modern day in the next one.

Temple of Od will wrap up and then we’ll jump back to “today” for the next volume, possibly called Spectre of Tomorrow but maybe not. Either way we’ll catch up with the changing face of Robo’s world and his place in it. We may or may not address The Fate of Jenkins there. Or the one after the one after that.

As for appearances on the West Coast, we’re afraid Emerald City Comicon is your best bet. We just lose too much productivity getting into your ridiculous time zone and back again to go there more often. If someone makes a Robo movie and we can afford to take a week “off” at some point, that’ll change things. Until then: you’re outta luck!

 

Who would you want to voice Robo in a movie and come to that, who would you cast in the other roles? Who'd be a good Jenkins, Sparrow, Helsingard, Bernie Fischer or Foley or anyone else?

Which volume would you prefer be made into a movie?

Wayne P.

I’ll answer the easy one first. For me, anytime a Hollywood So-And-So starts talking to us, I push hard to adapt The Deadly Art of Science. It’s got everything: basically an origin story, father-daughter/son stuff, and a villain who needs to be stopped but who isn’t straight up evil.

As for the cast, that’s always a tough one.

Jenkins: The “Dwayne Johnson” Rock. I just like him.

Sparrow: Hayley Atwell has made a career out of auditioning for this role, I say let’s give it to her.

Helsingard: Mads Mikkelson maybe?

Don’t have much of an opinion on Bernard or Foley.

For Robo we always fall back to Ron Livingston. He’s got terrific comedic timing, a dry delivery, and he can bring a quiet emotional depth to a role when it’s called for. That’s everything you need for Robo. I would say Will Arnett but his voice is too cool for someone as essentially nerdy like Robo.

 

I've got several questions for you fine gents! Here goes:

What was the design process like on Robos new body? Did you have a new Robo design already done before he was a head in a box or did he develop more organically while he was being reassembled?

What's the thing on the back of New Robo’s head?

Which design do you guys personally like best?

Which would Robo rather fight: 1 horse size duck or 100 duck size horses?

Tim N.

We get questions in this vein all the time, well other than the duck / horse thing, and they all point to some confusion in the Atomic Robo Fandom about the “New” Robo! Don’t feel bad. It turns out we gave you no clues one way or the other, so you can hardly be blamed for coming to the wrong conclusion!

So, let’s clear the air.

There is no “New” Robo. Or, well, there is, but not forever. The “New” Robo was always intended to be a temporary solution to Robo’s immediate problem, i.e. no body, and his current goals, i.e. save the world using action science.

So “New” Robo will soon be replaced by “Newer” Robo when we come back to the modern day in the volume after Temple of Od. Elements of the “New” design will persist, I know Scott prefers the general idea behind the current arms to the older design, but we’ll definitely return to the classic Robo head. It’s not that Robo’s vain as such, but he’s accustomed to his face after having it for so long. Getting it right is important to him.

As for one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses, I’m afraid Robo would vote for the former if only because Scott Wegener would have a heart attack at the mere thought of having to draw the latter.

 

Posted April 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

The third and final Atomic Robo jumbo book from IDW Publishing, The Hell and Lightning Collection, is now available for pre-order. Check it out!

Hey. 

Guess who’s going to TCAF for the first time ever? It’s us! Duh! Why else would I even bring it up? Sheesh.

As a native Floridian I harbor nothing but dread about the Canada. Fun fact: “canada” is from the Iroquoian word for “death and ice.” Luckily, we’ll be there in May, so there should be enough room between the glaciers to allow our plane to land.

We thought long and hard about how best to celebrate our inaugural visit to the vast northern wastes. There was only one answer: the Atomic Robo hardcover collections will debut at TCAF.

They were shipped double expedited express air at considerable cost. Also? I think we bribed a guy. There was a lady with a metallic trenchcoat and holographic sunglasses, so definitely some time travel got slipped in there too.

But the point is: the Atomic Robo hardcover collections will debut at TCAF.

“Hey,” you might be saying. “Where’s my pile of hardcovers from when I threw a giant stack of money at your Kickstarter?”

Here’s the thing about that. They’re still in Customs which, we have discovered, is the bureaucratic version of a god damn black hole. The latest news we have on our progress is: they’d like to x-ray our boxes and it seems they'll have to first re-invent the x-ray machine to do this.

I’d like to take a moment to ask why every box of books I’ve ever taken through an airport is immediately flagged for extra security theater. Does a bomb really look like a solid block with no moving parts? I find it hard to believe! But it must be true, because it's happenning to all our boxes of books now. Slowly.

Posted March 30, 2016 at 01:19 pm

Are you ready for Emerald City 2016? We are!

Look at these details!


We’ll be there every damn day. Sitting at Table D-9 in Artists Alley. You should drop by and visit our table and tell us we’re pretty and smart and then buy some stuff! We’ll have the first and second omnibus editions, handcrafted packets containing all five issues of Ring of Fire signed by the pretty and smart guys who made it, and artisanal one-of-a-kind Atomic Robo screenprinted posters pressed by Scott Wegener himself.

Hey! Here's a map!

In the meantime, and for everyone who can’t make it to Emerald City this year, you should go check out our other website realscienceadventures.com. We’re running an all-new story about the Flying She-Devils with art by our friend Lo Baker.

Posted February 23, 2016 at 10:29 am

I did an AMA approximately one million years ago, but now there's a dedicated reddit for all things Robo. Check it out if you dare.

The trade paperback collection of Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire is available for pre-order at your local shop right now. You could click this to learn that it comes out in May and the order code is MAR160429.

More immediately, we're running a new mini-comic with art by Tessa Stone. It's a little thing we call Bug Hunt and it takes place shortly after The Ring of Fire. The cover went up yesterday and the first page goes up tomorrow. It will follow our new full page update schedule, so expect new content every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When Bug Hunt runs its course, we'll hit you with the first issue of Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od. This one takes you back to some of what Robo was doing between this issue and this issue.

As some of you may know, Scott and I now live in the same city. Scott thought we did this so we could rent a little studio space and work without the internet or our home lives butting in all the time. The super double secret reason is that I haven't had a tabletop group in, like, eight years and I was going to trick him into running a regular game night.

The thing about super double secret reasons and Scott Wegener is that you tell him your plan so he can refuse to take part in it. Then you wait about three months and he's 100% on board like a very slow Salt In Your Eyes. He now runs a bi-weekly game of Star Wars via Evil Hat Productions' Fate Accelerated. We record the sessions and post them for our Patrons along with character sheets, art, maps, etc. Maybe you're the kind of dork who would enjoy that.

Posted February 5, 2016 at 10:29 am

Hope you're enjoying our selection of mini-comics now that Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire is concluded. We'll continue with Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od soon. And don't forget the current Tesla-centric storyline over at Real Science Adventures. The first three chapters are online. Just three more to go!

But, hey, you know what's happening next week? Specifically Wednesday, February 10th?

The second Atomic Robo omnibus from IDW Publishing goes on sale -- THE CRYSTALS ARE INTEGRAL

In this runway-model handsome collection, Robo and his team of Action Scientists clash with secret government agencies, battle extra-dimensional vampires, and learn lessons in TRUE friendship. Collects Other Strangeness, The Deadly Art of Science, and The Ghost of Station X for your reading pleasure. Winkey-Face Emoticon. Hashtag-The-Kids-Get-It.

Grab it from your local shop, or our favorite online retailer, or Amazon.

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