In case you didn't get to see enough of our pretty faces when we were signing things for you over at Velocity Comics, we are doing another appearance in the great metrop of Richmond. Check it.

It's a free show and all ages are welcome. Come on down, say howdy, and support the local artsy talent folks! Here's Swink/Swim's website and some more info about the when/where of the show!

Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #2 comes out next week, that's Wednesday, Oct 7th for the calendar imparied, so we're celebrating with the good folks at Velocity Comics with an old fashioned signing.

Yeah, who needs NYCC? Not the good people of Richmond, Virgina! Because they've got Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener signing books at Velocity Comics on Friday, October 9th, from 5 to 7pm.

 

 

We'll have copies of Ring of Fire #1 and #2 on hand in case you screwed up and didn't grab the first one already but you want them both signed. We should have some Omnibuseseses too.

Drop on by, say howdy, buy some comics, let us sign a few of them, and laugh at our jokes or else. Hope to see you there!

 

Y'know what you guys should do? Pre-order Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #4. Also the second and third issues.

You can get these at your local shop.

Or wait for them to come out on comiXology.

Here's the cover for issue #4, why not.

Writer: Brian Clevinger  |  Artist: Scott Wegener  |  Variant Cover by Tessa Stone

Is Atomic Robo now a communist? We have some literature we'd like for you to read about the oppression we all face from the bourgeois capitalist pig-dogs. Buy our book to find out more!

Regular edition is Diamond Code OCT150422.

Variant cover is Diamond Code OCT150423.

Hey.

We're starting up the third chapter of Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire today. Catch up by reading RoF from the first chapter. Or the second. Things are getting crazy, but oh my goodness, they're gonna get so much crazier!

How would you like to have a letter printed in the back of an upcoming issue of Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire brought to you by the fine folks at IDW Pubishing?

You'd like it a whole dang lot!

So, here's what you do. Email asktesladyne@gmail.com with your questions or comments or burning hot praise. And then hope you are among the elite selected for survival. I mean publication.

 

Hey, guys and gals.

Have you been enjoying Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire? Yes, yes you have.

I SAID YES YOU HAVE.

Good. That's good. Because the fine folks at IDW continue to put ARROF into printed comic book pages. The very first one comes out NEXT WEDNESDAY September 9th whaaaaaaaaat.

The second issue is currently available for pre-order. But not for much longer so get on that! And while you're getting on that also get on this: the third issue is now available for pre-order aaaaaaaah!

Head to your local shop and let them know you want Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #3 (also #1 and #2, duh).

The order code for #3 is SEP150416. And it looks like this:

Or you could get the special variant cover by Andrew MacLean. That one is order code SEP150417. And it looks like this:

But that ain't all.

We've got the EVERYTHING EXPLODES collection coming at at you on September 24th. That will contain the first three series of Atomic Robo in one handsome softcover volume. How can you possibly resist it?

You can't! Look at this thing.

Guys and Gals of The Internet!

How would you like to see Brian Clevinger of The Internet?

Well, I hope you live in or around Raleigh NC, because if you do, then this weekend I will be there in full view of the public instead of my usual cave. What could possibly drive me from the comfort of home? Why, the Oak City Comic Show run by the great folks at Ultimate Comics.

I will have a random assortment of Atomic Robo volumes, maybe some copies of the RPG, and sets of my full run on The Phantom if you've been good. I've also got a panel at noon that you should definitely attend because I say funny things.

 

All right, folks. You've got like two weeks to pre-order Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #1 and Atomic Robo: The Everything Explodes Collection from your local comic shop.

Now in easily copy-and-paste text format:

Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #1  --  JUL150380

Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #1 variant  --  JUL150381

Atomic Robo: Everything Explodes Omnibus  --  JUL150382

 

Hey, guys and gals.

Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #2 comes out in Octobor, but it's available for pre-order right now. It comes in two varieties. Standard and the super special variant cover. If you can't see the cover at that link, then try this one. Pretty radical, ain't it!

Head on down to your local comic shop and let them know you want to subscribe to Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire.

Grab these order codes so your retailer doesn't have to wrestle with Diamond's online catalog to find them.

Ring of Fire #1: JUL150380

#1 variant cover: JUL150381

Ring of Fire #2: AUG150393

#2 variant cover: AUG150394

Oh, and while we're at it, why don't you write to us for the letters section in our comic books. What are ya? Chicken?! Email us at asktesladyne@gmail.com and if you're lucky your letter will make it to print.

You know what's up. Patrons ask us questions. We answer them. Everyone gets entertained. It's so simple!

The return of zorth activity to the comic has me curious:

 
Your characters keep referring to zorth as the "fifth cardinal direction" but all other dimensions have two directions.  In addition to before and after, there's left, right, bow, stern, dorsal, and ventral. Is the zorth axis uniquely unipolar, or is there an "anti-zorth" direction?  Or, is zorth multi-polar, with many potential cizorth and tranzorth directions?  Thanks for clearing this up.
 
David
 
 
This may come ask a shock to some of you, but "zorth" is completely made up. And, before you ask, yes, a lot of other things in the comic are made up too. I know. It's horrible. But better you pick it up here than on the streets.
 
Okay. That was way too condescending, but it's too late to to take it back. It's a good and legit question, so here's the real answer.
 
I think zorth theory would've been developed with the natural presumption that a zorth implies an anti-zorth. But refinements in the theory that came later revealed that it's more useful to model zorth as several "directions" at once.
 
Zorth is our sci-fi MacGuffin for all sorts of hyperdimensional shenanigans. Especially if those shenanigans either A) shouldn't "realistically" happen, or B) if they could happen if you pump enough energy into a system to very nearly break physics as we know it, but explaining that in any sort of detail would get in the way of the next explosion.
 
In either case, we can just invoke "It was a zorth!" and the reader nods sagely. This comes out of our plausibility over accuracy policy.
 
 
Today I was re-reading The Deadly Art of Science, and I noticed a familiar name on the cover of the Real Science Adventures issue Robo was reading on one of the pages.
 
I'm not sure if this has been answered before (I don't think so?), but I was curious:

Did Robo pick the name Ironhide to use as an alias, based on the story he read in the RSA issue? Did Robo get mistaken for the actual Ironhide (assuming the Real in RSA means "this actually happened!"), and he just rolled with it? Or was Robo the original Ironhide, and was the RSA story/legend based on him? (so he could read it in the RSA book, and that made him pick the name Ironhide, causing the legend of Ironhide so it could show up in the RSA boOH GODS WE'VE GONE TIMELOOP!)

Thanks for answering!
 
Bjorn
 
There's so much going on in The Knights of the Golden Circle that we had to cut everything that wasn't 100% essential. On the bright side, we can revisit everything that was cut in a later spin-off series if we're so inclined.
 
But the basic idea is this.
 
At some point between 1860 - 1870 an armored vigilante starts taking out bandits in Colorado. Folks start calling him "Ironhide" and his legend grows. He soon becomes a symbol of justice and of resisting/fighting corruption, which is a darn shame for the Caldwells who are piecing together the first organized crime ring in American history right there in Colorado. The Caldwells eventually kill Ironhide, but they can't kill the idea of him. For instance, he's quite likely the source of inspiration for the Kelly Gang years later.
 
When Robo pops up in 1870, he tries to lay low so he doesn't screw up time. But he's in the past for about 15 years, so people are bound to catch sight of him here and there. He's immediately identified as or with Ironhide because what else is he gonna be? It's why everyone who meets him in the comic thinks he's either the original Ironhide back from the dead or someone who has taken up his mantle. These people have only heard about Ironhide's legend, so it doesn't seem immediately strange that he's capable of amazing feats of endurance and strength.
 
Fastforward to the 20th century and we have a young Atomic Robo who voraciously reads pulp magazines. One of his favorites is Real Science Adventures because it features stories based on real historical events. It'd be more accurate to say these stories are "based on" real historical events, but you get the idea. Anyway, Ironhide is one of RSA's more popular recurring characters since the legends of his life, his death, his other life, and his other death are vague enough to allow all sorts of crazy stories "based on" them.
 
Bonus metapoints: the way history and folklore inform the fiction of Ironhide that Robo reads is a demonstration of how our real history and folklore inform every volume of Atomic Robo.
 
 
One of your previous Mailbag questions got me wondering. We've really only seen two "good guy" Science Organizations (as opposed to bad guy science organizations, of which there are legion): Tesladyne and Big Science Inc.  Are there others that haven't been talked about yet? Are you planning on introducing any of them into the comic at any point?

Michael
 
Something to keep in mind is that they all think they're heroic. And they're all going to view the others as antagonistic. And it is our position that none of them are wrong on either count.
 
Of course Majestic 12/ULTRA look like villains because we're seeing them from Robo's perspective. It'd be pretty easy to see Robo as a dangerous lunatic if we did comics from Majestic's point of view. We deal with this a bit in the upcoming Atomic Robo RPG supplement all about Majestic 12.
 
We don't bother to make Robo the villain of the supplement. I just don't think that's an interesting "twist." Rather we shift the default point of view to show how an organization like Majestic 12 is a necessary part of keeping civilization from unravelling. Because then anything it does can be justified by the results -- isn't it worth a little collateral damage to save every life on the planet?
 
Doing this lets you play any type of game from, and I believe this is even a quote from the text, "Science Bastards With Unlimited Gun Budgets" to a more nuanced and psychological thing where good men and women strive to do what's right while trapped inside a corrupt organization.
 
But that's enough commercial, let's get back to answering your question.
 
Yes, we'll see more of these sci-fi organizations. I think the blanket term I've come up with is Research & Defense. The Ring of Fire shows us what Majestic has grown into, and we get some time with another organization we've never seen. Maybe two but one of them is so loosely affiliated you can hardly call it an organization. Anyway, you'll see.
 
I think we used to call The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur, "The one where everything changes." The Ring of Fire is only our first glimpse at what that means. Future volumes will show some other R&D organizations; what they used to be like; and how they've changed in the wake of Tesladyne's fall.
 
 
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