Posted June 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

The Ring of Fire is rocking and rolling. Catch up with the prologues if you haven't already, or skip straight to the first issue.

Did you hear the news? IDW Publishing is putting Atomic Robo back into comic shops starting with Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #1.

But that's not all. They'll also complement our fancy hardcover editions with multi-volume softcovers. The first one will collect The Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne, The Dogs of War, and The Shadow From Beyond Time. We posted the details over at Kickstarter, but here's the TL;DR version...

  • The hardcovers get the nice new lettering and the all-new bonus content.
  • The softcovers do not get the new lettering or all-new bonus content because the folks at IDW are moving at lightning speed to get these out there, so we don't have time to get the new stuff finished for them.
  • There will not be softcovers for individual volumes.
  • Think of it like this. The hardcovers are for the hardcore Robo reader who wants the best and most stuff possible. The softcover omnibus editions are for cramming as many comics into your face as possible.

Nothing about the IDW deal changes how the website works. You will still get your comics here for free. In fact, we'll have given away something like half of The Ring of Fire series by the time they publish the second issue.

We're very excited to partner with IDW Publishing in our ongoing efforts to pave the Earth with Atomic Robo comics.

Posted June 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

What have you guys been up to?

Okay, shut up.

We've been toiling away at the all-new bonus content for the hardcovers. The use of "we" in that sentence is an enormous god damn lie because I'm the dumb jerk who's got to make it all. We'll do a backer update when there's some interesting news to share about that. Here's what there is far: "Uh, about halfway done."

Meanwhile! Here at The Website, the last of the prologues wraps up tomorrow. The first page of the first issue of The Ring of Fire will go online Thursday. Be there! Well, here. Be here.

Posted June 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

You guys did a hell of a thing. We were just along for the ride.

Now, if you'll excuse us, some stuff has got to get made to fulfill all them stretch goals.

Ninety pages of bonus content.

Nine rejected doom monster designs.

Three spin-off volumes.

Wait a second. I'm the guy who has to do all that? Nobody told me I would have to work. Suddenly this whole thing seems like it was a terrible idea.

Posted June 5, 2015 at 09:10 am

Hey. Did you what all the new covers look like? Check it. They're kind of amazing.

So, this thing's coming to a close today at 5pm Eastern. We're gonna ride it to hell on a livestream starting at 3pm Eastern. We'll edit this post to include a link so you can join us.



You guys annihilated every stretch goal we put in front of you, so you've forced us to take extreme measures. Behold THE ULTIMATE STRETCHGOAL "WE BOUGHT A SILO"


Posted June 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

Our Kickstarter ends Friday at 5pm, so we're nearly at that magical moment when I finally shut the hell up about it. We've got the final(?) batch of stretch goals, but first I wanted to share the latest freebie bonus postcard with you guys. This one is from our long time friend Jim Zub whom I always type out as Jib because I'm racing to get that last name.

Jib did a nice process post about the whole thing and you can read Skullkickers online.

Wanna see some new stretch goals? YEAH YOU DO SHUT UP.

Another volume of Real Science Adventures for everyone at $175k and an animated Atomic Robo short by some cool people at $200k. These are truly the stretchiest of stretch goals, but we can do it!

Posted June 2, 2015 at 11:10 am

Yeah, that's right. We're throwing most postcards from fictional spaces at you. This one is from our friend and yours, if you are a robot, J. N. Wiedle who draws skelingtons or something.

Good news! We're in the final days of the campaign, so we'll shut up about it soon. But not yet!

We're gonna cap off the campaign with a Fancy Live Draw starting Friday, June 5th, starting at 3pm Eastern. We'll keep that going to the end of the campaign at 5pm. Scott will be drawing, uh, something. A new page? A new cover? Monster designs? Join us and find out. We'll post the details Friday here on the blog, on Kickstarter, Patreon, Twitter, pretty much everywhere that matters.

Posted June 1, 2015 at 02:23 pm

Big update on the ol' Kickstarter today. You can read the details here or stay tuned for the TL;DR version below.

First, we're revealing two more postcards. The first one is from Kory Bing of Skin Deep.

The next is by Lo Baker of Aquapunk.

Since we're so close to the next stretch goal, we figured: what the hell, let's share the one after that with everyone. 

That's right. A fourth volume of Real Science Adventures. We've got a batch of stories in mind, but we'll let our backers vote on which one we'll do. But that's only if we break $150k by June 5th. That's this Friday whaaaaaaat!

And don't forget, there's new tiers available to turn YOU (or a friend) into an Action Scientist featured on the official Tesladyne corporate website. Or to get the original art of Dr. Dinosaur's rejected weird doom monster designs. Go, go, go!

Posted May 28, 2015 at 10:03 am

We revealed the deluxe bookplate in our latest update. This is a special one-of-a-kind bonus going to any backer who grabs all nine hardcovers. Behold!

Click that guy for more details, a process post, and a lot of needless ranting. 

Meanwhile. You pushed us over $120k. Jerks! Now I've got even more work to do because we're committed to delivering an all-new volume of Real Science Adventures about the early days of The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific.

It won't be an origin story. That's boring. They found each other. It will be the story of their first big heist/caper. Similarly, The Deadly Art of Science wasn't Robo's origin either, but it was his first big adventure. And we all got a kick out of that.

What's next? Let's take a look!

Why do I keep agreeing to stretch goals that make me work more and give away our books? I must be an idiot. Punish me with dollars.

Lastly, our good friend, Phil "Yelling Guest Star" Broughton, is selling more of his weird super coffee. That alone isn't newsworthy, but he's added to the pile of Atomic Robo branded weird super coffee with Dr. Dinosaur.

Posted May 25, 2015 at 12:37 pm

The first page of our second mini-prologue starts today. It stars a gal you've seen before. So, yes, that means our first mini-prologue concluded over the weekend because we're crazy enough to update seven days a week now. Maybe you missed a page, I dunno, so start at the beginning just in case.

The Kickstarter is still forging ahead. We've got some cool reveals for you today.

I'd like to reveal the first of our guest postcards. These are included in a bunch of our reward tiers as free bonuses because we love you(r money).

Tessa Stone (of Twitter and Tumblr) was kind enough to hit us up with this little number.

And we revealed the $120,000 stretch goal: a new volume of Real Science Adventures. Ninety-six pages, probably starring The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific. All backers will get it in PDF. Don't worry, the rest of you slobs will get to read it online eventually.

You've got until next Thursday, June 5th to get on that action.


Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:03 am

Scott did us the favor of talking through the design process behind the new cover for Dogs of War.

Now that you've cracked the $100k barrier, there's a stack of great stretch goals looming ahead. But for right now, we're staring down the barrel of $110k. At that level, all physical orders are getting another sticker and we'll put two more SECRET FILES OF DR. DINOSAUR in every single volume. That brings it up to six pages per book for a total of fifty-four pages of total sanity.

Crap. I gotta start writing these things!

Damn you. Damn you all.


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