‘Atomic Robo’ Comic Is Switching Its Format To The Web, Giving Away Free Issues

Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener’s absolutely amazing comic Atomic Robo about a robot built by Nikola Tesla who fights various things like crime and Nazis and giant ants — and a talking dinosaur named Dr. Dinosaur — has been available in print (and on Comixology) for seven years. Unfortunately, since I’m long past the days of having the sort of disposable cash to buy comics, I only own a few of the collected trades.

The good news for me (and really, everyone who likes things that are awesome) is: Atomic Robo is transitioning to a webcomic format. Starting Wednesday (January 21st), Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne (the first volume of the series) will be available on the Atomic Robo website.

For free.

Then for the next few months, whole past volumes will be uploaded. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the site will update with the next issue in the series. That’s 66 pages a week of new-to-some-of-you content. And there will be actual new-to-all-of-us bonus content published online, as well.

The next Atomic Robo storyline will start some time in May, again, for free. According to Clevinger:

“New material will be free online first and collected into issues/trades through ComiXology for folks who wants ‘em like that. We’ll also print the new stuff as trades as, y’know, they get finished.”

The tenth collected volume will be called Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire and will be released this summer. The plan has been to move to online publishing for some time, in order to reach as wide an audience as possible. If you want to continue supporting the creators, they’ve set up a Patreon where they’ll be releasing extra content. They also have plans to open an online merch shop, and of course they’ll still be selling copies of their trades at conventions.

If you’ve never heard of Atomic Robo or it’s something you’ve been meaning to read and haven’t gotten around to it yet, now you have no excuse. Needing food and sleep means nothing to me. You will read about sassy robots and evil dinosaurs and you will thank me.

Via Comics Alliance