When The Webcomic Gods Close A Toy Store, They Open An Atomic Robo

By Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener
Last week, I was all in a funk. Shortpacked ended in spectacularly absurd fashion, leaving a hole in my daily webcomic reading window, with nothing obvious to fill it. I know, there are thousands of webcomics out there, and many are worth checking out, spending days on end going over their back catalogue, becoming minorly obsessed. You know, the usual. But I wasn't necessarily in a mood to go on a quest. In the past, I'm mostly relied on references from friends and readers. I lucked out to get caught on Shortpacked pretty early in it's run, and it had been a satisfying ten years. I will miss their Batman and Transformers-heavy antics.

And then low, did the Gods of the internet hear my woe, and reveal unto us the salvation of our time: Action Scientists. The Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne, to be exact, and their metallic leader, Atomic Robo. Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener have announced that their popular hero will be making the transition from primarily a print comic to that of a web comic. The tenth volume of Robo's adventures will premiere online this May. In the run up to that premiere, every previous issue will be made available on a M/W/F basis starting today at Atomic Robo.com. That amounts to hundreds of pages, plus all the material yet to come, for free, and semi-daily. That isn't small.

And I'm blown away by it. Atomic Robo is easily my second favourite comic currently running, behind Hellboy. The tight continuity, the plethora of one-offs, the nimble balance of scientific reverence and whip-smart humour makes each issue a joy. That we'll still be getting that, and more of it, and for free and hopefully more often is a boon to the industry. And you can bet that this move will result in Robo claiming a larger audience, which is all part of Clevinger and Wegener's plan to get Robo to as many readers as possible. As new issues are finished, collected volumes will continue to be published in print as needed, but secondary to the fact that this is an act of beneficial creative charity on the part of the creators, and not one that we should take lightly.

So go, read, and enjoy.

Via ComicsAlliance.
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About MR. Clark

Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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