Hey there Action Science Nerds! We noticed that it's been nearly a month since the last update so we thought we'd drop you a quick note to say that everything is wonderful down here in sunny Mexico with its cheap living and lack of extrication laws. I mean . . . EVERYTHING IS GOING PEACHY WITH THE FIELD GUIDE!!! Look! Here is proof by way of an engaging extract:
“SO, SOMEONE PLUGGED AN AUTOMATIC INTELLIGENCE INTO THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND NOW THERE ARE ROBOT FACTORIES PUMPING OUT HUNTER-KILLER DRONES
As of this printing it hasn't happened yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
On the other hand, as far as we know, this book is one of the few remaining artifacts of The World That Was before the robot uprising. Perhaps you worship it as a religious document. Hopefully your peoples have retained basic literacy so the message hasn't become corrupted over time. It is also our hope that your leaders don’t apply disingenuous interpretations of our text to justify the consolidation of their wealth and power via maintaining a permanent, if ever-changing, underclass.
If this is the case, we regret to inform you that peasant uprisings are outside the scope of this work, but we authors of the now mythic Golden Age of Mankind wish you the best of luck.”
All art for posters, stickers, buttons, etc is done. Did I say that last update? Okay, well it is STILL very done and unlikely to become undone. Though some new art will be needed to compliment all the confusing words this books is allegedly going to be filled with. So I guess art is not done? Well, it's as done as it reasonably can be at this point.
In other Atomic Robo news -it looks like Vol.8 #3 and Real Science Adventure #12 appear to no longer be lost in the bowels of Hollow Earth and should be arriving in stores any day now. We received our comp issues last week, which is usually a good sign. November 13 is when they should hit stores.
In addition to working feverishly on the Field Guide, Brian also completely overhauled the scripts for Robo Vol.9, and Scott is wrapping up the art for Free Comic Book Day 2014 -we're bringing back the Yonkers Devil in this one, though he/she/it looks a bit different. Like an evolved Pokemon if you will. And that's about it for Robo news.
On a final, though unrelated note, Scott is participating in Movember to raise money to fight cancer. If you would like to help him do this please drop by his Mo Space page and donate.
If you would just like to watch a sad video of Scott shaving his amazing beard off in order to participate in Movember, click here.
Hey folks! If any of you are attending New York Comic Con this week we hope you can find the time to swing by the Atomic Robo table in Artist Alley. We'd love to thank you in person for supporting our KickStarter project!
Work on the Field Guide and other items is going well. We're still looking at November for the Surveys to go out. Brian is splitting his days between the Guide and Atomic Robo vol.9 scripts, while Scott is diving into Free Comic Book Day 2014 while he, (almost as anxiously as you), waits for the Surveys to go out so he can get cracking on those "Convention" Sketches.
That's all for now!
TL;DR: backers at the $150 and $750 tier will get a Scott Wegener "convention sketch" and they 100% YES DEFINITELY WILL BE ABLE TO REQUEST the subject matter of that sketch!!!
Stupid Long Version:
There was a copy/paste error in Brian's notes!
We DO NOT have to come up with 550+ high quality convention sketches. It's more like 80ish? Which is still double what we'd planned on doing when we made the item available BUT OH MY GOSH it's so much less than 500, so let's celebrate the heck out of that by taking requests as originally promised!
Breaking it down long form:
Everyone getting a hardcover Field Guide will get a sketch in their hardcover Field Guide. This sketch will either be a quickie Scott Wegener sketch of whatever the hell he wants to draw OR it will be a terrible Brian Clevinger drawing of a dinosaur in the style of a First Grader because that is literally the extent of his ability. Everyone getting a hardcover will have the opportunity to choose which one they're getting via survey. If we don't get your survey, then you've got a 50/50 shot of getting one or the other. Simple!
Backers at the $150 tier and the $750 tier will get to choose between the quick or terrible sketch in their hardcover as well. ADDITIONALLY they will get the nice convention sketch from Scott Wegener and we will take requests for those. There's some content guidelines to these requests, but don't worry about that now, we'll make sure you have 'em when the time comes.
I know what you're asking yourselves.
"How did Brian Clevinger, the undisputed worldwide master champion of copy and paste, screw up his own copy and paste?! If something like this could happen, then maybe there is no God?!?!"
We needed answers, so we installed a webcam to observe Mr. Clevinger's process.
It's a mystery.
Folks have been asking us about the state of the campaign, and the short answer is this:
It's doin' fine. We're still on schedule for delivery to begin somewhere in the vast wasteland of November. Don't expect to see surveys until Nov 1st AT THE EARLIEST.
More details below for those of you into that sort of thing.
To get an idea of what we've been up to since the campaign finished...
Just kidding. It looks more like this...
But seriously. Brian wrapped up some big freelance jobs while Scott put the finishing touches on Volume 8. That means NOW we can devote ourselves full time to cranking out our Kickstarter goods.
Well, "full time" other than working on Volume 9 because we assume you guys also want more comics. But the #1 priority for the next month or two is Kickstarter!
Which brings us to our first issue: ALL THAT STUFF! The art for all the posters is done. Our designer (and Robo's layout guru and letterer) Jeff Powell is dressing them. He is also designing all the various stickers, employee badges, the Field Guide's internal layout, etc. We figure: hey, he can sleep at his day job.
The T-shirts are ready to hit the looms, or the screen printers, or whatever it is you do to make T-shirts these days.
We did the math and Scott has to draw ~550 “convention” sketches. To give you some idea of what that means, Scott will do about 10 sketches in a busy day at a convention. So, it's like that, but 55 times more. We are currently pricing cyborg replacements. Of Scott. Because why stop at the arm?
Anyway, we're planning for Scott to pump out 15 - 20 of these in a day for as long as it takes. We feel this is a realistic pace given that Scott can draw a bit more at home without the distractions and incredibly uncomfortable chairs of a convention.
Because of the sheer volume of these things, WE CANNOT ACCEPT SPECIFIC REQUESTS. Technically, this is your fault! If you had only half-heartedly supported our campaign instead of OBLITERATING OUR HIGHEST EXPECTATIONS, then this wouldn't be a problem.
BUT! We have a compromise that we feel is pretty fair.
There will be a short list of characters. Robo, Dr. Dinosaur, Jenkins, and a few other popular characters from the pages of Atomic Robo. When you get your surveys, those of you who are getting a sketch can rate the available options from most-to-least favorite. This way we can make sure everyone is happy. Except that guy who wanted Ru Paul MODOK. But he's never happy.
So, that brings us to the topic of SURVEYS.
We'll send them out when we're closer to delivering everyone's rewards. This way those of you who might experience a change of address will be better able to predict which address to list. It reduces stress on your end and it reduces redundant busywork on ours -- win/win!
Meanwhile, you can always contact Brian and Scott through Kickstarter with specific questions, or bug them on Twitter at @bclevinger and @Scott_Wegna any time.
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