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Atomic Robo is a comic written by Brian Clevinger and drawn by Scott Wegener. It's a little like The Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Buckaroo Banzai, and The Rocketeer movies crammed into a robot who wears pants. Robo was made by Nikola Tesla back in 1923 and then he has a bunch of adventures. The robot. Not Tesla. Well, Tesla a little. Mostly the robot though. You can read some of them online here.
We're making THE OFFICIAL TESLADYNE ACTION SCIENTISTS FIELD GUIDE. Think of it like those survival handbooks for rare but plausible threats like snakebites, being lost in the woods, trapped in a fire, that sort of thing. Only we're giving you practical survival advice for crazy sci-fi stuff that's part of the job for an Action Scientist even though you'll never have to worry about any of it.
Sample topics include...
- How To Deal With Errant Dinosaurs
- So You've Got An Evil Twin
- Coping With Alternate Realities
- Lightning Gun Maintenance
- Huge Explosions: The Deadly Killer
- And more!
This is NOT the final design, but it's very close.
We have the amazing Jeff Powell on layout and design for this thing. In his spare time he works a day job at Marvel doing WHAT A COINCIDENCE book layout and design. So, we promise the real thing will look good when you open it up!
But there's more than just the Field Guide! It's Kickstarter, so we've got tiers full of extras from $10 to $600, campaign exclusive polos and lab coats, and other goodies you cannot get anywhere else.
THE STRETCH GOALS
You guys have helped us to raise over $95,000 so far. Here's what you've unlocked.
$10,000 - Stickers For (almost) Everyone! - If you have a physical order, you are getting a Big Tesladyne Gear sticker for free. They should be about 3.5in wide and tall -- the perfect size for covering up the corporate logo of whomever made your laptop!
$15,000 - Bonus Dr. Dinosaur Poster for (almost) Everyone! - If you have a physical order, blammo, you're getting an exclusive Dr. Dinosaur poster. Doesn't matter if you're getting any of the other posters or not, if we're mailing you anything, you'll get this one when we reach $15k.
$20,000 - Bumper Sticker for (almost) Everyone! - Like the regular stickers, but bigger and sturdier! 'Cause it's for cars! This will be one of the existing poster designs only re-imagineered into bumper sticker format. Again, this is free to everyone who is getting a physical item.
$25,000 Remain Calm Trust In Science Bonus Print - Did you select a tier that gets you any physical reward? Guess what, you're getting this guy for for free along with the other bonuses! Say whut?!
$30,000 Tesladyne Employee Certificate - Yet another free bonus reward for everyone getting at least one physical item mailed to them. This is a handsome diploma commemorating your completion of all Tesladyne training. Suitable for framing if you're a giant nerd. P.S. I am totally stealing one of these to frame for my office. Keep that on the DL.
$40,000 Digital Wallpapers for EVERYONE - Y'know the posters we're offering? You get 'em in digital format! This bonus will be available to ALL BACKERS. The files will be suitable for all digital desktop computing machines with video output. Sorry, ENIAC users, you get squat.
$45,000 More Tesladyne Pens! - All backers with a physical reward will now get them fancy custom Tesladyne pens too! What's that? Your tier already included some of those pens? You get custom Tesladyne sticky notes just like they use at the real Tesladyne! Or would use! If it weren't fictional! Because it's just a comic book! Sorry.
$50,000 Original Scott Wegener Illustrations in the Field Guide - Our plan was to use art from the comics to help illustrate the Field Guide's articles because Scott already works all day drawing new pages for the comic. But now you get all new art in the Field Guide!
$60,000 Fancied Up Field Guide - Now the standard print edition of the Field Guide gets a matte lamination cover with a foil stamp so everyone knows how special you are. Hardcovers are already about as fancy as you can get just by existing, but they will also get the foil stamp. As a weird side effect of how books are printed, doing these special covers will in effect give us an extra four pages of content. I don't claim to understand why, I just nod my head and smile. The take away here is: glammed up covers for print folks and more pages for EVERYONE.
$70,000 Actual Scientists - Here's where things get a little crazy. Our buddy PHIL BROUGHTON, of Funranium Labs (also of Vol 6 and Vol 8 fame) will write a whole bunch of SAFETY TIPS covering a wide range of catastrophic sci-fi problems as well as a special chapter/entry/whatever pertaining, we think, to the problems and pitfalls of time travel and why you shouldn't ever do it if the chance arises. I mean, obviously everything in the Field Guide is real, right? Like, you follow our advice and I promise you'll never be killed by a dinosaur. But Phil's stuff is extra true because he's been there, man. Possibly including time travel, I dunno, the side effects of his super coffee are not fully documented.
$75,000 Scott and Brian Sign Every Single Stupid Field Guide - If you live somewhere far from where we attend conventions, and that covers about 99% of the planet's surface, this would be a super great way to get us to sign something for you! Oh, and as an added bonus? Hardcover copies will get an original sketch from Scott Wegener OR a picture of a dinosaur drawn by Brian Clevinger in the style of a first grader. So, y'know, there's that to shoot for.$85,000 Three New Prints - Remember those super cool pulp inspired covers to Real Science Adventures #1 - 6? Now you get three of them! These will be in print for folks getting physical orders and in electro-digital format for folks who are not.
$95,000 Three MORE New Prints - Just like the previous stretch goal, but now it's the other three RSA covers. You've got them all, you lucky duck!
$100,000 Field Guide Goes To 64 Pages - Look, there's a lot of incredibly dangerous sci-fi insanity out there that you'll never have to encounter. But you want to be prepared for as much of it as possible, don't you? Just in case? Of course you do! Get our Field Guide up to 64 pages and I guarantee you will (probably) never be disintegrated!
$110,000 Tyrannical ruler - We're giving everyone a special Tesladyne branded ruler suitable for measuring stuff. You can do science with this thing if your science involves measuring distances by hand. Everyone who selected a tier with at least one physical item is getting this thing. If you got one of our digital-only tiers, then you will get this thing in super pixel perfect PDF form to print out for use in the physical world as needed.
$120,000 Coasting Through Life - If you do the impossible, then every tier that contains at least one physical item will get a Tesladyne Gear Coaster to protect your very important furniture from the ravages of condensation.
That's everything you've unlocked for the campaign so far. Let's take a look at WHAT LIES *~BEYOND~*
LOCKED STRETCH GOALS
$130,000 Hangin' Around - All tiers that include at least one physical item now get a Tesladyne branded lanyard! The perfect thing to hang your Tesladyne ID badge! Or, I guess, your work ID if you have some kind of dumb real job.
The tiers are listed on the right, but here's some visual aids to let you know what is available in each tier.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Do you have any idea how little we know about the universe? Or its local topography? If the observable universe is telling us anything, it's that it is INFINITELY MORE LIKELY that we'll be wiped out at any second of any day than it is to see another dawn.
Speaking in more terrestrial terms, though, we've already locked down manufacturers and we've got some of the best backend people Kickstarter has ever seen making sure our numbers add up and your rewards are fulfilled.
We can't promise no delays. Maybe a factory burns down. Maybe the moon crashes into the Pacific. Maybe a bulk shipment ends up in Singapore. Things happen. We can promise to stay on top of the situation and to keep in contact with you guys about what's going on, why it's happening, and to provide a timeline of solutions.
Yes, it does. That's because it stars Devin of Featherweight Creations fame and his handmade Atomic Robo costume. Check out more of his work right here:
Spoiler alert - everything he does is pretty radical.
But that's not all! Zack Finfrock of Wayside Creations did the voice work and editing. And without that stuff it's just a video of some weirdo in a robot suit moving his arms around. Check out more of his work right here:
Why does everyone ask it that way? :(
Our shirts will be available in any size between Small and 3XL.
We're not! You can already get those through your local comic book shop, online stores, and digital store fronts.
Anyway, Kickstarter isn't really a platform intended to sell existing products. It's meant to help fund the creation of NEW stuff.
BUT we could probably justify it if the total gets high enough. At that point, we're making so many new things, it's pretty harmless to sneak in a little something we already made.
It will be AT LEAST 48 pages.
This may be a not-so-subtle hint that upcoming stretch goals will include ways to increase the page count.
Add-ons throw our cost projections WAY out of whack and we will NOT be doing them.
Yeah, I know, a lot of campaigns do add-ons these days, but you'll also note that a LOT of campaigns get in over their heads and end up costing more than they raised even if they're super successful -- in fact, the super successfulness is what ends up costing them so much more in the end.
This is our first campaign and we're keeping things simple: both to protect ourselves and to make sure you guys get your stuff ASAP.
The way our tiers and our stretch goals are staggered gives us a degree of predictability with regard to how many of each item needs to be made and to minimize our exposure to unintended costs incurred from ever-increasingly absurd shipping charges.
We hope you understand!
We'll send a survey to all backers shortly after the campaign's conclusion, and that's how we'll get your info.
You can use your real name, or someone else's if you intended to back this campaign as a gift, or make up a name. Just nothing rude!
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RECRUIT ============================ You get the Field Guide in PDF form. As well, your name is listed in the Field Guide as one of Tesladyne's new Action Scientists so everyone knows how cool you are.Estimated delivery:
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ADVANCED RECRUIT ============================ You get a PRINT copy of the Field Guide + a PDF copy + your name listed + the RECRUITMENT mini-poster.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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CYBERNET INTERPUNK ============================ You get the Field Guide in PDF form AS WELL AS an Atomic Robo Related Sketch from Scott Wegener in digital format. NO PHYSICAL REWARDS come with this tier.Estimated delivery:
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PROPAGANDA OFFICER ============================ Field Guide in print + PDF copy + your name + all THREE mini-posters + BOTH button packs (10 buttons total).Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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REFUELING STATION ============================ Field Guide in print + PDF copy + your name + COFFEE MUG + both button packs.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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STANDARD ISSUE ============================ Field Guide in print + PDF copy + your name + ONE shirt (random) + both button packs.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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OFFICER TRAINING ============================ Field Guide in print + PDF copy + your name + BOTH Shirts + both button packs.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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ALL CONTINGENCIES ============================ Field Guide in print + PDF copy + your name + both shirts + both button packs + coffee mug.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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SPECIAL MISSION PACK ============================ LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER copy of Field Guide + PDF copy + your name + BOTH shirts + BOTH button packs + Coffee Mug + ALL THREE mini-posters + Junior Action Scientist Card signed by Robo, Brian, Scott + SPACE Motivational mini-poster.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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SPECIAL MISSION PACK + SCOTT SKETCH ============================ Yup, you get everything from the $100 tier plus a sketch from Scott Wegener!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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MAXIMUM PREPAREDNESS PACK ============================ ACTION SCIENTIST KIT (lab coat + Exclusive polo + Sticker Sheet + Jr. Action Scientist Card + Tesladyne "gear" Patch + 2 pens) + LTD ED HARDCOVER Field Guide + PDF copy + your nameEstimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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AN ORDINARY SCIENTIST ============================ LTD ED HARDCOVER Field Guide + PDF coy + your name + DR. DINOSAUR KIT (ruined lab coat, Patch, Genuine Hollow Earth Crystals + Certificate of Authenticity + Junior Action Scientist card stolen from an intern and signed by Scott, Brian, and Dr. D) + Dr. Dinosaur Sticker Sheet.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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BRING IN THE RESERVES! ============================ This is the old MAXIMUM PREPAREDNESS PACK only expanded due to popular demand. You missed out on the early bird pricing, but hey, better late than never!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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============================ LTD ED HARDCOVER Field Guide + PDF copy + your name + Dr. Dinosaur Lab Kit + Action Scientist Kit + everything from the $100 SPECIAL MISSION PACK tier.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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YOU GET EVERYTHING ============================ This is the old $500 tier which I just realized never got a title, oops. Hey, it's our first campaign, cut us some slack! Anywho, this gets you everything from the $100 tier and BOTH $300 tiers.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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EVERYTHING AND THEN SOME ============================ You get everything from this campaign + A PAGE OF ORIGINAL ART FROM AN ATOMIC ROBO ISSUE + a sketch from Scott Wegener. They invented the word "ultimate" for this tier.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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