“Atomic Robo,” Webcomics and the Eisner Nod
Over at CBR, David Press recently spoke with the creators of the Eisner-nominated Atomic Robo about the origins of the series, their checks-and-balances creative process and the surprise nomination they received at this year’s Eisner Awards. The series chronicles the adventures of a self-aware robot created by Nikolai Tesla and commissioned to combat supernatural threats to the U.S.
I found the interview especially interesting due to writer Brian Clevinger’s roots in the webcomic scene as the creator of 8-bit Theatre. Now that Robo has managed to find its way into the spotlight, however, the print series has become the top priority for Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener.
The next adventure for the character, taking place in a new volume of the series titled Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War and hitting shelves August 13, finds the robot in action during World War II.
“I mean, don’t freak out, we’re not doing Band Of Brothers And Also A Robot. We’re very much aware that people pick up Robo comics to have fun, and frankly we’d get bored with it ourselves if we didn’t deliver on that. Everything we see is from Robo’s perspective, and he’s still a young ‘bot in this story. To him, it’s one big adventure. Not in a frivolous way, but let’s face it, he knows he’s bulletproof and he takes advantage of that to thwart enemy soldiers at every opportunity.”
Head over to CBR for more on Atomic Robo, as well as some pages from the upcoming issue.