3 years and 512 completed strips later, Robonk lives on!
Thanks to the Robonk fans.
It’s fun to build out a radical concept as a series. Fun to see that it works. Life is awkward when you’re a dorky guy with an undergraduate degree in communications and you have a comic strip series you don’t write or draw, and here I am. The strangest it got was at a Comic Con last year, where a surprising amount of the reaction to Robonk could be translated to “you ain’t one of us”. Imagine being the outcast to the (often) self-proclaimed outcasts. That happened. Such is life when coming up with the new things. On the upside, creating a new genre of comic strip series is awesome!
So what’s ahead for Robonk? A pile of stuff, actually, including…
- The first Robonk book. It’s done but hasn’t been published yet.
- Robonk coloring book: That’s right, Robonk coloring book!
- Some more merchandising. Last year saw the debut of a limited run of stickers and buttons, and there’ll be more in 2020.
- Tracy Lay for insights.
- Jerry Lake for your support.
- Joseph Weizenbaum for creating ELIZA Artificial Intelligence program in the mid 1960s and John Nolan for writing the Perl version of ELIZA by that creates the robot’s lines in the strips.
- Mort Walker and editor Jason Whiton for the interviews book which was insightful as to how I’m doing things very much differently than how they had been done before.
- The jQuery library used by Bubblematic, the software that draws the quote bubbles for comic strips.
- Robonk fans again thanks for being so wonderful.
We’re over half way to strip 1,000… …and beyond!