With Further Ado #294: Robot Monster 3-D Comic

One of the most fun things I do is host the Screams & Screens movie series at Auburn Public Theater. We celebrate old movie, with a real emphasis on 50s/60s/70s Science Fiction and Horror movies. You know, the type of thing that makes life worth living.

And don’t worry, we’re about to announce the new season. Keep an eye out on the Auburn Public Theater website!

Robot Monster is one of those movies that we really should include in our line-up. It’s schlocky, cheaply made and totally wonderful. And it was filmed in the Bronson Canyon area, which you’ve seen in dozens of movies and every time the Adam West and the Batmobile roared out of the Batcave.

My old pal Paul Castiglia is part of a new comics project focusing on this forgotten property. Only it’s never really been forgotten.

ROBOT MONSTER COMICS IN 3-D is truly an ‘alpha and omega’ project,” says editor and contributing writer, Paul Castiglia of ARCHIE’S WEIRD MYSTERIES fame. “It features both the first comics fiction scripted by noted teenage comic book historian, Carl Scheckel, and the participation of the film’s last surviving cast member, Gregory Moffett, among other points of fascination for pop culture fans everywhere.”

I’m excited for this one. Here’s their official Press Release:

Cult Classic 3D Film Lives On in All-New Comic Book Adventures!

Robot Monster returns to its comics-inspired roots in crowd-funded graphic novel from top comics, film, and pop culture creators, along with one of the film’s original stars!

April 4, 2024Robot Monster Comics in 3D! is here! Following a highly successful theatrical and home video release of its 70th Anniversary Restoration, the cult classic movie, Robot Monster spins off into a brand-new hardcover graphic novel.

Like the film’s restoration, the comics project is brought to life by the 3-D Film Archive. The 64-page hardbound book will be available for pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign launching on April 9, 2024.

The opening credits of the 1953 film feature a collage of images from horror and sci-fi comics that inspired it. Now, Robot Monster Comics in 3D! leans into those comics roots, continuing the saga of Ro-Man, Great Guidance, and Johnny, with adventure, laughs, and thrills for both longtime and new fans!

In an exciting twist, this graphic novel project features the direct involvement of the last remaining cast member of the film, Greg “Johnny” Moffett, providing story plots and autographed bookplates.

True to its pedigree, the interior pages are presented in 3D, offering a rare opportunity for readers to enjoy this unique printing technique that hasn’t been seen much since the 1950s.

Now, thanks in great part to the 3-D Film Archive restoring over thirty 3D film classics, interest in the process is at an all-time high, and not just relegated to celluloid.

“The enthusiastic response to our Robot Monster restoration was unprecedented,” says Bob Furmanek, president of the 3-D Film Archive. “Watching audiences go wild at live screenings inspired me to reach out to my good friend Paul Castiglia to see what else we could do with these charismatic characters.”

Castiglia, a veteran Archie Comics writer, editor, and historian who has also done work for DC Comics, Dark Horse, and others, jumped at the chance to transfer the mayhem from the screen to the page.

“What happened to Ro-Man before the events of the movie… and what happened after? Did he go on to conquer other worlds? Did he retire? Did he find true love? And what of the family? The possibilities are endless, and we’ll be presenting some of those ‘what ifs’ here,” says Castiglia.

Castiglia has assembled a team of creators from comics, film, and pop culture to concoct these tales.

Eisner Award-nominated 3D artist Charles Barnard oversees the 3D production design, and there are two different covers for fans to choose from: one illustrated by pop-art pinup artist Mitch O’Connell; and the other painted by comics and novel cover illustrator, Jeff Slemons.

In addition to Castiglia, the writing talent is headed up by Mystery Science Theater 3000 writer-producer Harold Buchholz; Owen Kline, writer-director of the comics-themed indie film, Funny Pages; Tom Hall, co-creator and writer of the critically acclaimed Robot 13; and horror podcaster and novelist, Chris Well.

Contributing artists are also an eclectic mix. Mainstream comics illustrators including Chris Allan (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Glenn Whitmore (DC Comics), and Ron Williams (Big Bang Comics), are joined by esoteric indie comics creators Jesus Marquez, Simone Arena, Erica Well, and Nikki Powers.

Best of all, the project highlights two dynamic new talents and one very special luminary. Comics historian Carl Scheckel writes his first published comics tale here, while exciting, early work from up-and-coming artist Marley Starr is featured.

Full details can be found at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/3dfilmarchive/robot-monster-comics-in-3-d-64-page-graphic-novel