Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver are setting their villain-turned-hero free — free on the web, that is. They’ve launched a new website for Edison Rex, where they plan to post all 18 issues of the series, as well as a Patreon campaign to fund the creation of new issues.
According to a post on Tumblr, they plan to serialize the existing issues, with updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, followed by new material. Backers of the Patreon can get early access to upcoming issues, annotations, commentary and even T-shirts for the right donation.
“Edison Rex has been a labor of love for Chris and Dennis, and we’re both dedicated to finishing the story we set out to tell,” their Patreon site reads. “But we’ll need your help to get there. We’re grateful for the small but dedicated audience that supported the digital-first incarnation of the series, but the sales rarely reached the point where they covered the out-of-pocket expenses of paying for the colors and letters, with little left aside for Dennis and Chris. And the need to take on other paying work has meant that we haven’t been able to produce new content as quickly as we’d like. Pledging your support to our Patreon will help us reach our goal of finishing the story of Edison Rex, in a timely manner!”
Edison Rex launched as one of the flagship titles of MonkeyBrain, a digital comics imprint created by Roberson and Allison Baker, back in 2012. Roberson and Culver were joined by Stephen Downer on colors, John J. Hill on letters and Dylan Todd on design. The title character started his career off as a villain, but after defeating his greatest nemesis he decided to switch teams and defend the world. All previous issues are still available on comiXology for 99 cents each, and IDW has released two collections.