On Saturday, January 8th, 2011, Topless Robot celebrated its third birthday. I told no one. It was Saturday. I wasn’t working. I’m not even going to pretend my Saturday drinking was in honor of TR, it was just regular drinking (although it might have been heavier than usual, thanks to that last FFF).
Point is, I wanted to take today to say thanks to all of you for reading Topless Robot all these years, putting up with my nonsense, my typos, my nerd prejudices, my dickishness, my — I’d better stop here, or you guys will wise up and actually stop putting up with me. I have the greatest gig in the world, and it’s each and every one of you who makes it possible. I’m never not grateful to you all for Topless Robot‘s success. As a birthday present, if you will, I’d like to present this:
It’s ComicsNix’s masterpiece “Doomsday Womb” read aloud by Xwonka, who delighted us so with his dramatic reading of “Day of reckoning.” He didn’t send it to me for TR’s birthday, nor did I commission it, it’s just a swell coincidence. Thanks to Xwonka, and thanks again to all of you. I mean it.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.