The official Studio Foglio sanctioned Wasp Weasels are finally in, and they look great! You can find them here (https://www.etsy.com/listing/197100578/standard-orange-wasp-eater-licenced-girl/), and I have been assured that there are enough in stock that just about anyone who wants to keep their home or place of work slaver wasp free for the holidays, should be in luck.
So Kaja and I were out and about today- running errands and practicing our skulking (The aisles at Dreamstrands Comics (http://www.dreamstrands.com/) were particularly satisfying), when we found the stuffed animals in the above photo at a toy store. If you look closely these adorable creatures have X’s for eyes. Which is just creepy, as any student of iconography will tell you that when a character has X’s for eyes, it’s either dead, or drunk. Either implied state is disconcerting when it’s found on a child’s toy, but I expect a fair number of people will be able to relate by the time the Holidays are over.
The third plush peculiarity of the day is The Winslow, who made a cameo appearance in today’s Girl Genius Comic (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php#.VIKiK9Yspak). Franky, I was unprepared for the happiness that his appearance engendered, and up until now unaware that he actually had his own Wikipedia page. I had a LOT of people asking when we’re going to actually print the Buck Godot volume that had The Winslow in it as a character (The Gallimauphry). Well we’re doing a Kickstarter for that mighty soon now. Naturally we’ll plug it when it happens, but I just wanted to let folks know that we are actually working on that.
Today’s page will be up soon…we’re still finalizing some of the technobabble. Heh.
Tonight at 7:30 we’ll be signing at the Alderwood Mall Barnes & Noble in Lynwood, WA. Please come and see us if you can!
Tomorrow, we’ll be at the Kirkland Geek Gala–there may still be a couple of tickets left, please check out this fun charity event!
In the meantime, if you’re really looking for something to do, you can read the Girl Genius comic in Russian! Yes, thanks to a very dedicated Russian reader, there’s a huge translation of Girl Genius. We’ve made a special place for it on our site, and you can read the whole thing…assuming you can read the whole thing. Erm…Na Zdarovye!
I’ll take this opportunity to give a shout-out to the reader who has been doing the French translation: we really appreciate that! We just haven’t had time to stuff it all into the word balloons…something else for our intrepid new helper Linda to do? The Russian trans. came pre-stuffed, so we were able to pop it up quickly…but we haven’t forgotten you! French soon! We’re inspired, now…
So, the last I heard, there were still some tickets left for the Kirkland Geek Gala, where Phil and I will be special guests, along with Improv comedy group Unexpected Productions, actress/costumer/gorgeousperson Victoria Schmidt (Scruffy Rebel) and international geek dance sensation Matt Harding of “Where the Hell is Matt?”.
It will be fun! The company will be great, and the venue looks amazing. There will be, among other things, drinks and dinner, and the whole thing is for charity. And I think there are a few tickets left. You should check.
I just finished up the illustrations for ‘Munchkin Steampunk’ for Steve Jackson Games. It was a lot of fun, but it was over a hundred and eighty illustrations in slightly less than two months. So on the one hand, I was carting around art supplies whenever I left the house (which is something that our friends are used to), on the other hand, I’m pretty pleased with how they all turned out, especially now that it’s all done.
I don’t know the exact release date, but I think we were all hoping to have it out in time for GenCon or some such. We will certainly let you know when we do.
This Friday, since we have a new novel out and everything (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/agatha-h-and-the-voice-of-the-castle-phil-foglio/1120408433?ean=9781597802956) we are continuing to act like actual authors, and are doing an actual author appearance at the Barnes & Noble at Alderwood Mall, which is slightly north of Seattle (19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, WA 98036, 425-771-2220) . We always feel kind of odd being in a real bookstore and everything, so we hope to see a bunch of friendly faces. They want us to talk about how we make Girl Genius, show a couple of original pages from the comic, and do a reading from the new novel. Then we will dance. Things get rolling at 7:30 PM.
So! The big news! Our third novel has been published! Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle is out in hardcover and we are pretty darn pleased with the way it came out. You should buy one, or perhaps several, as they are large and radiate quite a bit of heat.
Sorry I’ve been silent for awhile, but I have been grinding away at a couple of projects. Now I know that these days, instead of just keeping my head down and actually doing the work, I should be talking about how I’m grinding away at a project, as well as what I had for lunch, what is currently burning outside my window, and what the hell is the dog eating, and why is it still screaming? Back in my day what a family chose to do in the backyard at night with shovels was their business, but we’re all part of this big interweb hootenanny thing now, so we’ve just got to buck up and stick to the one passport, I guess.
Luckily, we are now working with a person who wants us to be “media savvy” and “21st Century creators”. Fair enough, I can “dig” where she’s coming from, as you kids say. Thus, I guess we’ll start “Tweeting on Red Box” or whatever, and work our way up from there.
Girl Genius Cosplay at the London WorldCon!
Our beloved SteamCon is dead, more’s the pity…especially since Phil and I were finally going to get to be guests this year. Oh, well.
Taking its place is the Seattle Steamposium. The folks putting it on also do Steampunk conventions in Sacramento and Long Beach–and I believe they’re also the people responsible for the fantastic time I had on the Queen Mary a year or so back. At any rate...
The Seattle Steamposium is September 26-28. It’s coming up soon. Phil and I will be in the Vendor’s hall, as usual, and I hope we’ll see a lot of you there. The main reason I’m posting, though, is that the costume contest has a “Girl Genius Cosplay” category. I’m kind of hoping someone will actually enter in this category…this could be kind of embarrassing, otherwise. By the way, the category is there not because we asked for it, but because the lovely people putting on the convention thought it might be fun. In other words, they did it on their own. Excuse me while I squee a bit…
Okay. I’m good.
So, if you’re in Seattle, and heading for the Steamposium, please consider entering the Costume Contest! In your Girl Genius gear! Yes! We’ll be giving out some lovely prizes, and I’m even going to try to have new badge ribbons for the con, assuming I can get them in time.
Professoressa Foglio, looking for trouble.
Tonight we’re all eating pie…Phil and the experiments have their garlic-y Italian pies, and I have a lovely little steak and ale pie that I found at the Yuppie Candy Store that is Trader Joe’s. Nom. Finding very nice meat pies in the US isn’t as easy as one might hope. I usually resort to making my own. I am especially fond of fruit and meat pies, and indeed one of my fondest memories of my time in the SCA is waking up one morning to the song of a passing pieman, who sold me glorious little turnovers filled with beef and apricot. I’ve always been a sucker for food that lets me pretend I’m at an inn in a fantasy novel…stews and sturdy brown breads and little pies and all that. While I wait for the rest of the party, I can stuff my face.
One of the things I bought in the tourist pits of London is the British Museum’s Medieval Cookbook. People look at me funny when I say that I’m interested in historical food, but I love my cookbook collection.
Still, the best thing I found in England was the work (and person) of Dr. Geof and the First Tea Company. The good Doctor was in the vendor hall at WorldCon, and he was always mobbed with an admiring…er…mob. Being utterly charmed, I escaped our booth and joined the throng whenever I could. All good Steampunks should join up with the First Tea Company, and get your insignia patches and pins and all that ASAP. Never again will you have to explain how you like your tea. In fact, at WorldCon, he was out of several of the (gorgeous, hilarious, brilliant) patches I wanted, so now I need to go and sweep up the last few items I couldn’t get at the time.