Relaxed, Refreshed, Refueled

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Whew! Well we are back from the never-ending clown car that is the San Diego Comicon. Rest assured, ever-patient readers, that we will be resuming our story this Friday.

San Diego was noticeably different, this year. There seemed to be less people in the aisles. Apparently, in order to get fresh faces, the Comcon has been restricting the sales of the old 4-Day Passes, and we saw a lot more single day passes. As a result, we saw a lot of people who were unfamiliar with Girl Genius, and we unloaded a whole stack of bookmarks, postcards, and other memorabilia. Hopefully this will translate into new readers.

While we were recharging, we posted a number of drawings I’d been meaning to get around to, such as my Gaslamp Fantasy Four Seasons, and assorted beverage ads. We did these up as posters, and they did remarkably well. We will soon have them available for sale from our main site.

Some News for Our KickStarter backers:

The KickStarter aftermath continues! We will be posting official updates on the KickStarter page, and Carol will have more detailed information for you all, but I want to write a little about it myself, so here it is. As always, please remember to send KickStarter questions to the actual campaign manager on the KickStarter campaign page.

If you followed the link in our email, and filled out your survey at After the Crowd early, your books will ship to you from the printer this week. If you didn’t fill out the survey, please do. If you filled out the survey in the last couple of days, your address may not have made it to the printer in time to ship directly, and your books will be sent to you once the shipment arrives at our Studio. Don’t worry, we’ll send them out as soon as we can–although it will be sometime after July 15th. If you don’t have the email with the link, or are having problems, please contact us THROUGH THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN PAGE! We have a helper managing the KickStarter rewards, and using the right contact makes sure she’ll see your message. Phil and I are NOT good about looking at or answering email.

Books and five basic extras will ship individually from the printer this week! Those of you who backed for books, and have filled out the survey from After the Crowd, will be getting your books straight from the printer! (You should have got a link to it in an email. If you didn’t, please contact us through the KickStarter page.)  Packages are going out this week. Along with your book, you will get the little bundle of rewards that everyone getting a book gets. (That is, the portrait of Bang, the bookmark, the TPU card, the medal sticker and the signed bookplate.) Because of the way the printer is shipping things, each book will be shipped separately, so if you ordered two or more books, don’t panic when you get a package with only one. The other(s) should be along shortly. The nice result of this is that you’ll get a goody pack with each book, so you win!

All other add-ons will ship in mid-to-late July! Everything else, all the things that were optional add-ons, will be shipped from our Studio once we get home from Comic-Con, and once all the items make it to us from the manufacturers. Don’t worry, none of these will take as long as last year’s medals did…(argh.) This includes all the patches, the sketchbooks, and all the sticker sets except for the medal sticker, which is shipping with the books.

PDFs and the wallpaper are in the works. I hope to have the files for the PDF and wallpaper prepped soon. The PDFs will be distributed by our associates at DriveThruComics.com, just like last time. The wallpaper will be a simple download, and I’ll let you all know when it’s available.

And finally, a look at the process! The big pain award this year goes to the “Glorious Day for Science” patch featuring Agatha, which has been a huge nuisance. Here’s some art to show you the steps we’ve gone through, although the final is yet to come:patch_mistakeAnd that’s all the information I have right now. Please remember to direct questions to the actual campaign manager on the KickStarter campaign page. We’ve tried to disable communication on this blog page, but I’m not sure we’ve managed it completely, so don’t be fooled. We don’t look at mail here!

The Professoressa’s General Studio Report for June 29

It’s warmer than we like here in Seattle, but the weather is so beautiful and blue that it’s hard to complain. We’re lucky to have a good heat pump in the house, which doubles as an air conditioner, so things aren’t too horrible. Of course, the Studio level of the house is the one place that stays warm, the attic has a little window-mount air conditioner that keeps it comfy, and the heat pump keeps the basement and first floor nice, but the second floor…well, it gets warm. We have fans going to move the air around. Hooray for Science!

I hurt my back, and am alternately howling in pain and drooling because the meds make me goofy. Because my contribution to story sessions lately has been a series of variations on “hurr…durr…” and “Arrgh!,” Phil has grabbed the opportunity to draw up several of the poster designs he’s been wanting to do. He’s trying to get them done in time to have some nice new posters for the San Diego Comic-Con. Cheyenne is doing an amazing job with the colors, as you can see if you have a look at the main girlgeniusonline.com site, where we’re posting the results as our updates. It’s really nice to be getting some of these done–especially the series he’s working on right now. (You’ll see…)

We will be at our usual booth at Comic-Con, 1331 in the webcomics area. This year, although Carol and our other helpers will be running the booth all during the show, Phil and I will have set hours for our booth time. (We’ll post them here and at the table itself once we’ve worked out what they are.)

Conventions have been changing for us in recent years. We have a LOT of books out now, and the whole set is kind of heavy…we’re seeing more and more readers who buy online rather than at the con. A clever way of dealing with the weight of books you want signed is to carry a few nice book plates. When you meet an author whose book you don’t have with you, you can get a bookplate signed and stick it into your book when you get home. I learned this trick ages ago at a WorldCon when I was sitting at one end of an autograph table…and Anne McCaffery was sitting at the other. There were people standing around with big stacks of books, and one lady with a nice little stack of bookplates. She had me sign one, and gave me a couple so that, when I finished signing for my little line, I could go join in the big line down the way. Such an elegant solution!

The solution to our convention table problem seems to be to bring more fun extra things to sell. Our recent KickStarter helped us out a lot with that…we will soon have stickers and patches as well as the pins we usually bring. The stickers and some of the patches have arrived, and we’re still wrestling with a few of the designs. The really sticky one is the Agatha patch, which I had really hoped to have for San Diego. Unfortunately, the first sample was terrible (my fault, due to the design I sent in.) The second one needs tweaks, but it’s almost there. So it’s taking extra time. Still, we’ll have some nice new things at the booth this year in addition to the Girl Genius Collection books.

We’ve really been doing the Victorian thing this week–having our stickers all packed in their nice little baggies by authentic child labor. This time, they got paid in staying-up-late hours. Ah, summer vacation…

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I was typing away, and got about two paragraphs in to a bunch of specific information for our KickStarter backers, when I realized that I really should put that in another post. So I’ll do that… KickStarter backers, hang in there, I have a bunch of information for you!

That reminds me that Phil just did something to his computer that makes it sound like he’s typing. I have no idea what it is, and haven’t decided if I like it or if it drives me crazy. It’s pretty cool, either way.

I’ve been knocking myself out trying to get all of the booth materials together. We like to have bookmarks and other promotional material at the table, and all that has to be designed and ordered. I’ve also put together a series of mini-prints this year, and I’m kind of excited to see how those do. Right now, I’m working on a trifold pamphlet for the table–something to give to people who have no idea what Girl Genius is…but also something that lists all the stuff we make. People are always surprised that we have novels, or pins, or nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics…so I want to make something that puts all that information in one place. I hope I get it pulled together in time.

That’s all to report right now, I’ll get that KickStarter post up, too. Enjoy your day, everyone!

–Kaja

The Tumbleweed Zephyr: a new play that we’re really looking forward to!

The Tumbleweed Zephyr is coming in August! It’s a new play by Maggie Lee–the wonderful writer behind The Clockwork Professor that we enjoyed so much in 2013. Both plays have a fun Steampunk feel that really appeals to us, and we were lucky enough to be asked to do the posters for them! Phil and Cheyenne did the art, and I (Kaja) slapped words all over it and turned in the finished version just last night. Here it is, and I hope you like it:

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The production company is Pork Filled Productions, and their KickStarter campaign is going on right now. If you’re in Seattle or roundabout, don’t miss it!

We Are Living In An Interconnected World Folks- And Don’t You Forget It

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Thus, when people we know do things we think are cool, it behooves us to mention it.

First up is our very own Cheyenne Wright, who is currently slumming as the colorist for Girl Genius. He is posting a series of videos about how he colors things, and it is very entertaining. One of his latest is a tutorial on how he did the Corbettite pinstripes. Originally, I was going to draw all of those furshluginer lines in myself. But Cheyenne said that he’d prefer to do it himself. The results were well better than I could have done, so well done Cheyenne! Here is his tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b8bv63z7vM). I now expect a lot more comic characters to be strutting about in pinstripes, and the world will be a better place for it.

Our other recommendation is for those people who actually live within a hundred miles of Seattle proper, and are looking for something interesting to do this Friday night. Our good friend Master Payne–yes, the guy we based the character in Girl Genius on– will be having a live show called ACTS OF DESPERATION. It will be at 102 Cherry St. In Seattle, 98104 at 7:00 PM, and you can get tickets here (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/) Payne will also be doing a series of Girl Genius themed shows through-out the Seattle Library System this summer, which are well worth watching. We’ll post about those when the times and venues are nailed down.

Phil is in New York AT THIS VERY MOMENT!

2015_nyspecialPhil is in New York at this New York Comic Con thing…I didn’t get a chance to post about it sooner because I had my nose to the grindstone getting the latest book to the printer. Yesterday, Carol was talking about David Bowie’s “Media Team” and I thought: “I need to get one of those…” Heh. Media team. That’s me. Anyway, if you’re going to be at this Special Edition Comic Con New York event, please find Phil and say “Hi!” He’s there with the TopatoCo folks, and it sounds like he’s having fun!

Huzzah! The Kickstarter is Over–

IMG_1481-and we did pretty well. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and to all the people who are crying that they ‘just missed’ the campaign (sigh), rest assured that we will have stuff for sale as soon as possible. Not everything, of course, the fabulous accoutrements that we said are campaign exclusives, are indeed campaign exclusives and those who did not claim them by contributing to the Kickstarter will be forced to stand to the side and watch those who did as they stride, glittering, amongst you. Take some comfort in gnashing your teeth, and vowing to your Dark Gods to support our next campaign–OR ELSE!

In other news, I am always happy when webcartoonists engage in the fun game of “shout out”, where you reference other creators comics, and they do the same to you. We have one such in today’s Girl Genius, where I get to portray ‘Doc’ from The Whiteboard (http://www.the-whiteboard.com/), who has actually shouted out to us several times. Doc is one of my favorite comic mad scientists. I was introduced to the Whiteboard by my old friend Alice Bentley (who is now a partner at Dreamhaven Books [http://dreamhavenbooks.com/]). When I asked her what the strip was about, she just looked at me for a minute and then confessed that although she’d been reading it for years, she still wasn’t sure. Having read it for years myself now, I believe it has something to do with paintball, but don’t quote me.