Our KickStarter campaign (one more week!) is creeping up on the stretch goal that will allow us to make these two patches:
and has already passed the stretch goal that will allow us to reprint three of our old convention sketchbooks: the Jägerific, the Sparks and Oddities, and the Krosp collections. We will also be able to make a new one, we’re going through the sketches to see what to include. All of these are now available as add-ons to the campaign.
We have two new servings of entertainment-like-news-product today! One is a new podcast from Studio Foglio, with a guest spot from some of the wonderful people from Pork Filled Productions, a Seattle-based theater company! A while back, Pork Filled charmed the local Steampunk community with Maggie Lee’s play: The Clockwork Professor. Now they’re gearing up for her next one: The Tumbleweed Zephyr. We’re very much looking forward to it!
And if you haven’t had enough of us–there’s a new Aether Brigade video up on the YouTubes featuring Phil, Cheyenne and Kaja (that’s me!) being interviewed by some illustrious members of the Brigade. They gave us whiskey, so I don’t really remember much about that one, but I do remember that it was fun. The title of their interview show is “Awful Intercourse…” but I’m reasonably sure it’s safe for work…maybe? (Not everything they do is, be warned…) We met the Aether Brigade last month at Doctor Mondo’s Dangerworks Conclave, and were privileged to catch one of their evening comedy shows–and even participate a little. Such shenanigans!
The Early-Bird Conductor and Early-Bird Engineer levels on the KickStarter include–at no extra charge, mind you–one of our old Girl Genius promotional posters from the very beginning of the comic. They’re folded and have been in a box in our basement for a decade or so, but they’re kind of fun for fans of the series and/or intrepid archaeologists.
Those levels filled up very quickly, to the dismay of some of our supporters. But to our delight, we found another small box of posters! (If running a KickStarter campaign isn’t enough, we are also in the midst of a deep-cleaning of the house. We need the space.) So on Tuesday, we started letting our supporters know that the free extra poster levels would become available on Wednesday.
A lot of our existing “Conductor” and “Engineer” level supporters have now changed their supporter levels to the “Early Bird” versions, but there are still some spaces left! If you want to change your level, it’s easy, there’s a little blue “Manage” button for your pledge right up near the right side of the page–in the green “You’re a Backer!” box. Just click on that button and then choose a new pledge level. If you haven’t pledged yet, you can now get in on those “Early Bird” levels, even though they’re not so “Early” any more. Win!
We’re also adding all kinds of nice stretch-goals and add-ons–in addition to the signed bookplates and campaign-exclusive stickers and patches. Now, thanks to stretch goals, everyone getting a book in the mail will also get a “Thank You” picture of Bangladesh DuPree, similar to the Agatha and Mamma Gkika pictures from the past two campaigns.
I’m wearing out my fingers getting all the production work done for this campaign, I’ll have more art up as I get it in viewable shape. Thank you for your support and patience, everybody!
I’ve got the first stretch goals up, and am working frantically on the next few! Yes, the KickStarter for the latest Girl Genius volume actually funded (thanks to all of our wonderful pre-supporters!) and now I have to flail around making sure I get the pictures up. I got the art for the “medal” sticker in, and posted that yesterday:
And I also got the new stretch goal posted. Here it is, the patch we’ve been hoping to do for a while now!
I still have to get the “Beast of the Rails” patch sorted out and uploaded. Back to work for me! –Kaja
I’ve added a couple of things to the new KickStarter page–a special icon for supporters to use, and a free downloadable wallpaper just for visiting. The link for the wallpaper is about halfway down the page. I’ve also got the art for the Corbettite patch ready to go to the patch makers, here it is:
Yes, we’re doing another KickStarter campaign, our third so far! (Some of our licensees have also done KS campaigns involving Girl Genius, but this is only the third one that’s our own.) Carol and I spent the last two days poking at spreadsheets and getting the campaign set up, and finally, yesterday afternoon, we pushed the button to activate the whole thing. It was a bit terrifying.
This new campaign is for Girl Genius: the Beast of the Rails. It’s book one in the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, and it’s a great place to jump into the story if you’re new to the series, or have lost track of where you were in the first part. Please check out the campaign page, and don’t forget to grab the free wallpaper!
Emerald City ComiCon starts tomorrow, and we’re awash in last-minute preparations. We’ll be at booth 704. I see that Carol has posted a map of the hall on our FaceBook page, so you can check that out if you’re interested. We’re right next to the Dark Horse booth, which makes us feel kind of fancy.
Experiment #1 has been celebrating his sister’s absence (she’s off at camp) by blasting the entire oeuvre of Ninja Sex Party at me. He’s not usually allowed to do this, because no matter how funny the music may be, I won’t feel like a responsible parent unless I make her wait until she’s at least as old as her brother is now to openly listen to songs about (lead singer) Danny Sexbang’s penis. I’m such a grouch. Experiment #1, however, is exactly the right age to appreciate this stuff.
The kid’s desk is in my studio, and about a year ago, I over heard him playing some of their music…and asked what it was, because, frankly, it was kind of great. The look on the kid’s face when he had to tell his mom the name of the band was priceless. Later, he told me that he figured I’d either like it, or ban him from the Internet forever, and he wasn’t sure which it would be. Hah. Lucky for him, I never quite got over playing D&D with the boys in high school, and I come down on the “this is hilarious” side. With a lot of eyerolling. Also I like the music.
Here’s an art project I did last week, right before I had to get on a plane for Sacramento. (And yes, Doctor Mondo’s Dangerworks Conclave was a lot of fun!) I wound up staying up all night on this one, because although painting all those little squares looks like it should go really fast, the fact is that somehow it doesn’t. Ugh. Someday I will learn my lesson and not volunteer for things. Still, I love what the folks at the school did with it…the display is fantastic. I made a Girl Genius gift basket for the same charity auction (forgot to get a photo…oh, well…) and it wasn’t anywhere near as nice as this one. It’s hard to pack everything in so it shows, especially when you’re dealing with a pile of flat things (books and stickers and such.)