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THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…

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The Time of Judgement! That’s right, it’s nominating time for the Hugo Awards®, which is the big award given out by the World Science Fiction Convention every year. This year, Worldcon (as we world-weary sci-fi sophisticates call it) AKA MidAmericon 2, is being held August 17-21 in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. If you’ve never been to a Worldcon, this should be a good one, so give it a shot. (http://midamericon2.org/) There will be barbeque!

If you are already signed up as a Worldcon member, then you can nominate for the Hugos. Naturally, we creative types expect you, the public, to take this very seriously, and to carefully look at everything before you make your all-important nominations…HA ha! I laugh. There is so much amazing stuff coming out in every conceivable medium that no one can possibly be expected to examine it all—but despair not! I am here to bring you up to speed on some worthy material in the highly-coveted and glamorous field of Best Graphic Story.

Now, I will admit that there are many fine comic books worthy of consideration that can be found in today’s comic book shops—but examining those would involve leaving my house. So I will deal with what I know, and talk about this year’s crop of science fiction/fantasywebcomics. This is where you will find some of the most interesting and different comics currently being made, and even better; they’re free!

In the following list, I’ll give you the name, the publisher (if known), the creators, and the website info, which should be all you need to go out and experience these works. Let me start with a completely random example—which just happens to be a webcomic I read almost every day—just to show you how it’s done:

1. Girl Genius: The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne Book Two: The City of Lightning. Published by Airship Entertainment. Art & Story by Kaja and Phil Foglio, Colors by Cheyenne Wright. http://www.girlgeniusonline.com

See? Like that. Just as an example. To show how it’s done. Continuing the list:

2. Stand Still Stay Silent: Book One. Published by SSSSComic. Art & Story by Minna Sundberg.  http://www.sssscomic.com/

3. Drive: Book 3: Such A Lovely Species.  Art & Story by Dave Kellett. http://www.drivecomic.com/

Now, the examples above actually got a printed book out in 2015. There are many fine webcomics that did not get a physical, made-of-paper book onto the shelves, but I think they can still be nominated. It’s a bit of a grey area, actually, but Science demands that we experiment! At the very least, you’re in for some good reading;

4. Kill 6 Billion Demons. Art & Story by Abbadon.  http://killsixbilliondemons.com/

5. Prague Race. Art & Story by Petra Erika Nordlund.  http://www.praguerace.com/comic/start

6. Schlock Mercenary. Art & Story by Howard Taylor.  http://www.schlockmercenary.com/

7. Bird Boy. Art & Story by Anne Szabla.  http://bird-boy.com/

Well, there you go. Nominations close March 31. Happy reading!

Our Latest Paperback is Here!

paperback_catsYes, the paperback edition of the third Girl Genius prose novel Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle can be had at your favorite bookshop, here at Amazon or here at Barnes & Noble. It is also available in audio and digital formats. I am so happy!

Late last week, we were surprised by a big box that came in the mail. It looks like our wonderful publisher has decided to give us a paperback edition! Hooray! I took pictures of Phil with the box, but none of them came out well. Then I noticed that pictures with our cats in them seem to get seen more than other pictures, and, well, the conclusion is obvious. Here are our cats with the new book.

You may notice they’ve lost their kittenish tabby stripes. All the black cats I’ve had start out with black-on-black tabby patterns but they lose them as they get bigger. And bigger. And BIGGER. Somehow all my cats get huge. I go for black cats when I can, because I think they’re gorgeous. Also because I’m told they’re harder to adopt out. Also because, although I’m not particularly into the occult, I enjoy the cartoon Halloween association. Yes, check out the goofball who just fell off the table. Isn’t he spoooooky?! Hee hee.

The Legendary Showdown is Here!

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Well! Killer Robot’s Legendary Showdown: Machines and Magic game featuring Girl Genius and the wonderful  Gunnerkrigg Court has now shipped! Our copies arrived a little while ago, and we’re very pleased with them. Even if you missed the preorder window, they of course still have the game for sale on the Killer Robot Games web site…and I imagine also at all the lovely game shops out there in this “Real World” that I’ve heard so much about.

There are also gorgeous challenge coins and fun magnet sets associated with the project, also on the Killer Robot store site. I don’t know how many they have left, so I have to make sure to get a handful of them for future use before they’re gone. I am beyond thrilled at how the coins came out!

The Special Kill Doctor Lucky Game Pieces!

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The art for the Kill Doctor Lucky Meeples is hilarious! There’s Phil, looking grumpy. That is because he continues to fail at the killing of the hated Doctor Lucky. These Meeples are a special add-on through the KickStarter campaign, and feature a bunch of our friends looking unusually…wide.

From top left to bottom right, we have Carol Monahan, Jada Brazil-Williams, Walter Williams, Jen Page, BJ Becker (Doctor Lucky himself!), Nancy Frye, Phil Foglio, Stephen Beeman, and Patrick Rothfuss. An illustrious group indeed!

Steamposium Seattle is Coming this Weekend!

Yes, it’s Steamposim Seattle! The Second annual Steamposium event here in the Northwest, and we’ll be there! As you can see from the lovely poster Cheyenne has created for the con, there will be a reprisal of the traditional airship regatta that he and his wife Eli used to run at Steamcon, back in the day. Phil and I will also be doing a reading, and yes, there WILL be another Girl Genius radio play! We got a couple of big boxes of Steampunk Munchkin in just yesterday, so we’re all set. I hope we’ll see you there! ggmain20150922

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!