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What’s Up In Blighty

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So our books arrived after all. Yay! Now we didn’t sell out in an hour and a half, like we did in Australia, but then we brought significantly more books. we might even last until Monday.

We went over to Titan Books to do a stock signing. Unfortunately, our cab driver was not one who possessed “The Knowledge”. After awhile, we began to question if he possessed “The Common Sense”, as he drove us to The Tate loading dock and declared that we had arrived. We parted company shortly thereafter and relied on Google Maps. Thank you Google Maps.

We did a reading from the third novel (due out in October from Skyhorse and Titan) to a standing room only crowd, which was very gratifying. Afterwards someone said that if there’s ever a movie series, we should get Brian Blessed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4_Mk-MzYNQ) to do the voice of the castle. We are all over that. Give us a call, Mr. Blessed, we’ll do lunch.

Attended the Titan Books party, which was uncontestedly the most popular party Friday night.

It’s official; this is the largest WorldCon ever. Topping 10,000 attendees. I remember when people were panicking because Kansas City in 1976 was going to top 4000. The uncontrollable chaos!!!!

It’s also one of the best WorldCons. Everybody seems to be having a marvelous time. Now, to be fair, there is a constant muttering that somewhere in the heart of the ComCon, things are constantly going wrong. Supposedly there is screaming and catastrophic failures and knife fights taking place in every department…but nobody has seen any of that alleged turmoil resulting in (major) problems for the attendees, which means that it is a successful convention.

A Day of Pleasant Reversals

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So here we are in London. A fine old town with a great deal of scenery that appears on television a lot. Possibly because the architectural copyright has expired. The Experiments seem to like it here, and apparently they have learned the first and foremost thing, which is to look Right as you attempt to cross the street.

Last night we did a signing at Forbidden Planet (https://forbiddenplanet.com/) which is a comic book store that does not feel that it is necessary to carry Girl Genius. This made us sad. However at the signing, we had a lot of people who declared that they had come to the store to see us, and we moved a fair number of the novels, so we put it into the ‘win’ column, and will never speak of them again.

Today we arrived at the Convention Center, which is in the middle of this charming industrial wasteland, where everything is cheap, including human life. The convention staff seems to have a good grasp of things, Registration and the Dealer’s Room staff all spun in greased grooves. The problem was that none of the cases of Girl Genius that I had arranged to have shipped here had shown up. Argh. A frantic flurry of e-mails revealed that apparently the warehouse manager had neglected to process that laaaast little bit of paperwork. However I am assured that everything will be here tomorrow. We shall see, but I will willingly embrace the fantasy.

This is not to say that I am sitting at an empty table. 20 or so years ago, Greg Ketter, of Dreamhaven Books (http://dreamhavenbooks.com/) who also served as my partner in our publishing house, Palliard Press, have brought a couple of cases of comics to England for a comics con. The show tanked, and some friends, the Moyers, agreed to store them “temporarily” in their attic. When Greg mentioned to them that he was coming, they gently told him that if he did not remove them, they were prepared to burn down their own house in order to be rid of them.

This explains why I have stacks of Buck Godot comics, What’s New #1 , and XXXenophiles that I’m selling for a few pounds apiece. It’s like I’m running a table from 20 years ago.

We Are In Cambridge Again

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Cambridge is a charming little town that’s been around for over a thousand years and every other building is  a college that can claim that it educated some famous alchemist or heretic (I said it’s been around for awhile) that discovered phlegm or gravity or paper towels or some such. Every building that isn’t a college is a bakery or a pie shop, which explains why everyone here looks pretty happy.

So, as my pie–besotted brain understands it; there is the town of Cambridge. It is home to the University of Cambridge. This is an aggregate entity made up of the 7000 or so colleges that you see lying about. A “college” is sort of what what we in America would think of as a “department”, with it’s own dormitories, laboratories, museums, greensward and jolly traditions that all trace back to sometime between the 1300s and the 1800s when some rich person wanted to make sure that their particular obsession was being studied, and became significantly less rich ensuring that this happened.

We are visiting friends, Diana & John Cox, who have graciously allowed us to reset our trans–Atlantic biological clocks at their fabulous, has a real estate listing in the actual Domesday Booke house. We can attest that eating pies and punting on the Cam have a very salubrious effect on us.

In a few days we will head down to London for LonCon 3 (http://www.loncon3.org/), the latest world science-fiction convention, where we will have a dealer’s table, expound on panels, and gnaw on our fingers waiting for the Hugo Award ceremony. While we will no longer be a–punting (unless there’s a really great bathtub in our hotel room), we will continue to seek solace in pies.

Kickstarter, eBook sales, Seattle Steampunk, Conventions!

News for Kickstarter backers: be aware: we’ve sent you all links to the backer form that we need you to fill out. Since Kickstarter doesn’t give us your addresses, we need to get that information from you now. This is also a fine time to make sure you’re getting all the exclusives you want–this is the only time those exclusive medals and patches will be available. (The unlimited ones will be available later, in our company store, don’t worry.)

It’s not all work for you, though, I am happy to announce that the “Thank You” wallpaper is now finished and available for all the KS backers. Look for the email with the instructions on how to get it!

An update on the Girl Genius eBook sale: I’m so sorry, I was misinformed and passed the error along to you. Apparently it’s only the FIRST volume of the Girl Genius prose novel series that is on sale. That said, look at the numbers! Our agent sent us this screenshot from the Agatha H. and the Airship City Amazon page, with instructions to brag:Agatha-H.-&-Airship-City

We’re kind of thrilled. Still…Satire? Really? Oh well, we’ll take it. Thank you, everyone!

The Time Travelers’ Rummage Sale in Seattle: It’s this Saturday! I’ll see what I can dig out of the piles to bring along. Goodness knows I have enough nice stuff that needs to go away. It’s this Saturday at: All Pilgrims Christian Church 500 Broadway E, Seattle, Washington 98102. We hope to see you there!comicad_rummagesale

Conventions: I’m still a little flattened from SDCC, but it was a really great time. We’re scrambling to get things done, because we’re going to be heading out again for LonCon very soon. We’re up for another Hugo award, but I expect the TARDIS to land on us quite firmly this year. That’s all right, I have friends going to the awards ceremony, a nice dress, and lots of “clapping for the wonderful, deserving people who aren’t me” practice. And I’ll be in LONDON, which makes everything better. Yay!

Kaja, why are you writing blog posts when Friday’s page isn’t up?: Because I am absolutely beat. This is MUCH easier than all those damn sound effects and word balloons, and it’s another small, screaming monkey knocked off my back. I’ll finish the page up in the morning, and it will still be Friday. Good night, lovely people!

GG prose novel eBooks are on SALE!

As many of you know, we have two Girl Genius novels out, and the third is due to be published in October. Here is a notice we got from the publishers about the eBooks of the first two novels. Hooray! Get them while they’re cheap!

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30th of July 2014

AGATHA H AND THE AIRSHIP CITY BY PHIL & KAJA FOGLIO IS NOW ON SALE FOR $1.99 ON AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE

The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. It has been eighteen years since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over — and terrorizing — the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Hetrodynes’ return… read more

    

NEXT IN THE SERIES: AGATHA H AND THE CLOCKWORK PRINCESS

    

 

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Phil & Kaja’s Signing Schedule for San Diego ComiCon 2014!

Studio Foglio is at booth 1331, right under the big “Webcomics” sign. 

You will be able to shop and/or chat with our booth staff all week, but we have an actual signing schedule for Phil and Kaja this year. Here is our complete schedule.

EDIT: THE STEAMPUNK MEET UP IS ON SATURDAY AT 12:00 NOON on the MEZZANINE (Phil and Kaja will attend)

  • Wednesday
  • 6pm-9pm (Preview Night): Phil and Kaja will be signing at the Studio Foglio booth (1331)
  • Thursday:
  • 3:00pm-6:00pm Phil and Kaja will be signing at the Studio Foglio booth (1331)
  • Friday:
  • noon-1 pm Phil will be signing at the Cartoon Art Museum booth
  • 2:30pm Kaja will be on the “Witty Women of Steampunk” panel in room 24 ABC
  • 3:30pm-7:pm Phil will be signing at the Studio Foglio booth (1331)
  • 4:00pm-6:30pm Kaja will be signing at the Studio Foglio booth (1331)
  • 7:00 pm Kaja, Carol, Marie and Jada will all be at the SherlockeDCC party. Whee!
  • Saturday: 
  • 12:00 NOON Phil and Kaja will attend the Steampunk Meetup on the MEZZANINE
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm Phil and Kaja will be signing at the Studio Foglio booth (1331)
  • 8:00pm Phil and Kaja will emcee the Masquerade!
  • Sunday:
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm Phil and Kaja will be signing at the Studio Foglio booth (1331)

We all look forward to seeing you there!

The Wright Stuff

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A big shout-out to our very own Cheyenne Wright, who just learned that he is nominated for three (3!) ENnie Awards! (http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/2014-ennie-awards-nominees/) The ENnies are awarded for excellence in assorted aspects of tabletop gaming, and since Cheyenne is a busy boy, he’s up in three separate categories. Good luck to him!

Speaking of awards, we just received our Hugo ballots, and were reminded that we are up for Best Graphic Story. If you are a member of Worldcon and want to vote for Girl Genius, ballots are due by August 1! If you want to vote for any of our admittedly excellent competitors, the deadline is August 2.

Here art home, we are gearing up for the yearly endurance test that is the San Diego Comic Con. We will be in Booth 1331, which is in the heart of the Webcomics Domain, and you should mosey on by if you want some of the best comics out there. Just sayin’.

Fun With Cats!

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A few days ago we took the experiments to see The Amazing Acro-Cats. Which is a cat circus. Yes, I said cat circus, and it’s exactly what you think it is; a circus where all (well…most) of the performing animals are house cats. They are supposed to jump through hoops, walk on ropes, push and/or pull various carts, and play musical instruments. Astonishingly, they actually do what they are supposed to do more often than not. Admittedly, the chicken (Cluck Norris), played his musical instrument better than any of the cats played theirs. A non-cat owner would probably be unimpressed, but anyone who owns a cat was, frankly, amazed that they did anything, and let’s be honest, nobody but a cat lover would be going to a cat circus anyway, so everybody involved had a fun evening. The Acro-Cats tour across this great land of ours, and you should definitely check them out if they pussyfoot into your vicinity (http://www.circuscats.com/)

As I mentioned earlier, we had a bit of a surprise when 8000 copies of Girl Genius # 13 turned up outside my house as opposed to the distributor’s loading dock. Yes, we got it all sorted out, but we ‘liberated’ a few cases and this Wednesday (June 25), we will be selling these advance copies (and signing anything anybody wants signed) at Arcane Comics (http://www.arcanecomicbooks.com/), one of the many fine comic shops in the Seattle area. Kaja, Cheyenne, and myself will be there from 5 PM to around 7, so stop by, pick up some comics, and say “Hi!” If you’re feeling lazy, relax, it’ll be in shops in a week or two at the most.

We Are Doing Something Different

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This weekend Kaja and myself will be guests at Seattle’s own Indie Bookfair (http://events.indiebookfair.com/). This is one of those little events that highlight local authors, who are usually delightfully hard–to–catagorize people producing the kind of quirky, offbeat books that cause the people in charge of stocking shelves in chain stores to frown and scratch their heads. They are excellent places to find something new and different, and to meet others who also enjoy discovering something that you won’t find elsewhere. We will have a booth where you can buy our books, including the newest volume, number 13, which landed on our driveway yesterday.

Funny story, that. Usually, when we get a book printed, we have to co-ordinate where all the bespoke copies go; The distributors, the warehouses, the Kickstarter fulfillment service, etcetera. Apparently someone at the printer decided to forgo that no doubt tedious step, and just sent everything to our house without bothering to tell us that they were doing so. Luckily, we were at home when the truck pulled up. (Okay, yes, in the spirit of truth, Kaja has pointed out that we hardly ever leave our house except when threatened or tempted by offers of lunch. This is irrelevant. It is entirely possible that we could very well have been out somewhere. Doing something outdoorsy.) While the bemused driver took some tea and read comics, our business manager, Carol Monahan, grabbed the phone and professionally hulked out. After a bit of mutual screaming, the books remained on the truck and were sent back out into the cold, dark night.

But not ALL of them! Before they disappeared, we exercised our prerogative and “liberated” several cases from said truck, meaning that we have copies of Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City several weeks before anyone else will, and will have them this weekend. Yay!

Fantastic Steampunk Music Fills Castle Foglio!

signingtheCDTime to Brag! Here is Phil, with Nathaniel Johnstone and Laura Tempest Zakroff of the Nathaniel Johnstone Band, signing copies of the amazing new CD: The Antikythera Mechanism!

Phil is there signing too, because he got Nathaniel to let him do the cover. The are all grinning like that because they knew I was taking their picture. Heh.

I love the music. My daughter has fallen in love with the first song on the album, Flight of the Icarus, and played it about thirty times this morning. She says it makes her think of great ideas for an RPG adventure. The theme is a gorgeous mix of Steampunk and Greek Mythology, very scholarly and right up the alleys of the classically-minded professors (and lab rats) at TPU.

Also, you can GET TICKETS HERE  for the next live show! if you’re in the Seattle area, there will be a concert this June 13th: Tempest’s Birthday Bash with Artemis featuring TNJB & House of Tarab  at the Columbia City Theater, Seattle, WA. We’re planning to be there!