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Girl Genius Russian Translation!

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…

Kirkland Geek Gala: This Saturday!

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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.

It’s Been A Busy Couple of Weeks…

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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.

Hey! It’s Out!

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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.
(http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/agatha-h-and-the-voice-of-the-castle-phil-foglio/1117163233?ean=9781597802956)

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.

The Steampunk Symposium in Seattle…and GG Cosplay Contest

Girl Genius Cosplay at the London WorldCon!

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…

Squeeee!

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.

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.