Monthly Archives: November 2013

And A Happy Thanksgiving To You

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Kaja has spent most of the day grinding away at the Frankenturkey. This really does take a lot more prep time than just stuffing a bird full of bready bits and banging it into an oven for a few hours. Now I’m a big turkey fan, but it’s not a dish that I’m used to experimenting with. I’ve never even tried deep fried turkey (which is probably one reason why my house has never burned down). It’s not that I’m against change, I just can’t be bothered when I like the traditional method so much. Now, if we ate turkey as often as we ate chicken, then I guarantee you I’d be boiling it in orange juice before the month was out.

Went to the theater Monday to see ‘Day of the Doctor’, with Experiment # 2, who is a recent Dr. Who convert, as well as Kaja and Experiment # 1, who were just happy for an excuse to get out of the house. We all had a marvelous time. Experiment # 2 actually did some cosplay, with her fez and her sonic screwdriver, so I know that the intrinsic dignity of the Foglio name is in good hands.

We all enjoyed the movie itself quite a bit. Some nice Bill & Ted-type time travel silliness, some great ensemble acting, and it’s always a pleasure to see John Hurt whom we’ve enjoyed since he was killing Romans in I, Claudius. I agree that Moffet is getting a bit creaky as a writer, but I thought this story was pretty good. I’ll be very interested to see what they do for the 100th Anniversary.

Any number of readers of Girl Genius will also be familiar with another fine comic; Usagi Yojimbo. It’s creator, Stan Sakai, is a genuinely nice guy. Like us, he’s an Independent comic creator, which means that occasionally, The Real World rears up and bites you in the ass. In this particular case, Stan’s wife, Sharon, has been smacked down with a rather nasty illness. The Cartoon Art Professional Society will be running a charity auction on her behalf. They’re soliciting donations of artwork. We’ll be contributing some of course, and I’ll try to let our readers know when it’ll be going up. In the meantime, if you want to PayPal them a few bucks, you can do so here (http://garageartstudio.blogspot.com/2013/11/help-stan-sakai.html). Yes, it’s a genuine Charitable Good Work you can do during the Season of Good Will.

I am a fellow who enjoys words. An ungainly number of the books cluttering up my Reference shelf are about words, which is delightfully recursive. Many of them are about bizarre, out–of–favor words, but occasionally one finds a book about rather mundane words, which is still fascinating as all get out. The one I recently discovered is The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth. In it, he explains where various words come from, which is more interesting than you would think, especially when he does it.  He writes regularly on the interwebs (http://blog.inkyfool.com/) and it’s a site I’ll be keeping an eye on from now on. Both Kaja and Experiment # 1 have stolen this book away from me while I was reading it. I’m sure there’s a perfectly splendid obscure, dropped from the O.E.D. word for how annoying this is, but on the other hand, I’m glad they found it interesting. You probably will too.

The Girl Genius Paper Doll App is here!

I have been given the go-ahead to tell the World about The Girl Genius Paper Doll App! You can get it for free from the iTunes store, and it comes with Agatha and useful clock-tummy Krosp (see “Revenge of the Weasel Queen) unlocked. All the other characters are in-app purchases. It’s a lot of fun. You can dress up the characters, and even add them to your own pictures. As you can see from this photo that Steve from Gizmocracy sent me to illustrate that feature. Hm.

gilandkajaI don’t remember hanging out with THAT GUY at the beach…and I think I’d remember that hat.

I’m currently bugging Phil to finish up the three Jägers that he promised us. I want to play with them!

 

It is Cold

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The change of the seasons came slowly and subtly this year. One day I was outside clomping around in my sandals, and then I realize that while I am still wearing sandals, I am doing so over a thick pair of woolen socks, which just looks ridiculous. Now as anyone who’s seen the way I dress knows, I’m not too concerned about arbitrary fashion labels such as “well–dressed” or “color–coordinated”, or “horizontal stripes make you look like the planet Jupiter”, but everybody has a limit, and I fear that I may be approaching mine. Perhaps it is time to retire my sandals until Spring,  and break out the boots. I will confess that I am a man of extremes. Light, airy sandals in the summer, stout, impervious boots in the winter. I like something heavy enough that if I lose my balance, they’ll pull me back upright.

We are preparing for the Holiday Blitz. Kaja has decided that this year, she wants to prepare our turkey in the manner of Julia Child, which essentially means dismembering it, deboning it, and then stitching it all back together like some sort of monstrously delicious Frankenstein’s turkey. I had been wondering why she wanted to go to all this extra trouble, but actually, when I described it in those terms, it suddenly made sense. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Just finished an interesting book; Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard.  It’s a hard–boiled detective novel that takes place during the height of the Aztec Empire, and, incidentally, magic and the Aztec gods really exist. They were handing copies of it out for free at the last worldcon, so I didn’t have high hopes for it frankly, but I was pleasantly surprised, and am looking forward to the sequel. I haven’t found a good odd genre mystery in quite awhile, so thank you, Madam Bodard.

We are hurtling towards the end of Volume 13, which we expect to have done before the end of the year. Then we are taking a bit of a vacation. I’m looking forward to this.

KickStarter Backers: We NEED your final mailing address to our KickStarter campaign by Monday, November 18!

Please send your address changes or questions to us ONLY THROUGH THE KICKSTARTER PAGE! Otherwise, we may not see it in time to help you. I’m sorry to everyone who is being deluged with this graphic, but we are really trying to get the word out, and have found that there are a lot of our backers who simply don’t seem to be getting our messages. Thank you, everyone!

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Hmmm…Pointy.

sharkOn the Fourth of July, we went to the ocean with some of our friends and watched the rather astonishing fireworks. It wasn’t a sponsored show, it was just everyone West of the mountains setting off whatever they could get their hands on. It was kind of frightening. Also, big sharks. Phil took a picture of me specimen hunting in the tourist traps. I didn’t bring this one home.

I have been continuing work on the second draft of the third Girl Genius novel, Phil says he’s done with his, so now it’s all my fault. I have also been working on getting all the Girl Genius Wallpapers ready for our KickStarter supporters. There’s another batch ready for you, folks, check the KickStarter “backers only” posts for details. They’re just like the regular updates, but you have to be logged in to see them.

I can’t believe how many wallpapers there are. It’s a bit daunting. I’ll get them done!

 

Back In Business!

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Not that we were ever Out of Business, but due to our poor management skills, we’ve been limping along for the last several months with easily half of the Girl Genius volumes out of print. There was a reason why one of our Kickstarter goals was; Hire a business Manager to keep us from doing Stupid Things. (Oh, and on a completely unrelated note? Those Nigerian Prince guys? Avoid them.)

Anyway, everyone I owe money to will be thrilled to hear that today we had twelve pallets of books slam onto the concrete in front of the studio this morning, and thus I can say that within the week, all of the Girl Genius books will be ready to be purchased! This will also include the brand new Volume 12; Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg, which at 192 pages, is our thickest volume to date (although they are all the same price, because math is annoying enough as it is). Huzzah! Christmas is saved! Rest assured that we will trumpet it from the rooftops when you can actually pony up your hard earned coin.

For various reasons, I have not been updating this running commentary on my so–called life for awhile. No good reason, just feeling lazy, I guess. Plus, the news has me down a bit lately, it seems that unrelenting political incompetence and corporate malfeasance, along with bleak news from the natural science desks, has got me to the point where I just pull my head in and draw.

However I have felt quite positive the last day or so, and thus, I will once again try to post regularly.

Camels!

My little girl really likes camels, which is one reason we went out to the nursery the other day–to visit Curley, the camel who will be there for their holiday events. He was very sweet and we got to pat his nose a bit. Right, I like camels, too.

Her fondness for them comes from the trip we took in Australia, to watch Uluru/Ayer’s Rock at sunset. They were huge and loud and she took to them right away. I can’t imagine why. Here is the classic picture which everyone must have when they ride a camel. I’m the one at far right. Your far right, funny people.

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