Assorted Sartorial Notes


By George, it feels good to be doing the webcomic thing again. Apparently my life needs structure. A lot of people have been interested in the coat Agatha is wearing. I didn’t make that up. It’s a szür, a heavy coat of white woolen frieze, favored by Hungarian cavalry riders. If I ever get to Hungary, I intend to get one. In the world of Girl Genius, where there is a lot less “mass media”, the majority of the population still wears local, or what we would call “folk” outfits. These are outfits, almost always hand made during the long winter months, that were usually evolved slowly over time and were unique to the region they came from. According to contemporary accounts, you could tell what village a person was from by what they were wearing. Certainly they had fancier out fits for festivals and major events, like weddings, but even peasants had outfits that were covered in intricate embroidery and odd stylistic quirks. If there ever is a Girl Genius movie, the costume department will be severely overworked.

Speaking of movies, we recently saw The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc–Sec. I’d heard a bit of hubbub about it in the Steampunk community when it came out. However I’d read the original European graphic novel and been extremely unimpressed. Plus it came and went instantly, so we never saw it. Big mistake on our part. We caught it recently and it was amazing. It was directed by Luc Besson, the guy behind Fifth Element, and he ever wants to take a crack at a Girl Genius movie, I, for one, would sell it to him for a dollar. We saw it in French, with subtitles. You can find it online if you try ( If you have no patience for subtitles, it just came out on Netflix. I haven’t checked that out. There may be a reason it vanished so quickly. Hmm.

Our local comics con, Emerald City Comic Con ( is hurtling towards us. That’ll be fun. There’s always a troop of web comic creators who shuffle into town for it, and it’s always a treat to hang out with people who drink more than we do. We will also get to sell some of the stuff cluttering up our basement. Don’t get me wrong, we’re always thrilled when people buy stuff through TopatoCo (, it’s what keeps the lights on around here, but, as I’ve said before, it’s always fun to meet our public and rip actual physical cash from their warm fingers. There are some things the internet can not yet do.