Monthly Archives: May 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy…

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The more perspicacious of my readers may have had an inkling that we have been busy, here at Studio Foglio. There have been subtle indications; I haven’t updated this running commentary on my life and/or philosophical musings for awhile. The comic has been going up in black and white, as opposed to its usual full glorious color. (I want to make it super clear that this was not the fault of Cheyenne. Indeed, we had several concerned readers wanting to know if he was once again ‘under the knife’. Relax, he is no closer to death than he ever is. No, we just got those pages to him very late.)

So what the heck has been keeping us so busy? A couple of things. We had a final intensive polishing session and actually turned in the third Girl Genius novel; Agatha H and The Voice of the Castle, to our long-suffering editors at Skyhorse & Titan. Despite what it says over at Amazon, it’ll be coming out in October. We will trumpet the details when we ourselves know them. We are pretty pleased with the way the book turned out, and are already working on Book 4; Agatha H and the Improbable Science Thing (tentative title).

We also turned in the Hugo Award nominated Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City to our printer, so we expect to have that sometime in June.  Dealing with printers is still perniciously “old-school”, as you have to examine several sets of proofs. One for color balance, one to make sure that all the pages are in order and all the words are in the right place, and one sent via FAX, because they bought that damn FAX machine and by golly, they’re going to use it up before they seriously look into this “electronic mail” fad.

In addition to comic shops around the world, this will please the wonderful folks who supported our recent Kickstarter. To make them even more happy, we have been finishing up the art for all the extra stuff we promised, such as travel stickers, pin-up calendars and so on.

On a personal note, everyone around the studio caught some kind of hideous cold, that had us all feeling wretched for a couple of weeks. But could we collapse into our beds and drink hot lemon juice while binge watching Adventure Time? No we could not. We had to soldier on, and soldier on we did. Do I expect pity? I do not, I’m just letting people know whats up. That said, a little pity couldn’t hurt. We certainly had none for each other.

On top of all that, I had to get a bunch of vegetables into the ground. This falls into the hobby category more than job, but if you delay things too long, then the growing season is over and you’re weeping over frost blighted tomatoes and eggplants the size of walnuts.

But enough with the excuses! We are back and things are looking good. We’ll be making a couple of exciting announcements in the next few days, and expect to see some changes on the main page. Peace out.

WOOT!

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And we are funded! It’s like the internet has found a tangible way to show people how much they are loved. (Obviously there are people you love more than us, Internet, but we’ll take any visible demonstration of affection we can get and run with it)

So! Funded! Now of course, a lot of the real work begins. We have to finish all those add-ons, sign thousands of autograph plates, deal with pin and patch manufacturers, lick stamps, and of course, there’s all that gloating.

Tonight we will be having a few friends over for a Kickstarter and belated Birthday celebration (2 parties in one week? Waste and extravagance!), and then it’s back to work. Enjoy your weekend! We will!

Wait…What Did We Promise To Do?

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Woke up to discover that we easily topped our ultimate stretch goal on this, the last day of the Girl Genius 13 Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/girl-genius-volume-13-agatha-heterodyne-and-the-sl). This means that we actually have to make a serious film thing about how we make Girl Genius. Well, I say ‘serious’, but we all know that serious does not mean the same thing as ‘dull’, so we’re all looking forward to it. Kaja and I are huge hams, after all, and enjoy performing.

We thought about trying to cram another stretch goal in there, but nobody else around the office was really enthusiastic about the ‘Women of Studio Foglio Swimsuit Calendar’ , or creating an Agatha costume large enough to fit over the Statue of Liberty (to celebrate International Cartoon Science Day), or even creating ’Studio Foglio-Topia, an autonomous micro–government and tax shelter 501-C Religious Institution.” I’ll admit that they might have been difficult to fund in under 4 hours, but then, many people around the office never thought we’d get this far. Proving once again that our audience continues to defy all expectations.

I want to thank all the folks who wisely purchased their books in advance, and thus made this all possible. The book has already been sent off to the printers, and they are now doing what we, in the trade, call ‘Printer Magic’ on it. Don’t look so surprised. One thing we at Studio Foglio know how to do is print books.

Oh, there is still time to get over to Kickstarter and snag yourself some of the only-available–to–backers-swag, but I’d hurry, if I were you.

A Couple of Things Ending Around Here…

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For the last week or so, I’ve seen a lot of well-meaning posts wishing me a “belated birthday!” Thanks, but May 1 is in fact my birthday, so Happy Birthday to me. I’d be a bit more enthusiastic about it, but I have a miserable cold that is leaving me even more irascible than usual. When I get hammered on my birthday, I’d rather it wasn’t from NyQuil®.

Our Kickstarter for the Hugo Award nominated Girl Genius Volume 13 (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/girl-genius-volume-13-agatha-heterodyne-and-the-sl) is roaring down to its final hours, and we are pretty pleased. Kaja and Carol have been coming up with all sorts of goodies to slap onto the stretch goals, so if you haven’t checked it out yet (or haven’t checked it out lately) you should do so. Today is the last day! Our last big stretch goal is a serious vid about how we make Girl Genius (as opposed to the hopefully humorous one up on the Kickstarter site). We’ve been wanting to make one of these for awhile now, with a lot of time lapse photography of actual pages being drawn. Back in art school, we used to love watching those, and found them mighty helpful. We fully intend to make one anyway, but if the stretch goal is met, it’ll appear a lot sooner.

This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! Go to your local comic book store and see what’s available! One of our local shops, Arcane Comics (http://www.arcanecomicbooks.com/), is actually having us come in for a signing at noon. This feels kind of odd, as we are used to be ignored by the comics establishment, but Arcane is a swell store that always has our stuff in stock, as well as more cool comics than the mind can comfortably comprehend. So if you’re in the Seattle area, drop on by.