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Just Got Back From Ohio

Over the last weekend, Kaja and I were guests at MarCon, which was a very nice science fiction convention in Columbus, Ohio. The con was fun, and everyone seems to have decided that what we need are fresh baked cookies and/or butter tarts. On the one hand, this is the sort of thing we want to encourage, on the other hand, we are loath to wake up one morning and realize we now weigh a thousand pounds. This is no doubt one of those tricky, modern ethical dilemmas you hear about.

Certainly the high point was watching a performance of The Heterodyne Boys and the Race to the West Pole, which was a commedia dell’ Arte-style performance that required two collaborating troupes to pull it off; ‘The Confused Greenies’, and ‘i Sebastiani’ (the greatest Commedia Dell’ Arte troupe in the entire world®). Both of these fine groups are available for hire for your convention, revel, or corporate management getaway.

And finally, I am sure that S.F. con goers are aware that many cons give away free books. I have actually had extraordinary good luck as far as these giveaway books go, and my luck continues, as I found a copy of Guy Haley’s ‘Champion of Mars’ in my goody bag. I’d never heard of it, even though it came out back in 2012. Possibly because it has one of the worst covers imaginable, and that is saying something. However, once you get past that, you find a fascinating story that bounces back and forth between the early terraforming stage of the colonization of Mars- and seventy thousand years in the future, when mankind is fighting a war against extra-dimensional entities in a Barsoom inspired future. I was hooked from the first page, and was actually annoyed that my plane was landing, because I had to stop reading for awhile. It is an overlooked gem that deserves to be better known! (https://smile.amazon.com/Champion-Mars-Guy-Haley/dp/1907992855/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495069740&sr=8-1&keywords=champion+of+mars)

It’s Free Comic Book Day!

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A day when you can walk into any comic book store in this great land of ours and get free comics, a concept that sounds amazing when you’re ten, and only gets better the older you get.

Today I will be doing my part by signing at Arcane Comics’ new location. Yes, they’ve moved. Come in and check it out! And I’ll be there from Noon to 2, and I will cheerfully sign whatever you bring.

Their new location is:  15002 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, WA  98133.  (206) 781-4875.  (http://www.arcanecomicbooks.com/index.php)

Girl Genius Kickstarter Stretch Goals

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Our Kickstarter campaign is nearly over! We’re really close to the stretch goal that lets us add inserts to the Kickstarter medals. This is my favorite stretch goal, purely because it’s a fun free extra we can add to make the medals even better! My favorite stretch goals are the ones where I get to give the backers extra free stuff. I don’t think I’m cut out for business.

Today Phil is at the Emerald City ComicCon, and I’m home working on the last two pieces of design I need for this campaign: a patch and pin for the Incorruptible Library. These last two have been driving me crazy, but now I have the time to finish them, so whew.

Yesterday, we did a Girl Genius radio play at the con, and it went over very well! The audience was great, (in that they actually laughed instead of just sitting there and looking at us) and the actors we pulled from the audience (like we usually do) were really on the mark. There was a lot of enthusiasm, and that always makes for an energetic and fun performance.

We had to cancel our Kenpo lesson this week, because of all the timey-crunchy things going on, but I saw our instructor at the con. So I got to tell him about how, while at the booth, my chair got pushed aside as I was standing to talk to someone, and when I sat back down…it wasn’t there and I went…what’s the technical term? Ass over teakettle? I was so proud of myself…I slapped out beautifully and was completely unhurt. Of course, I looked ridiculous, and scared everyone around me, but yeah, I was pretty thrilled with myself. So…hooray for martial arts.

And that’s all the adventures I have to report today. I’ll be back later to pester you with those new designs!

–Kaja

A Busy Weekend A’Comin’

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We will be at the fabulous Emerald City Comicon this weekend (http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/), Booth # 704, where we look forward to meeting our fans, especially those who have served in the military. As you can see, we at Studio Foglio always appreciate a snappy uniform.

We will also be performing our latest Girl Genius Radio Play (Friday, 4:15, in Room T-304)! And a good time is guaranteed for all, especially if you’re fond of Othar Tryggvassen- Gentleman Adventurer!.

Our latest Kickstarter is rumbling down the final stretch! (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/the-city-of-lightning-a-girl-genius-graphic-novel?ref=discovery) Yes, we made our goal, and thanks for that, but we’re still hoping we’ll get more backers, if only because this is the best way for readers to get their books before anybody else (not that we suspect you of being overly competitive or anything), since backers can get them shipped directly from the printer, and it doesn’t get any faster then that.

Phil will be in Los Angeles next weekend!

 

2016_wonderconPhil will be in Los Angeles next weekend–WonderCon has moved, and he’s really looking forward to seeing the new venue. He’ll also be at the Masquerade, as usual! We have some free bookmarks in honor of our current Kickstarter campaign for the latest Girl Genius collection, so if you’re at the con, stop by the table, pick one up, and say “Hi!”

THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…

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The Time of Judgement! That’s right, it’s nominating time for the Hugo Awards®, which is the big award given out by the World Science Fiction Convention every year. This year, Worldcon (as we world-weary sci-fi sophisticates call it) AKA MidAmericon 2, is being held August 17-21 in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. If you’ve never been to a Worldcon, this should be a good one, so give it a shot. (http://midamericon2.org/) There will be barbeque!

If you are already signed up as a Worldcon member, then you can nominate for the Hugos. Naturally, we creative types expect you, the public, to take this very seriously, and to carefully look at everything before you make your all-important nominations…HA ha! I laugh. There is so much amazing stuff coming out in every conceivable medium that no one can possibly be expected to examine it all—but despair not! I am here to bring you up to speed on some worthy material in the highly-coveted and glamorous field of Best Graphic Story.

Now, I will admit that there are many fine comic books worthy of consideration that can be found in today’s comic book shops—but examining those would involve leaving my house. So I will deal with what I know, and talk about this year’s crop of science fiction/fantasywebcomics. This is where you will find some of the most interesting and different comics currently being made, and even better; they’re free!

In the following list, I’ll give you the name, the publisher (if known), the creators, and the website info, which should be all you need to go out and experience these works. Let me start with a completely random example—which just happens to be a webcomic I read almost every day—just to show you how it’s done:

1. Girl Genius: The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne Book Two: The City of Lightning. Published by Airship Entertainment. Art & Story by Kaja and Phil Foglio, Colors by Cheyenne Wright. http://www.girlgeniusonline.com

See? Like that. Just as an example. To show how it’s done. Continuing the list:

2. Stand Still Stay Silent: Book One. Published by SSSSComic. Art & Story by Minna Sundberg.  http://www.sssscomic.com/

3. Drive: Book 3: Such A Lovely Species.  Art & Story by Dave Kellett. http://www.drivecomic.com/

Now, the examples above actually got a printed book out in 2015. There are many fine webcomics that did not get a physical, made-of-paper book onto the shelves, but I think they can still be nominated. It’s a bit of a grey area, actually, but Science demands that we experiment! At the very least, you’re in for some good reading;

4. Kill 6 Billion Demons. Art & Story by Abbadon.  http://killsixbilliondemons.com/

5. Prague Race. Art & Story by Petra Erika Nordlund.  http://www.praguerace.com/comic/start

6. Schlock Mercenary. Art & Story by Howard Taylor.  http://www.schlockmercenary.com/

7. Bird Boy. Art & Story by Anne Szabla.  http://bird-boy.com/

Well, there you go. Nominations close March 31. Happy reading!

The Lady Heterodyne Airship Regatta (and Fancy Hat Party) at Steamposium

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Here is Cheyenne and the winners of the 2015 Lady Heterodyne Airship Regatta at the Seattle Steamposium. Congratulations, all you winning captains and crews, and confusion to all the dastardly air pirates whose target practice event was incomprehensibly scheduled for the same time and venue. (How does that keep happening?)

Also, congratulations to Cheyenne, Eli and Maxine, who organized the spectacular extravaganza!