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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!”

Steamposium Seattle is Coming this Weekend!

Yes, it’s Steamposim Seattle! The Second annual Steamposium event here in the Northwest, and we’ll be there! As you can see from the lovely poster Cheyenne has created for the con, there will be a reprisal of the traditional airship regatta that he and his wife Eli used to run at Steamcon, back in the day. Phil and I will also be doing a reading, and yes, there WILL be another Girl Genius radio play! We got a couple of big boxes of Steampunk Munchkin in just yesterday, so we’re all set. I hope we’ll see you there! ggmain20150922

The Professoressa’s General Studio Report for June 29

It’s warmer than we like here in Seattle, but the weather is so beautiful and blue that it’s hard to complain. We’re lucky to have a good heat pump in the house, which doubles as an air conditioner, so things aren’t too horrible. Of course, the Studio level of the house is the one place that stays warm, the attic has a little window-mount air conditioner that keeps it comfy, and the heat pump keeps the basement and first floor nice, but the second floor…well, it gets warm. We have fans going to move the air around. Hooray for Science!

I hurt my back, and am alternately howling in pain and drooling because the meds make me goofy. Because my contribution to story sessions lately has been a series of variations on “hurr…durr…” and “Arrgh!,” Phil has grabbed the opportunity to draw up several of the poster designs he’s been wanting to do. He’s trying to get them done in time to have some nice new posters for the San Diego Comic-Con. Cheyenne is doing an amazing job with the colors, as you can see if you have a look at the main girlgeniusonline.com site, where we’re posting the results as our updates. It’s really nice to be getting some of these done–especially the series he’s working on right now. (You’ll see…)

We will be at our usual booth at Comic-Con, 1331 in the webcomics area. This year, although Carol and our other helpers will be running the booth all during the show, Phil and I will have set hours for our booth time. (We’ll post them here and at the table itself once we’ve worked out what they are.)

Conventions have been changing for us in recent years. We have a LOT of books out now, and the whole set is kind of heavy…we’re seeing more and more readers who buy online rather than at the con. A clever way of dealing with the weight of books you want signed is to carry a few nice book plates. When you meet an author whose book you don’t have with you, you can get a bookplate signed and stick it into your book when you get home. I learned this trick ages ago at a WorldCon when I was sitting at one end of an autograph table…and Anne McCaffery was sitting at the other. There were people standing around with big stacks of books, and one lady with a nice little stack of bookplates. She had me sign one, and gave me a couple so that, when I finished signing for my little line, I could go join in the big line down the way. Such an elegant solution!

The solution to our convention table problem seems to be to bring more fun extra things to sell. Our recent KickStarter helped us out a lot with that…we will soon have stickers and patches as well as the pins we usually bring. The stickers and some of the patches have arrived, and we’re still wrestling with a few of the designs. The really sticky one is the Agatha patch, which I had really hoped to have for San Diego. Unfortunately, the first sample was terrible (my fault, due to the design I sent in.) The second one needs tweaks, but it’s almost there. So it’s taking extra time. Still, we’ll have some nice new things at the booth this year in addition to the Girl Genius Collection books.

We’ve really been doing the Victorian thing this week–having our stickers all packed in their nice little baggies by authentic child labor. This time, they got paid in staying-up-late hours. Ah, summer vacation…


I was typing away, and got about two paragraphs in to a bunch of specific information for our KickStarter backers, when I realized that I really should put that in another post. So I’ll do that… KickStarter backers, hang in there, I have a bunch of information for you!

That reminds me that Phil just did something to his computer that makes it sound like he’s typing. I have no idea what it is, and haven’t decided if I like it or if it drives me crazy. It’s pretty cool, either way.

I’ve been knocking myself out trying to get all of the booth materials together. We like to have bookmarks and other promotional material at the table, and all that has to be designed and ordered. I’ve also put together a series of mini-prints this year, and I’m kind of excited to see how those do. Right now, I’m working on a trifold pamphlet for the table–something to give to people who have no idea what Girl Genius is…but also something that lists all the stuff we make. People are always surprised that we have novels, or pins, or nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics…so I want to make something that puts all that information in one place. I hope I get it pulled together in time.

That’s all to report right now, I’ll get that KickStarter post up, too. Enjoy your day, everyone!


We’ll be at booth 704 at ECCC, and the Music my Darn Kid is Listening To

Emerald City ComiCon starts tomorrow, and we’re awash in last-minute preparations. We’ll be at booth 704. I see that Carol has posted a map of the hall on our FaceBook page, so you can check that out if you’re interested. We’re right next to the Dark Horse booth, which makes us feel kind of fancy.

Experiment #1 has been celebrating his sister’s absence (she’s off at camp) by blasting the entire oeuvre of Ninja Sex Party at me. He’s not usually allowed to do this, because no matter how funny the music may be, I won’t feel like a responsible parent unless I make her wait until she’s at least as old as her brother is now to openly listen to songs about (lead singer) Danny Sexbang’s penis. I’m such a grouch. Experiment #1, however, is exactly the right age to appreciate this stuff.

The kid’s desk is in my studio, and about a year ago, I over heard him playing some of their music…and asked what it was, because, frankly, it was kind of great. The look on the kid’s face when he had to tell his mom the name of the band was priceless. Later, he told me that he figured I’d either like it, or ban him from the Internet forever, and he wasn’t sure which it would be. Hah. Lucky for him, I never quite got over playing D&D with the boys in high school, and I come down on the “this is hilarious” side. With a lot of eyerolling. Also I like the music.

Sunday at Doctor Mondo’s Dangerworks Conclave!


We’re heading into the last day of Killer Robot Games’ KickStarter for the Girl Genius/Gunnerkrigg Court game Legendary Showdown, Machines and Magic! Above I’ve posted yet another picture of the Moxana fob that is one of the rewards, because I can’t get enough of it. There are several other rewards as well, including the wonderful battle magnet set featuring GG and Gunnerkrigg characters. Please support the campaign if you want one of these great rewards!

It’s Sunday here at the Conclave, and we’re here in the dealer’s room. It’s been a lot of fun! The radio play was fun. This new one has so many characters that we had to pull most of the Friday night audience into the show. Thank goodness for the Aether Brigade, who showed up to read a bunch of parts for us. The Aether Brigade is the local time-traveling comedy troupe, and their show last night was a huge success. They even let me do something. (heh heh heh.)

Cheyenne was here, too, and he spent a lot of the time running a Savage Worlds campaign set in the Girl Genius world. Apparently it was a lot of fun, three people have stopped by to say they loved it. I do know that the materials he’d written up were really fun to read.

James Ernest is also here, demoing a whole bunch of his games. We had a whole pile of his Pairs decks here at the con, so he signed a bunch of those. Now he’s leaving for the GAMA trade show in Las Vegas. Visit him if you’ll be there!

And now, our Q&A session is due to start in about twenty minutes. Are you here at the conclave? Come and ask us questions!

Friday at Doctor Mondo’s Dangerworks Conclave

Three days left for the Girl Genius/Gunnerkrigg Court game KickStarter from Killer Robot Games…and we’re counting down to our own KickStarter for the next volume of the Girl Genius Collections. We’re currently at Doctor Mondo’s Dangerworks Conclave in Sacramento California, sitting at a booth in the vendor’s room. Cheyenne is reportedly somewhere, presumably running a game. James Ernest has wandered off to take a nap. Heh.


Ah, I am a liar. As I was writing the above, Cheyenne stopped by the booth with a bunch of prints to sell. James is now standing within view at another booth, the traitor. I guess he didn’t get that nap.

We’re getting ready to do the latest Girl Genius radio theater play, which Phil finally got finished up yesterday afternoon. I really like it. It’s called “Half a Dozen of the Othar.” In it, we figure out what to do with all the Othar Tryggvassens that we accumulate in “Six of One…”, the preceding play.