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Monday, May 4th, 2015
10:49 am - Huzzah! The Kickstarter is Over!


-and we did pretty well. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and to all the people who are crying that they ‘just missed’ the campaign (sigh), rest assured that we will have stuff for sale as soon as possible. Not everything, of course, the fabulous acoutremonts that we said are campaign exclusives, are indeed campaign exclusives and those who did not claim them by contributing to the Kickstarter will be forced to stand to the side and watch those who did as they stride, glittering, amongst you. Take some comfort in gnashing your teeth, and vowing to your Dark Gods to support our next campaign–OR ELSE!

In other news, I am always happy when webcartoonists engage in the fun game of “shout out”, where you reference other creators comics, and they do the same to you. We have one such in today’s Girl Genius, where I get to portray ‘Doc’ from The Whiteboard (http://www.the-whiteboard.com/), who has actually shouted out to us several times. Doc is one of my favorite comic mad scientists. I was introduced to the Whiteboard by my old friend Alice Bentley (who is now a partner at Dreamhaven Books [http://dreamhavenbooks.com/]). When I asked her what the strip was about, she just looked at me for a minute and then confessed that although she’d been reading it for years, she still wasn’t sure. Having read it for years myself now, I believe it has something to do with paintball, but don’t quote me.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
10:50 pm - Counting Down...
Our Kickstarter for the newest Girl Genius collection “The Beast of the Rails” is now ticking down and will close in a little over 48 hours! If you are one of those people who enjoy contributing to campaigns at the proverbial last minute in order to provide us with a spectacular finish, then hark! Your time has come!

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015
11:51 pm

Our Kickstarter is clicking along.

Now we get to come up with Stretch goals, which is when we get to pull out the odd stuff. A perfect example of this is the Winslow-Weirdness From Above patch that just got unlocked. Lo! Check it out. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/girl-genius-graphic-novel-a-new-journey-begins?ref=category_newest)

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Monday, April 13th, 2015
3:27 pm - Dodged A Bullet!
Our Kickstarter for the new Girl Genius collection is off to a fine start! (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/girl-genius-graphic-novel-a-new-journey-begins?ref=category) And while we did not fully fund in the first seventeen minutes (unlike some other admittedly excellent webcomic I could name [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/326540223/dumbing-of-age-the-fourth-book-collection?ref=category]), we have every confidence that we will fund eventually, and then we can go have a quiet lie-down with a cold cloth over our eyes already.

Kaja has me working away at art for assorted goodies and extras, and I have the horrifying notion that she wants me to get an extra new thing done every day. This can only mean that I will be getting less time to putter about in the garden. Since it’s raining at the moment, I’m not too upset about this. It’s interesting. I’ve been living here in Seattle since 1990, and we have had more thunder storms this spring, than I’ve seen in the lastr ten years. Now I think this is cool. The two things I miss from living in the Midwest are thunderstorms, and lightning bugs. It’s too wet to get the latter out here, but I’m thinking I’ll go put some lightning rods on the house.

A few of our readers have noticed that we are not, in fact, nominated for a Hugo Award™ this year. To this we say, “Yahoo!” if there was ever a year to NOT be on the ballot, then this is that year. For those readers who are unaware of the mishegas going on with these awards, than count your blessings. I will merely agree with our friend Jeff Vogel (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/) who said, “It’s so refreshing that, for at least one week, the media outlets of the world have another geek subculture to hold up to public shame, so that video games can catch their breath.”

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Friday, April 10th, 2015
8:30 pm - It is That Time Of Year Again. Kickstarter Time!
People have been asking what we've been doing lately (as if putting the comic out 3 times a week, keeping the house clean, going to three conventions in the last two weeks, and fighting off the octo-moles from beneath Seattle is not enough). Well, that's a fair question. We have been crafting our newest Kickstarter! And it lauched today! (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/girl-genius-graphic-novel-a-new-journey-begins?ref=category_newest) TRY TO CONTAIN YOUR EXCITEMENT! (Do not, however, contain it sufficently that you are loath to click over to the campaign)

We're in the process of producing the latest Girl Genius collection, and we'rer actually pretty pleased with it, as it introduces the Corbettites, our monastic order that spreads the gospel by building railroads, explains why you don't want to impede the normal flow of time, and finally grants Krosp some worthy subjects.

Check it out.

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Saturday, March 7th, 2015
10:20 pm - Hugo Nominations Are About to Close!
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If you are a member of Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention (http://sasquan.org/), then you should exercise your right to nominate the finalist for the prestigious Hugo Award. Seriously. Get to work, you.

I’ve had a number of people ask me what I’m nominating this year in the Graphic Story category. This is certainly the area where I have the most expertise (for what it’s worth), so I’ve decided to list them for people who may not know who is doing what out there.  Again, I must concede that everything on my list is a webcomic. That’s because I think some of the best graphic stories are being done by webcomic creators. Even if you don’t vote for them, check them out (They’re free!)

I will start out with our own ‘Girl Genius and the Beast of the Rails’ Phil & Kaja Foglio & Cheyenne Wright. Published by Airship Entertainment. (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php#.VPvjS0aRbWQ) I have a vested interest in this one, and freely admit it.

The Order of the Stick; Blood Runs In The Family. Rich Burlew. Published by Giant in the Playground Games. You think we’re taking a long time telling the Girl Genius story? Ha! Check this out. However Rich cheats by being very funny, damn him. (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0976.html)

Widdershins; Piece of Cake. Kate Ashwin. Widdershins Press. Delightful comic about magical detectives. Great characters! (http://www.widdershinscomic.com/)

Schlock Mercenary; Broken Wind. Howard Taylor. Hypernode Media. Hard Science fiction with space mercenaries and aliens and everything. Jeez! Read it already! (http://www.schlockmercenary.com/)

Stand Still-Stay Silent. Mina Sundberg. The most gorgeous post apocalyptic story you will ever see. (http://www.sssscomic.com/)

So there they are- nominate and enjoy!

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015
3:51 pm - How Exciting- We're Having A Sale!

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Our publisher just let me know (seriously- just a little while ago) that we’re having a sale on the electronic versions of our previous book- Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess. And when I say ‘sale’, I’m not just whistling Dixie. You can get this fine textbook, crammed with a finely nuanced blend of consonants AND vowels, all tastefully punctuated in the English style, formatted for either your Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/girl-genius-volume-5-phil-foglio/1119328162?ean=9781597804110&itm=1&usri=agatha+h) or Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Agatha-Clockwork-Princess-Girl-Genius-ebook/dp/B007TNKU7O/ref=sr_1_3_twi_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425134069&sr=8-3&keywords=agatha+h) for a mere $1.99, which is substantially less than it cost us to make it. How do they do it? SCIENCE!

Now if it was me, I’d have run this sale when I knew that more of my readers were checking important stuff out on their computers, i.e., 9 AM, Monday morning. But they are doing it RIGHT NOW, and the goal is to try to sell enough copies to make it onto the Times Bestseller List. I fully expect to get a pony first, but we would certainly appreciate it if we did.

Today I finished up the cover to the new collection; Beast of the Rails, for which we’ll be running a Kickstarter sometime in March.

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Friday, February 27th, 2015
8:47 pm - So This Is The Future, Is It?
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Today I am drawing away on the cover for the next Girl Genius Collection. Now drawing is different from writing, in that I don’t have to cogitate, really. This allows me to listen to podcasts and other spoken-word thingies that would completely derail me if I was writing. Today I was listening to the audiobook version of our latest novel; Agatha H & The Voice of the Castle. (And yes, I do so for reasons other than sheer vanity) I had been wondering when I’d get to, as I had seen that it was out awhile ago, but had not received a copy from our publishers. I finally asked, and discovered that as far as contractually obligated freebies go, our publisher lets us download a free copy off of Audible (http://www.amazon.com/Agatha-H-Voice-Castle/dp/B00R1WQ2NY/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1425097811). This pleasant, as it meant that less than three minutes later, it was playing on my computer.

Once again the reader is Ms. Angela Dawe, who does a crackerjack job.  It sells for about $18, and is over 17 hours long, so from a time/motion standpoint, it’s a pretty sweet deal. Even better, when you consider that if you’re signing up for the first time, you can get it for free (relax, we still get paid). So check it out!

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015
8:15 pm - Writing Is Hard!
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Our last reading went so well, that we are enthusiastically doing another one this weekend!

It’s at Ada’s Technical Books (http://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/), which is, hands down, one of the best bookstores in Seattle. We will be there on Saturday, starting at four. We’ll do a reading, answer questions, and sign anything people take the trouble to haul in. If you’re in Seattle this weekend, please join us.

I have heard from a number of fans because they wish to nominate us for the Hugo Awards (which is accepting nominations at the moment), but we have, until now, not provided an actual title for the volume that would be under consideration. A fine example of our marketing prowess, yes?

Now since we’ve entered a new act in the story of Agatha Heterodyne, we are emphasizing this by changing the actual structure of the book titles. Up until now, they’ve always been “Agatha Heterodyne and the Something or Other”. This particular convention was a nod to the old, adverb-laced Tom Swift books, which were lumbered with titles such as “Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible” or “Tom Swift and His House On Wheels”. Amusing (to us, anyway), but it’s been fourteen years already. Time for a change.

And so, the title for the new volume is “Girl Genius; The Beast of the Rails”. Ta dah!

We plan on doing a Kickstarter for this sometime late this month, or early March at the latest, and when we do, we’ll let you all know about it.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
4:42 pm - We Return In Triumph!
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Last night we were at Powell’s City of Books in Beaverton, OR, where we had one of the best author appearances we’ve ever done. The room was filled past capacity, the well-stocked shop sold out of everything that had our name on it (and could have used more), and we were there for almost an hour afterwards making sure that everybody got everything signed.

Several people also brought us gifts (which while appreciated, is not yet mandatory). One of which was the fellow who let us know that he had The Winslow tattooed upon his epidermis. No doubt good luck and joie de vivre will be his lot in life.

We also got to stop at Voodoo Donuts, which The Experiments appreciated, and I am sure that the impending sugar crash will make them easy to put to bed tonight.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing, in retrospect, was that we were wandering around Powell’s (http://www.powells.com/) and yet did not buy anything. I’m still kind of surprised about this myself. Not that there wasn’t Good Stuff in abundance, but lately, both Kaja and myself have decided that we have Too Much Stuff, and are determined to simplify our lives by clearing a bunch of it out. Thus, scooping up new books seems a bit self-defeating, especially when we can both point to large piles of unread books towering over our work spaces. We are looking forward to the challenge.

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015
1:10 pm - So This is 2015
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The e-Book edition of Agatha H and the Voice of The Castle is now available! Huzzah!  Here is an elegant and finely crafted link (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H1YPUYE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-3&pf_rd_r=18BM1XMQ0J12AZ7MRZ36&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=1970566762&pf_rd_i=desktop) Amass those photons!

As normal readers of my posts know, it’s odd for me to lead off with something so blatantly commercial. Usually I begin with a comment about the price of fruitbats in Canada or how my dog is now covered in moss or somesuch and then subtly ease into the old hard sell. I am told that this is A Bad Thing and that I am constantly “burying the lead”, which is certainly true if these posts are nothing more than commercials for Studio Foglio written by an erratic copywriter. Back in art school, my Advertising teacher was constantly at a loss whenever I revealed my latest advertising campaign. (Typical example; A cheap high protean food supplement made from powdered insects! No doubt some of you are going “Ew!” Well, imagine what they said back in 1975. Personally, I think we’ll see this on the shelves within the next decade. Oh, and if there are any insectivore entrepreneurs reading this- call me; I have a great [admittedly retro] advertising campaign just sitting around!) But personally, I think of these posts as a chance to blather a bit to people who are, evidently, interested in what I have to say. Don’t get me wrong, part of what I have to say certainly involves “Buy our stuff” (which seems to be working, by the way, I had a note from the nice people at SkyHorse telling me that the first print run of Voice of the Castle is sold out and they are going back to print. Woot!), but these days, I think anybody with a grasp of social media has figured out that creative people would really like it if you bought enough stuff that they did not have to go back to the food service industry.

The picture is me in front of the Statue of Physical Energy(!) in Kensington Park, London, and it pretty much sums up how we’ve been for the last couple of weeks. It’s no secret that we’ve been ill, and yet forced to soldier on, what with all this holiday cheer people are slinging about. However we do seem to be coming out the other side, which is a good thing, as things refuse to stay still, damn them. Next week, for instance, we’ll be doing a signing at the Bellevue Barnes & Noble (626 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004  425-451-8463) on January 17 at 2 PM, which is good news for everybody in western Washington, and even better news for everybody else, who no doubt already have a million things to do with their precious weekends.

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Friday, December 5th, 2014
10:46 pm - It's All About The Stuffed Animals Today
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The official Studio Foglio sanctioned Wasp Weasels are finally in, and they look great! You can find them here (https://www.etsy.com/listing/197100578/standard-orange-wasp-eater-licenced-girl/), and I have been assured that there are enough in stock that just about anyone who wants to keep their home or place of work slaver wasp free for the holidays, should be in luck.

So Kaja and I were out and about today- running errands and practicing our skulking (The aisles at Dreamstrands Comics (http://www.dreamstrands.com/) were particularly satisfying), when we found the stuffed animals in the above photo at a toy store. If you look closely these adorable creatures have X’s for eyes. Which is just creepy, as any student of iconography will tell you that when a character has X’s for eyes, it’s either dead, or drunk. Either implied state is disconcerting when it’s found on a child’s toy, but I expect a fair number of people will be able to relate by the time the Holidays are over.

The third plush peculiarity of the day is The Winslow, who made a cameo appearance in today’s Girl Genius Comic (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php#.VIKiK9Yspak). Franky, I was unprepared for the happiness that his appearance engendered, and up until now unaware that he actually had his own Wikipedia page. I had a LOT of people asking when we’re going to actually print the Buck Godot volume that had The Winslow in it as a character (The Gallimauphry). Well we’re  doing a Kickstarter for that mighty soon now. Naturally we’ll plug it when it happens, but I just wanted to let folks know that we are actually working on that.

Stay tuned!

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Monday, December 1st, 2014
9:23 am - It Snew!
I know 9/10ths of the country is going to hate me now, but we actually got a dusting of snow this weekend! The Experiments were pretty darn happy about it, and we were able to engage in our favorite winter sport, which is hauling the cats outside and watching them rediscover the physics of snow. Fun, AND educational.

We are in the process of figuring out what conventions we’ll be attending in 2015. I just sent in my dealer’s room application for SasQuan (http://sasquan.org/) which is the World Science Fiction Convention. It’ll be held in Spokane , WA, August 19-23, which is a hidden jewel of a city. Today (12/1) is the last day of their “Black Friday” Membership sale, where you can get an attending membership for only $170. You actually come out ahead if you factor in the shelf-price of all the free reading material they send you in the annual Hugo-Voter packet, so we recommend that you sign up, and hopefully, we will see you there.

Found a weird thing on the web; It’s a you tube channel where the guy running it, the mysterious ‘crysknife007’, posts ambient background noise from various starships. Long ones. The one from Star Trek TNG runs nonstop for 24 hours (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPoqNeR3_UA&index=1&list=PLsO8fxO6PnRfGUc0Td1lFXVnnq_Jn455U). “Absurd!” I hear you cry, which is what I thought and continue to think, even though it’s been running in the background here for the last 4 hours. I was unaware that this was an actual need that I had, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
9:01 am - The One Time I’m Looking Forward To Gaining A Few Pounds
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And it’s thanks to the fact that Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle has been released in Great Briton from Titan Books. We met with the folks from Titan when we were in England for Worldcon/London. They invited us into the offices, along with a number of other authors to sign books and get to know one another. They seemed pretty on top of things, which is always nice. You can order these fine books here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/178116651X/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d26_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1S1QSKXSZ5N4WCSM7QFP&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455344027&pf_rd_i=468294), and are strongly advised to do so, if only for the striking cover. A lot of the people at Titan were rather concerned about our reaction to the cover. This is understandable, as we are late to the writing game, and thus everyone is used to thinking of us as artists, which means that we’re likely to scream, throw things around the office, or take heroin when we see something that does not jibe with our “artistic vision”. Well Titan was in luck because A. We were a bit late to the signing and the other authors had used up all the good drugs leaving us nothing but croissants, and B. We really like the cover. Kaja can go into rhapsodies about it and the others in the series as a masterpiece of design, because you can “read” it across the room, know what series it’s for, and know instantly if it’s a new book in said series. It was produced by an agency called Crush Creative (http://crushed.co.uk/#work), so we can’t actually tell you the name of the person who did it. Probably it’s just a big room full of drugged up artists screaming at each other and throwing things– but we can respect that. So get out there and support good design.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
11:28 pm - It's Been A Busy Couple of Weeks...

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I just finished up the illustrations for ‘Munchkin Steampunk’ for Steve Jackson Games. It was a lot of fun, but it was over a hundred and eighty illustrations in slightly less than two months. So on the one hand, I was carting around art supplies whenever I left the house (which is something that our friends are used to), on the other hand, I’m pretty pleased with how they all turned out, especially now that it’s all done.

I don’t know the exact release date, but I think we were all hoping to have it out in time for GenCon or some such. We will certainly let you know when we do.

This Friday, since we have a new novel out and everything (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/agatha-h-and-the-voice-of-the-castle-phil-foglio/1120408433?ean=9781597802956) we are continuing to act like actual authors, and are doing an actual author appearance at the Barnes & Noble at Alderwood Mall, which is slightly north of Seattle (19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, WA 98036, 425-771-2220) . We always feel kind of odd being in a real bookstore and everything, so we hope to see a bunch of friendly faces. They want us to talk about how we make Girl Genius, show a couple of original pages from the comic, and do a reading from the new novel. Then we will dance. Things get rolling at 7:30 PM.

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014
1:22 pm - Hey Kids- Not Comics!
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So! The big news! Our third novel has been published! Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle is out in hardcover and we are pretty darn pleased with the way it came out. You should buy one, or perhaps several, as they are large and radiate quite a bit of heat.
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Sorry I’ve been silent for awhile, but I have been grinding away at a couple of projects. Now I know that these days, instead of just keeping my head down and actually doing the work, I should be talking about how I’m grinding away at a project, as well as what I had for lunch, what is currently burning outside my window, and what the hell is the dog eating, and why is it still screaming? Back in my day what a family chose to do in the backyard at night with shovels was their business, but we’re all part of this big interweb hootenanny thing now, so we’ve just got to buck up and stick to the one passport, I guess.

Luckily, we are now working with a person who wants us to be “media savvy” and “21st Century creators”. Fair enough, I can “dig” where she’s coming from, as you kids say. Thus, I guess we’ll start “Tweeting on Red Box” or whatever, and work our way up from there.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
12:18 am - We're In Cambridge Again
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Cambridge is a charming little town that's been around for over a thousand years and every other building is  a college that can claim that it educated some famous alchemist or heretic (I said it's been around for awhile) that discovered phlegm or gravity or paper towels or some such. Every building that isn't a college is a bakery or a pie shop, which explains why everyone here looks pretty happy.

So, as my pie–besotted brain understands it; there is the town of Cambridge. It is home to the University of Cambridge. This is an aggregate entity made up of the 7000 or so colleges that you see lying about. A "college" is sort of what what we in America would think of as a "department", with it's own dormitories, laboratories, museums, greensward and jolly traditions that all trace back to sometime between the 1300s and the 1800s when some rich person wanted to make sure that their particular obsession was being studied, and became significantly less rich ensuring that this happened.

We are visiting friends, Diana & John Cox, who have graciously allowed us to reset our trans–Atlantic biological clocks at their fabulous, has a real estate listing in the actual Domesday Booke house. We can attest that eating pies and punting on the Cam have a very salubrious effect on us.

In a few days we will head down to London for LonCon 3 (http://www.loncon3.org/), the latest world science-fiction convention, where we will have a dealer's table, expound on panels, and gnaw on our fingers waiting for the Hugo Award ceremony. While we will no longer be a–punting (unless there's a really great bathtub in our hotel room), we will continue to seek solace in pies.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014
11:41 pm - The Wright Stuff
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A big shout-out to our very own Cheyenne Wright, who just learned that he is nominated for three (3!) ENnie Awards! (http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/2014-ennie-awards-nominees/) The ENnies are awarded for excellence in assorted aspects of tabletop gaming, and since Cheyenne is a busy boy, he’s up in three separate categories. Good luck to him!

Speaking of awards, we just received our Hugo ballots, and were reminded that we are up for Best Graphic Story. If you are a member of Worldcon and want to vote for Girl Genius, ballots are due by August 1! If you want to vote for any of our admittedly excellent competitors, the deadline is August 2.

Here art home, we are gearing up for the yearly endurance test that is the San Diego Comic Con. We will be in Booth 1331, which is in the heart of the Webcomics Domain, and you should mosey on by if you want some of the best comics out there. Just sayin’.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
12:01 am - Fun With Cats!

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A few days ago we took the experiments to see The Amazing Acro-Cats. Which is a cat circus. Yes, I said cat circus, and it’s exactly what you think it is; a circus where all (well…most) of the performing animals are house cats. They are supposed to jump through hoops, walk on ropes, push and/or pull various carts, and play musical instruments. Astonishingly, they actually do what they are supposed to do more often than not. Admittedly, the chicken (Cluck Norris), played his musical instrument better than any of the cats played theirs. A non-cat owner would probably be unimpressed, but anyone who owns a cat was, frankly, amazed that they did anything, and let’s be honest, nobody but a cat lover would be going to a cat circus anyway, so everybody involved had a fun evening. The Acro-Cats tour across this great land of ours, and you should definitely check them out if they pussyfoot into your vicinity (http://www.circuscats.com/)

As I mentioned earlier, we had a bit of a surprise when 8000 copies of Girl Genius # 13 turned up outside my house as opposed to the distributor’s loading dock. Yes, we got it all sorted out, but we ‘liberated’ a few cases and this Wednesday (June 25), we will be selling these advance copies (and signing anything anybody wants signed) at Arcane Comics (http://www.arcanecomicbooks.com/), one of the many fine comic shops in the Seattle area. Kaja, Cheyenne, and myself will be there from 5 PM to around 7, so stop by, pick up some comics, and say “Hi!” If you’re feeling lazy, relax, it’ll be in shops in a week or two at the most.

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
8:18 pm - We Are Doing Something Different
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This weekend Kaja and myself will be guests at Seattle’s own Indie Bookfair (http://events.indiebookfair.com/). This is one of those little events that highlight local authors, who are usually delightfully hard–to–catagorize people producing the kind of quirky, offbeat books that cause the people in charge of stocking shelves in chain stores to frown and scratch their heads. They are excellent places to find something new and different, and to meet others who also enjoy discovering something that you won’t find elsewhere. We will have a booth where you can buy our books, including the newest volume, number 13, which landed on our driveway yesterday.

Funny story, that. Usually, when we get a book printed, we have to co-ordinate where all the bespoke copies go; The distributors, the warehouses, the Kickstarter fulfillment service, etcetera. Apparently someone at the printer decided to forgo that no doubt tedious step, and just sent everything to our house without bothering to tell us that they were doing so. Luckily, we were at home when the truck pulled up. (Okay, yes, in the spirit of truth, Kaja has pointed out that we hardly ever leave our house except when threatened or tempted by offers of lunch. This is irrelevant. It is entirely possible that we could very well have been out somewhere. Doing something outdoorsy.) While the bemused driver took some tea and read comics, our business manager, Carol Monahan, grabbed the phone and professionally hulked out. After a bit of mutual screaming, the books remained on the truck and were sent back out into the cold, dark night.

But not ALL of them! Before they disappeared, we exercised our prerogative and “liberated” several cases from said truck, meaning that we have copies of Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City several weeks before anyone else will, and will have them this weekend. Yay!

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