Friday, December 5th, 2014

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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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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

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

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.
(http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/agatha-h-and-the-voice-of-the-castle-phil-foglio/1117163233?ean=9781597802956)

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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Monday, July 14th, 2014

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

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

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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Wednesday, May 14th, 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.
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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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!
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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 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.
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