It’s the annual Girl Genius Kickstarter plug, this time for the first volume of Book 2.
Agatha Heterodyne has successfully completed her transition from hapless, headache-prone student to establishing herself as The Heterodyne, Mistress of the family town of Mechanicsburg. But Baron Wulfenbach has frozen the town (and himself) in time in an attempt to nullify the menace he sees from Agatha. Everything has changed across Europa. The Wulfenbach Empire has lost control. Gilgamesh is under a strange form of control from his missing father. And Agatha has set out for Paris, to seek aid in freeing Mechanicsburg. Others have different plans for her…
There’s sixteen days to go and already the project is 98% funded (the last one was 398% funded, so you know it’s going to happen. This is the link, so get out there and treat yourselves. This is the funniest, most wide-ranging series going, a Gaslamp Fantasy offering Adventure, Romance and Mad Scientists!
I’ve been meaning to write about Girl Genius for a long while. It’s been around since the turn of the Twenty-first century, if you can remembe that far back, and co-writer/artist Phil Foglio’s been around for at least twenty years before then. Girl Genius started as a bi-monthly comic but, after eleven issues, went web-only, with new pages appearing every Monday Wednesday and Friday. The whole lot is available on-line at Airship Entertainment, the site run by Phil and wife/co-writer Kaja Foglio. Here’s the link to page 1: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021104 Just keep pressing next.
The Foglios describe Girl Genius as Gaslamp Fantasy, and it is indeed a steampunk world, an alternate Victorian Europa of Mad Scientists hair-raising adventures, Intrigue and Romance! There’s an ever-expanding cast and multiple stories, back-stories, mysteries and misunderstandings going on all over the place.
So far, the Foglios have collected the series in eleven full-colour, slightly over-sized volumes, each containing between 128 and 192 pages of the story, over 2,000 pages of adventure, excitement and continual jokes. Now it’s time to publish Volume 12, and the Foglios have turned to Kickstarter, to fnd not only the publication of the book, but also the reprinting of other volumes that are in danger of vanising out of print.
This one’s not as urgent as the recent Rick Geary book, as the Foglios have passed their target by a goodly margin already, and with 16 days to spare.
But I still urge you to get in there, support the cause, and treat yourself to a mammoth and mammothly entertaining epic, in which volume 12 is really just the end of Act One. This is one that’s worth catching up to – those 2,000+ pages are worth the read.