Funny story: an earlier version of the Sparks and Monsters: a Girl Genius Graphic Novel Kickstarter was up a few days earlier, but they took it down right away (probably there was a technical issue). By the time I could navigate the link there was no pledge button… but I continued to bat at the screen with my mouse, wondering why I couldn’t get it to work, and for far too long. In my defense, though, it was after midnight.
I did not have this problem this time.
PS: Funded first day, too. And there’s nothing like watching the numbers go up, let me tell you. Although I’m sure it’s old hat to the Foglios by now…
The full title is Girl Genius: The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne Volume 3: The Incorruptible Library, which is a bit of a mouthful. I always pick up my volumes via Kickstarter, but it’s also available on Amazon if you happen to be one of those poor unfortunates who didn’t manage to get on that already. It’s the usual pretty book with entertaining steampunk mad science adventures; so if you did do the Kickstarter, look to your mailboxes.
I typically pick up these graphic novels as soon as Studio Foglio Kickstarts them, and Girl Genius Volume 16 is no exception. Girl Genius has been going on since… wow. I can’t remember when I wasn’t reading Girl Genius online. According to Wikipedia they started the comic in 2001 and put it online in 2005, which means that I’ve been reading it religiously for sixteen years. ‘Course, I’ve been reading Phil Foglio himself for almost thirty.
Because I’m OLD. Or at least getting there. Anyway, good series, check it out.
…huh. Darned if I know what this post was supposed to be about. I therefore declare this post to be about this line:
These are no ordinary subterranean mecha-narwhals!
Guess that you had to be there.
…himself. It must be tricky, coming up with ways to utterly sabotage the commands coming from the alien mind control device in your head while at the same time appearing to be following its orders to the letter.
Although, to be fair: “following orders to the letter” is one of the classic sabotage methods.
Heh-heh-heh. If you don’t follow Girl Genius… well, tsk, tsk, tsk. Suffice it to say that the guy being steadily loaded down with people being rescued in that panel is a fellow predisposed by genetics, training, and perhaps just a little bit by inclination to be the sort of Mad Scientist who doubles as a shadowy ninja cult leader. Only there’s this girl…
I was just remarking to my wife that we hadn’t seen you in the comic for a while; and there you are. You fit in… surprisingly well, really.
PS: Nice hat.
PPS: The Girl Genius store.
Punchline to today’s Girl Genius. Man, I love these guys…
…but I’m starting to wonder when the webcomic is going to actually reach some sort of climax. I think that we’re somewhere in Act III, or maybe the beginning of Act IV; and the Foglios are very, very good at this sort of thing. Still, if they were thinking about dragging it out I would argue that they shouldn’t, largely because I’d rather see the comic get wrapped up rather than lose any quality.
Yeah, I know, I know: who asked me?
That’s just… ow. OW. Don’t do that.
But I’ll believe it when I see proof. This is, after all, Girl Genius: which is to say, a comic about Mad Scientists going out and warping reality and destroying the local landscape in order to get a better lemon scone.