Girl Genius

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Name: Girl Genius
Abbreviation(s): GG
Creator: Phil & Kaja Foglio
Date(s): 2001-ongoing
Medium: comic (print and web)
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Girl Genius
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Girl Genius is a gaslamp fantasy (which shares elements of the Steampunk genre) comic by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio about a world ruled by mad scientists.

The creators support fanfic about their work.[1]

From a 2010 Interview

Kaja Foglio:

KF: ‘‘We had folders full of drawings, and I was trying to go through his stuff and file everything to make sure I had copies, so I could find them again when a convention wanted incidental art. I was looking at all this stuff, and there were these cats in top hats with monocles and walking sticks, and dirigibles – a very strong thread of what we would call steampunk now, although we didn’t call it that at the time. I was like, ‘Look at this awesome Victorian, Jules Verne stuff! You should do more of this!’

‘‘Americans really like to know how things work. They enjoy science, and they enjoy machinery. Abraham Lincoln patented a device to lift boats over shoals, and back then to patent anything mechanical you had to make a model. So his idea of a hot time (no kidding!) was to take his kids through the Hall of Patents, where they’ve got thousands of little models that actually work. These days, more and more the idea behind industrial design is for the mechanisms to be hidden, resulting in a ‘magic box.’ The iPod is like the ultimate expression of that: it has no visible moving parts! People like steampunk because it gives them a feeling of smartness and control, that they’ve got a handle on things: ‘OK, the fuel goes in there, and I see the pistons move like this…’ ”
Phil Foglio:
PF: ‘‘We started publishing the Girl Genius comics in 2001, and as an independent comic went, we were relatively successful: printing around ten thousand copies, selling around six thousand of those through our distributor Diamond. (The rest we sold at conventions and over our website.) It was a critical success and a good commercial success. The biggest problem was regulating our cash flow. Doing periodical comics cost us close to $20,000 a year. Like I said, we made a profit, but it was still a squeeze when the time came to pay the printer. But our most obvious problem was the state of the comics industry. Simply put, every year there are fewer and fewer comic book shops, and actual sales of comics have been spiraling downwards non-stop. The comics industry has been officially dying ever since I got into the field in the early ’80s.’’ [2]

Fandom

The fandom has produced the Girl Genius wiki.

Links and Resources

References

  1. Statement about GG fanfic community fan_constructs at the creators' website. (Accessed 7 May 2011)
  2. from an interview for "Locus Online" -- Phil & Kaja Foglio: Gaslamp Fantasies; WebCite, September 17, 2010