Book Release Schedule Altered:
Because of the recent setbacks we've been having, we're once again behind on our production schedule. (Big surprise there...) The color edition of Volume One will be delayed, probably until early Summer. We've moved Volume Nine up to take its place, and we're currently looking at late May for its arrival in the Studio. Volume Three, in all its reprinted glory, will be arriving at the same time. (At which point we'll have to turn around and ship it all out... always a jolly time, I assure you.)
IF YOU HAVE PRE-ORDERED VOLUME ONE (The "with original sketch" option is the only one offered to date): you have three options available to you.
1: Sit tight and wait. Your order will be shipped as soon as the books are in. I'll make sure to include a special extra postcard as my thanks. We're looking at an early Summer release, but we'll do it sooner if the book is ready.
2: USE OUR SPECIAL FORM to change your order from: "Volume One with Original Sketch" to "Volume Nine with Original Sketch." You will get your book and sketch when Volume Nine is in stock. If you still want Volume One, you'll have to order it again when it's offered in the store, but you'll get your Vol. 9 and sketch right away. This isn't a bad deal, since pre-order original sketches are now $25 extra, as opposed to the $20 sketches sold with the Vol. 1 Preorders. IF YOU WANT TO SWITCH YOUR ORDER, PLEASE USE THE FORM!
3: You can always get a refund. As always, refunds are cheerfully given. Your good will is worth a lot to us. We do apologize for the inconvenience our terrible scheduling has caused.
Edit: 4/28: You can now pre-order Volumes Nine (HC&SC) and Three (SC reprint) with an original sketch bookplate at our new online store: airshipstore.com
OTHER CURRENT NEWS: (Carried over from previous posts, lest it be missed...)
Girl Genius Nominated for a Hugo:
Girl Genius Volume Nine: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm has been nominated for a 2010 Hugo award in the category of Best Graphic Story for 2009. We're so happy to be considered again.
Drivethru Comics' iPad PDF issue fixed:
I was recently informed that the default settings on the Girl Genius PDF collections from DriveThruComics.com were causing a problem where the PDFs would not open on an Apple iPad. With the advice of the gurus at DriveThru, I have changed the settings so that all should be well. I am anxious to get my own iPad so I can see how the books look! (But it will have to wait a while...) I am sorry for the trouble, and hope all now runs smoothly.
We are finally updating our social networking sites...
So you can now find "Girl Genius Webcomic" and "Kaja & Phil Foglio" on Facebook; "girlgenius" and "Othar" on Twitter; "girlgeniuscomic" "studiofoglio" and "kajafoglio" on LiveJournal; and "girlgeniuscomic" at deviantART. Whew.
The Top Web Comics Vote Button
A surprising number of readers have noticed that I removed the TWC vote button from the bottom of the site menu. Thank you for caring, and for voting for us! We really do appreciate it.
The thing is: I let the vote incentives slide a shockingly long time ago, and the whole thing was looking pretty abandoned. I decided that it would be best to just cut it off until I can deal with it properly again. I will post the button later when I have a good pile of vote incentives lined up, and then I'll make a big announcement about it and we'll see if we can't get back up there into the top ten. The fact that so many of you have been voting for us even when we didn't have the incentives up means a lot to us. We were still high on the list, even without incentives or any promotion of the voting beyond the lost little button on the navigation menu. That's pretty amazing!
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