When is the next volume of the collection coming out?
We release a new volume roughly once a year, as we get enough pages together. We always make a big deal about the new volumes when the time comes, so keep an eye on the main comic page.
Will you be reprinting Volume (whatever is out of print at the moment)?
We don't do traditional reprints of the hardcovers, although we're eyeing print-on-demand publishing with an interested gleam in our eye. As for Girl Genius softcovers, the answer is yes, we plan to keep those in print. So when one goes out of print, we reprint as soon as we can. It can take a few months, though, so please be patient!
Will you be making more hardcover editions?
We make the hardcover editions of each volume of the collection so that we have our own lovely copies. We don't really intend to reprint them, as they are rather expensive to make. When we get the first collection colored and printed, we will do another hardcover run of that book; but otherwise, when they're gone, they're gone. This could change if a larger publisher picked us up and re-released the books in hard and soft cover, but for now that's the way it stands.
Will there be more Secret Blueprints?
Sure, the Role-playing game and sourcebook is in the works right now! The Secret Blueprints were a little comic we published as a teaser when we were first starting with Girl Genius. It featured portraits and bios for several of the key characters in the early stories, and went out-of-print right quickly. We always thought we would do more of these, but we've been pretty busy and haven't got to it yet. And really, the RPG and Sourcebook is pretty much the same kind of thing, only better. So hang in there.
Can I get a Girl Genius tattoo? How much do you charge for something like that?
Of course you can! What do we charge? Why, a tasteful photo and bragging rights, please. (Printed temporary tattoos are NOT what we're talking about here! We still hold copyright for those.)
How is that Girl Genius Role-Playing-Game-and-Sourcebook, Powered by GURPS coming along?
The project was dead for years, but as of late 2017, there is a new writer working on it. We'll announce more when there's something to announce.
I want to help write/edit/playtest the RPG!
Thank you! But we already have writers and editors, and they are grumpy territorial animals. Grr. Potential playtesters, on the other hand, are advised to look into the Steve Jackson Games playtester program. There's nothing to do for GG yet, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
To heck with the RPG, I have a great story idea that I want to send you!
Noooooo! Please don't! It's not that we don't love you, or that your idea is bad. It's that in order to protect ourselves legally, we must stick to a strict "no submissions, please" policy. That and we have enough ideas of our own to fill several lifetimes. We won't get to it all as it is. Please don't add to our workload stress!
Where can I buy the books? What about other Girl Genius merchandise?
First, check your local comic store. If they don't have it, you can find our books at our own Web store, which is now hosted at TopatoCo.com, and at other online shops like Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com. T-shirts and other Girl Genius merchandise can be acquired through our many wonderful licensees.
What is Girl Genius?
So glad you asked. Girl Genius is an ongoing "gaslamp fantasy" story by Phil and Kaja Foglio. It started out in 2000 as a periodical comic book, which is collected into 16 (and counting) larger volumes. Girl Genius follows the career of Agatha Heterodyne—a hapless student at Transylvania Polygnostic University who discovers that she has more going for her than she thought.
What age group is Girl Genius written for?
RATING: Please be aware that Girl Genius is recommended for an audience of teens and up. Why? Well, let's see...we have lots of running around in Victorian underwear, occasional innuendo, a certain amount of violence and the occasional "damn!" Will this deprive us of future happy meal toys? Probably. Are we having fun making our story our own way? Oh, goodness, yes! A lot of our readers still say they read GG to their kids, but now you can make an informed choice. Thank you!
Okay, what's a "Gaslamp Fantasy?"
Influences include Jules Verne and H. Rider Haggard. Expect big, clanking Victorian-style tech, old-fashioned clothes, Frankenstein monsters and airships. Lots and lots of airships. Is it magic? Is it science? A little of both, I suppose–it's Mad Science.
When is Girl Genius set?
About 18 years after the famous heroes called "the Heterodyne Boys" were last seen in Europe.
How nice of you! The best thing you can do if you like our work is tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell people you meet on the bus, tell anybody. It couldn't hurt! We have a lot of nice shirts with the Girl Genius logo available from OffWorld Designs, that always helps get the conversation going.
Also, at this time, we have a lovely selection of link banners available for downloading. Actually, we appreciate a link with or without a banner.
Thank you to everyone who has asked how they can help.
When we started getting letters like this, we didn't know what to do either. We certainly don't want to discourage shrine sites and the like. So we asked our attorney what to do, and he said to post guidelines. Here they are!
Oooh! Kind letters and the like can be sent to Studio Foglio, LLC, 2400 NW 80th St. #129, Seattle, WA, 98117-4449. Keep in mind that this is just a mailing address, if you make the pilgrimage the nice people at the mailbox might sell you a postcard with a fish on it, but we aren't there!
I certainly hope so. This list has been woefully out of date for years.