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Girl Genius Graphic Novel and Kickstarter Extras for 2022!

Created by Studio Foglio

Adventure, Romance, MAD SCIENCE! The next volume of Phil & Kaja Foglio's acclaimed graphic novel series!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Small Update with Dowloadable Wallpapers--by request
7 months ago – Wed, May 11, 2022 at 03:59:30 AM

I've had a request for the artwork from the last update as a wallpaper. Nothing simpler, since it was the special "Thank You" wallpaper from Kings and Wizards! Rather than send everyone back to the old update from that campaign, I've just replicated it here. I hope you enjoy it! --Kaja

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It's the Final Week of the Girl Genius: Exorcism Engines Kickstarter Campaign!
7 months ago – Tue, May 10, 2022 at 06:40:16 PM

Greetings!

It’s the final week, and we’ve hit all the important stretch goals! Thank you, everyone!

Here’s a recap, because I think things have got a bit wild and I don’t want to be too confusing:

ADD-ONS, EXTRA BOOKS, AND BACKERKIT

Everything we’re offering this time will be available to add on in our BackerKit pledge manager. If you want extra books, Envelopes of Madness, or the new hardcovers, they’ll all be available to add to your pile of rewards in BackerKit. There is no need to guess and add extra funds here, you can do it later in the pledge manager. Don’t worry about our final Kickstarter number, we are already very pleased with it! If you want to help boost the Kickstarter total, tell your friends about what a great deal this particular campaign is, with all the bookplates and PDFs and whatnot!

When the campaign ends, there will be a week or so where we are setting things up behind the scenes. Then, our BackerKit pledge manager will open. You’ll get a personalized invitation via email, and you’ll follow that link to BackerKit, confirm your rewards, add more if you want to, and pay the difference. This is where shipping will be calculated and charged.

WHAT WE’RE PRINTING THIS TIME

We’re printing our latest comic collection Girl Genius Volume 20, The Exorcism Engines, in two editions: the regular softcover and our special first-printing “puffy” padded hardcover.

We’re also reprinting all the books we’re currently out of. That’s books 1, 2 and 5. In addition to the regular softcovers, we’ll also be making these books in a new standard hardcover edition. Unlike the “puffy” covers, which we only print a small run of when the book is new, we hope to keep these standard hardcovers in print for a long time to come.

We plan to begin releasing standard hardcovers of all the Girl Genius collections as the need to reprint the softcover books arises. Looking at the inventory, our next Kickstarter (for Volume 21) will most likely have stretch goals to reprint Volumes 3, 12 and 14. It depends on what we’ve run out of by then!

REWARDS: THE PDF PILE AND THE ENVELOPE OF MADNESS

THE PDF PILE!

We have a lot of great rewards this time! To start with, the reward for our “Photons Only” level has morphed from a single PDF of Vol. 20 into the mighty PDF PILE! And the PDF PILE reward has been extended to cover everyone at the higher levels! That means that everyone at the $10 and up levels will get not only their regular rewards but also the PILE which currently includes Volumes 1-6 and Volume 20.

THE ENVELOPE OF MADNESS!

The EoM, included with every level that contains a book, is really is mad this time, with FOUR signed bookplates, an art card, Student ID and a lovely set of bookmarks to match the books we’re printing. We’ve also hit the stretch goal for the Arch Nemesis cards, which means that every EoM will contain your arch-nemesis, randomly selected from a brand-new batch of 13 cards we’ve created for just this occasion! (I’ll have the full set of the Sparks and Monsters Arch-Nemeses up on DriveThruCards.com soon, this is a new group!)

I'm off to set up a few more stretch goals! 

Thanks again--


--Kaja

Ahoy! It's Phil's birthday, so here's another PDF for the PDF Pile!
7 months ago – Mon, May 02, 2022 at 04:34:48 AM

Happy Birthday to my darling husband! Today I'll be making him a big garlic-y lasagne, but before I wander into the kitchen, possibly never to return, I'm adding the PDF of volume 3 to what I've decided to call the PDF Pile. That's what everyone above the $10 level is getting, per our ongoing stretch goals.


This is the secret "Happy Birthday" achievement stretch goal! Ding!


So just to be clear, Backers above the $10 level are now getting, in addition to whatever other physical rewards they've signed on for, an email with a link from Drivethrucomics.com that will allow them to download complimentary PDFs of Volumes 1, 2, 3, 5, and 20. It will be necessary to create a DriveThru account to download the files, but you won't need to hand over any money unless you want to buy something else.


All our PDFs on DriveThru are half off until a couple of days after the campaign ends, but you might want to wait on that to see what stretch goals we meet. I might add more.


The Envelope of Madness, which ships with every backer level containing a book, now contains: 

  • One Thank You art card from the Mechanicsburg Guild of Monsters
  • One signed bookplate for Volume 20
  • One signed bookplate for Volume 1
  • One signed bookplate for Volume 2
  • One signed bookplate for Volume 5
  • One Transylvania Polygnostic Student ID / handy checklist of all our books
  • One campaign bookmark for Volume 20
  • One bookmark for Volume 1
  • One bookmark for Volume 2

(The EoM is one per level but you can buy more as add-ons in BackerKit after the campaign.) 


And now, I need to get to work. Have a lovely May Day, everyone!


--Kaja

Add-Ons, Stretch Goals, and BackerKit
7 months ago – Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 08:06:09 PM

Hello again!

Well, we’ve hit a few more stretch goals! We'll be reprinting Volumes One and Two, the Envelope of Madness is getting nicely full, and we’re roaring up on the “Reprint Volume Five” goal. Not bad! Warm thanks to all who have helped make this a great campaign!


ADD-ON INFORMATION:

I’ve had a few questions about add-ons, I’ll try to answer them here, and then I’ll go do the same in the FAQs.

EVERYTHING WILL BE AVAILABLE AS ADD-ONS AFTER THE CAMPAIGN IN BACKERKIT

It’s true that there is no one perfect backer level for those of you who want some combination of Volumes Twenty, One, Two, and possibly Five if we hit that goal (we’re very close.) Fortunately, everything will be available as add-ons in BackerKit, so there’s no need to stress. You’ll be able to customize your order at the same time you’re finalizing shipping information and payment. You’ll be able to order extra Envelopes of Madness at that time as well.

EXTRA FUNDS ADDED IN KICKSTARTER WILL TRANSFER TO BACKERKIT OR I’LL KNOW THE REASON WHY

I’ve been told that some backers have added extra funds in anticipation of add-ons, which is absolutely lovely of them! Those funds will of course be transferred to BackerKit to use for add-ons. (If that doesn’t happen then we have a big problem and we will sort it out, but it’s never gone wrong before.) Adding extra for add-ons in Kickstarter isn’t necessary though, you’ll be able to add any number of things in BackerKit and pay for the balance there.

WE MIGHT ADD OTHER IN-PRINT BOOKS AS ADD-ONS IN BACKERKIT? MAYBE? IF NOT, THEY’RE AVAILABLE AT REGULAR BOOK STORES.

Some have asked if I’ll be adding other volumes of the book to the add-ons in BackerKit. I’m not yet sure about that! Everything we aren’t reprinting is available on the TopatoCo store and various other online book shops, but I know it would be convenient, so I have to figure out how much fuss it would be for our fulfillment people. I’ll let you know!


HERE’S WHAT’S IN THE ENVELOPE OF MADNESS AT THE MOMENT:

• One "Thank You!" art card

• One Vol. 20 Bookplate signed by Phil & Kaja

• One Vol. 01 Bookplate signed by Phil & Kaja

• One Vol. 02 Bookplate signed by Phil & Kaja

• One Vol. 20 Bookmark

• One Vol. 01 Bookmark

• One TPU Student ID/checklist


HERE'S WHAT I'D LIKE TO ADD TO THE EoM IF WE UNLOCK THE STRETCH GOALS:

A signed bookplate for Volume 5, Bookmarks for Volumes 2 & 5, new random Arch-Nemesis cards. I love the Arch-Nemesis cards and want to continue to make them with every campaign, but this campaign needed a lot of book-related stretch goals first so we'll see if we get there.


SPARKS AND MONSTERS BACKERKIT STORE CLOSING JUNE 01

Because I don't want to be running two of them at once, I'm planning to close down the Sparks and Monsters store on BackerKit on June 01, so if there's anything you're wanting, including campaign exclusives, head over there before that date.


A  SHORT NOTE FOR OUR SPARKS AND MONSTERS BACKERS

I'll be posting a short update to the Sparks and Monsters campaign after I'm finished here, but in case you miss it, all the Backer rewards for Sparks and Monsters have shipped.

The second shipment of brassy SCIENCE fobs has now arrived, so I'll be sending out the pre-orders that were waiting on those this week. The SCIENCE fobs were...very popular.

We are now sweeping up the inevitable problems with wandering packages and (I'm sorry! It's very rare, I promise!) packing mistakes. As always, if you have a problem, contact us with our handy form or write to us at customerservice@studiofoglio.com.

If you haven't completed your BackerKit pledge manager, you can do that here using the email address you backed with. Please do it soon, I'll be closing the Sparks and Monsters pledge manager on June 01, 2022. After that, you'll have to contact us directly and it's a lot more fuss.


And that's everything I have to tell you at the moment, I believe. I'll be back soon with more information if and when we hit the "Reprint Volume Five" goal. Thanks again, everyone!

--Kaja

We've funded, and added Volume One!
8 months ago – Wed, Apr 20, 2022 at 03:12:19 AM

We’ve met our goal!

Thank you, everyone. Girl Genius Volume 20 will be printed, in both softcover and our usual first-printing puffy padded hardcover edition. Hooray!


The Girl Genius Volume One reprint with a hardcover edition stretch goal has been met

Since the special padded hardcovers of GG Volume One have been sold out for close to twenty years, we think it’s high time to release a new hardcover edition, this time with a regular case cover. We plan to make matching standard case covers of the books as we reprint them over the next few years: the special puffy covers are still reserved for the first printings.


Two new backer levels for Volume One have been added

I’ve added two new backer levels for people new to Girl Genius who might prefer to start with Volume 1 rather than Volume 20. Like the Volume 20 levels, they include an Envelope of Madness, which now contains signed bookplates for both Volume 20 and Volume 1.


The Envelope of Madness has activated

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to sort out the bookplates and volume-specific Envelope of Madness items. I finally gave up and decided to just put them all into the one Envelope of Madness that everyone who qualifies gets. So wether you back for a Vol. 1 or a Vol. 20, you get an EoM with everything in it. Extra books, EoMs and Travel Sticker sets will be available as add-ons in BackerKit after the campaign, so there’s no need to stress about which backer level to pick. The result is that the Envelope of Madness is going to be a little extra mad this time, which is totally fine. We need this campaign to do well, so we’re willing to sign a bunch of bookplates to help things along!

The EoM currently contains:

  • One Volume 20 signed bookplate
  • One Volume 1 signed bookplate
  • One Exorcism Engines campaign bookmark

Soon, as we hit more stretch goals, it will contain more! Next up is a “Thank you” art card featuring the core members of the Mechanicsburg Guild of Monsters, and we have more planned after that!


A word about the stretch goals for Volumes 2 and 5:

We are currently out of Volumes 1, 2 and 5, and are hoping this campaign reaches a level that lets us reprint them all. We’ve made it to the Volume 1 reprint goal. If we do well, Volumes 2 & 5 will also be released as softcovers and standard hardcovers and listed as add-ons in BackerKit, and special signed bookplates will be included in the Envelopes of Madness!


Ok, and that’s a lot of exclamation points, so I’ll sign off for now. I’ll be back later as more develops. Thanks again for all your support, and thank you for reading Girl Genius!


--Kaja