Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Girl Genius Day and Update

.....First, if you haven't stopped by in a few weeks, I should direct your attention to the previous post. With Bumblebee taking a more active role in the current Doom Patrol series, I've been taking a closer look at the Teen Titans' history as it pertains to Gar Logan and Mal Duncan. The previous post explains why Mal's position as DC's first black hero may come 'with an asterisk', as they say.

.....Next, I have to temporarily turn away from all things Doom Patrol to inform you that today, January 12th, 2011, is Girl Genius Day. I've followed Girl Genius since the Secret Blueprints shipped ten years ago this month. Husband and wife creators Phil and Kaja Foglio have now released the Girl Genius novel to coincide with Kaja's birthday and asked fans to buy their copy today. The comic book takes place in a world as it would be today if 19th century Europe had been controlled by feuding mad scientists instead of the Habsburgs. But you don't have to take my word for it. You can read the comic from the beginning at their website: where they have nearly 1000 pages of the main series plus a creative plethora of extras free to view. If you follow the link, click on 'the comic' and when the current page comes up, click on 'start'. If you think you'd prefer the comic to the novel you can order print editions directly.

.....Because they've been flying the steampunk flag for so long now they've accumulated a fan base that includes talented craftspeople. Every convention is followed by some pretty interesting cosplay photos. Even if you don't plan to buy anything, you'd be advised to check it out. There aren't that many comics creators who've won Hugos.

.....Thanks for your patience while I wandered off-topic for a moment. Back to the vaults, now.