Girl Genius, updated Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, tells the story of Agatha Heterodyne, in what authors Phil and Kaja Foglio describe as a “gaslamp fantasy.” Gaslamp might be confused with the more common label “steampunk,” but the authors have made Girl Genius their own distinctive creation. Agatha is one of many characters in her Victorian world to possess the “Spark,” a quality which allows incredible leaps of creativity and invention. Robots, biological constructs, fantastic vehicles, and more are all made possible by this touch of genius. Agatha’s life is forever changed when her spark manifests.
The Foglios’ work has either been nominated for or won awards (up to and including Hugo and Eisner awards) every year since it was first published in 2000. The story is currently in Volume 12, and the authors say that “it’s just easier” for new readers to start reading Girl Genius at the beginning rather than try to sum up the story so far.
On a side note, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago when starting this project, I’m working to get better at writing this blog. One thing that I have added today is a small graphic to help illustrate the comic I’m writing about. I can’t help but think that a blog about webcomics works a little better with, well, comics! I tend to be a visual person by nature, and a visual tag for articles here just seems natural to me. This may not always be the case-on the web these days not everyone is in agreement about how to use material that may or may not be copyrighted or trademarked. I’d rather not get into any trouble over this, and so if I’m able to find something that the artist has clearly specified as free to use for linking or display, I’ll use it. If there’s any doubt, I’ll forgo it.