Tag: Girl Genius

Comic Links: The System, Girl Genius, AoSG

by on Mar.04, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics, Writing

The System #467: The Noncolon

Am I the only writer who thinks this is an awesome idea?

Girl Genius: Volume 11: Star Witness is Revived

Ahh Lucrezia. At least you’ve read some of the Standard Pitfalls of Evil Overlords and Mad Scientists(TM). One must practice diligence not to fall into the cliche, lest you summon heroes to your doom!

The Adventures of Superhero Girl #32: 2011-02-18

To get the context read the blurb at the end, but basically superhero girl just took out one of the city’s most notorious ninja villains… but letting him steal her job interview. Hehe.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl #33: 2011-02-22

I think the blurb about holes in the crotches of jeans at the end of the comic is just as funny as the comic.

 

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Article: How I Became a Comic Book Consumer, Part 5

by on Feb.07, 2011, under Articles, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Visual Media

This is the final part of an ongoing series inspired by Faith Erin Hick’s article “How I Became a Comic Book Consumer“. To read any of the prior parts, click here.

Last time I discussed the Marvel comics that started how I became a comic book consumer as an adult. I also made mention of Brian K. Vaughn, writer of a comic called Runaways. Like Warren EllisCraig KyleMasashi Kishimoto,Phil FoglioKaja Foglio, and Shirow Masamune, Brian K. Vaughn led me into other comics that would soon have a permanent position on my book shelves.

It was through Brian and a few friends of mine that I discovered Y: The Last Man and it quickly became one of my favorite comics next to Elfquest, Girl Genius, and Transmetropolitan. It focused on, literally, the last man on earth and the subsequent apocalypse society. It sounds like a cheesy b-movie plot or perhaps the start of a really bad porno but it instead molds itself into an epic story of survival. If you need proof, Y: The Last Man was nominated for a Hugo award and won an Eisner award.

In the comic we follow the story of Yorick who manages to survive a mysterious event that simultaneously kills off every other mammal possessing the Y chromosome on the planet, save for him Capuchin monkey, named Ampersand. We follow him and his friends and enemies, as people come to gripes with such a staggering event. Lasting sixty issues, the ending is something I wish I could get everyone to read.

Brian K. Vaughn then led me to Ex Machina, a currently on going story by him focusing on a retired superhero known as The Great Machine who wins the election to become the mayor of New York City in the wake of 9/11. The story explores his term in office as well as gives flashbacks to his life as a super hero and how the two bleed together, creating yet another compelling, and rather adult, drama.

By this point I was very much into reading comics again. I used the names of writers and artists I had collected through the years and began making lists of comics, using Wikipedia and Amazon to piece together what graphic novels I needed to complete story arches. Now, at least, I could read comics without worrying about missing issues! as long as I was willing to spend the money and/or hunt through good used book stores.

This actually catches us up to more or less modern days. I’m still reading comics, obviously. Here are some examples.

I still collect Masashi Kisimoto’s Naruto and a regular subscription to the American version of Shonen Jump keeps my interest in various other mangas such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Bleach. Shirow Masamune has made sure that I am always on the look out for some kind of Ghost in the Shell product, comics preferred but anime and books, I’ll gobble up. One of the current manga series I would like to read is called Bakuman, focusing on one teenager’s attempt to become a manga writer, and another is Hikaru no go, focusing on another teenager’s slow mastery of the Japanese game Go.

Craig Kyle and the Marvel Messiah Complex/Second Coming story-lines have kept me collecting X-Men graphic novels as they came out and introduced me to the re-start of X-Factor (Vol.3 ), which has quickly become my favorite X-Men title with its awesome writing of the character Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man and the introduction of the character Layla Miller (she knows stuff, be careful). There is also an ongoing X-23 series being published that I’m eagerly waiting to be collected into graphic novels.

I, of course, never stopped reading web comics. They’re the cheapest and most accessible of all the comics I love to read, plus I can easily share them among my friends and readers. Here is a small list of some of the best comics you can find online in no particular order.

Girl Genius, Scholock Mercenary, Gunnerkrigg Court, Templar, Arizona, Goblins, Guilded Age, Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Weregeek, Scenes From A Multiverse, Order of the Stick, Erfworld, Dominic Deegan, Something Positive, Evil Diva, Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, El Goonish Shive, Demonology 101, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Freakangles, Bob and George: The Comic Strip, 8-Bit Theater, and many more.

So looking over it all, I guess you could say I’ve always been a comic book consumer. My initial entry into comics was due to overlaps between the comic industry and other media, and while I’ve taken hiatus, the adoption of collecting comics into graphic novels proved to be exactly what I needed to sustain a comic habit. Combine that with excellent writing, varying genres,  and stories for all age groups, and I will likely be a comic reader for the rest of my life.

The future of comics, like almost all forms of entertainment, will be undergoing changes in the digital age. Right now it seems to be trying to re-invent the old model, renting individual comics for prices only slightly less of their print versions for different reading platforms. One or two have adapted a subscription model. Both still DRM their content to make it inaccessible by means other than approved, and usually constrictive, methods. And there are still online comics, the particularly popular ones effectively earning their creators a living through donations, merchandising, and advertising. It’ll be interesting to see where this heads but unlike the music or movie industry, I suspect comics will fare better overall.

So I hope you enjoyed this article and found something in it you liked. Keep subscribed to this feed or keeping checking back now and again, as more articles of this type will appear, sooner or later.

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Agatha H and the Airship City follow up

by on Jan.24, 2011, under Articles, Books, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Novels

So I’m rather lucky! I got my copy of Agatha H and the Airship City in the mail last week. Turns out according to Phil Foglio, the book’s first printing is already sold out at the distributor level. So no new books till February 28th!

Okay so that isn’t exactly something to celebrate about unless you’re actually Kaja or Phil, but really you should be happy for them. A second printing is impressive for a hardbound book, even if the book had a small print run. I don’t know how large of a print run Agatha H had but still!

So Phil has set a new goal for us. The Foglio Studios have set up a pre-order for the second printing of the book on their website and the idea is to pre-order so much that the publisher will be forced to make a third printing! Unheard of! So go pre-order!

And while you’re at it, go read the comic.

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Comic Links: Girl Genius, Scenes From A Multiverse

by on Jan.17, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

Girl Genius Volume 11: 2011-01-17

Ya know. I’ve always been a Gil fan. But for once I think I might actually be liking Tarvek. I mean not that I hated him, just that I thought Gil would be better for Agatha. Now I’m not so sure…

This is a reposting of a comic link from last week, plus it’s sequel. I don’t think I’ve explained Scenes From A Multiverse before. It is a really interesting premise. This comic creator gives up 5 scenes a week from various places across a multiverse. Then, every Friday, readers are allowed to vote for their two favorite. Favorite scenes are then continued on subsequent Fridays to a maximum of five times, before they are “retired”. Retired comics have something fun happen to them. For more info you can read the rules here.

Scenes From A Multiverse: 2011-01-03: Hot Chocolate

I love ghosts and cocoa. This is dedicated to any RP buddy of mine, Jamie.

Scenes From a Multiverse: 2011-01-17: A Cocoa Conspiracy

I wonder if that ghost tastes like marshmallows…

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Girl Genius Day: Buy Agatha H and the Airship City today!

by on Jan.12, 2011, under Articles, Books, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Novels

I posted about this a week ago, but today is Girl Genius day! It’s a day to do something mad sciene-y and/or steampunkalicious! Please no destroying the world, that would ruin GG day for everybody else out there.

It’s also the day to buy this:

It’s the first Girl Genius novel I’ve ever heard of, and today is the day Phil and Kaja have designated at “buy the book day!” in an attempt to raise rankings and awareness of the book. If you’re a fan of the comic series you’re probably already considering do this, but if you aren’t go take a look at the comic. It’s a free online comic of adventure, romance, and MAD SCIENCE, and one of the best comics you’ll ever read.

Anyway you can buy the book here at amazon or find more details about where to get it in book shops at the girl geinus book website.

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Girl Genius has a book!

by on Jan.05, 2011, under Articles, Books, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Novels

Apparently Phil and Kaja Foglio somehow managed to write a Agatha Heterodyne book without me hearing a single word about it. At least until now. Luckily I heard about it before Girl Genius day!

Girl Genius day is the day you should buy this book. January 12th. This is an attempt to increase the book’s rankings that day, which will be good overall for marketing.

If you aren’t aware of Girl Genius, you really should be reading the comic Girl Genius. It is a ongoing online comic of adventure, romance, and MAD SCIENCE! I occasionally post pages from it do to their humorous content but the story itself is where it work shines.

So remember! Januray 12th! Buy this book!

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Girl Genius

by on Dec.24, 2010, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101224

I’d let her throw my switch anytime!

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Girl Genius

by on Nov.26, 2010, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101126

Oh! You can tell! Hehe. It is nice to see Agatha this playful.

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