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The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne is underway, and it's time to print the newest collection of the Girl Genius comic!
The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne is underway, and it's time to print the newest collection of the Girl Genius comic!
2,957 backers pledged $180,668 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to our third KickStarter campaign! This one is for Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails, the latest in the Girl Genius series of graphic novels. Beast of the Rails is the first book of the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne–and begins a whole new story arc. If you're new to the series, this is an excellent place to jump in!

Girl Genius is an ongoing story featuring adventure, romance, and Mad Science. It follows the adventures of Agatha Heterodyne, scion of a notorious family of "Sparks:" scientists capable of warping the very laws of nature with their feats of mad brilliance. We call it a "Gaslamp Fantasy," by which we mean that it takes place in an old-fashioned, Jules-Vernian world of airships, monsters, and wild inventions. 

Girl Genius is published as a webcomic and graphic novel series, and also as a series of prose novels written by Phil and Kaja Foglio—the third volume just came out from Skyhorse Publishing. The graphic series is updated three times a week on our web site at girlgeniusonline.com. When we have enough pages, roughly once a year, we publish a collection in both hard and soft cover bindings. The Girl Genius graphic novel series has won three Hugo Awards for Best Graphic Story!

Let's start with a tiny little immediate reward. Here is a nice icon for our supporters–so they can show off their bragging rights. Please grab a copy, enjoy it, and use it to spread the word!

Here's a supporter icon!
Here's a supporter icon!

This time around, we are focusing heavily on getting the book printed, and into your hands. We are carefully limiting the extras to items with a short, reliable turnaround time, so you won't have to wait. Don't worry, we'll do a fun, merch-heavy campaign later, when the book is safely out, and you'll see all kinds of medals, pins and extras!

We do have a couple of reward extras, most prominently, the exclusive "medal" sticker and Beast of the Rails embroidered patch. After a ridiculous amount of art fuss, we are happy to finally be able to reveal the patch design!

...and here is the sticker design:

The contents of the different reward levels are listed to the right. As usual, all backers who receive a book will also receive a bookplate, signed by Phil & Kaja Foglio.

All our backers, regardless of level, will also receive access to our commemorative downloadable computer wallpaper, which we'll reveal at the end of the campaign!

We also have a special downloadable wallpaper (in addition to the campaign exclusive wallpaper mentioned above.) This wallpaper is a freebie for all of you who have taken the time to come to our campaign page. Thank you for visiting! There are four versions of the wallpaper, in the following sizes: 2560x1600, 1600x1200, 1024x1024, 600x800. Click this link to download a zipped archive of all four.

Our "thank you for visiting" free downloadable wallpaper!
Our "thank you for visiting" free downloadable wallpaper!

Quick note: We have lots of add-ons and stretch goals, which is making the page quite long. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)!

If you pledge at a reward level that includes a physical shipment (the $12 level or higher) you may choose to boost your pledge amount to include additional reward items. You can pledge the additional funds here in Kickstarter, or in our post-campaign pledge management system. The pledge amounts for add-ons include US shipping & handling (additional international shipping will be calculated in the pledge management system).

The following rewards are available to add to your pledge:
• Additional softcover book----------------------------$30
• Additional hardcover book---------------------------$55
• New Europan Travel Sticker Set---------------------$10
• Corbettite Insignia Patch----------------------------- $10
• "Weirdness from Above" Patch---------------------- $10
• "Glorious Day" Dinosaur Patch--------------- ------- $10
• "Glorious Day" Agatha Patch------------------------- $10
• Girl Genius Agatha sticker set------------------------ $10
• Mechanicsburg Restaurant Sticker------------------- $3
• Sketchbook Reprint: Jägerific!------------------------ $5
• Sketchbook Reprint: Sparks & Oddities-------------- $5
• Sketchbook Reprint: Krosp---------------------------- $5
• New Sketchbook: theme TBA------------------------- $5
• Girl Genius Round Gear Patch------------------------$10
• Girl Genius Gear Heart Patch-------------------------$10
• Chibi Girl Genius 3 Sticker Set------------------------$10
• Humongulus is the Clank! Patch----------------------$10
• Dingbot 3 Sticker Set-----------------------------------$10
• Dingbot 3 Patch Set------------------------------------$15
• Trilobite Patch-------------------------------------------$10

We got the color art for "Venezia!" Hooray! Thanks, Cheyenne!
We got the color art for "Venezia!" Hooray! Thanks, Cheyenne!

Hooray! We funded! We can print our books! (Whew...) Thank you so much, you lovely people, you!

Hooray! Now we'll be able to make the Winslow patch! (We are very happy! Hi!). It's available as a $10 add-on. Check the add-on menu above, and the FAQ at the bottom of the page for more details.

Now that this level is unlocked, we can get BOTH of these patches made! First step--get color art... 

We have unlocked two new items here–the first Girl Genius sticker set:

 and the 5" round "Mechanicsburg Restaurant Association" sticker featuring the association's mascot--that icky knife-and-fork spider from Castle Heterodyne! (Theraphosidae Cultro Furca Mechanicsburg.)

Yes! Everyone who gets a book in the mail will also get an art-card picture of Bangladesh DuPree, "signed" by Bang herself–and just like last time, we'll also make sure that our digital supporters get a digital copy! 

 Hooray! Now to go look through the sketches and see what will look nice...

 These patches are now available as $10 add-ons.

 Kaja's nearly done with the design. It says: HUMONGULUS IS LIFTING! HUMONGULUS IS THE CLANK! Heh. So silly.

Yes! The cake WILL be televised! This campaign is ending on Phil's birthday. The event will feature a traditional enactment of the North American Cake Ritual as practiced by our extended clans. Since we managed to get to this level, we'll film the whole thing. Maybe we'll even use all the candles!

 Since we're doing the die cut for the chibi stickers anyway, we may as well do some dingbots as well...

 Ah! That was fast! The dingbot patches will use the same art as the stickers, but we don't yet have final designs. We'll post them when we do! They'll be 2" round patches in a set of 3. 

We'll stick some sparklers on Phil's cake, and see if he can blow THOSE out! How jolly!

This will be a trilobite - art will have to come later. It's now on the add-on list at $10. 

Um...we found some pinwheels...and a light-up musical "Happy Birthday" sign. We'd better make this cake a big one...

The cake is cooling in the kitchen, the bottom is slightly singed (we'll cut that bit off) but whatever it tastes like--we've got a goofy pink flamingo for it! Will there be room? For Science, we must try... 

Risks and challenges

There are some risks inherent in any project. We've worked hard to minimize those. First of all, we have all of the pages for this book. In fact, it was all published online before the end of 2014, and you can read it on our website for free, as always. The cover has been designed, and all that is left is minor production work and transferring the files to our printer, a process we're very familiar with.

Last time, our shipping was held up by the medal production. This time, we really need this book out and shipped to you, our supporters, so we're saving the time-consuming extras for later. We are already planning another KickStarter project, one that focuses on the long lead time merchandise that we love. This one is ALL ABOUT THE BOOK!

We're still working through the last of the free, extra, promotional material from our last KickStarters–there are some wallpapers and a craft project that need to be posted for download. We haven't forgotten those, but we really need to get this book out, so here we are. When those last freebies are posted, we will let you know.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About $5

    THE TIPS JAR: You just want to aid us in our ongoing mission: to bring you new comic pages three times a week. You will receive access to our downloadable commemorative computer wallpaper. Thank you!

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    PHOTONS ONLY:
    • One downloadable PDF of the new book
    • Digital wallpaper download

    This being photons only, there will be no need to interact with an actual human postal carrier, or leave your house to check a physical mailbox. Hooray!

    (All our PDFs are now delivered via DriveThruComics.com.)

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    PACKING YOUR BAGS:
    • Three lovely NEW Europan travel stickers
    • Our campaign exclusive "medal" sticker. It's like a medal, but it's a sticker!*
    • Digital wallpaper download

    *Last time, the medals held up shipping. This time, stickers!

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    STUDENT TRAVELER:
    • One SOFTCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    THE TRAVELING PROFESSOR:
    • One HARDCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    THE EARLY-BIRD CONDUCTOR:
    • Campaign exclusive Beast of the Rails commemorative patch
    • One SOFTCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

    Early birds also get one vintage Girl Genius advertising poster from the very early days of the comic. This poster was originally printed to be sent out to comic book stores, and is folded in quarters.

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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    THE CONDUCTOR:
    • Campaign exclusive Beast of the Rails commemorative patch
    • One SOFTCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    THE EARLY-BIRD ENGINEER:
    • Campaign exclusive Beast of the Rails commemorative patch
    • One HARDCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

    Early birds also get one vintage Girl Genius advertising poster from the very early days of the comic. This poster was originally printed to be sent out to comic book stores, and is folded in quarters.

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    THE ENGINEER:
    • Campaign exclusive Beast of the Rails commemorative patch
    • One HARDCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    THE AIRSHIP VOYAGER:
    • Campaign exclusive Beast of the Rails commemorative patch
    • Both a SOFTCOVER AND HARDCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    Pledge $330 or more About $330

    THE CAPTAIN:
    • One random original penciled art page from the book
    • Campaign exclusive Beast of the Rails commemorative patch
    • Your choice of ONE: SOFTCOVER OR HARDCOVER binding of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    THE GRAND TOUR:
    • All 13 volumes of the First Journey in SOFTCOVER
    • One SOFTCOVER copy of the new book (Book One of the Second Journey)
    • Campaign exclusive Beast of the Rails commemorative patch
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive "medal" sticker
    • Digital wallpaper download

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