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The adventures of Agatha Heterodyne continue! The next graphic novel in this Hugo award-winning series is ready to print!
The adventures of Agatha Heterodyne continue! The next graphic novel in this Hugo award-winning series is ready to print!
3,008 backers pledged $185,723 to help bring this project to life.

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Backers at reward levels that include shippable items: Kickstarter does not give us your address! After every campaign, we need to collect your shipping information. If you don't use our Pledge Manager to tell us, we don't know where to send your rewards! 

Shortly after the campaign ends, supporters at levels above $12 will get an email with a link to our Very Necessary Pledge Manager at After the Crowd. Please be patient, it will take at least a week for us to get all of our backer information from Kickstarter. We will post an update here when the Very Necessary Pledge Manager is live.

Our Very Necessary Pledge Manager is where you can give us your address, allocate any extra funds you might have given us, and add more if you need to. You'll receive an email from ATC when the manager is up and running.

Now, here’s the good part: we need the Very Necessary Pledge Manager filled out no matter what, but if you do it before May 31, 2016, you are really helping us out!

Finishing the Very Necessary Pledge Manager before May 31, 2016 will allow us to have your books shipped to you straight from the printer, which makes us very happy and gets you the books much faster. In fact, it makes us so happy, we’ll add an extra reward for everyone who helps us out with a prompt response.

Get your free extra! Please watch for your Very Necessary Pledge Manager email, and take care of it before May 31, 2016! 

Hello! We are Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the ongoing adventure story Girl Genius. We are ready to make the print version of Girl Genius: The City of Lightning, the latest in our self-published series of graphic novels. The book will be printed as a trade paperback, with a short run of special "puffy" hardcover volumes.

We used to offer pre-orders for upcoming books through our web site; which helped us pay for the up-front costs of printing the books. It also allowed us to get a feel for how many books we should be making in the first print run, especially of the limited-edition hardcover version. Kickstarter has streamlined this process for us beautifully, and the Kickstarter community has made it so much more fun! 

The Cover!
The Cover!

You can get an extra free extra this time, by completing your Very Necessary Pledge Manager quickly--scroll down to our FAQs to find out how, when and why!

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, 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—we're working on the fourth book right now! 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!

City of Lightning is Book Two of the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne–and the fifteenth book in the overall series. If you're new to the series, The Second Journey is a great place to jump in!

We like to start with a tiny little immediate reward. Here is a special icon–so you can show off your bragging rights! We hope you enjoy it, and use it to spread the word far and wide–across all the vast realms of the social media!

The contents of the different reward levels are listed to the right. The stars of the show are, of course, the books themselves. In addition, all backers getting a book will also receive a campaign-exclusive bookplate, signed by Phil & Kaja Foglio. This time, we've found a source for archival, acid free, self-adhesive 3"x4"book plates! So exciting!

For those who either do not want a physical book or plan to get it from their favorite real-life book store later, yet still want to support the project, we have some lower-level rewards, starting with a simple "Tips Jar." All our backers, regardless of level, will receive access to our commemorative downloadable computer wallpaper, which we'll reveal at the end of the campaign!

At a slightly higher level, we have a new set of travel stickers:

We're also bringing back the very popular medals for some of the reward levels. We loved the art for our last campaign's medal sticker so much, we just have to make it real. Here's the concept art, and when we have proofs from the manufacturer, we'll show them off:

Now that we have reached our first stretch goal, we have a choice of medals! Below is the concept art for the second one. It will be available in silver or brass tone!

Some levels also include our limited-edition City of Lightning patch, which will also become available as an add-on if we fund:

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
  • City of Lightning Exclusive Patch--------------------$15
  • Exclusive medal 01-----------------------------------$26
  • Exclusive medal 02-----------------------------------$26
  • "This Bear Likes Trains" Patch-----------------------$8
  • New Sketchbook: theme TBA----------------------- $5
  • Library Patch------------------------------------------$8
  • Library Pin---------------------------------------------$10
  • Adventure Society Pin--------------------------------$15
  • Adventure Society Patch-----------------------------$10
  • Girl Genius Fob---------------------------------------$12
  • Three charm set--------------------------------------$15

We may add a few more as the campaign goes on, so keep an eye on us!

 We've funded! Thank you! (It's always such a relief...) Now, we can start adding some stretch goals! Hooray!

PDF of the New Book: When the time comes, we'll make sure to get everyone eligible for this one a free download link for the PDF of the book. We'll post an update when they've gone out! 

Choice of Medal: Supporters at levels that include a medal will now have a choice between the two! (If you want both,no worries,  they're listed on the add-ons menu.)

 The City of Lightning bookmark: Just a basic freebie, it will ship with the book!

"This Bear Likes Trains" patch: Hooray! Now we can make a run of 4" diameter bear patches, and list it on the add-ons list above! Here's the concept art:

The TPU ID card and Checklist: Another one of our traditional freebies: it will ship with the book!

New Incorruptible Library designs will exist!: Now we can make a run of Library Hunter patches and pins, and list them on the add-ons menu above! Here's the concept art:

These aren't yet something you've seen in the comic, but we're getting there!

The "Thank You" picture of Agatha and her Clanks: Yet another one of our favorite types of freebies: it will ship with the book!

A NEW Girl Genius sketchbook: Theme to be announced, but it's listed on the add-ons menu for $5. Our earlier sketchbooks are available on our online store at TopatoCo.com!

 Deluxe medals!: now each of our medals will come with an extra insert that can be added on to make it even more magnificent!

Girl Genius Cameo Fob: Now listed in the add-ons menu above!

Girl Genius Promotional Poster: We don't have a design for this just yet, but we'll make one, and it'll go out with the books! 

An ambitious design for a bunch of posters: These will NOT be add-ons, because we simply won't have time to design them all before the campaign ships...but they'll exist eventually and we'll get digital copies to our backers! 

At this level, we'll bring back Cheyenne Wright's lovely ADVENTURE SOCIETY pins, which are currently completely sold out. We'll also try out a run of patches with the same design. Both are now listed in the add-ons menu!

 Okay! I'll be making a set of wallpapers from Phil's Four Seasons pictures he did last Summer. I'll let you all know when they're ready for download!

Ah, this is something I've been wanting to do for a while...I want to start a Girl Genius charm bracelet. I'll start with the trilobite, the Wulfenbach sigil and the Sturmvoraus sigil. Pictures...soon--although since we're down to the last hours of the campaign, they may wind up in and update...

Risks and challenges

Our main risk is the possibility of manufacturing delays. The cover and pages are ready for printing, but sometimes things happen that aren't under our control--a patch proof has to go back to the factory for multiple revisions, or a run of books comes off the press completely purple and has to be redone. (That last one is very unusual. We're not worried...but it could happen.)

We are very experienced publishers, this is our fifteenth volume in this series, alone! That doesn't mean that delays can't happen, but it does mean that it would only be a delay, not a cancellation of the project.

We've refined our shipping system! Supporters who complete their Pledge Manager in time allow us to ship books and some of the extras straight from the printer. Supporters who complete their Pledge Manager after the cutoff date will have their books shipped from our warehouse, which is run by people who have done lots of KickStarter fulfillment. Fulfillment of a project like this always has its challenges, but we are committed to getting the rewards out to our supporters.

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    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–where our other GG PDFs are on sale to celebrate this campaign!

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    TRAVEL STICKERS FOR THE INTREPID EXPLORER:
    • Three NEW Europan Fantasy travel stickers
    • Digital wallpaper download

    Supporting at this level and above means that we'll be sending you actual stuff in the mail. Please be sure to watch your email for our "2016 Very Necessary Pledge Manager" at the end of the campaign, so we know where to send your package!

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    OUR HERO gets a MEDAL:
    • Campaign medal
    • Digital wallpaper download

    For your generous help, you deserve a medal! You will receive a medal made just for this campaign. You also get the computer wallpaper. NOTE: This level does NOT contain a book!

    Remember that we'll be sending you actual stuff in the mail. We'll send email about our "2016 Very Necessary Pledge Manager" at the end of the campaign, please watch for it!

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    SOFTCOVER WITH BOOKPLATE:
    • One SOFTCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    HEROIC EXTRAS, BUT NO BOOK
    • Campaign Exclusive Medal
    • Campaign Exclusive City of Lightning Patch
    • Digital Wallpaper download

    You'll get your book somewhere else, (maybe the library...) but you still want those exclusive goodies. No worries! Donating at this level gets you the campaign exclusive medal and patch.

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    HARDCOVER WITH BOOKPLATE:
    • One HARDCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    HEROIC SOFTCOVER PACKAGE:
    • One SOFTCOVER copy of the new book
    • Campaign Exclusive Medal
    • Campaign Exclusive Patch
    • Signed bookplate
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    BOTH BINDINGS, NO NONSENSE:
    • One SOFTCOVER copy of the new book
    • One HARDCOVER copy of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    HEROIC HARDCOVER PACKAGE:
    • One HARDCOVER copy of the new book
    • Campaign Exclusive Medal
    • Campaign Exclusive Patch
    • Signed bookplate
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    ART AFICIANADO:
    • One random original penciled art page from the book
    • Your choice of ONE: SOFTCOVER OR HARDCOVER binding of the new book
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive medal
    • Campaign exclusive commemorative patch
    • Digital wallpaper download

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    ALL THE EPIC WE'VE MANAGED SO FAR:
    • All 14 previous volumes of Girl Genius in SOFTCOVER
    • One SOFTCOVER copy of the new book (Book Two of the Second Journey)
    • Signed bookplate
    • Campaign exclusive medal
    • Campaign exclusive commemorative patch
    • Digital wallpaper download

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