"People keep giving me Mad Scientists rule the world. Badly.Girl Genius
rings — but I think a small death ray might be more
is a Web Comic
(originally a print series) by Phil
and Kaja Foglio, which has become one of the classics of the Steam Punk
(called Gaslamp Fantasy
by the creators) genre.
The title character of the story is Miss Agatha Clay (Heterodyne), who begins as a young apprentice to a type of Mad Scientist
known to the world as a "Spark". Her adventures span almost 15 volumes so far.
Can be found at the Studio Foglio website, accessible through this elegant and finely-crafted link
. Please note here
, "We recommend Girl Genius for an audience of teens and up". Was also the winner of the Graphic Story Hugo Award
for three years running (2009-2011).Fun Fact
There are also novelizations of the comic's first two major arcs and the first half of the third arc, called Agatha H. and the Airship City
and Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess
and Agatha H And The Voice Of The Castle
(An as-yet unpublished work to cover the second half of the third arc, titled Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg
is being written). A GURPS
adaptation is in the works, but seems to have descended into Development Hell
. There is a completed Kickstarter for a mobile game.
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, or talk about the comic in our discussion forum
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