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Webcomic: Girl Genius
Our Heroine.

"People keep giving me rings — but I think a small death ray might be more practical."

Mad Scientists rule the world. Badly.

Girl Genius 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, called Agatha H. and the Airship City and Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess respectively (A third book, entitled Agatha H And The Voice Of The Castle, is due to come out in August 2014). A GURPS adaptation is in the works, but seems to have descended into Development Hell. There is a completed Kickstarter for a mobile game.

Look over the Girl Genius character sheet, or talk about the comic in our discussion forum for Girl Genius.

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