I was a fan of Phil Foglio's when he did the art for Asprin's Myth series, I just learned during Comic Con that he and his wife have a 12 volume set of illustrated books (Ok, big comic books) called Girl Genius, and the first can be sampled online to get a feel for it

The Industrial Revolution has become all-out war!

 Mad Scientists, gifted with the Spark of genius, unleash insane inventions on an unprepared Europe. For centuries, the Heterodyne family of inventors kept the peace, but the last Heterodyne disappeared twenty years ago, leaving their ally Baron Klaus Wulfenbach to maintain order with his fleet of airships and army of unstoppable, if not very bright, Jaeger Monsters.

At Transylvania Polygnostic University, Agatha Clay dreams of being a scientist herself, but her trouble concentrating dooms her to be a lowly minion at best. When her locket, a family heirloom, is stolen, Agatha shows signs of having the Spark in a spectacular, destructive fashion and captures the attention of the Baron and the Baron's handsome young son, Gilgamesh.

Swept up to the Baron's Airship City, Agatha finds herself in the midst of the greatest minds of her generation, as well as palace intrigue, dashing heroes, and an imperial cat. Agatha may be the most brilliant mind of her generation and the key to control of the continent, but first, she just has to survive.

the illustration talent of Phil Foglio is award winning, the story is by both Phil and his wife, and it is also multiple award winning!

2009 Hugo Award Winner for Best Graphic Story of 2008
2010 Hugo Award Winner for Best Graphic Story of 2009
2011 Hugo Award Winner for Best Graphic Story of 2010
American Mensa's® Top 50 Web Sites of 2010

 In 1976, the slide show The Capture, which Robert Asprin wrote and Foglio illustrated, was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation; in the same year, he was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist for the first time. Foglio won the Fan Artist Hugo twice, in 1977 and 1978. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in 2008. He, his wife (Kaja Foglio), and their colorist (Cheyenne Wright) won the first graphic story Hugo

start here http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021104 and be ready to delve in, and you can read the entire graphic series online!

if you've been a fan, and want to meet them in person, try for an autograph or just gush like I did... the calendar function on their website tells you when they'll be attending conventions and events, and where: http://www.girlgeniusbooks.com/

the above is from the "Free Stuff" webpage of wall papers you can download http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/fun/freestuff.php


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