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Your Questions Answered.... Finally.
midnightchemist

You had questions, the Foglios had answers!

 

Sorry for the delay of all of this, but after I returned from the World Steam Expo, life became busier than normal. I have a lot to talk about - not just the questions you wanted answered. However, lets make that the first thing.

Headnoises asked about guest characters based on people they know. Other than Master Payne and the Countess (who are based on their children's god parents) and the obvious avatars for Phil and Kaja, the answer is no.

Geekhyena asked: What happened to Tarvek's mom? Did she die when Tarvek was a kid? Did Aaronev put her in the summoning engine? The answer to all these questions is.... a big secret. Try as I might, I couldn't get the Foglios to give me a clue as to what the answers might be. I even asked if Phil would draw a picture of Tarvek's Mom. He hemmed and hawed about this, and then finally said that if someone really wanted a picture of Tarvek's Mom, they would likely just get a nice pic of Agatha (not that they were suggesting that Agatha IS Tarvek's mother). Throughout the conversation we had on this subject, they were trying to suggest that the identity of Tarvek's mother is not really important to the story. However, if that is the case, why is it all a big secret?

Geekhyena also asked about other female Jaegers. At this point, that is unknown, even to the Foglios. More may turn up as the story progresses, if there is a need or want for them in the plot... or not. Theo and Sleipnir eloped, and as for her arranged marriage, the Foglios don't consider it a huge plot point. As for Higgs, his identity, his age, his relationship to the Jaegers, the Heterodynes and anything else about him - the Foglios are not saying. We will learn everything about Higgs sometime between now and the end of the story. In other words, "soon".

Murgatroy666 asked: Since the Professors started publishing the comic, have they made any significant changes to either the plot or the characters? (For example, it's widely believed that Theo originally was intended to be "doomed" ... If so, at what point did they change their minds?) Have they had any brainstorms about neat things to add that weren't in their original plans? Have they had any "Oops!" moments when they've had to revise the plot because they realized something wouldn't work? The short answer to these questions is yes. For the longer, more complete answer, you have to understand that the Foglios have been working on the premise of Girl Genius for seven to eight years prior to the first comic being published. So, a lot of ideas were bounced around for a long time and the story went though a lot of changes. For example, the original setting for the story was in the near future, however, based on Phil's drawings of airships and Kaja's love of things in the Victorian Age, they changed it to what is now considered "Steampunk" - although Kaja would consider it more of a "gas-lamp fantasy" (a term she coined) as there are no punks in Girl Genius. Also, considering Theo's stay of doom, many more of the students were supposed to die when Castle Wulfenbach was under attack by the Hive Engine - Sleipnir was one mentioned, and Klaus and Othar were at one time doing to die during this time as well. As to when they changed their minds considering the fates of the characters or the overall plot, that is really hard to say. All in all, it is just a part of the natural evolution of storytelling. The important thing to remember is that the Foglios have an overall plan for the story and certain milestones they know they need to reach along the way. The details of the story lie in how to get the plot and the characters from one milestone to another. This gives the story a framework to work with, while still allowing for creative freedom. 

Kaja did mention one "oops" moment, and it concerns Dr. Sun's granddaughter. Apparently, in the novel, she was given one name, and then later she was given another name because they forgot they had already named the character (I haven't had time to check this, but I think one of the names was Ming). Instead of fixing this in later editions of the novel, they decided to make one character two - so, Dr. Sun now has identical twin granddaughters. 

To what extent is Othar's Twitter narrative canon? Did he "really" meet Tarvek in an alternate future in which Europa had been devastated? The answer Phil gave is, "Sure, why not?". In other words, yes.

Are Skiff and Geisterspeak the same language? If so, did they bother to compile a dictionary, as fans have attempted to do? The answer to both of these questions is no. Kaja did mention that she knows what the ghost ladies are saying and what is being said in Skiff when it is spoken, but there is no direct translation. So everyone that is trying to compile a dictionary, stop. You are just wasting your time.

Is it significant that the Assistant has not been named in the narrative? No.

When are we going to learn Higgs' backstory? (Other than "Real Soon Now" ...) See the above answers concerning Higgs. He is just one of those characters that is just going to remain a mystery for the time being.

Without giving anything away, can they tell us what parts of the GG universe our characters won't visit in the course of the story? (E.g., the Americas, Britain, India, Mars ...) We will not be seeing the Americas. However, we will be seeing Paris and Britain for sure. More about that in another post...

Vanamonde is a cool name. Do the Professors know of any other Vanamondes than the ones in Girl Genius and The City and the Stars? Good catch! That novel is exactly were they got the name from.

Beth Leonard asked: How are the Agatha H. book sales going? And what ever happened to Phil's blog where he promised to tell us what was going on with the publishing world and why they made the changes to the book that they did? Book sales are doing very, very well. As for the blog, he has been too busy to work on it. However, to answer your question as to why they made the changes they did, the Foglios did say that the novels allowed for more elaboration about the characters and the world. They also offered the one example to changing Agatha's roommate aboard the Castle Wulfenbach form Sleipnir to Zulenna stating the change fit better from a narrative standpoint. As a side note, they also added that Zulenna will be back. Can't keep a good princess down, now can you?

As for more info on the novels, the soft cover for the first book will be out in August. The second novel will likely be out either November or December. More info on that in another post as well...

SFF Corgi asked: Ask about the Girl Genius RPG from Steve Jackson Games. We haven't had an update for a long time. Kaja feels very badly about this, but the Girl Genius RPG was put on the back burner a long time ago, and it doesn't look like it will get off it anytime soon. This is really a disappointment for the Foglios because they stated that now would be a good time to release it, but they don't have anything even close to being publish-worthy. Kaja did mention that she spoke to Steve Jackson lately, and he is not happy about the situation. As for the fate of the RPG? That is up in the air right now. It is something they would like to finish, but they don't know when they will find the time to do so.

 

That is all for the questions you asked. Stay tuned, however, because I will be back with even more info on Girl Genius I gathered from the World Steam Expo. See you next time!

 

 

 

 

 



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Thanks! Interesting stuff in there.


*SQUEE* Thank you for asking those questions. When I asked about Tarvek's mom at A-Kon, all I got from Kaja was "She's out there somewhere. Or not." So either they hadn't really thought about it (doubtful, given how detailed they think things out) or it's a plot point.

You have no idea how happy hearing Sleipnir and Theo eloped made me and my best friends. It had us scouring their appearances looking for rings...which we did not find, but still....*grins* *does happy dance*

Thanks for the info, and for asking!

Thanks. I'm glad someone asked about the novel. Zulenna-roommate was weird. And what was bad was all of her good lines about children got moved to other characters, so she jumps from pure royal bitch to self-sacrifice with nothing in between.


THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU for asking these!

What happened to Tarvek's mom? [...] Try as I might, I couldn't get the Foglios to give me a clue as to what the answers might be. I even asked if Phil would draw a picture of Tarvek's Mom. He hemmed and hawed about this, and then finally said that if someone really wanted a picture of Tarvek's Mom, they would likely just get a nice pic of Agatha (not that they were suggesting that Agatha IS Tarvek's mother).

Gott im Himmel! That's exactly what I would have said if Agatha really *were* Tarvek's mother and I didn't want to give anything away! Of course, knowing that, I wouldn't give that response ... which means ... ow ... my head hurts!

[Re: Vanamonde] Good catch! That novel is exactly were they got the name from.

*HAPPY DANCE*

So everyone that is trying to compile a dictionary, stop. You are just wasting your time.

That's going to disappoint some people over at the GG Wiki.

As a side note, they also added that Zulenna will be back. Can't keep a good princess down, now can you?

*YES!* I'm shipping Zulenna and Lars. I can practically write the dialogue.

Headnoises asked about guest characters based on people they know. Other than Master Payne and the Countess (who are based on their children's god parents) and the obvious avatars for Phil and Kaja, the answer is no.

So Dr. Dim is just Dr. Dim, I guess.

Is it significant that the Assistant has not been named in the narrative? No.

Fudge. That kills a dozen different elaborate scenarios ...

One more relatively minor question I wish I had thought to have you ask: Does Girl Genius take place in the 1890s or the 1990s? (Although if the question were phrased that way, they probably would answer "Yes!")

My BF is a published game designer, I wonder if we'd be able to help with the RPG. hmm..

Los Foglio should have been guests of honor for Convergence in MN - Steampunk theme this year! doh!

Thank you for getting that update. I'm not too surprised at the answer, unfortunately; it fits with what Kaja's said before and their current workload.


Headnoises asked about guest characters based on people they know. Other than Master Payne and the Countess (who are based on their children's god parents) and the obvious avatars for Phil and Kaja, the answer is no.

Waitaminnit! Looks like we have a case of Unreliable Narrator here.

Professor Diaz is most certainly Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak.

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