Sparks and Monsters: Girl Genius Graphic Novel and Kickstarter Extras

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Oh no, the Brassy Fobs are once again backordered. Probably for about 30 days, so we're looking at late April. Silvery fobs are still in stock. Shipping to Australia is commencing! We're creeping up on our next Kickstarter campaign! Hooray!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Late November Girl Genius Update and News!
3 months ago – Sat, Feb 19, 2022 at 06:53:30 AM

Hello everyone--

This is an early update because I have some immediate news.

We Are Currently on Thanksgiving Holiday

First, off, please be aware that Chris Sorensen, who handles our email and correspondence, is on a well-deserved break with his family over our Thanksgiving holiday weekend. He says he’ll be back and ready to slog through the mail on Monday. So, if you write to us, please be patient! We’re running around catching turkeys and stalking potato beasts right now, but we’ll be back on the job soon.

I'm Very Nearly Done with the Shipping!

Next, and more exciting (for me, anyway) I am almost done with the shipping! Not completely, though. I still have a few more days of work before I can truly dust off my hands and sit down for a few minutes. And of course, there is still the Australia question, which I hope will sort itself out soon, and we hope to have the backordered Science fobs in any day now.) My fingerprints are gone from all the tape. For the big batches that we could pack assembly-line style, I dragged the kids into the fun, and we packed in front of the TV. This shipment is 99% brought to you by Broadway, and I feel like I’ll have Prologue: Into the Woods stuck in my head forever.

Phil will be at Emerald City Comic Con

Watch for Phil at the Girl Genius booth (118) at ECCC, Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 5! He’ll have lots of books and games, all of which make great Holiday presents! I’m not going, but I’m hoping to sign at least a few of the books before they leave the house, so I’ll have at least a small presence there.

Phil’s New Novel is Out!

Phil has written a new novel: The Night Sheriff. It’s the story of a vampire-like creature charged with the protection of a beloved theme park, and how he must defend himself, the park, and his fellow supernatural creatures from a mysterious outside threat. The book is now available from Amazon in paperback and kindle formats.


And Some Extra Thoughts:

While I’ve been packing your rewards, I’ve been writing down some thoughts I wanted to share with you all. Here they are in no particular order:

--In a lot of cases, the posters are inside the front covers of the books. It just seemed like a good way to protect them. If you think I’ve forgotten to include your poster, check there first!


--Unless it’s specifically noted on a packing slip, all your rewards should be arriving in one shipment. Fobs, of course, are the exception, they’re still walking here from the factory, and I’ll ship them when they come in. (I know there are a lot of supply issues out there right now, but why is it always the fobs?)


--I can’t say I love the binding on the hardcovers this year. I mean, they’re fine, they'll work, and I’ll have to cope, but I’m going to have a talk with the printer before the next book.


--I’m pretty sure that in a couple of cases I forgot to add the little “Thank you” letter. If I forgot yours, I’m sorry! I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, letter or no!


--I’ve put all the books in plastic bags this year, because a few of them went swimming on their way to Norway last time. Also, things are very damp here in the Pacific Northwest at this time of year.


--If it looks like someone has been opening your mail, it was probably me checking to see if the extra patch sitting on the table after I packed the batch was left out of someone’s order or if I just miscounted during setup. Whee!


--Medals come to me wrapped in plastic bags that have been folded over and stapled. I have to snip them free, so they lay down flat for packing. I can’t just pull them apart without winding up with staples in my fingers. I think next time I need to get them shipped on fancy little cards or something. You know, like the cool ones at Disneyland. We'll see. I'm getting quotes.


--If you got something extra in your order, you don’t need to write to us about it unless we accidentally packed our phone or keys or something in there. I sometimes make mistakes or add stuff on a whim, so don’t worry about it. So long as you got everything you ordered, we’re good!


And that's everything I can think of that I wanted to tell you right away. I'll still be packing things this holiday weekend, and in fact it's a bit frustrating to stop working on that to write this post, but I'm really hoping to be able to give you all good news when I post December's update. It's very thrilling!

Thank you, everyone, and have a wonderful rest of the week--


--Kaja

January Girl Genius Sparks and Monsters Campaign Update!
3 months ago – Sat, Feb 19, 2022 at 06:53:11 AM

Hello everyone, and Happy Lunar New Year!

Here is the latest news:

FOBS–SAMPLES ARE HERE AND APPROVED! THE FOBS ARE FINALLY IN PRODUCTION!

The fob samples arrived, and they are beautiful! Our pin makers say I can start watching my mailbox for the fobs at the beginning of March. It is an uncomfortably long wait, but I will get to work with the shipping the minute they come in.

VOLUME 20 PLANS

I am still waiting for printer quotes for Girl Genius Volume 20. Since I can’t launch the next Kickstarter until I have all my math done, this means that we will probably not launch the next campaign until early March. This suits me since I would quite like to have at least a start on shipping those fobs before launching a new campaign, and it gives me a little extra time to get things set up nicely.

SIGN UP TO BE NOTIFIED!

I might actually have a few early-bird deals this time, so you can sign up to be notified when we go live here on the Kickstarter pre-launch page.

NEW HARDCOVER EDITIONS OF EARLY VOLUMES!

We’ll be printing the usual softcover and fancy puffy first edition hardcover of Volume 20, with all the usual flat paper extras. (We’re leaving things that can’t go book rate for another campaign.) We also need to reprint Volumes 1, 2 and 5, so those are going to be stretch goals. I'm waiting for the printer quotes so I know how much it will cost us to reprint those. The big news is that, twenty-odd years in, we're hoping to do a new, mass-market hardcover edition as we reprint those old volumes. It won't be the fancy first-edition version, those will still be the lovely collectible volumes they've always been, but it will still be nice.

CRUNCHY SHIPPING DETAILS--

Everything for our USA backers has shipped. I sent everything out except for the fobs, which will be sent along separately when they arrive.

Most packages for our overseas backers have shipped.

Overseas packages for backers whose orders need a fob are still waiting for the fobs to come in. I apologize for the wait. The extra expense of sending the fob later is frankly insane, so I’m just waiting. I don’t feel great about it.

We still can’t ship to Australia because of COVID, this is getting ridiculous. I have all your stuff set aside and I check the situation frequently.


FINALLY—

I’ve added volume 19 to the dropdown on our Kickstarter Backer Contact Form, so please, if possible, use that to contact us about problems with your order. It’s the best way to be sure we catch your question. Questions directly on Kickstarter sometimes get lost in the sea of comments, especially if they’re on older campaigns, and I really want to be sure you get your rewards.

I recently discovered that using ZenDesk to answer questions from Kickstarter sometimes means the answers don’t get through. If you didn't get an answer, it may be because I answered you and it didn't make it, and I am so sorry! We are no longer relying on our ZenDesk system to do anything except maybe tell us there’s a question on Kickstarter. It’s still great for other things, though.


And that’s all I have to tell you for now, but I hope there will be more soon. Thanks, everyone!

--Kaja

November 2021 Update!
7 months ago – Wed, Nov 03, 2021 at 07:10:02 PM

Hello again everyone! 

Not much new to say, I'm still putting things in boxes and shipping them.  The living room is full of boxes and shipping activity, so if we want a Christmas tree this year, I'd better get this project finished up tout suite.


I have run into a problem that I hope won't stick around too long: I can't currently ship anything to Australia. I apologise profusely to all our Australian friends! I'm setting all the Australian shipments aside as I pack and hoping that things will change quickly.  As I understand it, Australia doesn't want our germs, and so they're not accepting any post from us at the moment. It doesn't seem to work the other way, I just got the jar of Moccona I ordered with no trouble. (Did they change the formula? It tastes a bit off.) The only nice thing about this (I guess) is that it's making me really appreciate how many Australian backers we have, which makes me happy.


In other news, Phil's shoulder is healing nicely, and would be doing even better if he would stop doing things with it. Fortunately, one of the things he's doing is his physical therapy, so that's good.


The Kickstarter campaign over at Steve Jackson Games is doing very well indeed, and we're thrilled about it. That's the long-awaited Girl Genius Role-Playing Sourcebook Powered by GURPS, and they tell us we're doing almost as well as the Discworld book, which means a lot to us. Discworld is a bit holy around here.  Anyway, there are 6 days to go on that one. Please check it out!


As for opening up the Sparks and Monsters BackerKit store to the rest of the World, which I've had a couple of inquiries about, I'll do that soonish, but I want to be a little farther along with the shipping for backers before I add more to the pile. 


Thanks, everyone! I'll be back with more info when there's more info!


--Kaja

Halloween Wallpapers and Steve Jackson's Girl Genius RPG sourcebook Kickstarter
7 months ago – Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 03:08:00 PM

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October Girl Genius Kickstarter News: Shipping is Happening!
8 months ago – Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 03:11:07 AM

Happy October, Kickstarter friends!

Here is the news, a bit later than I meant to have it:


WE’RE SHIPPING!

We are now shipping rewards. I’m afraid you’ll still have to be a bit patient with us, because we have a lot to get through, but we’re clipping along. Phil isn’t able to help, more on that below, but the kids and I are working hard.


THOUGHTS FOR FUTURE CAMPAIGNS:

While I’m packing and shipping this campaign’s rewards, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to future campaigns, and how I want to run them so that I can handle things more quickly and smoothly. The obvious first item is to make sure all our rewards, including potential stretch goal items, are designed, proofed, and ready to go before the campaign even goes live.  I’m also thinking that going forward, our book campaigns will only include flat book things. This makes packing and shipping go much faster and has the advantage of letting me give everyone book rate shipping. If that plan speeds things up as much as I hope it will, I’ll be able to do a separate smaller campaign after the books ship that will feature all the fun pins and medals and pointy things that don’t ship nicely with books.


GIRL GENIUS GURPS COMING SOON!

And speaking of other Kickstarter campaigns, Steve Jackson Games is gearing up to launch their long-awaited Girl Genius GURPS roleplaying game. I’m not sure I can overstate my excitement about this one. It’s a project we’ve been trying to get done for over 18 years. (Yikes!) It looks like it will be going live on October 20, and you can sign up to be notified on launch here on their campaign starting page.


PHIL HAD SHOULDER SURGERY

As those of you who follow the comic online will know, Phil, who is right-handed, has had surgery on his right shoulder. He’s not having a very nice time of it, mostly because it hurts a lot, and he isn’t the kind of person to enjoy resting. Also, he’s taking some rather strong painkillers which means he’s not thinking as well as he’d like, and he couldn’t drive even if his arm was farther along in healing. Don’t worry, though, the painkillers are being tapered off and he has begun his physical therapy. He won’t be allowed to lift much for another six months, but he’ll mend, and he’s already proving that he can still draw.  We still want him to take it easy, and we’re really enjoying the story Cheyenne Wright, who does the lovely colors for the comic, is currently drawing for us.


AND FINALLY,

I have other things I’d like to say but they can wait until the next update. I want to get this posted right away since I didn’t manage to post it at the beginning of the month and now have had to rewrite most of it. (I’m sorry! I haven’t been getting enough sleep.) I’ll be continuing to ship, and I’m hoping to get one of the old “Shipometer” graphics retooled and posted for you soon. Thank you, everyone!


--Kaja