Girl Genius continues march to world domination

Phil and Kaja Foglio are best known among fans as the creators of the long-running (and award-winning) webcomic Girl Genius, and among comics insiders for being among the first to make the web-to-print thing work. They started out with a periodical comic, then moved it to the web, and eventually gave up on floppies and went straight to trades, boosting their sales by giving away the comic for free. (You can read all about it here.)

But apparently, that was just the beginning. Today the Foglios announced a series of deals that will bring Girl Genius into a variety of new formats:

  • Night Shade Books will publish a series of Girl Genius prose novels;
  • Brilliance Audio will adapt these novels into audiobooks;
  • Tor will launch their graphic novel line with a color omnibus edition of the first three Girl Genius graphic novels; and
  • Girl Genius will be serialized in the Danish magazine Comic Party.

As if that weren't enough, the Foglios are busy working on their next two self-published volumes and negotiating other Girl Genius licenses. iPad and Facebook games, as well as a re-issue of the card game, are in the works.

Full details after the cut.

Today Studio Foglio, LLC, creators of the award-winning webcomic, Girl Genius, announced a series of publishing and merchandising deals that will help introduce Girl Genius to the world at large.

In a world ruled by Mad Science, Girl Genius follows the adventures of Agatha Heterodyne, the recently revealed heiress to a powerful family of mad scientists, whose very existence threatens the peace and stability of an alternate steampunk Europe. The creators, Kaja and Phil Foglio, have been publishing the series online and in print, to a discerning audience of steampunk cognoscenti ever since 2001. In 2009, the series was the first graphic novel to win the prestigious Hugo Award, awarded by the World science Fiction Society, for Best Graphic Story.

Studio Foglio is proud to announce that that the Girl Genius is breaking out in 2011 when three publishers will be launching the series in three separate formats. First, Night Shade Books will publish the first-ever prose version of the Girl Genius series. Their publication of Agatha H. and the Beetleburg Clank, the first volume in the Girl Genius Trilogy, in Spring 2011, will be followed by subsequent volumes in 2012 and 2013. This, though, is only the beginning: Simultaneously, industry leader Brilliance Audio will be releasing audio adaptations of each of these novels.

In Fall 2011, TOR Books will launch their new graphic novel line with the republication of the first three Girl Genius graphic novels as a color omnibus edition even as Studio Foglio is publishing volumes 10 and 11, completing the first great arc of the Girl Genius saga.

And Girl Genius is no longer confined to the English language and the United States, Alpha Entertainment of Copenhagen, Denmark will begin publication of a serial version of Girl Genius, in Danish, in their new magazine, Comic Party in spring 2011. In addition, various Girl Genius game licenses are expected to be released in 2011. Along with a re-issue of the critically acclaimed Girl Genius ‘The Works’ card game by Seattle based Bucephalus Games, iPhone and Facebooks games are in development.

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