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The Girl Genius website has a few types of "special pages" among or added to the web pages that make it up; that is, things that are not images of the pages of the comic themselves. These include short stories, paper dolls, real or imaginary book covers, uncolored versions of pages, storyboards, etc. There are also notes on many pages, both related and unrelated to the pages of the comic they are included on. Some notes are intended as annotations for a specific page or pages of the comic.

Some of these special pages are amusing, some are informative, and a few, at least, are of scholarly interest. This list is intended to aid the Girl Genius fan or researcher in finding the particular special page they are interested in. The pages are listed in the tables below (one for each volume that has special pages) and have have been categories with "tags" that have been listed before the tables.

Tags Edit

  • Above: A note in the text of the web page above the comic.
  • Alt: Alternative version of the comic page, such as black and white pencil drawing or storyboards sketches.
  • Art: Art in place of of the comic page (such as paper dolls), or added to it, or on an additional page published when a normal comic update isn't scheduled (such as cover art for the novels).
  • Award: A note about one of the Foglios' awards or a picture of one
  • Below: A note in the text of the web page below the comic.
  • Bottom: A note embedded at the bottom of the comic page image.
  • Comic: A note about the comic.
  • DPS1: Double-page spread single - a single page of a double-page spread, presented on an update page.
  • DPS2: Double-page spread double - both pages or part of both pages of a double-page spread, presented on an update page.
  • Error: A note about an error in the comic page or the corresponding printed page.
  • Extra: A posted on a day other than on a regular comic update day (does not include mis-dated comic updates).
  • Filler: A page posted on a regular comic update day that contains something other than a new page of the comic.
  • Guest: Art or writing by someone other than Phil or Kaja.
  • Health: A note mentioning a health-related issue of the Foglios (or other Studio Foglio member).
  • Joke: A piece of filler or additional art intended primarily as a joke.
  • Link: There are one or more links on this this page beyond the standard links present on all of the comic pages.
  • Panel: A modified or alternative version of a single panel.
  • Personal: A personal note about the Foglios or other members of Studio Foglio
  • Photo: A photograph is included on the comic web page.
  • Sched: A note about the convention, promotional appearance, vacation, or other schedule of the Foglios (or other Studio Foglio member).
  • Short: Short stories, such as "Revenge of the Weasel Queen."
  • Top: A note embedded at the top of the comic page image.
  • Video: An embedded video

Girl Genius Volume 1: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg ClankEdit

Date Notes Tags
Monday, January 6, 2003 Volume One Color Edition Erratum Above, Below, Comic, Error

Girl Genius Volume 2: Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship CityEdit

There are no special pages in volume 2.

Girl Genius Volume 3: Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster EngineEdit

There are no special pages in volume 3.

Girl Genius Volume 4: Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of DreamsEdit

Date Notes Tags
Monday, April 4, 2005 Welcome to the Girl Genius Online Advanced Class! Above, Comic
Sunday, April 17, 2005 Cover to Girl Genius comic issue 14[1] Above, Art, Comic, Extra
Friday, June 24, 2005 Last page of Girl Genius volume 4. Thank you to colorist Laurie E. Smith Above, Comic

Girl Genius Volume 5: Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork PrincessEdit

Date Notes Tags
Monday, June 27, 2005 Welcome to colorist Cheyenne Wright. Announcement of Cafe Press poster of double-page spread. Above, Comic, DPS2, Link
Monday, September 12, 2005 Gil ranting about being left out of the story. Below, Joke, Panel
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Note about text under mural of the Muses[2] Below, Comic
Friday, October 07, 2005 Kaja provides Jäger to English translation. Below, Comic
Monday, December 12, 2005 Note to introduce short story Fan Fiction by Shaenon K. Garrity[3] Above, Art, Filler, Link, Short
Wednesday, December 28, 2005 Note to signal return to main story. Above, Comic
Friday, March 03, 2006 Gil: "We're all Muppets" Below, Joke, Panel

Girl Genius Volume 6: Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden TrilobiteEdit

Date Notes Tags
Friday, March 10, 2006 Kaja's fake cover for volume 6 with wallpaper links. Art, Below, Filler, Link
Friday, March 24, 2006 Klaus: "Maybe this is all just some absinthe-fueled scientific romance." Below, Joke, Panel
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Two added pages[4] Above, Comic
Monday, May 15, 2006 Short story, "Personal Trainer," Note: Sometimes people ask us: "How do you do the same thing for years at a time and not get bored or go crazy?"[5] Above, Short
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 We now return to the ongoing story... Above, Comic
Friday, June 2, 2006 Agatha: "Hurry, Star Blazers!" Below, Joke, Panel
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Lucrezia-in-Agatha: "Oh, I'm sorry—not dolls. Action figures." Below, Joke, Panel
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 Agatha: "People of Europa—please, I need your help—does this dress make me look fat?" Below, DPS2, Joke, Panel

Girl Genius Volume 7: Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the CastleEdit

Date Notes Tags
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Larger, easier-to-read version of rumor mill page. Above, Comic, Link
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 The Mechanicsburg Tourism Song, a bespoke piece of quaint civic pride by Tom Smith Above, Below, Comic, DPS2 (2nd), Link, Guest
Friday, April 27, 2007 Zola: "But first…... a song!" Below, Joke, Panel
Monday, August 27, 2007 The Revenge of the Weasel Queen, Part One Above, Filler, Short
Monday, October 15, 2007 Heterodyne Spark Roast Coffee poster. Above, Art, Below, Filler, Link
Friday, December 28, 2007 The Revenge of the Weasel Queen, Part Two Above, Filler, Short
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Zeetha paper doll Above, Art, Filler, Joke, Short
Monday, January 14, 2008 Agatha paper doll Above, Art, Filler, Joke, Short
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Krosp paper doll Above, Art, Filler, Joke, Short
Tuesday, December 25, 2007 Santa Klaus Art, Extra, Joke

Girl Genius Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of BonesEdit

Date Notes Tags
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 Gil paper doll 1 Above, Art, Filler, Joke
Friday, May 9, 2008 Gil paper doll 2 Above, Art, Filler
Friday, November 21, 2008 Cinderella Above, Filler, Short, Joke

Girl Genius Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the StormEdit

Date Notes Tags
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Volume 9 online cover and downloadable wall paper. Above, Art, Below, Comic, Filler, Link
Friday, March 20, 2009 Note announcing first Hugo nomination. Above, Award, Comic
Monday, June 1, 2009 Revenge of the Weasel Queen, Part 3 Above, Filler, Short
Monday, August 10, 2009 Note announcing first Hugo win for Best Graphic Story of 2008. Above, Award, Comic, Link
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Second note announcing first Hugo win for Best Graphic Story of 2008. Above, Award, Comic, Link
Monday, August 17, 2009 First Hugo acceptance speech in comic form. Art, Award, Below, Comic, Filler, Joke, Link
Friday, September 4, 2009 Note that Phil and Kaja will be at Kumoricon and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Above, Link, Sched
Monday, September 21, 2009 "For so very many reasons, this is my current favorite Girl Genius page... ha! --Kaja" Above, Comic
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 "The Second Edition of Vol. 6 has two lovely new story pages."[6] Above, Comic, Link
Friday, October 2, 2009 "<3<3<3 Today is Phil and Kaja's sixteenth wedding anniversary! <3<3<3" Above, Personal
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Ad for www.spybattle.com featuring Agatha Heterodyne and Ardsley Wooster. Above, Art, Extra, Link
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Note about www.spybattle.com ad on previous page[7] Above, Link
Friday, October 30, 2009 Great Movement Chamber double-page spread Above, DSP2, Link
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Windycon thank-you note Above, Link, Sched
Friday, December 11, 2009 Holiday hilarity break: Maxim's Exciting Hat Story! Art, Bottom, Filler, Joke

Girl Genius Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian MuseEdit

Date Notes Tags
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 This page was originally posted in black and white because Cheyenne had been admitted to the hospital with what turned out to be a heart attack. The previous, uncolored version of the page with the original note embedded in the comic page image is below the colored image. Alt, Below, Comic, Health, Top
Friday, February 26, 2010 This page was originally posted in black and white because Cheyenne was about to be let out of the hospital. The previous, uncolored version of the page with the original note embedded in the comic page image is below the colored image. Alt, Below, Comic, Health, Top
Monday, March 1, 2010 This page was originally posted in black and white because Cheyenne had just come back from the hospital. The previous, uncolored version of the page with the original note embedded in the comic page image is below the colored image. Alt, Below, Comic, Health, Top
Monday, April 12, 2010 Girl Genius: Special Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition Installment, long enthusiastic note about Steampunk conventions Above, Art, Bottom, Filler, Link
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Maxim Buys a Hat, with note about Cheyenne's heart attack, explaining that Katrina Hao served as guest colorist for this short story to allow Cheyenne to finish coloring the re-release of Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank without being "killed by overwork." Above, Art, Filler, Health, Short
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Note: "We're back to the main storyline, and putting the finishing touches on the color version of Volume One!" Above, Comic
Thursday, October 14, 2010 Best Graphic Story of 2008 Hugo Award trophy! Above, Award, Extra, Link, Photo

Girl Genius Volume 11: Agatha Heterodyne and the Hammerless BellEdit

Date Notes Tags
Friday, November 5, 2010 Agatha's library double-page spread Above, Comic, DSP2
Friday, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Note about the imminent birth of Cheyenne and wife Eli's child, with Gil and Agatha "baby picture" Above, Art, Filler, Personal
Monday, January 17, 2011 Note: Girl Genius Day, pre-order of first Girl Genius novel Above, Comic
Monday, February 28, 2011 Note about a goof in the comic: And now, in "Sometimes This Happens" Theater: Whoa! Instaboob! (The best part is that it took all three of us to manage this one!) Below, Comic, Error, Panel
Friday, April 15, 2011 Second Hugo acceptance speech: Jäger Style; scroll down for photo of award Above, Art, Award, Comic, Filler, Joke, Photo
Monday, April 18, 2011 Note: Portable trebuchet Kickstarter project Above, Link
Monday, Friday, April 29, 2011 Scroll down to see photo of Steamcon's Airship Award for Girl Genius Award, Below, Bottom, Photo, Top
Monday, Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Gaslight Gathering thank you Above, Link, Sched
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 World Steam Expo thank you, On the Ground in Mechanicsburg double-page spread Above, Comic, DSP1, Link
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Scroll down to see the black and white sketch version of page; it got to Cheyenne too late to be colored in time for the original publication date because Kaja was in the hospital Alt, Below, Comic, Health, Top
Friday, June 24, 2011 Note: Kaja was just was released from the hospital Health, Top
Monday, August 1, 2011 Note at bottom of page: "As of this page, the numbering changes to match what will be in the printed book. We'll sort out the earlier online page numbering later. Maybe." Bottom, Comic
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Third Hugo acceptance speech in comic form, announcement that Girl Genius will be removed from consideration for the following year Above, Art, Award, Filler, Joke
Friday, November 4, 2011 Double-page spread that ends volume 11. Above, DSP2, Link

Girl Genius Volume 12: Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of MechanicsburgEdit

Date Notes Tags
Friday, December 16, 2011 The second (schneaky)[8] half of the "Welcome Home Jägers" double-page spread DSP1, Link
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Phil's storyboard for this page is shown. ("Dude! You are on my gaming table!")[9] Below, Alt, Art, Joke
Friday, February 10, 2012 Phil displays Kaja's homemade forgery of a Nippon 2007 Hugo Award. Award, Below, Photo, Joke
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Cover of second Girl Genius novel as part of poster for Phil and Kaja's appearance at the Seattle's University Bookstore Art, Extra, Sched
Friday, May 4, 2012 Tarvek's fashion sense detects a disturbance in the force Below, Joke, Panel
Friday, August 3, 2012 Announcement of the Foglios visit to Congenial in the UK, volume 11 preorders shipping Above, Comic, Link, Sched
Monday, August 6, 2012 Announcement of the Foglios visit to Congenial in the UK, volume 11 preorders shipping, Congratulations, NASA! Above, Comic, Link, Sched
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Announcement of the Foglios visit to Congenial in the UK, volume 11 preorders shipping Above, Comic, Link, Sched
Monday, August 13, 2012 "It's still Monday...and I'm back in North America! Cambridge is wonderful, and we had a fantastic time. Now I'm going to get some sleep!"[10] Above, Comic, Sched
Thursday, October 25, 2012 The Lady Heterodyne Airship Regatta & Fancy Hat Party poster Art, Extra

Girl Genius Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping CityEdit

Date Notes Tags
Saturday, December 22, 2012 Gizmocracy Kickstarter thank you and paper doll Amazing Sartorial Character-Enhancement Engine announcement. Art, Comic, Extra
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Get well card for Kaja, featuring Agatha, by Batton Lash. Art, Bottom, Health, Guest, Top
Monday, December 31, 2012 Pokémon trainer Gil: "Agatha! I choose you!" Below, Joke, Panel
Monday, Friday, April 19, 2013 2013 Hugo nominations for best graphic story (without Girl Genius) announcement Art, Award, Comic, Filler, Joke
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Volume 12 and reprint frenzy Kickstarter announcement poster featuring the Heterodyne Library Art, Comic, Extra
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Volume 12 Kickstarter: art for Jäger patches Art, Bottom
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Tarvek paper doll (Gil and Tarvek can wear the same clothes; scroll down for Tarvek.) Art, Bottom, Filler, Joke, Top
Friday, July 19, 2013 Bang paper doll Art, Bottom, Filler, Joke, Top
Monday, July 22, 2013 von Zinzer paper doll Art, Bottom, Filler, Joke, Top
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Mamma Gkika paper doll Art, Bottom, Filler, Joke, Top
Thursday, July 25, 2013 Volume 12 Kickstarter survey reminder and picture of the medal rewards Art, Bottom, Comic, Extra, Photo
Friday, July 26, 2013 Baron Wulfenbach paper doll Art, Bottom, Filler, Joke, Top
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Agatha's bad hair day minicomic, note about Phil and Kaja's artistic differences, new paper dolls announcement Comic, Filler, Joke, Short, Top
Friday, October 25, 2013 Agatha's bad hair day minicomic, second and final page Filler, Joke, Short
Monday, October 28, 2013 Girl Genius Volume 12 Kickstarter: Project Status Monitor. This has been placed below many of the following pages of the comic. The remaining occurrences won't be listed individually. Art, Below
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Second page of Mechanicsburg "time-freeze bubble" double page spread, with link to full image Above, Comic, DSP1, Link
Friday, December 13, 2013 Girl Genius merchandise shopping guide. This has been placed below many of the following pages of the comic. The remaining occurrences won't be listed individually. Below, Link
Monday, December 30, 2013 The Foglios announce that they are taking a break and that Christopher Baldwin will be guest artist for a fill-in comic. Art, Comic, Filler, Joke, Sched
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 In the Sub-basement Chromatic Laboratory of Professor Wright. Art, Comic, Extra, Joke, Sched
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 First page of the adaptation of the radio play "Minor Heroes" as the comic "Small Problems" with art by Christopher Baldwin. Art, Comic, Filler, Guest, Joke, Sched, Short

Girl Genius Act 2 Volume 1Edit

Date Notes Tags
Monday, March 3, 2014 Start of Act 2, thank you to Christopher Baldwin. Above, Comic
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Dimo paper doll. Art, Filler, Joke
Friday, April 25, 2014 Oggie paper doll. Art, Filler, Joke
Monday, April 28, 2014 Maxim paper doll. Art, Filler, Joke
Monday, August 11, 2014 Note, presumably from Kaja: "…and with that (poor Gil, his life is hard…) we're off to the UK and the World Science Fiction Convention! Watch for the 6-page interlude by Cheyenne Wright, beginning Wednesday!" Comic, Sched, Top
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Page 1 of short story Homecoming King. Note at bottom of page (in image): "Story, lineart, colors, & lettering by a very tired Cheyenne Wright" Bottom, Filler, Guest, Short
Friday, August 15, 2014 Page 2 of short story Homecoming King. Note at bottom of page (in image): "Story, lineart, colors, & lettering by the Hyborian Cheyenne Wright" Bottom, Filler, Guest, Short
Monday, August 18, 2014 Page 3 of short story Homecoming King. Note at bottom of page (in image): "Story, lineart, colors, & lettering by the hypnotic Cheyenne Wright" Bottom, Filler, Guest, Short
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Page 4 of short story Homecoming King. Note at bottom of page (in image): "Story, lineart, colors, & lettering by the eternal Cheyenne Wright" Bottom, Filler, Guest, Short
Friday, August 22, 2014 Page 5 of short story Homecoming King. Note at bottom of page (in image): "Story, lineart, colors, & lettering by the insufferable Cheyenne Wright" Bottom, Filler, Guest, Short
Monday, August 25, 2014 Page 6 of short story Homecoming King. Note at bottom of page (in image): "Story, lineart, colors, & lettering by the maniacal Cheyenne Wright" Bottom, Filler, Guest, Short
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 The Foglios announce (in comic form) that they have returned from LonCon, where they were nominated for the Hugo for Best Graphic Story, but lost to Randall Munroe's Time and list the remaining nominees. They also mention that next year's WorldCon will be in Spokane, WA. Award, Comic, Filler, Joke, Sched
Friday, August 29, 2014 "Professors Foglio & Foglio accept the chilling ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!" Below, Joke, Video
Monday, September 1, 2014 "Stuff and Nonsense Teaser Video" Below, Joke, Video
Friday, September 19, 2014 "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHEYENNE-and many happy returns of the day! YAY! Oh, and also: YARRRR!" Above, Personal
Friday, December 26, 2014 "A Wallpaper for the End of the Year!—A Lovely Present: Longer arms for the dinosaurs! Yay!" Art, Below, Link
Wednesday. December 31, 2014 Paper doll of Agatha in weasel pajamas and undergarments. Art, Filler, Joke
Friday, January 2, 2015 Paper doll costumes: Callipygian t-shirt, stylish rags, royal ball gown. Art, Filler, Joke

See AlsoEdit

References

  1. This cover was never used on a printed comic book because the initial publication of Girl Genius had moved to the website by this point.
  2. It reads: "The tiny writing below the picture of the muses simply states that this is the fresco from the west interior tympanum, Tarsus Hall, Transylvania Polygnostic University."
  3. There is a note at the top of every page of this short story to inform the reader of what is going on. The wording is slightly different for most of the notes.
  4. The annotation on this web page is incomplete and confusing. At the top of the page it says,"Here are two pages we added to the collected comics. That happens sometimes... Make sure to scroll down to the second page, if you want to read both!" But the two pages were added at different times to different print editions. The upper page image is a new page that was added to the first print edition of volume VI. The lower page image is the first of two new pages that were added to the second print edition of volume VI, to fix the double-page spread pagination problems that remained after the initial new page was added to volume VI. The second new page that was added to the second print edition of volume VI occurs much later on the web site and in the printed book. For more information see the PDF file the Professors posted so that owners of the first print edition of volume VI could fix their books. See Double-page spreads in Girl Genius for more information.
  5. "Sometimes people ask us: 'How do you do the same thing for years at a time and not get bored or go crazy?' The answer is simple. When you start getting the blahs, take a break and do something different. (And, it is to be hoped, FUN.) Well, here you have our mini-vacation, a four-page short story by Phil called 'Personal Trainer.' We hope you find it as fun as we did!"
  6. "The Second Edition of Vol. 6 has two lovely new story pages. But don't buy a whole new book just for two pages. Instead, download the PDF I've put on our Free Stuff page, and add them to the First Edition you already have! It's a rainy-day DIY project!" The link Kaja gives in this note is currently incorrect. You can download the PDF file from this link.
  7. "Hey, Phil did an ad for www.spybattle.com! It stars Agatha and Wooster, and you can see the whole thing here..."
  8. "Sneaky" because the first page of the spread is designed to look like a single-page piece of art, with a black border all the way around. Normally, the first page of a double-page spread is missing the black border from the right edge of the page.
  9. "Kaja here. Phil draws the storyboards on typing paper. Sometimes, we already have a pretty good idea of the exact dialog at that point, so the storyboard scripts are very close to what ends up on the page. On the other hand, sometimes they're like this…"
  10. This note refers to the fact that the comic update for this day barely made it online by midnight on Monday in the Foglios time zone, so their on time record for posting pages was still unbroken at this point.

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