The evil mastermind behind one of the biggest comic series on the web, the “gaslamp romance/steampunk” graphic novel “Girl Genius” joins me for a talk about his world. Phil Foglio has been around for many years, and we talk about how his experiences, both good and bad, have lead him down his path. From “Dragon Magazine” and TSR Games in the ’80s, through his “Buck Godot” days, and to his current “Girl Genius” empire, we talk about it all. We also get into a great discussion on the philosophy of steampunk and what its allure is for its many fans. Phil is a mainstay at conventions, especially the San Diego Comic Con, where he and his wife and co-writer, Kaja, are the hosts for the annual costume contest there. We talk about the importance of cons, and how they’re evolving.
In the promotion department, be sure to head over to Norm Feuti’s “Gill,” which is back after a summer hiatus. “Gill” is easily one of the best web comic strips you will read…beautiful art, great characters, and Norm can bring the funny. Welcome back, Norm!
And, it’s apparently awards season out there. If you enjoy listening to podcasts like mine, or podcasts in general, head over to the Podcast Awards, and send some love out to the shows you like. There are a bunch of categories, so if you follow political, sports, movies, arts, travel, finance, or many other types of podcasts, this is a great time to give them some recognition. There’s no “comics” category, but if you’d like, put a shout out to me in the “General” category.
There’s also a webcomic awards thing going on over at Webcomic Planet. Here’s a chance to send some recognition out to your favorite webcomics. We all know that the vast majority of the stuff we look at out there is a labor of love for the most part, so getting a nomination would be a great reward and motivation. Nominate your favorite strips for their art, writing, main characters, design, etc. They have a “Community” category, so if you’re so inclined, give “Tall Tale Features” a nod.