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Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby – Day Three

Okay, so we had the Top 100 Comic Book Runs List. I even went a little further, and showed you the NEXT fifty-six runs on the list. But what about those runs that were less supported? THEY have their fans, too, right? So each weekday (so long as I have pieces to run), I’m going to take a look at some runs who did not make the top 158, but were still quite loved by readers out there!

Here’s the third run!


Phil Foglio’s Girl Genius – 12 points (1 first place vote)

Girl Genius #1-13, plus online since then at www.girlgenius.net.

Girl Genius is about an alternate reality where (this is a great line) “the Industrial Revolution has become an all-out war,” or basically, it’s a steampunk comic where the Sparks have brought super technology to the world.

Agatha is the star of the book, one of the “sparks,” peoples who contain the “spark” that gives them the ability to be super powerful scientists.

Most Sparks are jerks, but Agatha comes from two GOOD sparks, her father and her uncle, the heroic Heterodyne Boys.

The series was a fun adventure series that Foglio stopped making in stand-alone issues with #13.

From then on, he’s done the series as a web-comic, coming out with print collections about once a year.

Here’s Jeff R. on why he gave this his #1 pick…

Phil Foglio is quite possibly the single most underrated creator in the comics business, so I wasn’t overly surprised to not see Girl Genius (his only non-limited series work to date) show up in the top 100. The fact that he is, in words and in pictures, extremely funny tends to distract people from the fact that he (alone his own in earlier work and collaborating with his wife, Kaja on Girl Genius) is capable of compelling characterization, engrossing world building, and intricate plots, all of which Girl Genius delivers in vast castle-sized airship loads.

Girl Genius is the story of Agatha Heterodyne. In a world where ‘the industrial revolution has become an all-out war’, she is a ‘spark': capable of amazing feats of Mad Science. It’s a steampunk-sorry, ‘gaslamp fantasy’ action adventure with zeppelins, high-voltage discharges, and lots and lots of hats.

But why should I explain much more of the plot. Like most of the runs on the list published in the last ten years or so, Girl Genius can be found for free on the internet. Unlike most of those, it can be found so legally, at www.girlgenius.net. The story started in normal, comic-book form, with thirteen issues and one special printed before the Foglios moved it to the web, and the collections of the story still come out in dead-tree format about once a year.

Thanks, Jeff!


Piggy-backing off of the price-of-comics thread, I think it’s worth mentioning that cartoonists like Foglio and Onstadt of Achewood make their living with publicly-accessible web comics. When the only barrier to holding a readership is literally holding their attention, how much of what’s displayed in the comic stores can claim they can do even that? That if they gave it away, they still wouldn’t be met with indifference?

Jaagers seyz this is good comic. Thees comic does not cause you to lose your hat when mad. Therefore thees is good comic. You not want to make Jaagers mad, no?

Easily one of the best web comics out there and a personal favourite of mine ever since I spent most of a day catching up on it after finding it for the first time!

Art, story, characterisation, plotting… everything about GG is great. And that’s without mentioning just how unusual and downright inventive the world in which Agatha’s adventures are set is.

GG is vastly better than 99% of everything published, and better than a lot of the remaining 1%, too.

If there’s ever a top 100 web comics poll, it’ll be close to the top of my list.

I hadn’t even thought about this one, which is pretty sad of me since i check it out every time it updates. Definitely would have made my top ten list.


I bought and enjoyed the first collection of this, but unfortunately it seems to perpetually occupy the “Oh, yeah, I should get back to reading that!” slot of my brain. Someday, I promise, I’ll actually buy the second book. :)

I don’t generally think of Girl Genius in the same way that I think of Marvel and DC, but unlike most webcomics, Girl Genius reads much better in a collected format than it does a page at a time. The story so far is certainly better than anything I’ve read from Marvel or DC lately.

I tried Girl Genius, but I felt a little indifferently to it.

Reading these, I’m led to thing lovingly of what would have been my #1: Strikeforce: Morituri. I love that damn book.


May 22, 2008 at 11:55 am

Brian, I think this is a great feature to supplement the top 100(and 58) runs – do you have any idea how long you’re thinking of running with it?

Love this series.

That is all.

Brian, I think this is a great feature to supplement the top 100(and 58) runs – do you have any idea how long you’re thinking of running with it?

As long as I get run essays, I’ll keep posting them! :)

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