Girl Genius hits the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Submitted by El Santo on July 24, 2009 - 15:56
Passing on some news for you Northwest readers. Nicole Nathan of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center e-mailed me that the Foglios will be having a Girl Genius exhibit in Portland from August 14 â€“ September 20, 2009. (Thanks for the shout-out in the press release, by the way!) From the site:
Girl Genius is a self-described â€œgaslamp fantasy comicâ€ and the brainchild of creators Phil and Kaja Folio from Seattle, Washington. Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will host a selection of original artwork from the collection of the creators spanning the run of the story from its initial publishing in 2001 through to the soon-to-be-released Volume 8. This artwork, along with text illustrating the process and history of the story give the public a chance to see a strong female lead characterâ€”rare in mainstream comics.
The story features â€œadventure, romance and some mad scienceâ€ and the title character is Agatha Heterodyne. In an interview with Comic Book Resources News Phil Foglio describes the heroine, â€œOur story concerns Agatha Heterodyne, the long lost and here-to-for unsuspected heir to an ancient family of mad scientists who everyone had thought safely long gone. Because of who and what she is, everyone either wants to control her or kill her. Comedy ensues.â€
The creators will also be on hand to perform a radio play at 3pm on Saturday, September 5, at the Legacy Center as part of Oregon Nikkei Endowmentâ€™s Street Party. The Foglios will also be participating in this yearâ€™s Kumoricon anime convention held at the Portland Hilton.
Girl Genius is a nominee for the Best Graphic Story in science fictionâ€™s 2009 Hugo Awards, and the 2008 winner for both Outstanding Comic and Outstanding Writer from the Web Cartoonistsâ€™ Choice Award. Girl Genius is loved by devoted comic readers and new fans alike. â€œGirl Genius, from start to finish is pure, unadulterated funâ€¦ with almost every page, I had a blast and a hunger for more ADVENTURE, ROMANCE, and MAD SCIENCEâ€ â€“ The Webcomic Overlook
Tuesday â€“ Saturday 11 am to 3 pm, Sundays noon to 3 pm. Admission is $3 (free for Friends of the Legacy Center).
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
My own review of Girl Genius can be found here.