reasons to read girl genius
but first, some reasons not to read girl genius:
*the art gets kinda weird:
-the artist isn’t interested in super realistic body proportions but more in dynamic movement, which means sometimes you have weird perspective or lopsided limbs or two people who are supposed to be on the same plan but one looks oddly bigger;
-the faces, especially the noses and the eye position, are pretty deformed and some people find them really ugly. since this is a visual story, a visual urgh reaction is a perfectly good reason not to get into it, though most people do get used to the style — some don’t.
*it gets pretty over the top plot-wise? :X (BUT IN A FUN WAY ;_;)
*you don’t like steampunk/adventure/political clusterfucks.
*it’s HELLA FUCKING LONG and only entered the story’s second part after TWELVE YEARS ahhhghgu kjkkjj. Some of the arcs can drag on a bit too. if you like short stories or stuff that has payoff pretty soon, it’s probably not for you.
*probably others idk.
Now have some proselytizing! REASONS TO READ GIRL GENIUS.
-It is unfailingly updated three times a week and has been for 12 years.
*also it won several prestigious awards, to the point the authors decided to refuse the following Hugo Awards nominations cause that wasn’t fair for the rest of them.
-The universe is a ton of fun. This runs on the premises that mad geniuses are real, that they do attract minions, and they do break the laws of physics and cause havoc with their unchecked creations. There are automatons, some sentient, there are constructed or altered beings, there is strange “science”, and most of Europa is a wasteland due to aforementioned unchecked creations. Towns have to be protected by walls.
-The writers knows their tropes — and fuck with them joyfully.
-tons of jokes! this is not a glum story. It does have its moments of angst and rage and woe, but it also gets pretty hilarious.
-THE CHARACTERS OH YES PLZ TAKE ME.
*the first two colorists were pretty good, and the third — who has done the majority of the work — is downright excellent.
*backgrounds are full of details, some fun jokes, really nice backgrounds in general
*super lively style! (if you can deal with the faces.)
-AGATHA HETERODYNE, the hero of the story. I say hero not heroine because
She really doesn’t.
*She doesn’t know it to start with, but she is the daughter of The Hero and The Evil Scientist’s Beautiful Daughter, and she has to deal with both sides of her heritage. (it doesn’t help that her father and uncle were heroes, but every single ancestor on their side of her family before them were, actually, the evil conqueror type, and everyone is afraid she will revert to type.)
*She is described and drawn as a big girl — curvy and meaty. (actually most of the girls are pretty statuesque.)
*She starts out as a normal-ish town-living girl with insecurities and fears, but even when she was a normal girl she WOULD try to fight — and after she gets the tools to fight with? Boy does she not hesitate.
*AGENCYYYYY EVERYWHERE. She decides where to go, what to do — and when people block her options? She makes more.
—She has two suitors. SHE decides to encourage them (or not). SHE tells them to cut the stupid flirting they have more important shit to do. They both respect and admire her (sometimes they’re dumb macho boys, and she tells them to can it.) A man manages to intimidate her with physical threats that verge on the sexual — once. (she gets him back.) After that she starts learning to fight back effectively and wowza. She’s not a martial artist but she does not hesitate.
-female friendships~ actually all sorts of friendships but yes
*also female competence and badassitude
-The other characters:
*The Heroic Son Of The Despot (suitor 1)
*The Sneaky And Treacherous But Noble Underneath Snake (suitor 2)
*Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, reluctant despot but by god if he’s going to have to be a despot he’s going to be a REALLY GOOD ONE. takes his peace through superior firepower thing very seriously. The antagonist, and what a competent one.
*WARRIOR-PRINCESS ZEETHA >:O
*THE PACK OF CHEERFUL, IMMORTAL WAR MONSTERS WHO ARE LOYAL TO THE DEATH TO THEIR MASTER’S FAMILY~ and play dumb and silly to relax people who are scared of them or cause them to be underestimated and and and JAEGERS FUCKING RULE oh my god is my loyalty kink getting a workout with them.
*Moloch Von Zinzner, eternal straight man (“I AM NOT YOUR MINION!!!” “yeah ok but can you help me” “oh, yeah, sure.”)
*the castle T^T you crazy bastard you
*idk everyone oh god i love them all T^T
-EPICNESS ALL UP IN THAT BITCH.
-also the romance ahhhh. both suitors have their good points and their not so good points, Agatha doesn’t let it distract her, and THERE ARE BOTH IN AND OUT OF UNIVERSE HINTS THAT IT MIGHT BE RESOLVED BY A THREESOME :D :D :D :D
*ok it might also end in a classical twosome because one of the guys is given a bit more markers that he’s “the one” but the two guys have a complicated past that has nothing to do with Agatha and they’re massively important to each other in pretty painful/hopeful/messy ways, people are taking bets on who she’ll choose (one in five that she’ll keep both! several of her ancestors had harems, there’s in-universe precedent!) and there’s a non-canon Cinderella sidestory AU where she does end up keeping both. anyway there’s no “make one of the options secretly evil or thoroughly unlikeable”, and both options come with major political complications that she MUST keep in mind. Love triangle done right!
*it’s a ton of fun okay.
Moon flowers, yes? My grandmother loved these, we have them planted in our garden :)
looks like something out of Coraline :o
I have a story. We used to have a bunch of these outside our house. They really do open up like this as soon as it gets dark and they release this wonderful smell. My family used to go outside every day and watch them open. But what they don’t tell you is that bugs love them. When it gets hot out they’ll crawl inside them to keep cool. So one day little me, I was probably like 13, put my nose right down by it so I could smell it as it was opening… and a huge ass jumping spider launched itself at my face. Don’t trust the moon flowers. They’re full of horror.
That’s true in more ways than one. Moonflowers are actually datura - angel’s trumpets. They’re very toxic, and have been use for hundreds of years as a poison and hallucinogen.
Who’s a good boy? You’re a good boy!
Who devours the flesh of mortals? You devour the flesh of mortals!
Poseable “Cerberus in a Can” now available in our Etsy shop.
good product, good design and packaging, great photos, A+++