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Volume summary: Volume 8 of Act 2

The graphic novels in the canon currently consist of twenty complete volumes and one that is currently ongoing. Nineteen of these have been (or soon will be) published in printed form. The completed twentieth and ongoing twenty-first volumes are available on the web for free, as are all of the previously printed volumes.

Starting with the fourteenth volume, the story has now entered Act 2 and the volume numbers have started over at one. Volumes in Act 2 will be identified in the chronology by the act number, a dash, and then the volume number; for example, Act 2, Volume 1 (overall volume number 14) will be identified as 2-1. Eventually, references in these chronologies to the volumes in the first part, Act 1, will be renumbered to match. While "Act 1" and "Act 2" were originally used by the Foglios to refer to the two parts of Girl Genius, eventually they settled on The First Journey of Agatha Heterodyne and The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne as the official names for the two sections.

The chronology pages describe the comics to assist scholars in finding the page on which something occurred. For each comic, the chronology pages identify the characters that appear, actions taken, significant quotes, and other things of interest. Section titles are from the canon unless otherwise noted.

For a partial timeline of the events in the comic, see Internal Chronology.

For more information on the double-page spreads in this volume, see double-page spreads in Girl Genius.

For more information on special pages in this volume, see the list of special pages, notes, and annotations.

Chronology Overview         Internal Chronology
Key Book red = First page of volume                 Calendar metal = chronology                 Cast multicolor = cast
Act 1 1 Book red

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Act 2 1 Book red

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(!) sparking          <   in flashback
(*) heterodyning      >   in flashforward? (time portal)
~   imagined          =   in flash-concurrent
%   recorded image    #   stored/copied personality

---First Page of VOLUME 21 (Act 2: BOOK EIGHT) Edit

"Welcome back, brave warriors." (non-canon) Edit

Location: Albia's Palace in Londinium, England.[1]

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2020-04-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 001
Forum:2020-04-27 (Monday)
Albia, A Great Many Onlookers, Whoever is in the Submarine
We see a vast chamber that seems to be a ceremonial submarine dock. Banners, which include the Union Jack, are hung above platforms on either side of a channel of water. Albia, who has enlarged herself to titanic size, occupies a higher platform at the back of the scene, fronted by a very broad stairway that extends down to the water. She is wearing armor and bears a trident and a shield emblazoned with a Union Jack. In the central channel, a submarine is approaching the rear dock where Albia is making a speech, welcoming back the submariners. While none of the occupants of the vessel are shown, presumably it contains Agatha and company, members of the Queen's Society Dome Kitchen Staff, Deepdwellers, and so on. On the platforms is a vast crowd of beings gathered to welcome the returning submarine and its occupants. Everyone, except Albia, is drawn to a very small scale, so it is hard to be sure who (or what) they all are, but on the lowest platforms are ranks of what could be soldiers, guards, sailors, and maintenance/support staff. On a higher platform to the left is a crowd of what may be Albia's Octopode subjects . On a similar raised platform to the right, a brass band is playing. On either side of Albia are people who may be courtiers, dignitaries, visitors, important guests, and other VIPs.
Albia: "Welcome back, brave warriors."
News: A report from Kaja on the progress of the Queens and Pirates Kickstarter.
2020-04-29 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 002
Forum:2020-04-29 (Wednesday)
Albia, Zentai Ninjas, Sailors, Soldiers(?), Violetta, Martellus, Gil, Agatha, Zeetha, Tarvek, Maxim, Oggie, Agatha's Wasp eater, Krosp, Dimo, Trelawney, His Serenity, Gooblot
Albia recites the names of those who died and no one who hears her will ever foget them. Agatha and her companions all react to the ceremony in their own ways. His Serenity heads toward his audience with Albia, but is disappointed that "Lady Heterodyne" is not there (although she is). Gooblot reminds him that she is in her "land form" (that is, not longer in the mermaid costume ). His Serenity acknowlegdes this, but still seems disappointed. Agatha doesn't care for Zeetha's attempt to help.
Violetta: "What a moving ceremony."
Martellus: "Yes. I…still remember all of their names."
Gil: "My father once mentioned this. Albia spoke their names. We'll remember those names the rest of our lives."
Agatha: "That was amazing."
Zeetha: "That's the power of a Queen."
Tarvek: "Now, how would you duplicate that?"
Commodore Ardsley Roland Wooster, Captain Simon Varius Thornton, Midship[man] Horat[io] Johnat[han] Bowd[en], My Father (Klaus Wulfenbach), Queen (Ancient God-Queens), Fumblefin
Later—
Caption, upper left corner of panel 2.
News: A report from Kaja on the progress of the Queens and Pirates Kickstarter.

Sweet New Fashion (non-canon) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.[1]

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2020-05-01 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 003
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Martellus, Xerxsephnia (Seffie), Sparafucile, Albia
Marellus and Sparafucile are standing on either side of Seffie, whose identity is completely concealed by a hooded cloak. As Martellus comments that they are no longer where the action is, Albia appears behind them. She is displeased to have Martellus show up without warning. He offers an explanation and apology, saying that they intended to present themselves to Albia when…presentable. Albia demands to know who is under the cloak and removes it. Seffie is revealed with candy in her hair. (It got there due to turbulence one the submarine during breakfast.) Seffie is embarrassed and lies, telling Albia it is a new Parisian fashion. Albia is delighted and invites to her party, insisting that she show off her new hairdo. Seffie doesn't dare refuse the invitation and is distressed and dismayed that she has to keep wearing food in her hair.
Albia: "Princess Xerxsephnia, we presume. Ah—is that—"
Seffie: "Couture de Sucreries, Your Majesty. I have only just come from Paris."
Albia: "Well. You look absolutely charming! You simply must wear it at tonight's celebratory revels."
Seffie: "Me?"
Albia: "Of course! You shall attend as our special guest! Our court is simply insatiable for the new fashions from Paris. They will adore you! For now, Lord Womble will show you to private quarters, where you may refresh yourselves and prepare."
Seffie and Martellus (together): "Thank you, Your Majesty."
Seffie (whispered): "Am I going to have to wear food in my hair all day?"
Martellus (whispered): "The waiters did warn us that the sub was about to launch—"
The Throne of the Storm King, Our (Albia's) Realm (England), Couture de Sucreries, Paris, Lord Womble News: It's Phil's birthday and Kaja is making cake. Also, a report on the progress of the Queens and Pirates Kickstarter.

The Royal Princesses Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-05-04 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 004
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Mary[2], Rosie[2][3], Neena[3], Sturdy Blonde[3]
Royal Palace, Mama (Albia), Hail the Heroes of the Galloping Waves, Deepdwellers, Leviathans, The Lady Heterodyne (Agatha)
2020-05-06 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 005
Forum:2020-05-06 (Wednesday)
Sturdy Blonde[3], Neena[3], Mary, Rosie[3]
Mama/Her Majesty (Albia), Young Baron Wulfenbach (Gil), Miss Thorpe (Trelawney), The Storm King, Prince Tarvek, Martellus, A Princess of Some Heathen Place Called Skifander (Zeetha), The Subcontinent, The Americas, The Emperor of All Cats (Krosp), Princess Xerxsephnia von Blitzengaard, The Continent (Europa)

Getting Dressed Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-05-08 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 006
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Agatha, Violetta, Zeetha
Agatha: "You have got to be kidding."
Violetta: "Nonsense! This beauty was sent over by the Dressmaker to the Royal Princesses! It's the absolute height of fashion—and this is only the foundation! I haven't even begun with the froufrou!"
Zeetha: "Yeah, there's a whole separate box of it."
Meanwhile—
Caption, upper left corner of large, full-page panel.
2020-05-11 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 007
Forum:2020-05-11 (Monday)
Agatha, Zeetha, Seffie[4], Violetta
Sparafucile

Lady Steelgarter Plans a Trip Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-05-13 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 008
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Ariadne Steelgarter, Astarte, Madwa Korel
Steelgarter: "I hate those horrible rats!"
Violetta Mondarev, Lady Heterodyne (Agatha), Monahan (Francisia Monahan)

The Ball Begins Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-05-15 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 009
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Witherspoon (voice only), Unidentified Speaker (voice only), Arriving Party Guests
The Ladies Fashion Extravaganza[5], The Lady Heterodyne (Agatha), Lord Snapdragon
2020-05-18 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 010
Forum:2020-05-18 (Monday)
Gil, Tarvek, Martellus, Other Party Guests
Agatha, Europa, Heterodyne shows
2020-05-20 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 011
Forum:2020-05-20 (Wednesday)
Seffie, Agatha, Violetta[6], Zeetha, Coach Driver, Crowd of Onlookers
Cursed Waters, Deepdwellers, Queen (Albia), Madwa, Uncle Tiktok (Dio Zardeliv), Four-Armed Witch (Ariadne Steelgarter), My (Zeetha's) Mother (Zantabraxus)
2020-05-22 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 012
Forum:2020-05-22 (Friday)
Gil, Tarvek, Martellus, Seffie, Agatha, Violetta
Violetta: "All right, cousin. What's your scheme?"
[…]
Tarvek: "Why, I just thought it would be nice to let Wulfenbach talk to Agatha as himself. In his own words."
Violetta: "Ah. Devious."
Tarvek: "Oh, yes."

Agatha and Gil Share a Dance Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-05-25 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 013
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Gil, Agatha, Violetta, Tarvek
Violetta: "Huh. Looks like he's doing okay."
Tarvek: "Of course he is! He isn't saying anything!"

The Senior Royal Princesses (non-canon) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.[1]

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2020-05-27 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 014
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Older Princesses of the Realm, Rosie, Neena, Other Younger Princesses of the Realm
2020-05-29 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 015
Forum:2020-05-29 (Friday)
Gil, Agatha, Rakethorn, Other Party Guests (in background), Trelawney, Seffie, Martellus
Lucrezia, Your (Gil's) Father (Klaus Wulfenbach)

Tarvek Has a Surprise Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-06-01 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 016
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Zeetha, Princess[3], Other Party Guests, Tarvek, Higgs, Orotine[7]
Zeetha seems to be enjoying herself at Albia's party. She dances with one of the Princesses, then chats with Tarvek, saying she is disappointed that Higgs didn't come. (Higgs is there, posing as a waiter.) Tarvek and Zeetha dance (Zeetha leads, to Tarvek's discomfiture). Tarvek speculates that the members of Agatha's company are being deliberately kept apart; Rakethorn is dancing with Agatha and Trelawney with Gil. Just as Tarvek opines that no one is targeting him, he is greeted by the Muse Orotine.
Tarvek: "Heh. On the other hand, nobody's been coming after me, so I guess I'm not a target…besides, who could they possibly throw at me?"
Orotine: "Pardon me, but are you Tarvek Sturmvarous?"
Tarvek (last word shouted): "I—I…Orotine?"
Orotine: "Welcome to England, Your Majesty."
One of Her Majesty's Jack Tars, Agatha, Rakethorn, Miss Thorpe (Trelawney), Gil

Albia's Big Entrance (non-canon) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.[1]

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2020-06-03 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 017
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Seffie, Martellus, Captain Bellows[8][9], Royal Trumpeters, Royal Door Openers, Albia, Albia's Retinue
Seffie and Martellus are dancing and talking. Their conversation is interrupted as Albia, with a great deal of fanfare, makes an entrance. She appears as a dark-skinned giantess in a military uniform, has expanded her halo of stars into a complex arrangement of multiple loops, and is accompanied by a procession.
Seffie: "That sounded like Tarvek squealing…"
Martellus: "Probabaly saw a mismatched cuff button."
Tarvek
  • Tan Ta Tarrah Ta Taaaah!
  • BOOM!
  • SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE…
2020-06-05 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 018
Forum:2020-06-05 (Friday)
Agatha, Rakethorn, Other Party Guests, Albia, Pookie, Captain Bellows[8], Trelawney, Gil
Agatha and Rakethorn are dancing and flirting. Pookie, one of Albia's daughters, reports to her mother that "They like the candy thing." Albia isn't surprised by this. An announcement is made that the Queen will dance. Albia cuts in on Gil and Trelawney. Gil asks Albia if she will lead; she responds by twitting him on his own leadership of Europa.
Agatha: "Her Majesty does seem to enjoy being big!"
Rakethorn: "Yes—I've heard her say that the older she gets, the more comfortable she finds her large size."
Agatha: "Huh…has she every said why?"
Rakethorn: "Tut! There are some things a gentleman does not ask a lady!"
Europa

Week Starting 2020-06-08 (Monday) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-06-08 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 019
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Gil, Albia, Other Party Guests
Gil and Albia[10] dance and argue. Gil resents the Queen's criticism that he is restoring order to the Empire too slowly. Albia admits that Gil's task is a difficult one, especially given his father's interference, but insists that since the Other is gathering strength in northern Europa, speed is of the essence. She realizes that Gil originally came to England to rescue Tarvek[11] and offers to provide Gil with advice, drawing on Her centuries of experience. Gil is surprised, but gratefully accepts.
Albia: "You are young, and we have centuries of experience, and a wealth of advice—if you are not too proud to accept it."
Gil: "I…that would be…very generous, Your Majesty."
Albia: "Good. We are pleased to see that you differ from your father in some ways. Before you return to rebuild your Empire, the two of us shall talk. At length."
The Empire/Your Empire, The Continent, Your Father/My Father, The Other, Prince Sturmvoraus
2020-06-10 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 020
Forum:2020-06-10 (Wednesday)
Albia, Gil, Trelawney, Seffie, Martellus, Other Party Guests
Albia: "Princess von Blitzengaard—will you not grace us with this dance?"
Seffie: "Oh! Of course, Majesty!"
Albia: "Your curious new fashion seems to be quite the thing, my dear! Your stock is rising quickly in Our court."
Seffie: "Oh! Well, it's all thanks to You, Ma'am!"
Albia: "Indeed it is! —And so, shall We agree that you owe Us?"
2020-06-12 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 021
Forum:2020-06-12 (Friday)
Agatha, Lord Womble, Violetta, Other Party Guest, Pix[12]
Agatha dances with Lord Womble, then Violetta fetches her a drink. As Agatha and Vi chat about their companions, a seemingly very tall, veiled, exotically and scantily clad woman butts in. The woman's identity is a mystery to the reader, but Agatha recognizes her voice: It's Pix![13]
Mystery Woman: "Ho ho! I sense the young lady has troubles with…romance!"
Agatha: "Everybody in Europa knows that. Wait—that voice—"
The Musicians, Zeetha, Mister Higgs, The Princesses, Tarvek, Wulfenbach, Europa
Eventually—
Caption, upper left corner of panel 1.
News: The Foglios' old dog started having trouble walking, was rushed to emergency vet, and is on stronger meds for arthrtis. Kaja is worried about her. Kaja is working on ways to make up for lost summer convention revenue, including new Kickstarter. Phil is drawing another Tea poster.

Week Starting 2020-06-15 (Monday) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-06-15 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 022
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Agatha, Pix, Violetta, Other Party Guests, Countess Marie
The Mighty High Priestess, Heroic Chopines, Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, Madame Zulbravia
TELLURICOMN
Sign over door of fortune teller's booth/tent at Albia's party.[14]
News: The Foglios' dog is feeling better. At the urging of Experiment #2, the Foglios are listening to The Magnus Archives. Kaja comments that she can't listen to the podcasts while she works, although Phil listens to all sorts of things when he does. Kaja praises The Magnus Archives and her own two teenage kids.
2020-06-17 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 023
Forum:2020-06-17 (Wednesday)
Countess Marie, Agatha
Londinium, The Whole Troupe (Master Payne's Circus of Adventure), Sofia (Thundering Engine Woman), Balthazar, Professor Moonsock, Cambridge, Warping Life 301, The Queen (Albia), The Continent (Europa), Mechanicsburg
Soon—
Caption, upper left corner of panel 1.
News: Kaja still listening to The Magnus Archives, reading Pratchett and Matheson, working on Kickstarter things. Jim the Snake outgrew old tank.
2020-06-19 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 024
Forum:2020-06-19 (Friday)
Master Payne[15], Audience Members (seen from behind)
Europa, Transylvania, Lady Heterodyne (Agatha), Heterodyne Family News: Progress report that Experiment #1 (codename: Victor) marked 21 years. Kaja muses that people have been following the Foglios' work since his birth, marvels at how much time has passed, and thanks their readers. She reminds us that Master Payne and Countess Marie have real-life counterparts who put up with the Professors, somehow.

Week Starting 2020-06-22 (Monday) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-06-22 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 025
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Master Payne, ~Circus Othar, The Mysterious Lost Sword Maiden (Vex[16]), ~Circus Agatha, The Evil Lightning King, His Mechanical Daughter, The Magical Wishing Cat (~Circus Krosp)[17], The Rival Princes (~Circus Gil and ~Circus Tarvek), Real Agatha, Real Martellus, Real Tarvek, Real Gil, Real Zeetha, Violetta
(Real) Agatha (shouted loudly): "Yaaayy! More pies!"
Heterodyne Characters, Londinium, England, Earth, Saint George and the Dragon[18] News: Kaja gives more detailed bios of real-life counterparts to Master Payne and Countess Marie.
2020-06-24 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 026
Forum:2020-06-24 (Wednesday)
Master Payne, ~Circus Agatha, ~Circus Othar, ~Circus Krosp[17], Vex[16], The Evil Lightning King, His Mechanical Daughter, ~Circus Gil, ~Circus Tarvek, ~Circus Barry, ~Circus Bill, Lord Womble, Albia
Payne: "—And, of course, that Mademoiselle of Mind-Shattering Madness—the Sultana of Spark-Saturated Science—the Doyenne of Dangerous Discoveries—the Dread Lady of Mechanicsburg herself—Agatha Heterodyne—Girl Genius!"
Mechanicsburg, The Court News: Repeat of previous page's news.
2020-06-26 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 027
Forum:2020-06-26 (Friday)
Master Payne, The Jägermonster Horde[19], Agatha, Zeetha
Master Payne introduces the Jägermonster Horde as a troupe of actors made up as Jägers charge on stage, doing an excellent job of Jäger impersonation. Agatha and Zeetha are looking on from the audience. Agatha, looking sad, asks Zeetha if she ever regrets having left Master Payne's Circus. Zeetha emphatically replies that she does not because she still has to find Skifander, she likes having adventures more than acting them out, and she never would have met Higgs if she hadn't. Zeetha then suggests sneaking backstage. Agatha tells Zeetha to go on without her because she has an idea, and starts to smile.
Payne (phrase after dash shouted): "And now, Gentles of the Court—I give you: The Jägermonster Horde!"
Europa, Skifander, Axel News: Kaja announces an October/November release date for Girl Genius Volume 19, Sparks and Monsters, since the Foglios' finances are becoming strained. The Kickstarter should be coming in early July. From the last campaign: Kaja is dealing with mis-shipped rewards, and progress is made on the Scallywag medals.

Week Starting 2020-06-29 (Monday) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-06-29 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 028
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Young woman[20], Krosp, Agatha, Other young women[20]
Krosp is dancing with an attractive female party guest, standing on a bench so he can reach. As he dances, he brags of his exploits. Other young women are queued up, waiting their turn.[21] Agatha interrupts; she wants Krosp to run an errand for her. Krosp is grumpy about this at first, but when he hears she wants him to find the kitchens, he cheers up.[22]
Young woman: "—And is it true that Your Majesty actually fought a ferocious bear?"
Krosp: "Oh, that. Well, the Lady Hetoerodyne was in danger, you know. As her King, I could hardly just stand by and watch. Besides, it was just the one bear…"
A Ferocious Bear (Füst) News: Kaja announces that the Kickstarter campaign for the latest book is coming in early August. In the meantime there'll be other surprises. She also promotes the Kickstarter for Amazing Stories magazine.
2020-07-01 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 029
Forum:2020-07-01 (Wednesday)
Krosp, Agatha
Agatha has just asked Krosp to do something and he has agreed to, but we don't know what it was. Krosp doesn't want to see the Circus' new show because he thinks it will mock him.[23] Agatha doesn't want to, either. It has reminded her of Lars. She blames herself for his death and cries. Krosp tells her that, no, it was Lucrezia's fault and they're going to bring her down. This comforts Agatha and she hugs Krosp tightly.
Agatha: "You are such a good kitty!"
Krosp (dialog before ellipsis shouted): "Yow! Hey! Hey! You'll wrinkle my coat!…I'd better get some caviar out of this or something…"
Lars, Lucrezia
Soon—
Caption, upper left corner of panel 1.
News: Kaja wishes everyone a Happy Canada Day. Her mother had successful cataract surgery and is recovering. Kaja is cleaning up her office and caught up on the The Magnus Archives podcast. She apologizes for political ads showing up on the comic website.
2020-07-03 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 030
Forum:2020-07-03 (Friday)
~Circus Gil, ~Circus Tarvek, ~Circus Othar, ~Circus Barry Puppeteer[24], ~Circus Agatha, Vex[16], ~Circus Bill Puppeteer[25], ~Circus Krosp[17], Lord Womble, Albia
The Circus's new Heterodyne show reaches its end (or at least the end of an act). Circus Agatha declares that she doesn't have to choose between Circus Gil and Circus Tarvek; instead, she and the whole group will travel the world seeking Adventure! In the audience, Lord Womble asks Albia if she influenced the script. She replies that Agatha deserves to have fun.
[On stage]
Circus Agatha: "There is a whole world out there! A world of adventure! Romance! Mad science! I want to see it all! Join me, my friends—as we press onwards—"
All the Players in unison (shouted): "to adventure!"
[Cut away to the audience]
Lord Womble: "Do I detect thy lovely yet subtle hand in this script, Ma'am?"
Albia: "The girl is young, Lord Womble. She deserves time to play."
Your Castle (Castle Heterodyne), Your Town (Mechanicsburg), The Baron (Klaus Wulfenbach), Fearsome Heterodynes, Europa, The Girl (Agatha) News: Kaja wishes everyone a safe and wonderful 4th of July (and 5th and 6th) whether they are celebrating Independence Day in the USA or not. She reminisces about long ago parties with fireworks at the family farm. She also reports that the Foglios are now posting "page is up" alerts (as well as, potentially, other interesting things) to Instragram and Twitter. They are still on Facebook and have set up on Pillowfort.

Week Starting 2020-07-06 (Monday) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-07-06 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 031
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Master Payne, Tarvek, Gil, Other Party Guests, Agatha, Abner, Countess Marie, Another Member of the Circus
Master Payne announces an intermission for dancing and dining and summarizes the second act. Tarvek and Gil sit in the audience, stunned, then simultaneously exclaim, "I need…a drink!". Although taken aback that they echoed each other, they go off together for said drink. Agatha is besieged by fans who quiz her on the details of the show, which are quite different from what really happened. Agatha manages to escape backstage and meets Abner. She sees Countess Marie helping another player change costume and banters with her, to Abner's displeasure.[26]
Master Payne: "'Ah—but what happens next?!' we hear you cry! Good Gentles, be not despondent! In due course, when you have danced, frolicked and supped, we shall, should it please Her Masjesty, return—that you may see how the Lady Heterodyne and her companions fought the ghost of the first Storm King—and sealed him into a magic sword! Don't forget to visit our famous Flea Circus in the East Courtyard."
Her Majesty (Albia), The Ghost of the First Storm King (Andronicus Valois), A Magic Sword (Archimedes' Lever), The Heterodynes, The Castle (Castle Heterodyne), Bosco[27] News: Kaja reports that their house didn't burn down, despite all the free-lance fireworks on Saturday. The Foglios themselves had virtual fireworks in Animal Crossing and WOW. Their garden is producing copious quantities of mustard greens.
2020-07-08 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 032
Forum:2020-07-08 (Wednesday)
Agatha, Countess Marie, Vex, Zeetha, Another Member of the Circus, <Albia[28]
Agatha discovers that Zeetha did come backstage, challenging Vex (her portrayer in the play) to a duel, to see if she could really fight. Fortunately, Vex is the Circus's fencing master, so she could. After the surprisingly nondestructive fracas, Vex and Zeetha bonded, drinking together while Zeetha taught Vex Zokka Pokka Zweet, a Skifandrian drinking song. According to Agatha, the song is incredibly obscene and has equally raunchy accompanying hand gestures, which Zeetha hadn't demonstrated yet because her hands were busy holding a bottle and stein. To head off any chance of Zeetha starting up, the Countess has Abner bring the pair more bottles. Marie asks if Agatha has found Skifander. Agatha replies they haven't yet, but she thinks they can. Then she asks the Countess for a favor.
Countess: "But Zeetha seems so much happier now. I remember how she was before you showed up—depressed, worried she might be going mad, wondering if her home even really existed—tell me, did you ever find it?"
Agatha: "Not yet, but we've met people who've heard of it. Albia for one."
Countess: "Why, that's wonderful! But even she doesn't know where it is?"
Agatha: "No. I think we may have a hope of finding it, though."
Zokka Pokka Zweet, Abner News: In today's report, we discover Kaja likes Marmite (on toast), Vegemite (presumably also on toast), and Tim Tams (presumably not on toast).
2020-07-10 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 033
Forum:2020-07-10 (Friday)
Trelawney, Tarvek, Gil, Seffie, Other party guests, Princess of the Realm?, Martellus, Orotine
Trelawney accuses Tarvek and Gil of moping, says Albia wouldn't like it, and orders Tarvek to dance with her. Then Seffie sees that Gil is free[29] and asks him to dance. Many couples are dancing, including Martellus and a Princess. As their dance ends, Martellus runs into Orotine, who addresses him by name. Martellus recognizes her as a Muse, explains he is the new Storm King, and asks which Muse she is. After identifying herself, Orotine denies that Martellus's claim to the title is legitimate. Martellus, angered, starts arguing, but then becomes quite ill.
Orotine: "Ah. Martellus von Blitzengaard, I believe."
Martellus: "That's right, and the newly crowned Storm King, in case you were unaware. Which one are you?"
Orotine: "Orotine, Your Highness—and, in the case of the Lightning Crown—you are quite mistaken. Although there is some dispute over which of my Late King's lines should be considered ascendant, you are in neither case the rightful heir."
Martellus: "I have the support of two Popes, and an army!"
Orotine: "You will require more than that."
The Queen (Albia), A Muse (The Muses), Storm King, Lightning Crown, My Late King (Andronicus Valois), Two Popes (Religion)
THE SKBARL
Printed on bottle label, panel 1.
News: Kaja reports that her son Victor (formerly known as Experiment #1) acquired the cookbook Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas and More by Andrea Nguyen. The Foglios have found that making dumplings at home is easy, though tedious, but worth it. Kaja is hanging on to small pleasant things.

Week Starting 2020-07-13 (Monday) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-07-13 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 034
Forum:2020-07-13 (Monday)
Countess Marie, Abner, Agatha, Sparafucile[30], Martellus
While Countess Marie ponders her plan, Abner tells Agatha that she's urgently needed outside. Agatha emerges from backstage to hear Sparafucile and Martellus arguing. Martellus needs Agatha's touch immediately, his self-imposed biochemical dependency on her has been retriggered. Agatha reluctantly agrees to help by dancing with Martellus, removing her glove to ensure skin-to-skin contact. She tells him not to get used to it; they are going to fix the problem. He angrily agrees.
Sparafucile: "Sire, it would be simple for me to just subdue her."
Martellus: "Don't be a fool! Even if we weren't right under Albia's nose—I wouldn't let you. I want her to…see me as an…an ally."
Sparafucile: "Oh, yes, and you've charmed her so well already."
Martellus: "I need to work with her."
Sparafucile: "That might be difficult, since she hates you."
Agatha: "I'm not going to say you're wrong, but I'm hardly going to let him cause a scene at an otherwise lovely party."
Albia News: Experiment #2 has: a birthday this week (with cake!), Kaja listening to the Adventure Zone. Kaja likes something to listen to when adding word balloons because it is boring. (Sound effects are worse!) Kaja is dusting the house, a monumental task, because she thinks she has developed a dust allergy.
2020-07-15 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 035
Forum:2020-07-15 (Wednesday)
Agatha, Martellus, Agatha's Wasp eater, Other Pary Guests, Krosp, Rakethorn
While dancing with Agatha, Martellus say he wants to start working on the cure that night, but Agatha wants to stay at the party and dance. Martellus is surprised she's not in more of a hurry, but Agatha explains she has her weasel (in her ship-stern bustle) for backup.[31] Martellus reacts with amusement and becomes so agreeable that Agatha becomes suspicious. Krosp encourages her suspicion and he and Martellus start to argue. As the argument grows more heated, Rakethorn asks Agatha to dance and also asks if he can help with her secret plan.
Agatha: "Hmmm…now you're making me suspicious."
Krosp: "Oh, you should be. He's totally up to something. It's obvious."
Martellus: "I resent—"
Krosp: "I can smell it on him."
Martellus: "That is baseless slander!"
Krosp: "Nah. You're nose deep in Europan politics, claiming a contested throne—and you're not up to something? I disbelieve."
Martellus: "This is none of your business cat!"
Krosp: "Agatha is my business."
Martellus (shouted): "Rat eater!"
Krosp (shouted): "Monkey boy!"
Rakthorn: "Care for another dance?"
Agatha: "Oh…but this is so entertaining!"
The Queen (Albia), Europan, A Contested Throne (The Storm King conspiracy) News: Tuesday (the day before this page was published) was a grand day. It was Experiment #2's birthday (with cake!) and Bastille Day. Kaja likes La Marseillaise. The Foglios watched Knives Out.
2020-07-17 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 036
Forum:2020-07-17 (Friday)
Martellus, Krosp, Agatha, Rakethorn[32]
The argument between Krosp and Martellus becomes even more heated as Krosp points out that Agatha has ditched Martellus for Rakethorn, with whom she is dancing with evident enjoyment. Then Krosp bites Martellus and is flung into a bowl of cheese dip. Krosp realizes that Martellus genuinely likes Agatha, drinks the remaining cheese dip, and continues to needle Martellus, saying that he has no chance because Agatha hates him and that he should go back to conquering Europa; however, since he has tied himself to Agatha with science, Martellus will be dead by Christmas. As Krosp brags that he can think clearly, unlike Martellus, Martellus throws him a fish.
Martellus: "Agatha! Control your pet! Agatha?"
Krosp: "Ha! She's ditched you, chump!"
Martellus: "Confound it. I was trying to be pleasant."
Krosp: "Whoa. Hold on! You actually like her?…Wow! You do! I can tell!"
Martellus: "And why not? She is politically valuable—and when brought to heel, she will make an admirable queen."
Krosp: "…Aaaaad?"
Martellus: "Well, I'm not blind."
Europa, The Other Two (Gil and Tarvek) News: The Foglios are shooting a short video for what would have been Comic-Com. Kaja remembers virtually nothing about video editing and is excited to get back into it.

Week Starting 2020-07-20 (Monday) Edit

Occasion: Kaja Foglio got seriously ill.

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2020-07-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. n/a
Forum:2020-07-27 (Monday)
There is no comic page for Monday, July 20, 2020, because Kaja was very ill on that day. This entry has been redirected to the Girl Genius site's page for Monday, July 27, 2020, because trying to access the page for Monday, July 20, 2020, produces an error. There is a message from Kaja about her illness and recovery on the page for Monday, July 27, 2020.
Discussion forum for Monday, July 20, 2020
2020-07-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. n/a
Forum:2020-07-27 (Monday)
There is no comic page for Wednesday, July 22, 2020, because Kaja was very ill on that day. This entry has been redirected to the Girl Genius site's page for Monday, July 27, 2020, because trying to access the page for Wednesday, July 22, 2020, produces an error. There is a message from Kaja about her illness and recovery on the page for Monday, July 27, 2020.
Discussion forum for Wednesday, July 22, 2020
2020-07-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. n/a
Forum:2020-07-27 (Monday)
There is no comic for Friday, July 24, 2020, because Kaja was recovering from a serious illness on that day. This entry has been redirected to the Girl Genius site's page for Monday, July 27, 2020, because trying to access the page for Friday, July 24, 2020, produces an error. There is a message from Kaja about her illness and recovery on the page for Monday, July 27, 2020.
Discussion forum for Friday, July 24, 2020

Week Starting 2020-07-27 (Monday) Edit

Location: Somewhere in England.

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2020-07-27 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 037
Forum:2020-07-27 (Monday)
Agatha, Rakethorn, Other Party Guests, Krosp
Agatha asks Rakethorn why he believes she is planning something. He starts to say he figured it out for himself, but Krosp shows up and Rakethorn has to admit it was Krosp who filled him in. Agatha is angry with Krosp for revealing her secret at first, but his explanation (or more likely Rakethorn's apology) restores her good humor. She complements Rakethorn on being clever and he says he likes ladies who cause mischief, explaining that Albia encourages it. Agatha reminisces about her days at good old TPU.[33]
Agatha: "—But Doctor Rakethorn, what makes you so sure I'm planning something?"
Rakethorn: "My dear Lady Heterodyne, I have studied your methods. Your thought processes—"
Krosp: "Hey, Agatha! They're ready when you are!"
Rakethorn: "And your cat filled me in when I showed him to the kitchens."
The Queen (Albia), Transylvania Polygnostic, Professor Venruth News: Kaja posts about her recovery from a serious E. coli infection, as well as about re-watching the Back to the Future movies with her youngest child, who has never seen them. She mentions The Magnus Archives again and posts a link to a technical breakdown of the main theme. A longer message about her illness and recovery that was originally posted to the Girl Genius website page for Friday, July 24, 2020, was moved to the end of the news posting for this page.
2020-07-29 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 038
Forum:2020-07-29 (Wednesday)
Orotine, Gil, Other Party Guests
Orotine: "I am Orotine. Sometimes called the Muse of Geometries."
Gil: "'Geometries.' So basically, mathematics?"
Orotine: "Yes, but my purview encompasses much more than that. I deal in the shapes of things, and their relationships to one another."
Muse, Her Majesty (Albia), Sturmvoraus (Tarvek Sturmvoraus), Storm King, Lady Heterodyne/Agatha
Meanwhile—
Caption, upper left corner of panel 1.
News: Kaja is recovering steadily, but very slowly. She made dumplings again the day before this page was posted, which was exhausting but delicious.
2020-07-31 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 039
Forum:2020-07-31 (Friday)
Orotine, Gil, Other Party Guest
Gil: "Rakethorn? Why do you mention him?"
Orotine: "He is the only person here tonight that she's danced with twice."
Gil: "What? Rakethorn? Really? But—what about Sturmvarous? I thought he'd—"
Orotine: "He has not danced with her at all."
Gil: "Now that's odd. That's really odd. Is he feeling all right?"
Orotine: "Oh? You are concerned for him?"
Gil: "Ha! I wouldn't give him the satisfaction. No, I'm wondering what he's doing that's more important than a chance to cozy up to Agatha."
Orotine: "Any number of things, I would think."
Gil: "Yes, but he wouldn't. I don't think there's much of anything that's more important to him at the moment. No, I'm missing something—but I doubt he is. —And he's already got you working with him. He really is good."
Orotine: "He merely suggested that I speak with you…"
Gil: "Exactly. Well, whatever he's up to, I'm sure I'll find out soon enough."
Orotine: "You…trust him."
Gil: "Huh. Yes. I suppose I do."
Tarvek Sturmvoraus, Martellus von Blitzengaard, Doctor Rakethorn (Hadrian Rakethorn) News: Kaja congratulates Lindsay Ellis on her new NYTimes best-selling SF book Axioms End and complements Ellis' video essays. Also, Kaja's oldest kid has designed another shirt! (And she doesn't feed him bugs.)

Week Starting 2020-08-03 (Monday) Edit

Location: Somewhere.

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2020-08-03 (Monday)
Vol.2-8 p. 040
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Countess Marie, Minuette, Abner, Otto[34], Agatha, Rakethorn
Payne (Master Payne), England God Queen (Albia)
And so—
Caption, upper left corner of panel 1.
2020-08-05 (Wednesday)
Vol.2-8 p. 041
Forum:2020-08-05 (Wednesday)
Agatha, Otto, Abner, Rakethorn
Otto: "Ho! Like ballerina made of iron!"
New Guy, Steam Gang, Rivet, Rivet's Apprentice
  • FOOM!
News: The new Girl Genius Kickstarter for Sparks and Monsters is live.
2020-08-07 (Friday)
Vol.2-8 p. 
Forum:2020-08-07 (Friday)


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 This title for this section is not from the Canon; that is, it is not from the Girl Genius website navigation menu. It was added for easier navigation within the chronology.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The name of this character is not revealed until the next page .
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Presumably a Princess of England, a (theoretical, at least) successor to Queen Albia of England, and Albia's biological or adopted daughter.
  4. Only Seffie's voice is heard in the first panel, but she appears in the second.
  5. A magazine or newspaper.
  6. Violetta finally gets to wear a pretty dress to a great big fancy party.
  7. This is the first time that Orotine, one of the legendary Muses created by Van Rijn has appeared in the comic.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Bellows" is a fan coined name, based on the fact that this character is always bellowing, at least during his few appearances in the comic.
  9. His title is revealed on the next page.
  10. In panel 3, Albia is shown to literally have stars in her eyes, but this could just be the reflection of her halo of stars.
  11. Tarvek was kidnapped by Mister Obsidian at the behest of Seffie so he could be brought to England. He was transported there by Seffie's chum, Captian Jeanne Hawkins, with a few delays.
  12. Pix's identity is revealed on the next page.
  13. We last saw Pix a long time ago. She was (and still is) a member of Master Payne's Circus of Adventure.
  14. The fortune teller's booth/tent that Agatha operated in while she replaced Madame Olga when she had just started traveling with the Circus had a sign outside that said:
    "WHAT IS YOUR FATE?
    MADAME OLGA
    MISTRESS OF THE SCIENCE OF
    TELLURICOMNI VISUALIZATION
    SEES ALL 👁 KNOWS ALL"
    It looks like Phil forgot or couldn't squeeze in the final "I" in "TELLURICOMNI" on today's page.
  15. For comparison purposes, here is Master Payne making a very similar introductory speech back when Agatha had just gone into hiding, with help from the his Circus.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Portraying Zeetha
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Probably portayed by Embi
  18. This is undoubtedly a reference to Saint George and the Dragon; the "England" in the Girl Genius universe apprently shares this legend with the England in the "real world", although probably not in quite the same form. It makes sense that Master Payne would mention it during s performance in Londinium, because Saint George is the Patron Saint of England.
  19. Presumably a bunch of actors from Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, costumed and made up as Jägermonsters.
  20. 20.0 20.1 They young women dancing with Krosp or waiting to do so could be Princesses of the Realm (although they don't have candy in their hair), courtiers, or party guests (presumably the daughters of other royal houses or other important people.
  21. Agatha: "Krosp! You're popular!"
    Krosp: "Naturally. I am very cute, and a snappy dresser."
    - Comic page from Monday, June 29, 2020 , panel 4.
  22. Agatha: "I need you to find the kitchens."
    Krosp: "You do love me!"
    - Comic page from Monday, June 29, 2020 , panel 6.
  23. "Nah. They'll just portray me as a pompous martinet who only cares about food." - Comic page from Wednesday, July 1, 2020 , panel 1.
  24. Operating a marionette apparently meant to represent Franz Scortchmaw.
  25. Operating a marionette possibly meant to represent the Doom Bell Ringer.
  26. Countess: "Agatha! Are you here to exact your terrible revenge?"
    Agatha: "I'll let you know after the second act!"
    Abner: "You two are not nearly as funny as you think you are."
    - Comic page from Monday, July 6, 2020 , panel 10.
  27. Bosco could refer to Bosco Chocolate Syrup or Saint Bosco, the patron saint of illusionists and stage magicians. It is interesting to note that in one of Phil's earlier works involving Buck Godot, The Gallimaufry, Book 7 page 7, a character named Thad says “Thank Bosco they didn’t know when…”. This observation is due to the good memory of Foglio fan 9thGeneral.
  28. In this flashback, Albia has taken on the form of Queen Luheia.
  29. Seffie: "Gil! You're finally free!"
    Gil: "Seffie. Yes, I…suppose I am."
    - Comic page from Friday, July 10, 2020 , panel 2.
  30. In panel 2 of this page it is obvious that, based on what is said, Sparafucile speaks first even though she's not shown until panel 3, in which she speaks second.
  31. Violetta: "You've replaced Martellus with a weasel?", volume 13, page 073 (web), panel 4.
  32. Only the arm and hand of the person Agatha is dancing with are shown, but it is most likely Rakethorn since he just asked her to dance on the previous page.
  33. Transylvania Polygnostic University
  34. This cahracter was named Ollie when he was first introduced.


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Chronology Overview         Internal Chronology
Key Book red = First page of volume                 Calendar metal = chronology                 Cast multicolor = cast
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4 Book red

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