The First Journey of Agatha Heterodyne is the full, official title of the original set of thirteen volumes in the story of Agatha Heterodyne, which has the blanket title Girl Genius. The titles of all of the volumes in this first part of the story all start with the words "Agatha Heterodyne and the…".
This part of the story was originally referred to as the "first half of the story" or "season one," as the Foglios discussed their plans to eventually create "a second half of the story" or "season two." For a long time it wasn't clear when, or even if, "season two" would start, but it did on At that point, the Foglios had decided to use the name Act 2 instead of "season two" for this part of the story, calling the first part Act 1.
Eventually, they decided to use the name The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, instead of Act 2, at least for official and marketing purposes, and began referring to the original thirteen volumes as The First Journey of Agatha Heterodyne. However, Act 1 is still used as a much shorter nickname by both fans and the Foglios for the first part of Girl Genius. It is possible that this new overall title will be used on the covers and title pages in future reprints of the first thirteen volumes, to match what has been done with The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne in the printed volumes of Act 2 so far.
On the Girl Genius wiki, for historical reasons, the first thirteen volumes are usually designated by Roman numerals. You will see them numbered that way on the chronology pages and on many other pages in this wiki. You will also occasionally see them designated by Arabic numberals on newer pages; the eventual goal is to replace the Roman numberals volume designations with Arabic numerals throughout this wiki.
Titles of Volumes Included in The First Journey
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of Dreams
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Hammerless Bell
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg
- Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City