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Girl Genius Comic for Monday July 27, 2009

July 26th, 2009 (03:43 pm)


The San Diego Comicon is nearly over for another year.  I've posted a whole bunch of photos that Cheyenne sent me over on my personal LJ: kajafoglio . As of this writing, there are three entries with pictures, so you may need to wade back through the last few entries to see them all! They're worth it, though. The costumes are amazing!
--Kaja <3




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Posted by: ellyssian (ellyssian)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
sphinx

Today's Subtitle: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Girl Genius

First! Definitely her turn!

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)

Curses - not so first after all!

Posted by: ZDM (The Kylie!) (z_dragonmaster)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)

Haha! I find it funny when this happens... usually because I think it's silly that people need to proclaim "First!"

One does not need to proclaim it (we can tell who is first!), it makes them just look silly (in my opinion), especially if they are wrong!

The redeeming feature here is that you at least made a comment about the comic. I agree, definitely her turn!!!

Posted by: Alexander Gullett (whigh)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure if Zola's doing that on purpose, or if she really is that inept. From her previous showings, I'm pretty much exactly in the middle as to whether she is insanely devious or just insanely stupid.

Either way, she's definitely going to have an exciting time in the Castle. Until Agatha puts a stop to it all. One way or another.

Posted by: Tom Smith (filkertom)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)

Back before it started sucking beyond suckage, DC's Blue Devil had a simple underlying concept for stories: Blue Devil was a "weirdness magnet".

So, maybe Zola is a deathtrap magnet. Or a Perils of Pauline magnet. Or somethin'.

Heck, it could actually be a useful ability -- send her into a room, you know she won't die instantly, but she will expose the trap and then she gets rescued and you move on. Now that I think of it, that would be a great dungeon NPC. "Yeah, fifteen gold pieces and I walk ten paces in front of you and attract the weird stuff. Er, ah, you will save me from it, right...?"

Posted by: misterseth (misterseth)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Krosp

You make her sound like a female Dirk the Daring...

Posted by: Tom Smith (filkertom)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)

Oooh! Zola/Daphne slash....

Posted by: Patchy (patchoblack)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Animal Crossing

Would Kimberly be involved as well? (No! Bad Patchy! Bad!)

Posted by: Wilford B. Wolf (wbwolf)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Kyon- head shake

Or maybe she's just a walking disaster.

Posted by: Yubi Shines (starspiritgate)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
lihta

Three words: Bag of tricks.

Extract animal, throw into glimmering portal of possible doom, wait for bloodspray, glee!

Posted by: mnenyver (mnenyver)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)

She knew about all the traps. I'm convinced she's just doing this on purpose! Grr.

Posted by: akgreentea (akgreentea)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)

She knew all about the traps when she and her mooks/trap-bait were traveling through mapped parts of der kestle with Ticktoffen's notes. Now she has no more disposable minions and is in an unexplored part of der kestle. Now she doesn't know where the traps are and doesn't have the ability to spot them like Gil and Agatha can. In a moment of poetic justice, she is now the trap-bait.

Posted by: Mother Selkie (katzedecimal)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
pipsterdance!

Thaaaaaaaaaank you, now I have images of the Trickster rattling around loose in Castle Heterodyne >.<

Posted by: paoconnell (paoconnell)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)

Which Trickster, Loki or Coyote? Both are immortal of course. Other possibilities exist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trickster

Posted by: Mother Selkie (katzedecimal)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
pipsterdance!

I take it you're not familiar with Blue Devil?

Posted by: paoconnell (paoconnell)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)

Not really--not that much into comic books other than Girl Genius.
I take it that's some Loki/Coyote transmogrification, with or without Calvin and Hobbes' transmogrifier.

Posted by: Patchy (patchoblack)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)

*puts on comic book geek hat*

Blue Devil: Former stunt man fused to a special effects exo-skeleton blue devil costume by demonic magic. Know for the "weirdness magnet" effect that causes him to be in just the right place at just the right time for odd things to happen.

The Trickster: Somewhat reformed super-villain know for being part of The Flash's "Rogue's Gallery". Uses practical joke-themed gadgets. Currently deceased. Check back in a month to see if this has changed. =^_^=

Posted by: paoconnell (paoconnell)
Posted at: May 13th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
The Trickster is much older than you think.

Almost all American Indian religious belief systems have stories about several tricky animals like Coyote, Crow, Magpie, and other tricky animals, all of which are revered. There are tricksters in the older European religions like Loki (sometimes good, sometimes bad) and Krishna.

Posted by: misterseth (misterseth)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Krosp

Assuming she WANTS to put a stop to it...

Posted by: marycatelli (marycatelli)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)

She wants to talk to Gil. Of course, she wants to put a stop to it.

Posted by: marycatelli (marycatelli)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)

Maybe it's a jinx.

Posted by: marycatelli (marycatelli)
Posted at: July 26th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)

Come to think of it, we shall have some notion of what it was next page where she appears.

Since in the last panel it lost its original function.

Posted by: misterseth (misterseth)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Krosp

Whatever it was, it had a clock in its tummy! Zeetha would be proud!

Posted by: tikatu (tikatu)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
icon by tunxeh

I think she's doing it on purpose, though actually knowing where the traps are would be the difficult part.

Why?
1. She was limpet-Zola on the previous page, and she would have to move away from Gil in order to trip any traps. A conscious effort on her part.

and 2. As someone else has already said, Agatha wants to talk to Gil, and Zola would want to stop that at any cost.

So I think she's trying to set off traps so Gil will feel obligated to rescue her. Time for Agatha to remind her who is boss.

Posted by: ellyssian (ellyssian)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
sphinx

I'm not going to deny point #1, well, not really*, but I think the thing that's missing with point #2 is that by the last panel, the mission is successful: what Agatha wants to say to Gil gets said, and that would be "Hey, let me have a turn!"

At least that's how I read it.

* Although I wouldn't put it past Pinky to fake it, I think falling into traps just comes naturally for her.

Posted by: Persephone (persephone_kore)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)

I sort of doubt that was the main thing Agatha wanted to say, myself; the start looked more like she was trying to calm things down a bit and have a friendlier conversation with Gil, maybe sort things out. I don't think she was waiting, at that point, for a turn -- to rescue Zola, smash things, or interrupt. ;)

Posted by: Neon Vincent (darksumomo)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Krosp

I looked up Distressed Damsel on TVTropes and found an even better entry for Zola: Damsel Scrappy. Yeah, that's our Zola, although I don't know if this fandom hates her that much!

Posted by: quadibloc (quadibloc)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)

The entry notes that the "teenage male readers" of old science-fiction pulp magazines would complain about the "very existence" of female characters in stories, because they were always flat love interests to be rescued.

It didn't mention that one of those complaints was a fan letter from Isaac Asimov himself of future fame.

Posted by: cerrberus (cerrberus)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Metropolis_Maria

Well, at least there's Susan Calvin.

Posted by: pedanther (pedanther)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)

I am 100% certain that Zola's doing that on purpose.

Posted by: Walking Inland from the Shore (kateslover)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
Hetrodyne

She is insanely and deviously stupid.

Posted by: mnenyver (mnenyver)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)

Y'know, it's the mark of a great actor that they can, at will, change how you react to them. You forget you're being manipulated (in a good way) -- that they're not just playing a part but that they are that person.

I think the mark of a great writer (or two) is much the same. They can change how you feel about a character and it feels perfectly normal. You just go with it.

Last week, I was SO annoyed with Agatha and Gil's circumstances were causing me so much shipper angst, to the point that I would have happily seen him paired off with Zola as long as she was sweet to him. Now my sympathies are totally back with Agatha (finally! yay!) and I wish Gil would shove Zola into that painting with the teeth. :P

Posted by: Jha (fantasyecho)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)

Oh, I don't know, I still think Agatha was suffering from an exceptional Case of The Stupids. I'm still hoping she'll make up for it later on.

Of course, I could never see Gil with Zola (been there done that and it's just something I can't wish on a favourite character) so I might not be having the same shift of perspective as you're having.

Posted by: Robert (looniewolf)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)

It's deliberate.

Remember when she first went into the Castle? She was the one warning her "henchmen" on what to avoid. She's not inept, and was trained for the Castle.

The question is this: is she doing this to keep Gil and Agatha apart? Or to make Agatha lose her caution over Zola, so that Zola can strike back when Agatha least expects it?

Posted by: akgreentea (akgreentea)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)

I'm torn over whether it is deliberate or not. She was able to point out traps when she was in a mapped portion of der kestle with Tiktoffen's notes, which I presume she was forced to memorize. Now she's in an unmapped part of der kestle where the exact traps are unknown. If it is deliberate, she has great timing, but this might also show that she is not a spark. Gil and Agatha can avoid and defeat the traps without knowing what they are, but Zola can only survive in the mapped portions without assistance.

I also love how pissed Agatha is getting over the attention Gil is giving Zola. She really wants to speak to Gil and clear the air since she likes Gil, and Zola is getting in the way. Yay love triangle which will become a quadrangle when Tarvek enters the picture.

Posted by: anisosynchronic (anisosynchronic)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)

There's at least a fifth in the mix--the Castle. Agatha belongs to it, it belongs to Agatha, and Agatha, Gil, Zola, Tarvek, and Tarvek's disgruntled cousin are all in the Castle.
The Castle wants to open the harem quarters and make both Tarvek and Gil residents of it.

Zola tried to kill the Castle, the Castle can't be at all happy with Zola--and the Castle has the personality imprint of one of the maddest, baddest Heterodynes of them all--and Zola was going to try to off both the Castle and Lady Heterodyne.

Hmm, I'm looking forward to Zola and Tarvek's cousin meeting--the cousin is not appreciative of fools, and Zola is very much a fool in very many ways, getting suckered apparently into every harebrained scheme that gets suggested to her.

Maybe something will turn Zola green or blue?

Posted by: Yubi Shines (starspiritgate)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)

Zola accidentally turning into a Jaeger.

Oh god.

Posted by: tikatu (tikatu)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
icon by tunxeh

I've been waiting for a meeting between Zola and Zeetha, but Zola and Violetta will be just as interesting, I think.

Posted by: Stormsdotter (stormsdotter)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Cutter - grr!

Oh, this is so deliberate.

Zola is doing something I have come to term "attention whoring." I HATE IT. No woman-- no, I shall re-phrase, no PERSON should be the center of attention all the time. If you are doing this, grow the f*** up. If your girlfriend is doing this, dump her like a ton of bricks. If your friend is doing this, they aren't your friend, you're their validation. Get a better friend.

I just want Agatha to kill Zola for being annoying and trying to steal one of her men.

Posted by: gg_fangirl (gg_fangirl)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)

Amen to that. (Except for the kill part; I want to see her suffer). ;)

Posted by: E.T. Davidoff (vettecat)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)

Agatha and Gil almost have a conversation, and Agatha gets to bash something! Whee! (Though I'm sure she's tempted to close Zola in an armoire at this point...)

Posted by: rdi (rdi)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)

And she gets to remind Pinky who the biggest baddest spark in der Kestle is...

Posted by: i'm a lovely bunch of coconuts (rayerai)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)

I looove the facial expressions. They--both the expressions and Gil & Agatha--make me so happy.

Posted by: gg_fangirl (gg_fangirl)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)

Hmm, looking at the first time Zola's in trouble she doesn't look totally panicky... I think she's doing it (at least some of it) on purpose.

But she sure didn't look happy when the painting tried to eat her. Perhaps the castle is also trying to get rid of her? Or it's more sofisticated systems are.

And Zola: you really suck at taking care of Gil; you're making him do stuff injured!

Posted by: Oak Dragon (oakdragon)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Girl Genius

If the castle wants to get rid of her, it needs to find a way to muffle Zola first so she can't interrupt the Mistress and her Young Man.

Posted by: Dubird (dubird)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)

if the castle really wants to get rid of her, it probally will....lol...

And I have to comment, when I first saw the squeezy wrenches banner, I thought it said 'squeeky' wrenchs. And that would just be hilarious and wrong. ^_^;

Posted by: marycatelli (marycatelli)
Posted at: July 27th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
if it's so deliberate

How did she manage to get into so much trouble in Paris?

Posted by: Corgi, Hound of the Internet (sff_corgi)
Posted at: July 28th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Re: if it's so deliberate
Comics - Wulfenblimp

She walked into it, of course. She got sucked into Sparky plots, which being Sparky got way out of hand, and next thing you know, 'GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLL!!!'

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