Foglio Storytelling With Twitter

    June 6, 2007
    WebProNews Staff

Legendary sci-fi and fantasy artist Phil Foglio and his wife Kaja have found a use for the microblogging service, Twitter.

Remember - just because someone is shooting at you, it doesn't mean they don't like you. Some habits are just hard to break.

-- Othar reflects on culture during his travels

I have enough geek years on me to recall Phil Foglio’s "What’s New?" work for Dragon Magazine. He’s gathered enough praise to float a cruise ship full of aspiring artists, not to mention a couple of prestigious Hugo Awards.

He also had the foresight to bring his ‘gaslight fantasy’ series Girl Genius online, a move that Wikipedia said increased its readership and sales of print books.

Phil and Kaja have taken another step forward in storytelling, this time with the Twitter service. Girl Genius readers who are familiar with the demented hero Othar Tryggvassen can follow a mini-adventure featuring him through updates on Twitter.

It’s a more interesting use than the geek-centric approaches we have seen from the diehard West Coast techie crowd that has driven Twitter’s niche popularity. Foglio has found a way to get an entertaining side character’s adventures to his readers a snippet at a time.

I’d love to see William Gibson give this a try. Anyone who can pull off the line, "The sky was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel," could really rock the Twitter world.