I am always pleased when a steampunk work is nominated for a major award, and even more so when it wins. But when a steampunk, er, gaslamp fantasy work wins the same category three years in a row, I was thrilled.

The work in question is the ongoing adventures of Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio, this year winning the Hugo for Best Graphic Story with volume 10 Agatha Heterodyneand the Guardian Muse. Volumes 8 and 9 won in 2009 and 2010, respectively. It should be noted that the 2010 Hugo also included colorist Cheyenne Wright.

Impressive as this is, it is all the more so when you take into account that the category was only created in 2009. This means that there have never been any winners that weren’t part of this series, a point not lost on Mr. Foglio who has said they will withdraw from nomination next year.

Something tells me that, nominated or not, fans of steampunk will continue to enjoy Girl Genius as long as Studio Foglio keeps producing it.