Phil Foglio attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and started working in comics in the 1970s, as a Hugo Award winning fan artist. He became an illustrator and comic artist, working mainly in the science fiction genre. Starting in 1980, Foglio wrote and illustrated the monthly comic strip 'What's New with Phil & Dixie' for Dragon Magazine (TSR Games) for a period of three years.
Foglio has illustrated the work of science fiction author Robert Lynn Asprin, and also adapted the first 'MythAdventures' novel to a comic book series for WaRP Graphics ('Another Fine Myth'). He then illustrated comic books for DC Comics ('Angel and the Ape', 'Plastic Man', 'Stanley and His Monster'), Marvel and First Comics ('GrimJack', 'Dynamo Joe'). Foglio created his long-running character 'Buck Godot' for Just Imagine.
The Collected Adventures of Phil and Dixie #1
Together with his wife Kaja he founded Studio Foglio in 1993. Through this studio they have published their comic books 'XXXenophile' and especially 'Girl Genius', a series about the student Agatha Heterodyne set in a steampunk fantasy universe (labeled as 'gaslamp fantasy' by the authors). In 2005, the Foglios canceled their publishing activities and presented 'Girl Genius' as a webcomic. There is a lively subculture around the strip, that has been an inspiration for several other artists. Several of the phrases featured in the comic have gained cult status. By 2013 the Foglio's successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to publish the 12th 'Girl Genius' book and to start a series of reprints.