Because I was doin' it wrong!
I needed to start at the beginning, of course
Well, it took half a day (a compulsive half a day, I might add, that ended at 2 am) but I have read up on Girl Genius (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com).
Now, I am accustomed to hitting 'next' to see the next page. This whole 'have to wait for the next update day' is going to hurt. :p
Considering how long this story has been in the telling, it's amazingly coherent.