The Phoenix

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The Phoenix
Schedule Weekly
Publisher David Fickling Books
CREATIVE TEAM

The Phoenix is a weekly British children's comics anthology, published by David Fickling Books.[1] The comic began on 7 January 2012, with a preview issue (issue Zero) being released in late 2011.[2] The comic is often considered a successor to The DFC:[2] both are published by the same people and many of The Phoenix's creators had worked on The DFC. As of issue 53, The Phoenix has become available worldwide as an iPad application.

Content of the comic[edit]

Unlike other British children's comics, such as The Beano and The Dandy, the comic does not exclusively feature humour strips. It also features serialized adventure stories such as "The Lost Boy" and "Pirates of Pangaea", as well as humour strips such as "Star Cat" and "Bunny vs Monkey". The comic also features text stories (an extract from a book is published in each issue) and puzzles (which are also present in both the modern Beano and Dandy). This makes the comic more similar to the older Beano and Dandy than the modern ones as they once had a mixture of adventure and humour strips as well as text stories.

The Team[edit]

Like a number of comics (2000AD has Tharg the Mighty and Sparky had the Sparky People), The Phoenix features a fictional editorial team, a group of cartoon animals led by feline editor-in-chief Tabatha Inkspot.[3]

Comic strips[edit]

Regulars[edit]

  • Pirates of Pangaea (Neill Cameron & Daniel Hartwell - 0-20, 33-36) (semi-domesticated dinosaurs, but apparently no anthros)
  • Planet of the Shapes (Ricardo Tangle - 0-) (anthro geometric-shapes)
  • Star Cat (James Turner - 0-12, 28- with breaks) (cat-shaped spaceship?)
  • Bunny vs Monkey (Jamie Smart - 0-) (anthro monkey and forest animals)
  • Corpse Talk (Adam Murphy - 0-18, 21-28, 31-34, 39- with breaks) (apparently no anthros)
  • The Lost Boy (Kate Brown - 1-35) (apparently no anthros)
  • Gary's Garden (Gary Northfield - 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 17, 22, 24-28, 30-31, 34- with breaks) (anthro animals and insects)
  • Good Dog, Bad Dog (Dave Shelton - 13-35 with breaks) (anthro dog police)
  • Lucie (Simone Lia - 1-29) (anthro bunnies)
  • Long Gone Don (Lorenzo & Robin Etherington - 1-10, 16-22, 53- with breaks) (apparently no anthros)
  • Zara's Crown (John & Patrice Aggs - 37-52) (apparently no anthros)
  • Simon Swift (Zak Simmonds-Hurn & Thomas Fickling - 37-) (apparently no anthros)

Recurring strips[edit]

  • Cogg & Sprokit (Jamie Littler - 4, 9, 11-16, 21, 26, 31, 35- with breaks)
  • Troy Trailblazer (Rob Deas - 10, 18, 27-32)
  • Silk Roads (Various & Ben Haggarty - 0, 1, 11, 15, 23-26)
  • Sky Drifters (Zak Simmonds-Hurn - 20, 24-26)
  • Kit & Clay (Alexis Frederick-Frost - 23, 25, 33, 36)
  • Useleus (Will Dawbarn & Alexander Matthews - 27, 32)
  • Art Monkey Adventures (Neill Cameron - 24, 29)
  • Evil Emperor Penguin (Laura Anderson - 30, 37)
  • The Malcolm Bewley Misadventures (Dave Shelton - 3, 6, 12)
  • Nico Bravo and the Celestial Supply Shop (Mike Cavallaro - 34)

Others[edit]

  • The Princess and the Peanut-Butter Sandwiches (Adam Murphy - 3)
  • Starborn (Paul Duffield - 7)
  • The Owl (Adam Murphy - 8)
  • Battle Quest (Paul Duffield - 14)
  • The Magic Tower (Paul Duffield - 19)
  • The Graveyard (Adam Murphy - 21)
  • Chip Charlton & Mr Woofles (Jim Medway - 22)
  • The Attack of the Hovermoos (Mike Smith - 36)

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Danica Starborn's Secrets of the Universe (Paul Duffield - 29, 35)
  • How to Make Awesome Comics (Neill Cameron - (0- with breaks)
  • The Dangerous Adventures of Von Doogan (Lorenzo Etherington - 0-)
  • Tale Feathers (Various - 0- with breaks)
  • Elsewhere (Chris Riddell - 1-22)
  • What Happens Next? (Patrice Aggs - 1-22 with breaks)
  • Somewhere Deep Below Phoenix HQ (Matt Baxter - 31)

Upcoming[edit]

  • Cora's Breakfast (Nick Abkadzis - TBC)
  • The Pie Thief (Faz Choudhury - TBC)
  • Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair (Sarah McIntyre & Philip Reeve - TBC)

References[edit]

  1. BBC News - The Phoenix comic rises from recession flames. Bbc.co.uk (2011-12-26). Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Phoenix comic to launch with Waitrose. The Bookseller. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
  3. Meet the Team. The Phoenix Comic. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.

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