The Phoenix Weekender

Published On May 4, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Comics For Children, The Phoenix Weekender

Dropped through the letterbox yesterday. Read it this morning. As always, a fab start to the weekend, especially this 3-day weekend. It’s the Phoenix Comic, and there’s a giant Jamie Smart eye on the cover menacing those poor, innocent creatures of the forest….

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Inside, there’s a load of great stuff for children (and us grown-ups), including some of this….

Nick Abadzis’ great Cora’s Breakfast finishes a first run, but the good news is there’s a second series in the works, and seeing as this week’s episode leaves us with not one, not two, but THREE cliffhangers that’s a good thing! It’s shaped up to be something weird, a children’s Hitch-hiker’s Guide at time, and it looks great all the way through.

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(Cora’s Breakfast by Nick Abadzis)

Adam Murphy gets 4-pages to spend Corpse Talk chatting to two giants of computing: Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, brilliantly done, great cartooning. Murphy’s been the one who’s most impressed across the whole run of the Phoenix. Initially I thought the concept would wear thin, but Murphy’s art and an ability to make any character from history ring true have really made it a highlight.

Here’s a little bit of Babbage….

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(Corpse Talk by Adam Murphy)

… and a little Lovelace….

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(More Corpse Talk by Adam Murphy)

And at this point I’d be absolutely remiss not to mention a great Ada & Charles comic by Sydney Padua: 2d Goggles (or The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage) has featured on here before, but seriously…. go look. There are a few differences from the accepted origin story of this dynamic computing team:

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(2D Goggles by Sydney Padua)

Back to the Phoenix…. and one last surprise… in the middle of the comic, news that Garen Ewing’s Rainbow Orchid hero Julius CHancer will be returning very soon in the pages of the Phoenix. This is very good news.

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You can pick up copies of The Phoenix comic each week from a host of great comic shops, including our own, from Waitrose, from a number of other outlets (see here on the Phoenix site) and through subscription.

Full details at the Phoenix website. And whilst we happen to be talking the website…. it’s had a revamp, go look…..

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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