The Phoenix Weekender – Lorenzo Etherington shows you how….

Published On April 8, 2017 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Comics For Children, The Phoenix Weekender

Another week, another issue of the brilliant comic for children The Phoenix arrives through the letterbox. Definitely the very best children’s comic out there in my humble opinion. You can find The Phoenix at your local comic shop (if they don’t stock it, well that probably tells you something) or subscribe.

This week I thought we’d look at a releatively new strip, from Lorenzo Etherington, that does exactly what the title suggests… How to think when you you draw!

This is something The Phoenix has consistently done so well, mixing up the content to include not just various comic strips of all sorts but a host of editorial strips and pages pluspuzzles and instructional pieces. The first of this was Neill Cameron’s How to make Awesome Comics. And now, Lorenzo Etherington, half of The Etherington Brothers, who’ve already given us Long Gone Don , Monkey Nuts and more, gives us this perfect little slice of just how to make comics and make them well.

We’re but a few episodes in but this strikes me as something the fans are really going to love. Etherington is cleverly mixing in great artwork with perfectly phrased instructional text. There’s so much information across just one page to absorb here.

Take a look…

Ok, slightly weird subject for tutorial one perhaps, but never mind, just look at the details, at the simple yet perfect lines up there. That’s just classy stuff. Tutorial 2 deals with 3D shapes in equally great fashion:

But my favourite is the latest, How To Think When You Draw … Running Figures. Oh, this really plays well with Etherington’s sense of movement and fluid motion.

All in all, this is yet another welcome addition to the pages of the best children’s comic out there.


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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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