What's New with Phil & Dixie

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What's New with Phil & Dixie
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The characters of What's New, Phil Foglio (left, an author self-insert) and Dixie Null
Author(s)Phil Foglio
Websiteairshipentertainment.com/growf.html - dead link, archived here
Launch date1980
End date2003
Publisher(s)Dragon Magazine (1980-1984, 1999-2003)
The Duelist (1993-1999)
Genre(s)Parody

What's New with Phil & Dixie is a gaming parody comic by Phil Foglio. What's New was Foglio's first comic, and was published in the magazines Dragon and Duelist, as well as in print collections and online.

Premise[edit]

The comic stars Phil Foglio, along with Dixie Null, as they explore the world of gaming, particularly tabletop RPGs, with a mixture of reportage and advice to the reader. Strips created for The Duelist magazine focused on Magic: the Gathering.[1][better source needed]

A long-running joke revolved around the often promised and often delayed "Sex in D&D" segment.[# 1][# 2][# 3] This segment never appeared in magazine printings, but was finally written[# 4] and included as additional material in one of the strip's book printings.[citation needed]

Original magazine publications[edit]

In an interview, Foglio said that What's New was his start in comics, and was first published in Dragon magazine in 1980.[2] In another interview, he said that he had done some covers for Dragon, and noted he could earn much more for similar effort if he added jokes.[3]

According to Wizards of the Coast, the current owners of Dragon, the comic first appeared in Dragon shortly before issue #50 and ran until issue #84[4] (ie in 1984[citation needed]), when Foglio stopped the comic to work on other projects.[4] According to Wizards, characters from What's New appeared in another Foglio work, Another Fine Myth.[4]

Wizards also states that What's New was revived for a run in The Duelist magazine, also published by Wizards of the Coast.[4] It ran in The Duelist from 1993 to 1999,[citation needed] ending when publication of The Duelist ceased.[4]

After the end of The Duelist, the comic returned to Dragon and ran there from 1999 to 2003 (issues 265–311), plus a final "farewell" installment Dragon #359, the last issue of Dragon in print.[citation needed]

Book printings and online publication[edit]

The entire run in Dragon, plus additional material, was published in two print collections by Palliard Press.[4]

In 2001 a third volume was published by Studio Foglio collecting all the Duelist magazine strips, along with some bonus content.[citation needed]

From 2007 to 2010, What's New was republished on Foglio's website as a weekly webcomic.[# 5][5]

Reception[edit]

The author and blogger Cory Doctorow has said he loved What's New when he was a kid.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rothschild, D. Aviva (2000). "The Comics Get Serious--Review of What's New with Phil and Dixie 3". www.rationalmagic.com. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  2. ^ Xerexes, Xavier (October 31, 2008). "It Takes A Genius To Draw One: An Interview with Phil Foglio". Comix Talk. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  3. ^ Maliszewski, James (2020-11-06). "Interview: Phil Foglio". Grognardia. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Dungeons & Dragons FAQ". Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  5. ^ Alverson, Brigid (2010-02-02). "Unbound: Talking with Phil Foglio". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  6. ^ Doctorow, Cory (2008-01-22). "Live phone-in with Phil and Kaja Foglio this Sunday". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2020-11-17.

Comic references[edit]

Source dates in these references refer to the original printing date. These comics were reprinted on Foglio's website between 2007 and 2010.

  1. ^ Foglio, Phil (1981). "What's New with Phil & Dixie". Airship Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2015-04-28.
  2. ^ Foglio, Phil (1982). "What's New with Phil & Dixie". Airship Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2015-04-28.
  3. ^ Foglio, Phil (1984). "What's New with Phil & Dixie". Airship Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2015-04-28.
  4. ^ Foglio, Phil. "What's New with Phil & Dixie". Airship Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2015-04-28.
  5. ^ Foglio, Phil. "What's New with Phil & Dixie". Airship Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2020-11-17.

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