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 The 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] (i.e., 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]

Citations[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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