Friday, 14 December 2012

Christmas Crisis

Bing bong bing bong CHRISTMAS!!! YES. This weekend see's the release of my new two-part Cogg and Sprokit story, 'Christmas Crisis', only in The Phoenix! I had great fun doing this strip; there were a whole load of cliches and 'saving Christmas' kind of things going on with it, so I just thought: 'I'm going to make this as silly and as fun as I can in 8 pages', which was...well, fun. And Christmassy. I hope anyone who reads it enjoys it! It definitely got me in The Christmas spirit. Unfortunately for everyone around me, that was back in October, when I was making it.

I'm seeing more and more about the Phoenix in the interwebs and around the sites and digital engines, which makes me so happy. It is SUCH a fantastic comic, one that I believe really is individual and unlike anything else out there, and it means so much to see it building up a great reputation and an even bigger subscription base. I still get a massive buzz whenever it comes through the post box. In case anyone was interested, I have also included the first version of the cover I did, which can be seen above. We went for a red background in the end as it was way more striking and 'Christmassy', and I do believe it changed slightly again (the text, at least), which I think looks even more striking. Which is a good thing really, as it was the final, printed version. Maximum strikinginess. And it can be seen over here!

Also out this month, just in time for Christmas, is what some have called: 'The Ultimate Gift'. And I am not one to speak against some. I will quote The Phoenix themselves here, as they say it all rather well:

'We have finally finished creating The Phoenix Gift Box! This is a lovely box that includes a mini comic, some badges, some stickers and most importantly a 5 week subscription to The Phoenix! It retails for £14.99 and is basically an amazing xmas present. You can buy it from us here.'

And it really is a great Christmas present. So if you know any children, or any comic lovers, or anyone who likes well produced, creative and fantastic awesomeness, you could do worse than supproting our little indie publication! But yes, that's the end of my sales pitch, I shall be posting some more illustrations soon!

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