The Phoenix Comic

Cartoon Chaos inspired by Neil Cameron

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Knowing how much my class (and other children in school!) love the Phoenix books, I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of 'Mega Robo Rumble' by Neill Cameron. This led to a cunning plan for my Book Group last Friday!

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I found a clip of Neill talking about drawing Alex (one of the Robo Bros) which we watched before looking at some of Neill's books, particularly 'Mega Robo Rumble'. They were so excited and were thrilled when I explained that they were going to create their own hero cartoon characters. 

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We had all manner of fabulous creations. The children also enjoyed looking at 'How to Make Awesome Comics' (also by Neill) to get ideas. 

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We will be finishing these on Friday and sharing them with the rest of the school. I loved the way that all the children were completely engaged and buzzing with ideas. No one said they couldn't do this or that they didn't have any ideas- they were overflowing with enthusiasm!

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Look out, Phoenix Comics- some of your future contributors could be amongst this lot!

Happy birthday, Phoenix Comic!

The weekly British children’s comic, The Phoenix, is celebrating its fifth birthday on Saturday 7th January 2017

A guest post!

Having launched in 2012, The Phoenix was rated ‘the second best comic in the world’ by Time Magazine. And in 2015 it became the first independent comic in the country to reach Issue 200 since 1969. Now in 2017, The Phoenix is celebrating its fifth birthday.

For five years The Phoenix has been enjoyed by thousands of familes across the nation, and received celebrity endorsements from some of Britain’s best-loved personalities and children’s writers, including Philip Pullman, Michael Murpurgo, Lauren Laverne, Chris Addison and Jacqueline Wilson.

The Phoenix has been bringing award-winning stories to children every Friday for five years.

To celebrate, The Phoenix have published a fifth birthday issue with a special cover signed by all the contributors who have been involved in making The Phoenix what is it today, including author Philip Pullman and young comic superstars, Jordan Vigay and Jonny Toons, who have both had their work published in The Phoenix.

More and more research shows that comics are great for getting children reading and increasing their literacy levels. The Phoenix comic and The Phoenix Presents book series, in association with David Fickling Books, are leading the charge to get comics into the classroom and to get children reading at home.

My class love The Phoenix Presents... books- and so do I! You can read our review of 'Corpse Talk' here , 'Von Doogan and the Great Air Race here and Tamsin and the Deep here.

Happy birthday to all at this great magazine!