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What’s New with Phil and Dixie

April 14, 2009

Note: I do apologize this being a day late. I was ridiculously busy with internship work, homework, and taxes last night. 

I do not count this one as a web comic, at all. 

It doesn’t belong on the list the same as Homestar Runner doesn’t belong on the list. Technically, we’re down to the 18 best web comics. 

I’ll explain the reason that this one doesn’t belong in the comic section of my review. 

Background: What’s New with Phil and Dixie is a comic from the 1980s and 1990s by Phil Foglio of Girl Genius (previously reviewed here). 

I’ll just let him tell you what it is:

“Welcome! The comics you’ll find here were written and drawn in the 1980’s and 1990’s. They appeared in Dragon magazine: TSR’s Dungeons & Dragons publication. So yes, they’re all about RPGs and the gamers who love them.

What’s New collections on paper can be had from your local book or comic or our Studio Foglio Online Company Store.

The Comic: The above is the reason why I don’t count Phil and Dixie as a web comic. It wasn’t originally created online, there’s nothing new about it because all of the strips posted are rereleases from the ’80s and ’90s. 

If anything this project by Phil Foglio is more of an archiving thing. 

It’s not bad, if you like the older-style humor. The jokes are relevant to 1980s D&D and board games and do connect with some of today’s gamers, especially, the Magic: The Gathering jokes. 

The art is somewhat newspaper style with a grainy quality but that might just be the age of the paper used. It’s very, very similar to the art from Girl Genius. In fact, Agatha Clay — the main character of GG—is a common character (though minus her GG characteristics) and the bard from GG is a common character as well. 

My recommendation: If you want to see some interesting looks at the table-top community then this is worth a look. However, if you want a web comic that is continually updated with relevant jokes then you won’t find it here. 

It’s okay. Check it out if you want. It’s not bad, not great either. Somewhat historical if you will.



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