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Why comics aren't dead

David Fickling, founder of the first new weekly comic book for children in twenty-five years explains why comic books will always be loved.

The Phoenix, a weekly story comic for children aged 6-12 was launched in January 2012. It’s the first new weekly comic for children in the UK for twenty-five years. This is its very first Christmas. It’s made of paper (and it’s digital too).

Why did we do it? Simple: Children love to read comics. And they love them in paper form. The Phoenix is full of stories and, crucially, reading just for the fun of it. This is not reading under the beetle-browed eye of some fierce grown-up, this is reading that children love, need and desire.

Reading comics was always a delight. Reading them under the bedclothes or the desk, even better. Now at last the experts are understanding the importance of reading comics. The loss of reading for pleasure has been identified as one of the principle reasons for falling standards of literacy. Perhaps part of the reason for our disgraceful literacy rates is that we don’t have comics. Comics are a link to books not competition; in short they are a great leveller.

In this ultra modern, intensely visual world of screen and modern life, the ability to read images as well as text is of vital importance. The Phoenix is lucky to have world class British talent so quality is assured. And they are making it for girls and boys both. That’s new. But why do we make The Phoenix out of paper? Isn’t that seriously outmoded? No.

We still live in the physical world, so a comic needs to be Physical (Fizzy) and Digital (Didgy). It’s a new thing, a FizzyDidgy! You can hold it, collect it, put it in your pocket and it doesn’t run out of power! The comic can come to you, through your letterbox, every week, and cheer up the whole family. The young fans send artwork and stories to The Phoenix every week. It all goes on our Wall of Awesomeness. It makes us laugh. It makes us cry. It’s amazing. (And you can get it digitally too if you want).

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Yes, I also think that the fashion for comic books has not died. Look only at the number of films for the next 10 years, based on comics - it's great advertising! Also, for me comics, along with online resources that help understand how to write a classification essay, are inspirational for writing my own articles and short stories. They are a serious part of our culture and will remain so for a long time.
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