The Phoenix Activity Day

Remember that thing we did earlier this year for Free Comic Book Day? Where we got a bunch of artists to come in with their pencil cases, draw all over our windows then sit down at the big Gosh! table and drew cartoons with kids all day? Sarah McIntyre (Vern & Lettuce) was one of those amazing pen-wielders and has some pictures over at her blog. Missed it? Don’t miss this next event then because we’re doing it again!

It’s not for Free Comic Book Day this time but for stellar weekly kids’ mag, The Phoenix. If you’re yet to pick up a copy of The Phoenix we urge you do so so forthwith for the benefit of your wee one, especially if you’re still mourning the loss of the much-loved DFC. As they say on their website, it’s aimed at 8 to 11 year olds but they’ve got fans as young as three and I’ve seen dudes in suits buying it for themselves. It’s full of weekly strips, long-running stories, one-off strips, competitions and all sorts, by the likes of Jamie Smart, Dave Shelton, Nick Abadzis, Kate Brown, Simone Lia, Chris Riddell and more, for £2.99 a pop. For a full contributor list head this way.

On Saturday the 3rd of November we’re having three Phoenix artists – Neill Cameron, Lorenzo Etherington and Gary Northfield – come over and plaster our windows in cartoons and ink. If you’re aged between 6 and 13, come on down and draw some stuff with people who get to draw stuff as their actual job. It’s FREE! And you can ask them how to be a cartoonist. They’re captive and have to be nice to you.

(All photos are from Free Comic Book Day and stolen from Sarah McIntyre.)

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