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'''''What's New? with Phil and Dixie''''' was a gaming comic by Creator/PhilFoglio that ran originally in [=TSR's=] role-playing-centered ''[[Magazine/{{Dragon}} Dragon Magazine]]'', and then in the official ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' magazine. It's now [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070107 republished on the web]].

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!!This comic provides examples of the following tropes:

* ApplianceDefenestration: Played straight in [[http://tinyurl.com/68e25k page 1]] and [[http://tinyurl.com/69rzp2 page 2]] of the comic in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine #63 (July 1982), in which computers are hurled through open windows by owners frustrated with fantasy {{RPG}} programs.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: On [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20081116 casting models]] for ''Magic: The Gathering'' cards:
-->'''Agent:''' Do you have any trouble working with elves, trolls, fairies, minotaurs, wizards, merfolk, werewolves, vampires, zombies or artists?\\
'''Model:''' Ew...''real'' artists?
* AuthorAvatar: Phil
* BearHug: In panels #5-6 of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070318 a comic]] from ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine #58 (February 1982).
* BedouinRescueService: Parodied in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100131 this strip]]. "Hi! You folks lost?"
* BowtiesAreCool: Dixie often wore an oversized bow tie in the early strips.
* TheCameo: A credited one by Tramp's Wormy, and uncredited walk-ons by many others (e.g. [[ComicBook/ElfQuest Skywise]]).
* CanonDiscontinuity / OldShame: They claim never to have heard of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' in one of the strips after that period ended. (This is justified in-universe by a RoboticReveal, but still.)
* CashCowFranchise:[[invoked]] Mocked in "[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20081005 a story it will be easy to fit expansion sets onto]]" and some others.
* CatapultNightmare: In [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growf/growfcomic/strips/growf_20100523.jpg this strip]] Phil and Dixie wake up from a dream (shown in previous strips) in which their {{Character Alignment}}s were changed to Evil. Unfortunately for them, it turns out it ''wasn't'' AllJustADream.
* ChainmailBikini: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070304 Discussed]].
* CostumesChangeYourSize: In Dragon magazine #68 (December 1982), a man who's 6 feet tall and weighs maybe 300 lb. becomes an elven woman at least two feet shorter. When asked how he did it, he says "Special shoes".
* CovertPervert: Elves, as revealed in these [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080525 two]] [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080601 strips]].
* DeathByOriginStory: Parodied when a nascent superhero is subjected to so many different methods of acquiring superpowers simultaneously that he is reduced to ashes.
* DescriptionPorn: The comic in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine (June 1983) played this for laughs. Demonstrating a spy's ability to be intimately familiar with all sorts of weapons, it shows a spy coolly rattling off the name and statistics for a Mauser 1906, an AR-15 assault rifle, and... [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071118 a rubber duck]].
-->"...capable of killing five men simultaneously."
* DeusExMachina: Invoked in a discussion of why overpowered superheroes are unsatisfying, where a superhero named Deus Ex Machina Man is saved from a gun-toting criminal by a falling safe.
* DidntSeeThatComing: The [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090628 robot doubles]] have already read the comics ahead, analysed Phil's writing style and claim "There is nothing you can write that we are not prepared for." So, he gets Dixie to write the next page, which turns out [[StylisticSuck rather unpredictably.]]
* {{Disneyfication}}: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080921 Inevitably]] will be applied to ''MagicTheGathering: TheMovie''.
-->"...of course, there ''are'' elements of game play that'll be changed onscreen to make the characters more sympathetic".
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: "[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090816 It's a Penguin Generator! Wow! I've wanted one of these for YEARS!!]]"
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Dixie undergoing a [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20091004 literal lampshaded costume switch]], complete with the large breasts. Phil [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100307 also gets a costume switch]] when ''he'' turns evil, but with less lampshade hanging.
* EvilIsSexy: In-universe example -- Dixie's reasons for her FaceHeelTurn.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The mini-game ''Escape from C'thulu''. "You just open the box, read aloud the enclosed incantation... [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070415 ...and then, escape."]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20091004 Toward the end]] of ''What's New?'', Dixie turned into a CardCarryingVillain because she figured [[EvilIsSexy evil has better fashion sense]].
-->'''Phil:''' You're [[FaceHeelTurn changing alignment]]? But why?\\
'''Dixie:''' Are you kidding? The perks are fantastic! Better hair -- [[BuxomIsBetter bigger bust]] -- bitchin' outfits -- ''plus'' I get my own minions!
* {{Fanservice}}: Dixie provides this in spades.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Done as a gag, with the pair answering fake letters from gamers. Also [[RecursiveReality an in-character fake letter that Phil sent in as a joke]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: A misshap with a mind-switching device results in Dixie and Growf switching bodies for a few strips.
* GameBreaker: InUniverse, the [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080706 Rukh egg.]][[note]]The card has since been errataed to prevent this exploit.[[/note]]
* GulliverTieDown
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070401 Phil wakes up to find]] his lead miniatures have tied him to the bed and are demanding a raise.
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071230 A gamer appears tied down in his own prize-winning diorama]] at a game convention.
* HandRubbing: In ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine #53 (September 1981), Phil shows us how it's done [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070204 in panel #4]].
-->'''Phil:''' Do with it? Why -- I know exactly what we can do with it! Heh! Heh! Heh!
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In the last few strips, after Phil turns evil, Dixie becomes "uber-good" when she realizes she can still dress sexy while being heroic... but mostly so she could continue kicking Phil's ass.
* HocusTropus: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100530 This strip]] includes versions of DisappearingBox, PullARabbitOutOfMyHat, and SawAWomanInHalf.
* HurricaneOfPuns: An explanation of the "Jester" prestige class includes a demonstration on how to turn a HurricaneOfPuns into an effective -- if [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 somewhat indiscriminate]] -- weapon.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100509 Said by Dixie]] in a strip about flight.
* IGotARock: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100117 Word for word.]]
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Dixie's outfit after she's become LawfulGood combines this with an AbsoluteCleavage. As she remarks, being übergood still gives you the [[EvilIsSexy fashion perks of evil]].
* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growf/growfcomic/strips/growf_20070520.jpg This strip]] from ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine #63 has a guy dressed as a cleaning woman sneaking into a computer lab.
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090208 Mox cleaners!]]
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: The [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070114 comic]] in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' #50 used this. Phil and Dixie were exploring the TSR dungeon in the dark and realized there was someone else with them. Phil lit a match, revealing that the other creature was actually a demon. Then the demon blew out the match...
* MirrorMoralityMachine: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100228 Responsible for Phil's Face Heel Turn]].
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate: In an issue about spy games, one of the spy gadgets identified by a recruit as a trainee test is a rubber duckie. Apparently not a normal one, as he points out that it's capable of killing several people simultaneously (and has a plastic squeaker device in its mouth, too).
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: The alien spy in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070722 this page]].
* MotorMouth: The comic in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' #67 (November 1982) had [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070715 an example]] (see the last two panels).
* MsFanservice: Dixie Null is basically the ultimate [[GeekyTurnOn sexy geek]] GirlNextDoor (aside from her extended stint as a [[EvilIsSexy bikini-wearing supervillain]]).
* NeckLift: Once happened to a game-company flack who interrupted yet another attempt by the hosts to address the topic of Sex In ''D&D''. One panel shows him being subjected to this trope; the next reveals that it's Dixie, rather than Phil, who's doing it.
* NiceHat: Phil's bowler.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: ''Magic'' card illustrations.
** "Howling, flying, righteous, firebreathing, ''berserk'' [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080629 mammoths]]"
** "[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20081116 Okay - You want this horde of zombies carrying swords made of lightning, to be erupting out of a volcano, riding dragons made out of lava...]]"
* OnTheNext: Perennially subverted by RunningGag promises that "Sex in ''D&D''" would be next month's topic.
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080601 This strip reveals the disturbing nature of orc flirting.]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: A recurring character (or plot device) was [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growf.html Growf]], a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter tiny purple dragon]] that induced {{Squee}}s followed by third degree burns, and reproduced by [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070204 Explosive Parthenogenesis]] when wetted.
* OurElvesAreBetter: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080525 Parodied here]]. And [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20091101 here]].
-->'''Phil:''' Though for some reason they're not well liked.
* OurGnomesAreWeirder: ''What's New?'' offers [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100124 this take on exactly why there's no consensus on gnomes]].
* PirateGirl: In its ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' days, the strip [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090308 depicted]] semi-retired characters, including [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159253 Benalish Hero]] turned into a Pirate Queen and converting the IslandBase into a resort.
* ProductionForeshadowing: Towards the end of the run, Krosp from the then-in-development ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' makes several [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20081109 appearances]]. Both Krosp and Agatha also appear in the[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090823 fourth panel.]]
-->'''[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090111 Goont]]:''' Hey... if he wants the chief spy job ''that'' bad, he can ''have'' it.
* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: A strip about live action role-playing talked about how magicians get the short end of the stick. The strip showed a stage magician telling one of his teammates how his 'useless' magic tricks had just saved their lives. The teammate then asked what he was going to do when he ran out of rabbits and pulled back to show the magician pulling rabbits out of his hat to feed to the monster that was attacking them.
* PungeonMaster: A proposed "Jester" archetype for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 shown to kill monsters with pun-attacks]]. (And, not incidentally, his party, demonstrating that Puns aren't picky about targets.)
* RageQuit: "[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080928 Oh! No! A power failure!]]"
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Growf
* RiddleOfTheSphinx: In [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090906 a What's New? report on riddles]], Phil is caught by a sphinx who reveals that since everybody knows the answer to the traditional Riddle of the Sphinx now, she's switched to a new one: "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
* RobotMe
** [[http://tinyurl.com/68e25k Page 1]] and [[http://tinyurl.com/69rzp2 Page 2]] from ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine #63 (July 1982).
** And [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090628 the rematch]].
* RunningGag
** In the 1980s run of ''What's New?'', Phil and Dixie kept promising that their expose of "Sex and ''D&D''!" was on its way, only to be put off for another month each issue. [[spoiler:When it finally did arrive, it was just about the mating habits of various monsters. Psych!]] One might suggest that they ultimately provided this with ''XXXenophile''...
** Mammoths.
** The [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090823 mail snail]] became a slo-o-owly crawling gag.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100124 The gnomes' modus operandi.]]
-->"This cartoon, for instance. It would be a shame if something ''happened'' to it."
* ShockParty: One of the strips in ''{{Magazine/Dragon}}'' magazine was about espionage {{Tabletop RPG}}s. Part of it explained why it was a really bad idea to throw a surprise birthday party for an undercover spy. It starts in the last panel [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071118 here]] and concludes at the top of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071125 this one]].
* ShoutOut: Regularly.
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070916 This comic on werewolf variants]] features a were-aardvark who looks just like ComicBook/{{Cerebus|TheAardvark}}.
*** Also cleverly namechecks CerebusSyndrome with a pun when the doctor comments "It's more serious than we thought!"
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071202 Gazebo Boy]] ([[Funny/TabletopGames Eric and the Dread Gazebo]])?
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071223 Gallimauphry magazine]] and the Winslow on the next page (''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'').
** "Franchise/{{Godzilla}} [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080309 Festival"]] also has the Winslow.
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080622 DM girl reads]] ''Buck Godot'' behind her DM-screen.
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090906 Come see beautiful]] (and smelly) [[{{Literature/Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]].
* SomethingPerson: The look at roleplaying superheroes featured Gazebo Boy.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090614 Dixie's ninja outfit]], among others.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Lampshaded in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090111 a strip about minion recruitment]].
-->'''Greven ''il''-Vec:''' Done much minioning?\\
'''Krosp:''' "All is in readiness." "You're a genius, sir." "Don't screw around -- kill him ''now!''"\\
'''Greven:''' Not bad, but Volrath won't listen to that last one.\\
'''Krosp:''' They never do.
* StopHelpingMe: InUniverse in a piece on animal companions: "Some animals possess human level intelligence or better. These can be disastrous. [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090823 And some are just animals that want to help you and think they can. These are worse.]]"
* TheyFightCrime: ''[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080921 Magic: The Gathering]] - TheMovie''
* {{Underboobs}}: When Dixie is in her Ninja persona, her outfit includes [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20090614 underboobs]].
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: The strip in ''{{Magazine/Dragon}}'' magazine #72 (April 1983) was about jesters. The middle of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 this page]] has a jester killing a monster with bad puns. The next panel shows the danger of unintended side effects.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20100523 The end of the Heel Face Revolving Door arc.]]
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: An episode about superheroes included a panel about the need to have powers that are actually useful: "Gazebo Boy finds his singular power of metamorphosis useless against the evil Termite!"
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: A god in a game uses [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080608 this reasoning]] for explaining why he has to appear in the form of a fiery horse.
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