What’s New? With Phil and Dixie, by Phil Foglio
Phil Foglio’s What’s New? With Phil and Dixie had a stronger hand in shaping my sense of humor than I like to admit.
The panel above is from the first episode, and is why I still, to this day, look at Chess the way I do.
That point of view - and, really, my experience with Dungeons & Dragons in general - was largely responsible for the way I wrote and directed Living Chess Games, when I worked at the NY Renaissance Faire.
I bought Dragon #49 when it first came out, in April* of 1981. It was the second or third or fourth issue I ever bought. I ended up with over 200 issues total, and I kept them all, for years.
About ten years ago, I gave them all to Goodwill, along with a few dozen boxes of other stuff from my childhood. I’d finally realized that “the stuff” didn’t matter. It was what I’d done with “the stuff” - and the memories I’d made by doing it - that did.
Which is yet another idea that influenced my Living Chess Games. Go figure.
* Or March. Possibly February.