Comic book kid gets to see his work in national magazine

CREATIVE Jordan Vigay, 12, at work creating comic strips on his computer. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133480-2)

CREATIVE Jordan Vigay, 12, at work creating comic strips on his computer. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133480-2)

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A TALENTED young comic book artist has been given his own page in a celebratory issue of a national children’s comic.

Jordan Vigay, from Portsmouth, was given a whole page where he designed and created his own comic strip that featured in the 100th issue of The Phoenix – a children’s comic across the UK.

The front page of an issue of The Red Crow

The front page of an issue of The Red Crow

The Phoenix is a weekly 32-page comic aimed at helping literacy and reading, as well as entertaining children aged from eight to 12.

Some of Britain’s best-loved children’s writers have contributed to the comic book anthology, including former children’s laureate and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and Tracy Beaker creator Jacqueline Wilson.

Jordan has been a fan of The Phoenix since its creation two years ago.

And when he got the chance to meet the creators at the Leeds’ Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival 2012, it inspired him to start his own comic – The Red Crow.

The 12-year-old said: ‘Meeting them and showing them some of my own designs and work really inspired me to create my own comic book.

‘I have taken it to many comic book festivals and one day I received an email from The Phoenix asking me to design a page.

‘I’m really happy that I got the chance to put my own work in it as I’ve always been a big fan and I really want to work for them when I’m older.’

The 100th issue went on sale at the start of the month, with Jordan and his parents appearing at Portsmouth Waterstones for the launch.

Stuart Vigay, Jordan’s father, is extremely proud of his son’s work.

He said: ‘I think he’s extremely talented, but of course I’m biased.

‘It is so amazing to see all his hard work recognised by so many.

‘But also by people that can make a difference in his life.’

He added: ‘I hope this really opens doors for him in the future.’

The Red Crow, created entirely by Jordan, is available on his own website at redcrowcomic.com

The Phoenix is also available at Waitrose, in Marmion Road, Southsea, and through online subscription.

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