Beano has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip. Image: DC Thomson

Beano gains Guinness World Record for Finish the Comic Strip” competition

Beano has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip. Image: DC Thomson
Beano has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip. Image: DC Thomson

Beano has achieved a new Guinness World Records title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip.

Beano has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip. Image: DC Thomson
Image: DC Thomson
Beano has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip. Image: DC Thomson
Image: DC Thomson

The iconic British children’s entertainment brand received an excess of 650 entrants at yesterday’s 3D Festival, to achieve the GWR title for largest “Finish the Comic Strip” competition.

Visitors to Scotland’s first design museum were challenged to complete a bespoke eight-page V&A Dundee inspired comic strip, starring beloved Beano characters including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids.

Beano has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip. Image: DC Thomson
Image: DC Thomson

One lucky designer will win the opportunity to have their comic strip displayed in V&A Dundee, alongside the official GWR certificate.

The winning entry, alongside selected entries which contributed to the new record, are available to view on Beano.com.

Beano has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip. Image: DC Thomson
Image: DC Thomson
Beano has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) title at the opening of the new V&A Dundee, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip. Image: DC Thomson
Even local policemen got in on the challenge! Image: DC Thomson

In the exclusive comic strip, pupils of Bash Street School are invited to the opening of V&A Dundee, where they meet V&A Dundee architect, Kengo Kuma and Director of V&A Dundee Philip Long. Alongside discussing the museum’s design and the history of the V&A, Dennis narrates his personal design evolution whilst Minnie explains the development of comic strips.

The final panel challenges entrants to draw something they think should be on display in V&A Dundee instead of Plug’s face.

The new record adds to Beano’s collection, as they also hold the Guinness World Records title for longest-running comic published weekly; breaking its own record with each new issue published.

“This new world record proves the ever-lasting love for our rebellious Beano characters, especially in their home city of Dundee,” says Mike Stirling, Editorial Director of Beano Studios and Global Ambassador for Dundee. ” The competition shows that everyone can design something imaginative, creative and awesome.”

“It’s no surprise to me that there’s so much fantastic creative talent in the city; Beano and V&A Dundee are iconic symbols of this. I can’t wait to see what Beano fans worldwide think when they check out our exclusive comic story, plus some of our favourite entries on Beano.com.  Is there a more creative city anywhere, right now?”

“We’re delighted to celebrate our opening with the Beano, in its own right, an icon of design.,” says Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee. “Beano Studios is a prime example of contemporary design evolution, adapting their character design over time to survive and thrive. We look forward to welcoming audiences to view the winning design, alongside our Scottish Design Galleries and changing exhibitions.”

“As a Dundonian myself, it’s particularly thrilling to award this Guinness World Records title to a comic as iconic – and as symbolic of Dundee – as the Beano,” added Craig Glenday, Editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records.

“As the world’s longest-running comic, the Beano has inspired creativity (and naughtiness!) in kids for generations, so it’s fitting that it’s being celebrated by both V&A Dundee and Guinness World Records. And we’re still hoping to open a category for Most sausages eaten by a dog in a minute for Gnasher, to add to their accolades!”

V&A Dundee opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday. As Scotland’s first design museum, it tells a global story, exploring the international importance of design alongside Scotland’s outstanding design achievements.

At the heart of the museum the Scottish Design Galleries feature 300 exhibits drawn from the V&A’s rich collections of Scottish design, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world. Fans of the Beano can see original artwork on display from across the illustrious 80-year history of the comic.

• To view the largest “Finish the Comic Strip” competition winning entry and other selected entries visit Beano.com

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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