Design an Original Beano Character competition

Design a Beano Character Competition

We met up with Julie Tait, the organiser of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, earlier this week, and among other things (like telling us about supporters of the Festival creating knitted comic charcaters to promote it, an amazing tie-in with a local brewery we can tell you more about later and the fantastic things being planned for the 2000AD ‘Odyssey’ event), she reminded us about their Design an Original Beano Character competition.

This is a special festival competition in partnership with The Beano for young creatives aged 15 or under. They’re being challenged to design an original Beano character and be crowned the Comic Prince or Princess of the Lakes.

The winner’s comic character – the winning entry judged by the comic’s Editior-in-Chief Mike Stirling – will feature in a one-off mini comic strip in The Beano.

Julie tells us the response has been incredible, with hundreds of entries already pouring into the offices of the North West Evening Mail, who are helping manage this particular challenge. You can enter online (download the entry form PDF here from the Festival web site) or hand your entry in via local libraries and other Festival-supporting venues listed.

The competition ends 4.00pm 20th October 2013. You must be aged 15 or under (on July 4, 2013.

• All of the Festival’s current competitions are listed here:; book tickets here:

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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