The Beano comes to Minecraft


Beano meets Minecraft. Image courtesy DC Thomson/Frima Studios
Image courtesy DC Thomson/Frima Studios


The Beano‘s Dennis the Menace and Gnasher have launched in Minecraft today, enabling players to add the comic’s most mischievous characters to PC versions of the game.

The Dennis and Gnasher Minecraft modification (mod) was developed in a partnership between The Beano and Frima Studios.  It includes all of Dennis’ best pranks; catapults, rotten tomatoes, stink bombs and booby-trapped trumping cakes.  Players can also craft a sausage to summon Gnasher – but they’ll need to watch out for ‘softy’ Walter and his stinky underpants.


Beano meets Minecraft. Image courtesy DC Thomson/Frima Studios
Image courtesy DC Thomson/Frima Studios



Mark Cotton, who had led the digital expansion of The Beano said, “The Beano has always been about great storytelling, imagination and creativity.  Minecraft is a perfect match for us, providing an amazing sandbox for kids to take our characters, tell their own stories, prank their friends and build out Beanotown.”

The Minecraft mod follows an announcement earlier this year of development plans for The Beano that see Dennis and Gnasher expand in to the digital market.

The brand plans to continue the extension of Dennis and Gnasher in Minecraft.  Mark explains, “We’d love to expand the pranks and incorporate other Beano characters.

“We were lucky to have a group of Beano fans helping us test this first adventure into Minecraft and we would love to get feedback on how we can continue bringing Beanotown to life!”

Frima Studio CEO Steve Couture adds, “We are delighted to be partnering with The Beano in its extension into Minecraft and gaming.  It’s a privilege to be part of the digital expansion of such an iconic brand.”

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Images courtesy DC Thomson/Frima Studios

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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