Cartoonist Kev F. Sutherland dutifully tries to make a silk purse out of a pig's ear on The Apprentice

In Review: The Apprentice does Comics… Badly

A fleet of four black cars, sixteen wheelie suitcases, early morning phone calls and a bunch of bold claims. If downthetubes is covering this show, it can only mean one thing… over on The Apprentice, they tried making some comics. And they did – but oh, dear, what a disaster… The Apprentice is back onContinue reading In Review: The Apprentice does Comics… Badly

Beano 80th Anniversary Poster

Happy Birthday to the Beano at 80: Why It’s Still Much Loved

In the run up to the 80th anniversary of the Beano‘s debut in July 1938, I asked comic creators and fans of DC Thomson’s much-loved weekly humour comic (now produced by Beano Studios) who their favourite characters or strips were, and why? Did they have a favourite creator? And, perhaps most importantly – why doContinue reading Happy Birthday to the Beano at 80: Why It’s Still Much Loved

Elaine Constance Smith remembers The Dandy for A Comic Celebration: The Dandy. Image: BBC

“Two Doors Down” star Elaine Constance Smith celebrates “The Dandy” for BBC Radio Scotland

(Updated 19th July to add Beano links): As the Beano prepares to celebrate 80 years of comic fun, Two Doors Down star Elaine Constance Smith has been remembering its naughty older sibling The Dandy, created by DC Thomson in 1937, for BBC Radio Scotland – with the help of numerous comic creators. For A Comic Celebration:Continue reading “Two Doors Down” star Elaine Constance Smith celebrates “The Dandy” for BBC Radio Scotland

Beano 3935 - Royal Wedding Rumble 1

Royal Wedding plans changed in secret, venue moves to Beanotown — and chaos ensues!

Ahead of the much-anticipated wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this week’s issue of Beano comic pays homage to the Royal couple in a satire strip – and Royalists heading to Windsor this weekend will be disappointed to learn the nuptials have already taken place – in Beanotown! Well, almost. The comic reveals thatContinue reading Royal Wedding plans changed in secret, venue moves to Beanotown — and chaos ensues!

The new touchy feely, PC, Dennis as seen in the first Beano of 2018 - smashing two windows, scarring a gull, breaking a bird bath, chopping the heads roses and decapitating a gnome in one picture!

Beano creators hit back at media sniping as comic hits 80, buoyed by success of new “Dennis and Gnasher” TV show

Just after Christmas, perhaps because they’d been drinking too much mulled wine while reading this year’s top-selling Beano annual, some of Britain’s national media got into one of its occasional “comics aren’t what they used to be” funks. Specifically, with coverage of the new Dennis and Gnasher TV series – and what they claimed, wrongly,Continue reading Beano creators hit back at media sniping as comic hits 80, buoyed by success of new “Dennis and Gnasher” TV show