Beano storms the V&A, but did they create a “farting statue”?

Beano: A Manual for Mischief

© Beano Studios/DC Thomson

The Beano has stormed London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, and is holding out there until August, poking fun at anyone who dares moan about the idea, until August.

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ll already know 2018 marks eighty years of continuous publication for the much loved comic. Plans for the V&A tie-in were reported here on downthetubes last year, after the Daily Mail went mental over the idea of “farting statues” and it was suggested the exhibition was actually destined for the new V&A in Dundee.

But no, the Beano is firmly in situ in the London museum, with display illustrating the processes and development of Beano characters with artwork from publisher DC Thomson’s archives.

If you’re in the capital. head over there now and find out what’s on view, take your kids too – not that they should will need encouraging, they probably already know the V&A is brilliant and this is just a bonus!

• Beano: A Manual for Mischief 10.00 – 17.00 until Sunday, 12th August 2018 V&A, NAL Library Landing – Free event | More information here online

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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