Beano fans are surely spoilt for choice at the moment, not only has the McManus Gallery in Dundee been taken over by them, and the gallery re-branded as the McMenace, but a small corner of London has also been given over by the comic.
Running until 12th August 2018, as we’ve previously reported, The Beano – A Manual for Mischief is at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The display illustrates the processes and development of Beano characters with artwork from publisher DC Thomson’s archives.
Plans for the V&A tie-in were also 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.
• 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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.