Beano has continued its rubber chicken Christmas tradition with a brand new window display, unveiled earlier this week at their Fleet Street office.
Passers-by were surprised with a unique insight into the rubber chicken’s home life as the flock took over the Beano HQ window to gather for a Christmas meal, in part utilising work from “Dennis” artist Nigel Parkinson.
Inspired by the immense popularity of rubber chicken content on Beano.com, including invading Christmas songs, the window design follows the success of 2018’s display which saw a choir of rubber chickens brought to life by members of the public at the pressing a button, which performed a special poultry cover of Jingle Bells.
Rubber chickens including Macaulay Clukin, Fi Lyn Clucky and Nin Hendo will be taking over content creation on Beano.com during the holiday season with festively fowl quizzes games and jokes.
Throughout December, Beano.com is hosting a digital advent calendar full of fun surprises. Opening the first door gave kids the chance to design their very own rubber chicken by taking Beano’s Ultimate Christmas Quiz. One lucky winner will have their design featured in the picture frame above the fireplace in the Fleet Street window display and take home a bundle of Beano goodies.
Mike Stirling, Editorial Director said “Someone must have left Gnasher’s dog flap open at Beano HQ as the rubber chickens have come home to roost for the holidays in our window and on Beano.com! From quizzes to videos, our festive season is about being turned up to elev-hen.
“So save your turkey for the dinner table… because these birds mean business. (Funny business, that is).”
The window will be on display until 3rd January 2020 after which all rubber chickens will be donated to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to be gifted as toys to dogs staying at the shelter.
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.