Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Beano Christmas Special
Yes, it's the week when the Christmas issue of The Beano is published and it's in the shops now with a bumper 44 page issue plus a set of 'Party Pranks' (and a bag of Haribos) for £3.99. As you can see from the cover above, it's billed as The Beano Christmas Special and carries no issue number, but in truth it's No.3665 of the regular series. (Although the plastic bag it comes in carries the number 3664. Hey, mistakes happen.)
Inside the comic there's a double helping of Dennis the Menace drawn by Nigel Parkinson (who also did the cover) and a selection of seasonal strips including an excellent Dave Sutherland Bash Street Kids. (Dave's been drawing the strip for 50 years, - which also means 50 Christmas strips of course, - but he still manages to add little details and visual gags that make the strip still feel fresh.)
There's also a Roger the Dodger puzzle page by Jamie Smart! Yes, Jamie drawing Roger! Brilliant and funny.
Another good thing about this issue is that it contains no reprints! I doubt this trend will continue in the New Year but who knows?
Also out now is the Christmas edition of The Beano's companion comic BeanoMax. It features a nine page Dennis the Menace strip by Nigel Parkinson, a seasonal feature drawn by Dave Sutherland, a puzzle page by Jamie Smart, and various activity pages. 40 pages plus gifts, for £3.99.
As they carry gifts, both of these comics are bagged so here's what to look for on the stands...
These are the last issues that will appear this year (they'll be back on January 2nd) but we're already hard at work on issues for 2013. I've drawn a few more Rasher mini-strips for The Beano and I've just done artwork for a new BeanoMax feature which has... but that would be telling!