Leicester Mercury loogabarooga the beano

Comic Art in the press

Comic Art’s exhibition of screenprints celebrating 80 years of The Beano has drawn coverage in the local press.

The Leicester Mercury, one of the major daily newspapers in the East Midlands, ran this item about the show at the Charnwood Museum in Loughborough, part of the “Loogabarooga” festival of children’s illustrated literature.

The show, which included some 45 screenprints and several displays about screenprinting, has just closed.

The Loogabarooga festival started in 2015 as a celebration of 100 years of Ladybird Books, which was based in the town. Since then the festival has featured some of the nation’s favourite children’s works including Harry Potter and the work of writer and artist Lauren Child. The name of the festival comes from how some visitors pronounce Loughborough. See the festival’s website www.loogabarooga.co.uk for details.Loogabarooga

The Beano’s first edition was published on 30 July, 1938 and it’s been published ever since – sometimes selling nearly two million copies a week – making it Britain’s favourite and longest-running comic.

Generations of British schoolchildren have been brought up with the title – and are familiar with its characters, from Dennis The Menace to Minnie The Minx, The Bash Street Kids, Roger The Dodger, Billy Whizz, Biffo The Bear and Lord Snooty. Comic Art produces screenprints featuring all these characters.

For more than 15 years, Comic Art has had a licence to use the fabulous comic archive at publisher DC Thomson to make screenprints.