John Patrick Reynolds at Loogabarooga show

Comic Art show celebrates Beano’s 80th birthday

Britain’s favourite comic, The Beano, celebrates its 80th birthday this year and Comic Art is marking the occasion with a major exhibition of Beano screenprints.

Comic Art has been invited to exhibit at the Loogabarooga Festival in Loughborough, which is celebrating The Beano in its 80th anniversary year. This is described as “an annual event for families who love books and illustrated literature”.

The show, which includes some 45 screenprints and several displays about screenprinting, has just opened and will run until 29 October.  Further details from http://www.goleicestershire.com/thedms.aspx?dms=3&venue=2490940&feature=1006

The address is: Charnwood Museum, Granby St, Loughborough LE11 3DU. It’s open to the public from Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm.

The 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.

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.