Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Pranks a lot!
British comics have often featured activity pages amongst the strips, from the humble reader's jokes page ("submit a joke and win a 10 shilling postal order"), 'How to' features on magic tricks, and puzzle pages such as Teaser Time. The latest thing appears to be the 'pranks' page, with readers actively encouraged to play harmless pranks on their parents and pals, with step-by-step instructions on each mischievous moment.
Today's issues of The Beano and BeanoMax are no exception. In The Beano I've illustrated Pop Goes the Weasel, - and no, weasels are not involved. It's a prank involving keys and balloons.
Over in BeanoMax, my cartoons run across five pages for the It's Prank O'Clock feature, telling kids how they can get up to 15 pranks during the course of a day.
This week's Beano is rather special because not only does it feature the return of the cover strip (as opposed to one big picture) it also contains the debut of four new strips. (My regular Rasher mini-strip is still in there too.) Out now for a mere £2.00.
BeanoMax comes bagged with a pile of goodies, the best of which in my opinion is a plastic fake fried egg. (A nice oldschool joke prop which I'm sure thousands of today's readers will enjoy playing with.) That's issue No.77, on sale now for £3.99.