Those of you who bought The Beano Annual 2015 will have seen the Rasher mini-strips I did for it so I thought I'd show you this photo I took when they were in the pencil stage. This was back in September 2013, about 10 months before the books were published, so you can appreciate how far in advance we draw the strips for the annuals.
The deadlines on the weekly aren't so far in advance, - just a few weeks, - but the production time on annuals has always been many months ahead of publication.
UPDATE: As soon as I'd uploaded this post I had a suspicion I'd posted this photo before, so I checked the archives and sure enough there it was back in July 2014 (here). Sorry about that!