Friday, 16 February 2018

Back in the Beano!

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be back in the Beano from the issue that goes on sale on 7th March, writing and drawing a new series. It's only a mini-strip, and I can't say what it is yet, but it's an established strip I haven't drawn before. 

I'm happy to be back in the UK's longest-running comic in this its 80th year! More news soon!


Kal said...

Great news. Nowt wrong with mini-strips; they can often be funnier than a full page, IMO.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Kal. The mini-strip format dictates that an idea is stripped down to its basics so I suppose it's more direct. It does have its limitations though.

Manic Man said...

Good that you are back in there ^_^

saying about Mini-strip format dictates a more basic strip.. that makes me want to ask.. what are the 'average' (since it does change alot from place to place) rules for a mini-strip compared to say a newspaper 1 row strip. We had had tons of classic newspaper strips which mostly work on a small 3-4 panel format such as Charlie Brown, Garfield, Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Andy Capp, There was even a slightly bigger Sonic the Hedgehog one in the news of the world (done by Barrie Tomlinson and Richard Elson). Some work on simple 1 strip 1 story lines, but then you look at some of the Marvel ones they did as well, like Spider-man, Howard the Duck, Hulk etc, which did fairly long stories.. I guess that comics like the Beano don't really want 'story arcs' but if you look at strips like Charlie Brown, story arcs can be carried with most strips still standing on there own..

so, what are some of the rules you need to keep to? do you HAVE to use 3-4 panel format or are you allowed to do more If you fit in the same space (this of course depends on style and story as to if they can be used). so really.... how do they differ from Newspaper strips? I think it might be interesting to know

Lew Stringer said...

It's usually 3 or 4 panels, Manic. I suppose it could be 2 if the gag worked better that way but the rhythm of these things usually works best at 3 or 4 panels.

It'll have a story arc in some respects, but each one could be read in any order apart from the first (and the last when we get to it). I'll be able to explain more when I'm allowed to reveal who the characters are.