Monday, 16 May 2022

Biffo is coming back!

Here's a tiny preview of part of a panel from one of the Biffo the Bear strips I've done for Beano Annual 2023 which will be published this August.

I was asked to write and draw eight Biffo mini-strips in all and they'll appear throughout the book. It was fantastic to work on a character that was such a familiar part of my childhood. The iconic bear first appeared in The Beano in 1948, replacing Big Eggo as a cover star (Big Eggo being another character I've worked on, for the weekly Beano a few years ago). 

Biffo is an interesting character to create stories for because he can do anything; gardener, plumber, clown, athlete... and they're just some of the topics I didn't use. As you can see, I've also revived Biffo's best pal, Buster, which means I've now drawn both the D.C. Thomson Buster and the Fleetway / Rebellion version. (No, they're not related.)

As I said above, Beano Annual 2023 will be out on August but you can pre-order it now from the publisher's webshop at this link: 



Anonymous said...

Other artists drew him before you.

Lew Stringer said...

That's right. Dudley Watkins, David Sutherland, Sid Burgon, Wayne Thompson, Paul Palmer and many others.

Manic Man said...

erm... yes.. tons other artists have drawn Biffo.. and Buster and others.. odd comment that..

anyway.. now.. you have done a few 'famous faces' in your time of real people.. so we need a Buster Keaton... I think you could do a good job on him ^_^

Lew Stringer said...

If Film Fun is ever revived maybe I will. :D