Visitors to the Loogabarooga Festival in Leicestershire in October may be tempted there by the loud, excited local press advertising that, on Friday, trumpeted "The illustrator of the iconic Beano comic book will be one of many artists and authors to appear at Loughborough’s first children’s book festival, coined as the first festival in the country aimed solely at children's illustration." If you are one of those hoping to see a 'How to draw Dennis the Menace' workshop, be advised there will be no such event. The festival will feature the writer Steven Butler, who wrote Diary of a Menace (but did not illustrate it) and no illustrator from the Beano will be there, certainly not me.
However, further north, on July 4th and 5th myself and Beano colourist Nika will be at the Glasgow Comic Con and we'll be showing how Dennis, Minnie, and almost all The Beano's characters are drawn! We'll be giving away free stuff (FREE!!) and chatting about something or other on a panel or something. See how well prepared I am?
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