What's this? Is it breaking news of a new Beano strip coming soon from DC Thomson? Or is it a daring reboot? Well, don't worry, it's neither of those things and it already happened two years ago and quietly passed you by. That's because this was part of a special one-off comic for a special birthday "boy". Namely, me:
A couple of years ago, long before I expanded the blog to cover other comics, my friend Emma (and her dog Izzy) went online to Signature Gifts' website and made up a personalised copy of the Beano for my birthday. Yes, just a couple of years ago so that means this was for my 38th birthday. Not my 8th. My 38th. Hey, we're as young as we feel, right? Emma was able to substitute the names of three characters with my name, her's and that of our mutual friend, Roger. Dennis the Menace was unfortunate enough to be given my name and, funnily enough, Roger was the name given to... erm... Rodger the Dodger! Emma's character I'm not familiar with because it's been years and years since I read the comic, but whoever she is bares an uncanny resemblance to the real person, so that just made it all the funnier for me!:
|"Unusually kind" of me? Thanks Roger!|
The basic plot is that Santa and Rudolph, distracted by the warbling of carols by the "softies" Walter et all, puts himself directly in the flight path of Dennis... oh, I mean me and "my" pet dog Gnasher, after a stunt using a homemade ramp shoots us into the air a tad too high. Gnasher comes up with the idea of getting the help of all the other stars from the comic to help deliver the presents to everyone in Beanotown, but unable to actually communicate this I take the credit:
One part I found particularly funny was this next segment involving Emma's character. Let's just say this little bit of the script suited her to a tee and was perfect for her character! Emma and I both agreed and laughed about it together and for this reason I'd highly recommend this. If you can find it though. But in the meantime, did the writer somehow know who was going to be portrayed in my copy?!:
With 32 high-quality pages and a thick, glossy cover complete with a small spine, it's a high quality piece and a great idea if you've any young Beano or Dennis the Menace fans in your life. Or even a 30-something-year-old one. I'd be recommending this in a heartbeat, but unfortunately it looks like I can't right now. Signature Gifts seem to cycle through various personalised books and comics and at the moment this particular comic isn't available.
However, there's a wealth of others on their website, such as personalised Beano annuals, lovely looking The Railway Series (Thomas the Tank Engine) books, Horrible Histories, Minecraft, Winnie the Pooh, Disney and Marvel titles, as well as a staggering amount of non-licenced books, newspapers and more, all completely customisable for gifts.
Or even for yourself.