Beano sets new Guinness World Record for world’s largest comic strip competition at V&A Dundee

Beano has entered the Guinness World Records for launching the world’s largest competition to finish a unique comic strip, hosted at the opening of the new V&A Dundee.

The iconic British children’s entertainment brand received an excess of 650 entrants at the 3D Festival to achieve the world record title for largest “Finish the Comic Strip” competition.

Visitors to Scotland’s first design museum were challenged to complete a bespoke eight-page V&A Dundee inspired comic strip, starring beloved Beano characters including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids.

One lucky designer will win the chance to see their comic strip displayed in V&A Dundee, alongside the official Guinness World Record certificate.

In the exclusive comic stip, pupils of Bash Street School are invited to the opening of V&A Dundee, where they meet V&A Dundee architect, Kengo Kuma and director of V&A Dundee Philip Long. Alongside discussing the museum’s design and the history of the V&A, Dennis narrates his personal design evolution while Minnie explains the development of comic strips.

The final panel challenges entrants to draw something they think should be on display in V&A Dundee instead of Plug’s face.

Beano also holds the Guinness World Record for longest-running comic published weekly, breaking its own record with each new issue published.

Mike Stirling, editorial director of Beano Studios and global ambassador for Dundee, said: “This new world record proves the ever-lasting love for our rebellious Beano characters, especially in their home city of Dundee.

“The competition shows that everyone can design something imaginative, creative and awesome. It’s no surprise to me that there’s so much fantastic creative talent in the city: Beano and V&A Dundee are iconic symbols of this. I can’t wait to see what Beano fans worldwide think when they check out our exclusive comic story, plus some of our favourite entries on

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, added: “We are delighted to celebrate our opening with the Beano, in its own right, an icon of design. Beano Studios is a prime example of contemporary design evolution, adapting their character design over time to survive and thrive.

‘We look forward to welcoming audiences to view the winning design, alongside our Scottish Design Galleries and changing exhibitions.”

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

Check Also

Channel 5’s Milkshake! announces UK tour

Channel 5’s Milkshake! has announced a brand-new live tour show for 2022: Milkshake! Live: Milkshake! …