Scotland-born Mike Stirling has worked at Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson for pretty much his entire working life. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that he hasn’t felt the need to stray, given that the media company is home to one of the most enduring titles in children’s publishing: the Beano.
The classic children’s comic has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. Since launching in 2016, its Beano Studios offshoot has so far spawned a successful website and an animated TV series on CBBC featuring Beano favourites Dennis and Gnasher. As the comic celebrates hitting the big 8-0 this year, Stirling tells us about getting all his best ideas from kids, and transforming the title’s most nostalgic characters for the digital age.
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