Whitehall has today been accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ by the SNP [Scottish National Party] after claiming the beloved Dundee-born comic strip Dennis the Menace was ‘created in London’.
The loveable rascal was penned at The Beano’s office in Dundee, Scotland, by George Moonie back in 1951, with children worldwide growing to love the tales of the mischievous lad in the red and black striped jumper.
But a new UK government billboard campaign has ignited fury amongst Scottish nationalists after it featured a CGI image of Dennis and his faithful dog, Gnasher, with the slogan: ‘Created in London, unleashed in more than 100 countries.’
It was, according to Scotland’s foremost comic book creator, “madness”.
Mark Millar, the writer of Kick-Ass, Jupiter’s Legacy and Ultimate X-Men, was reacting to a new billboard advertisement from the UK government, which could be seen as suggesting the timeless mischief-maker Dennis the Menace was created in London.
“Dennis the Menace was created in 1951 by Edinburgh cartoonist Davey Law for the Beano, published every week by Dundee’s DC Thomson,” Millar wrote on Tuesday morning on X, formerly Twitter. “He’s as Scottish as Sir Sean.”
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Mafalda, a precocious bushy-haired girl with the insatiable drive to question everything, will on Wednesday make the jump to television streaming in a Disney+ (DIS.N) and Star+ docuseries that will examine the beloved Argentine comic strip through a feminist lens.
Joaquin Salvador Lavado, known as “Quino”, launched the comic six decades ago, initially as a failed covert advertising campaign for electrical appliances.
Mafalda, however, evolved into something else, questioning everything from nuclear power to overpopulation and capitalism to dictatorship, with kindness and a razor wit disguised as childish ingenuity.
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Rereading: Mafalda, nominated for best documentary in the sixth edition of the Canneseries Festival, which was held between April 14 and 19, 2023, will have a preview on September 24 on the National Geographic channel at 8:00 p.m. in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and at 10:00 p.m. in Chile. Then, premiere episodes will air on Sundays. Starting September 27, it will be available with all its episodes on Disney+ and Star+.
When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Canada for his first visit since the Russian war broke out, he was gifted some items with a distinctly Winnipeg connection.
Chrystia Freeland’s office confirmed to CTV News Winnipeg the deputy prime minister gifted Zelenskyy a first-edition comic book by Ukrainian author Jacob Maydanyk.
Madanyk, who lived in Winnipeg, donated his collection to Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre.
According to a spokesperson, Freeland’s team reached out to the organization to procure the first-edition comic.
According to Oseredok, Maydanyk’s most popular character was Vykjo Shteef Tabachniuk, which translated to Uncle Steve Tobacco. He was a satirical figure who first appeared in the 1920s in the Canadian Farmer and other newspapers.
After creating a feline pop-culture juggernaut, Jim Davis tried to go 2-for-2 with his 1986 cartoon strip, U.S. Acres. Following the comedic escapades of a gang of assorted farm animals, the strip and Davis’ Garfield served as the basis for the iconic Saturday morning cartoon Garfield and Friends, which ran from 1988 to 1994. It mostly followed an A-B-A format that saw two Garfield segments sandwiching a U.S. Acres story.
Read on about the classic cartoon that seems to have viewers divided (except on loving the theme), and find out where exactly that farm fits into the Davis Universe…
An interesting newspaper comic strip note:
The 1986 launch of Davis’ other comic strip was unprecedented, with U.S. Acres being published in a whopping 505 newspapers at the time. It did not, however, manage to surpass the popularity of Garfield.