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Iain McLaughlin

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Comics

I've worked on a considerable number of comics over the years.

The BEANO


I worked on Beano from 1988-89. I must have been so good that a mere 17 years later I was back in Beanotown and worked there again from 2006-2012, which included a stint as the Editor of Beano, BeanoMAX and various other aspects of the Beano brand. 


I wrote most of the major Beano characters at some time or other - Dennis and Gnasher, the Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx, Roger the Dodger and Bananaman. I also wrote for the Dennis and Gnasher TV series, on which I was Creative Consultant. I was also script editor on the Beano radio series.


I wrote most of the stories in the Beano at that time but the most fun I had was with Meebo & Zuky, the most over-the-top, violent story the Beano ever had. They even killed each other and went to Hell - but weren't allowed in because they'd lower the tone of the place. Laura Howell provided some top class artwork for that story, which really made the absurd cartoon violence work so well..

The DANDY


I spent two stints on the Dandy, from 1986-1988 and then from 1993-2005. For the last five years of that time I was Deputy Editor.


I wrote Desperate Dan, Bananaman, Cuddles & Dimples, Bananaman, Korky the Cat and countless other stories, while working for the legend that is Morris Heggie, the finest comics man I've ever met.

THE BROONS and OOR WULLIE


These two iconic comic strips from the Sunday Post are a part of Scottish culture. I handled them from 2005-2006, when I was working in the Comic Projects, and I wrote some scripts for the stories during that time. I've written more since going freelance.

The HOOT


This was the very first comic I worked on. I read proofs of the final issue of the Nutty but I don't think that's enough to make me a Nutty Boy. The Hoot was a joy to work on. It had a great atmosphere in the office. I worked with some fantastic artists like John Geering, Barrie Appleby, Steve Bright and David Mostyn and with great comic writers like Morris Heggie, Al Bernard and Duncan Leith. It was a terrific place for a young lad of 18 to learn his trade... and to fall in love with the business of making comics.


The Hoot only lasted 53 issues, and I sloped off to the Dandy when that comic absorbed the Hoot... but it was a great year, and I was very lucky to work with great artists and great writers who were also just terrific people.

The BEEZER then The BEEZER and TOPPER


From 1989-1993 I worked on the Beezer and then the Beezer and Topper when the two comics merged. We had a hello of a lot of fun working on the Beezer and Topper. It was a lot of hard work and we didn't have the marquee names the other comics had but we did put out an interesting and innovative comic.


My favourite job of the week was writing Edd the Ghost, which was drawn by David Mostyn. We tried to get pathos as well as gags in there. I always imagined the character as being voiced by David Jason if he was doing it for Cosgrove-Hall, who made Dangermouse and Count Duckula.



FUN-SIZE DANDY


While we were working on the Dandy we took over the small pocket comics which had been called the Dandy Comic Libraries. We re-branded them Fun-Size Dandy for long reasons I won't bother you with. They were a lot of work over and above our regular weekly work but they were so much fun to do. We were able to experiment with new artists, new stories and different story techniques. I wrote a lot of stories for the Fun-Sizes because I really enjoyed writing them. I wrote half a dozen stories for a superhero character, The Comet, who migrated to the weekly Dandy and the Dandy Annual. I think we all had a blast working on these.

COMMANDO


My last six months on-staff at DC Thomson was very happily spent working on Commando, editing scripts and writing text stories for the cover flaps. I've had fun writing scripts for the Commando over the past year or so, working with current Commando C.O. Kirsten Murray, who is doing a great job with the title.


My Commando scripts

©Commando Comics, DC Thomson & Co. Ltd., 2017