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Wednesday, 24 July 2013
GOOD NEWS: THE BEANO TURNS 75 YEARS OLD. BAD NEWS: 60 YEAR-OLD ROGER THE DODGER IS MURDERED...
Picked up the latest issue of The BEANO today, celebrating 75 years of publishing. Took a quick look through it and was glad to see that they've now switched back to an upper case lettering font which, despite claims by some, does not give the impression that everyone is shouting - and is also much easier to read. (And just looks better!)
The bad news though, is that long-running stalwart, ROGER The DODGER has been murdered - and replaced with a strange, alien-looking creature that seems immensely juvenile in both art and lettering. Having ditched the nursery look in the rest of the comic, whatever possessed DCT to let the artist letter his own work?
The lettering, which is not much more than a scrawl, and the balloons, which are far too large, dominate the panels, and are not only sore on the eyes but utterly uninviting. I didn't even bother trying to read the strip, which is populated by basic, unappealing, bug-eyed jellyfish-type doodles, 'illustrated' in the 'How to Draw Comics Quickly and Without Much Effort' style that the artist is (in)famous for.
The editor, the same man responsible for the decisions behind the demise of The DANDY, doesn't seem to have learned much (apart from in the lettering dept - bar one), from his previous mistakes and seems determined in trying to convince us that, when it comes to what comic art should look like, he knows best. We can only hope that what is so far only a small irritating rash does not turn into the same full-blown terminal disease that doomed The Dandy.
Fingers crossed, eh?
R.I.P. ROGER The DODGER.
"We Shall Remember Him."
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, July 24, 2013