Published: 06:00, 30 January 2020
| Updated: 09:31, 08 February 2020
Boom!! What's all this malarkey? There's an exhibition coming to the county in time for half term that packs a punch, full of comic characters from yesteryear.
They may not have been born when Desperate Dan first started eating his beloved cow pies, but today's kids can still get stuck into a comic.
Whether you're five or 95, you'll be able to read and enjoy some old fashioned comic action in the form of some of the 40s and 50s favourite characters, who are still well known today.
A family-friendly exhibition exploring the wonderful world of comics is set to open this week in time for February half term in Canterbury, opening up a world of comic capers, exclamations and wacky worlds for a variety of generations.
Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art is an interactive exhibition from Seven Stories, to be staged at The Beaney in the city centre.
The display will feature influential British comic icons such as Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace just as they were drawn in the 1940s and 50s, alongside old friends Wullie, Minnie the Minx and Roy of the Rovers and offers a chance for comic fans of all ages to discover an eclectic mix of original and iconic comic art, alongside work by current children’s comic creators.
Other famous characters include Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman and the Hulk as drawn by Ian Churchill, the British artist and producer of comics for America’s two largest comic corporations – Marvel and DC comics.
The interactive exhibition will also offer fans the chance to create their very own settings, characters and stories using playful props and costumes.
Chairman of the council’s community committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “This is a fantastic exhibition that not only allows visitors to explore the history of comic classics like Dennis the Menace and Desperate Dan, but also offers a chance for fans of all ages to discover how modern day artists are producing the classics of tomorrow.”
The exhibition runs from Saturday, February 8 to Sunday, February 23. Entrance costs from £5 and advance booking is recommended by visiting thebeaney.co.uk/comics.
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