A round of ‘app-paws’ for Hitchin comic-book hero Danny and his pug Jess as his work appears in The Beano!

Danny Pearson

Danny Pearson - Credit: Archant

A successful Hitchin author has added another string to his bow by having his pawsitively pawsome writing appear in a world famous comic – inspired by his adorable pug.

It’s fair to say Danny Pearson has definitely not been barking up the wrong tree, having his had his work feature in long-time kids’ favourite comic, The Beano – with a little help from his dog Jess.

Creative Danny has been working on scripts for the much-loved publication full of funnies, with the first one appearing in the famous cartoon dogs Gnasher and Gnipper comic strip over the last week.

Delighted Danny told the Comet: “I’m very excited to be able to let the cat – and dogs – out of the bag with my work for Gnasher and Gnipper.

“I was thrilled to see the whole brand underwent a revamp last year and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.


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“It took a lot of hard work and some great advice from fellow authors, and people at Beano HQ, to finally come up with scripts that were worthy of this legendary comic. I feel so lucky to have been able to work with the doggy duo, Gnasher and Gnipper.

“They are two of The Beano’s biggest stars and I wanted to do them justice.

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“Jess, a pug who lives with me – but has still failed to pay any rent – inspired many of the storylines that eventually made the cut into print.”

The Beano, owned by DC Thomson from Dundee, has entertained children of all ages since July 1938, with Gnasher and Gnipper first taking a bow-wow in 1968.

While the pawparazzi still haven’t got in touch with Danny and Jess to make life ruff you can see by the photo that they are delighted to appear in such a bona-fido publication. Danny added: “I think everyone knows at least one of the characters from The Beano. I remember taking the short walk, up the road from my family home, to the newsagents at Ninesprings Way every week to collect my copy of The Beano.

“The owner would have it waiting for me, with my name handwritten in the top corner. Every Christmas, like clockwork, my grandparents would wrap up a copy of the latest Beano annual and give it to me as a gift.”

The Comet newsroom came up with other characters Danny could write about, including Virginia Woof, Iggy Pup, Bing Clawsby, Hairy Pawter, Jabba the Mutt, Winnie the Poodle, JF Kennel-ly and David Bark-ham.

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