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Comic turns; Pupil artwork is featured in The Beano.

Byline: BEN TURNER

YOUNG artists from a Merseyside school have become stars of The Beano comic after taking character Roger the Dodger to new heights.

Fifteen students from Birkenhead School in Oxton enjoyed a brush with fame after re-creating a giant version of a double page spread of the exploits of scamster Roger the Dodger - the impish schoolboy hero of the Beano comic.

The multi-coloured artwork, executed in poster paint and felt-tip, is a huge 9ft by 7ft and currently has pride of place in the Oxton-based school's art room.

But their efforts will be forever etched in comic folklore after bowling over Beano publishers DC Thomson.

The pupils sent a photograph of the poster to the comic makers.

And DC Thompson was so impressed with the talents of the 10 and 11 year-olds that they featured their artwork in the comic (pictured right).

The publishers also sent the school a collection of books.

Beano Editor Michael Stirling told ECHO Education: "I was proud to see Roger has inspired them to such a great effort.

"He''s still one of our favourite characters and is deserving of this honour. I just hope his dodges aren''t used against the teachers at Birkenhead School. At least not in every class."

The students are all members of one of the school's art clubs and spent weeks on the project under the supervision of specialist art teacher, Irene Smith.

She said: "It was all great fun and the boys and girls really enjoyed themselves.

"Most of them know the Beano and were keen to try their hand at a comic strip.

"Doing this on such a large scale involved a great deal of planning and scaling up in a grid system, so they learned quite a lot as well."

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COMIC BOOK HEROES: Pupils at Birkenhead School have become stars of The Beano after doing their own giant version of a Roger the Dodger strip which featured in the comic, left
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 29, 2011
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