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Comic strip bid proving big draw
Comic strip
Primary school children have already produced 30m of comic strip
A record breaking attempt to produce the world's longest comic strip has begun in Dundee.

The city is home to some of the world's best-loved comic characters from the Beano and Dandy such as Desperate Dan, Minnie the Minx and Dennis the Menace.

Walt Disney holds the current Guinness World Record with a 240m (787ft) long cartoon strip.

Organisers of the Dundee event are hoping to smash that by producing a 250m (820ft) comic strip by Sunday.

The move is part of the Six Cities Design Festival which runs until 3 June.

We are asking people from around Dundee or even those who are just visiting to contribute their stories about the town's history
Richie Cummings, event organiser

Event organiser Richie Cumming, Dundee Contemporary Arts education co-ordinator, said the comic would tell stories about the people and places of Dundee.

He said local schoolchildren, arts students from the city's Duncan of Jordanstone Art College, community groups and members of the public, would all be involved in the record breaking bid which is taking place at the Steeple Church in the city centre.

Mr Cumming told BBC Scotland's news website: "We set ourselves a limit of Sunday afternoon to try to beat the world record but we're hoping to run it for as long as possible and keep adding to the comic so that our world record will hold.

Children taking part in world record challenge
Children from Claypotts Castle Primary are involved in the bid

"We are asking people from around Dundee or even those who are just visiting to contribute their stories about the town's history.

"Personal stories, myths or legends - anything that can be easily illustrated by artists working here."

Pupils from Claypotts Castle Primary School in Dundee have already produced the first 30m (98ft) of the strip.

Hannah Fisher, 11, said: "Its quite exciting to be part of a world record attempt. I'm hoping that we can break it."

The comic strip will be laid out in the Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee at 1700 BST on Sunday.




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