‘Lit­tle Men­ace’ Christo­pher set for very own Beano ap­pear­ance

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DEN­NEHY

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Christo­pher Lynch will be the envy of all his class­mates in the near fu­ture af­ter it was con­firmed that he will fea­ture in his very own one-off comic strip in ‘The Beano’.

The Muire Gan Smál pupil will fea­ture in the fa­mous comic book as a ‘Lit­tle Men­ace’ and will even have a comic book char­ac­ter drawn in his own like­ness by the comic’s artists.

Christo­pher, who has Autism, has been de­scribed by his mother Lisa as some­what of a “su­per fan” of the comic book in re­cent months. The iconic pub­li­ca­tion, Lisa says, has been a great help to Christo­pher in un­der­stand­ing and de­vel­op­ing so­cial cues.

“The way that the comic is drawn and the lan­guage is so sim­ple, he has recog­nised an aw­ful lot of so­cial cues from it. Things like fa­cial ex­pres­sions, what an­gry looks like, that if you do this to some­one they are go­ing to be mad, if you do this to some­one, they will be up­set. All of this has re­ally helped him,” said Lisa, speak­ing to The Ker­ry­man.

“A big thing with Christo­pher as well is that he strug­gles with open­ers to talk to peo­ple. The Beano do jokes along the ends of their pages and Christo­pher has now learnt from this that if he tells peo­ple these jokes, it gets a good re­ac­tion and that it can an ice-breaker for him,” she con­tin­ued.

Af­ter see­ing the pos­i­tive ef­fect that the comic was hav­ing on her son, Lisa de­cided, on a whim, to email the comic book’s fan club and see if they could maybe send out a let­ter to Christo­pher thank­ing him for read­ing.

Their re­sponse, the of­fer of his own comic book strip at the back of a fu­ture edi­tion, was some­thing that she could never have ex­pected.

“They have gone above and be­yond for him. He would have been de­lighted with just a let­ter from them but for them to do this, it’s just so heart-warm­ing,” she said.

“Thurs­day is Beano day in our house and he has started re­mind­ing me ev­ery Wed­nes­day morn­ing that it’s out the next day. He has me warned,” she laughed.

In ad­di­tion to his ap­pear­ance in the comic, the artists will be send­ing over all of the orig­i­nal art­work for the edi­tion as well which Lisa said she plans to frame and put on the wall.

“This is some­thing that he’ll be able to look back on in years to come. I don’t think it has sunk in yet for him. It’s such an amaz­ing thing they are do­ing,” she fin­ished.

Eight-year-old Christo­pher Lynch from Tralee will be fea­tured as a ‘Lit­tle Men­ace’ in his very own comic strip in an edi­tion of The Beano over the next few months.

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