Beano pops into the 3rd dimension this year, with this mixed media adventure set in space.
This "Robot Rumble" story was one of a few Beano pieces in the early 2000's to have parts of the artwork rendered in 3D. Building each element was time-consuming and challenging for the artist, David Parkins.
One of Beanotown's short-lived troublemakers makes one of only two Annual appearances in 2001, where a hypnotist turns him into a dog! Gordon returned briefly in 2005.
Text stories very rarely appeared in the weekly Beano comic during this period, but occasionally the annual would include an extra-special example as a special treat.