My Own Genie
is a popular comic strip in the long-running British comic The Dandy
, first seen in issue # 3314 on 4th June 2005. It is drawn by artist Jamie Smart
, the creator of Bear (comic)
. It is about a schoolgirl named Lula who gets her own Genie, called Brian, after she accidentally releases him from a tin of marzipan. The first thing Lula wishes for is a huge cake; she then asks for her pet dog Clive to have the power of speech. The Genie - who looks like a small, floating, furry mammal in a purple robe and fez - is so grateful to Lula for setting him free that he grants her unlimited wishes. However, being a selfish girl, her wishes get ever more bizarre. Ironically, Clive the dog's wishes are far more sensible than Lula's and mainly consits of dog biscuit-type wishes.
My Own Genie became an overnight success with readers of The Dandy and by issue # 3342 (17th December 2005) the characters graced the front cover for the first time. Despite the huge success of the strip (it regularly topped readers' polls), Jamie Smart took the decision to rest My Own Genie in order to concentrate on new characters (specifically, a Dandy revival of his older strip Space Raoul). To date the last regular appearance of My Own Genie was in issue # 3378 (26th August 2006), although the characters did re-appear in the 2007 Dandy Summer Special, 2008 Dandy Annual and several random issues of the revamped Dandy Xtreme in 2007/2008.