|Not a proper comic, apparently.|
Reading through the news over on Google, I came across this article that appeard in The Scotsman:
Skip past the first few paragraphs, and the author (Fiona McCade) begins to talk about The Dandy, something that is currently big in the news for reasons everybody knows about. She then states that she is sad that the current generation will "never know the joy of a proper comic".
Here are the following two paragraphs:
"By "proper", I don't mean the sort of glossy magazine-type thing that the likes of the Dandy and the Beano slowly morphed into. Or those awful, teen-angst mags such as Jackie, full of fab pix of boy-bands and aadvice about intimate itching. No, I mean those glorious one - or two-colour paper comics, that cost pennies and took you to weird and wonderful places where goodies were goodies, baddies were baddies and if someone got hit, then the blow went "Thunk!" and people always screamed "Aaagh!" (or, for Look-In readers, "Aaarrrrggh!").
I honestly believe that is someone had the sense to recreate a Golden Age comic or two, they'd see some decent sales, even if it was just old fortysomethings like me buying them, trying to persuade their kids that comics are the gateway to a whole world of art and literature."
First of all, The Dandy and Beano are proper comics. After all, a comic strip is a series of illustrations with some text accompanying them that tell a story. Now tell me that this George Vs. Dragon strip doesn't tell a story.
|Written and drawn by Andy Fanton.|
As for sound effects, I don't know how anybody can miss those! Take a look in any comic and you'll find piles of them! Here are just a few - all of them taken from just one comic (and there's an "Aaaaaaaaagh!" in there too!)!
Let's just take another look at that second paragraph:
"I honestly believe that is someone had the sense to recreate a Golden Age comic or two, they'd see some decent sales, even if it was just old fortysomethings like me buying them, trying to persuade their kids that comics are the gateway to a whole world of art and literature."
As I've said before on this blog, comics move with the times, they need to evolve in order for kids to continue buying them. I'm not saying a Golden Age comic wouldn't work, it might, but launching a comic is a risky buisness and going by market research it looks like a full-colour comic is more appealing to kids than an old style paper.
The author also states "even if it was just old fortysomethings like me buying them", but they seem to be forgetting something critical about comics. Comics are, and always have been, aimed at children, not "fortysomethings" looking to revive their own childhoods.
In 30 years, maybe the current generation of readers will pick up a copy of the 2042 Beano and think the same as many of todays nostalgists, but comics will have evolved to suit children of the day, just as they always have.
But comics are comics, and The Beano and Dandy are proper comics.
And of course, The Dandy is just about to go through a major revamp, going completely digital. I can't reveal too much about the digi-Dandy, since it hasn't been released yet, but what I can say is that the comic will be interactive! More news as it comes readers!
PLUS! Whilst you've still got chance, why not pre-order your copy of the very last Dandy from the DC Thomson website, a bit more expensive than the weekly at £5.49, but it is 100 pages thick plus it marks the end of an era.
The image on the left is from the DC Thomson
website but wether or not this is the actual cover of the final issue I can't say. The suprise will just have to wait until next week!