Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx take pride of place in revamped DC Thomson offices

The new-look DC Thomson "Fun Factory", Meadowside Dundee. Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds
The new-look DC Thomson “Fun Factory”, Meadowside Dundee. Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds

Beano and Commando publisher DC Thomson is back in its original Meadowside home in Dundee, after a huge operation to move their publishing arm from the company’s Kingsway site that lasted several weeks – and Beano and Sunday Post comic art designs have been chosen to adorn the revamped “Fun Factory”.

Over 600 staff – spanning the publishing company’s newspaper, magazines and digital media arms – are back in residence at the refurbished Meadowside offices, which have been converted from what used to remind this visitor of an old school building into open-plan office spaces.

DC Thomson worked with Sir Robert McAlpine and local architects and trades, including McGill, The Lindsay Gray Alan Beaton Partnership and Nicoll Russell Studios on the multi-million pound re-development and refurbishment project that began in 2013, which the company describes a “vote of confidence” on its future in Dundee.

DC Thomson Meadowside 2017 - Dennis the Menace. Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds
Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds
DC Thomson Meadowside 2017 - Minnie the Minx. Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds
Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds

To complement the new look, they’ve chosen designs by John Patrick Reynolds, who has had a licence from DC Thomson to make screenprints featuring its famous comic characters for about 15 years, for the walls of its new foyer.

Six designs from his screenprints featuring Dennis the Menace, Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie and a portrait of Granpaw Broon and The Bairn have been blown up and hung on the walls.

Meadowside, which was built for DC Thomson in the early 1900s, originally opened in 1906. Its newspaper production will continue at its Kingsway printing presses. (The future of the remainder of the Kingsway site is currently being negotiated).

• All of John’s designs are available from thecomicartwebsite.com

• Read articles in the Dundee Courier (with video) and on the BBC web site about the redevelopment

DC Thomson Meadowside 2017 - Oor Wullie. Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds
Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds
DC Thomson Meadowside 2017 - The Broons Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds
Photo courtesy John Patrick Reynolds

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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