V&A Dundee DC Thomson Comic

Special comic for V&A Dundee celebrates DC Thomson history

V&A Dundee DC Thomson ComicBeano publisher DC Thomson has produced a special 28-page comic exclusively for the new V&A Dundee, bringing together some of their most loved classic characters.

Designed especially to accompany the opening of the museum’sScottish Design Galleries . exclusive comic, inspired by the company archives, brings together the Beano, The Dandy, “The Broons” and “Oor Willie” from The Sunday Post and more. It was created exclusively for V&A Dundee by DC Thomson, combining both full colour and black and white newsprint.

V&A Dundee DC Thomson Comic

It’s hoped the comic will help tell the stories behind some of the wonderful collaborations in the V&A shop, created in collaboration with leading Scottish design studio Make Works.

Originating in Scotland and extending throughout the UK, Make Works now have an international reach, including regions in the UAE and Sweden. They source local manufacturers, workshops and materials, capturing the people behind them and making them available through their open access platform.

Since 2013, Make Works have visited and documented almost 200 factories and manufacturers, encouraging those in the creative industries to have work made locally or independently.

DC Thomson is one of the UK’s leading publishers and in addition to the comic, the Museum has released a video interview with David Powell, the Archiuve Manager at the company, which provides a fascinating insight into the records of its many achievements.

DC Thomson Archive in Dundee
Image courtesy V&A Dundee
DC Thomson Archive in Dundee
Image courtesy V&A Dundee

With a nod to another of Dundee’s creative industries – gaming – the V&A Dundee will celebrate the design and culture of contemporary video games with the its spectacular show Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, which will run from 20th April to 8th September 2019.

• V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade Dundee DD1 4EZ Web: www.vam.ac.uk/dundee

• Find out more about the DC Thomson Archive in Dundee in this interview with Archive Manager David Powell

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

One thought on “Special comic for V&A Dundee celebrates DC Thomson history

  1. They should do this as a monthly title. I see it even has the Classic Comics: Topper logo added to that Beryl strip, like how Classics from the Comics used to label it’s strips. Bring back CFTC!

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