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December 22, 2012 in General, News

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They said it would be the end of the world, but they were wrong … The Dandy is still with us (albeit in digital form), as mentioned here last week. There is, however, a documentary on 75 years of the comic, Just Dandy, showing on BBC One on New Year’s Eve, featuring contributions from the likes of Frank Skinner, Brian Cox, Bill Paterson and Nick Park. The programme is only being shown in Scotland, sadly but perhaps it will turn up on the iPlayer.

Following on from last week’s series of articles in the New Statesman celebrating British comics, the Economist chips in with an article on the rise of the webcomic, whilst their editorial cartoonist Kevin ‘KAL’ Kallaugher reflects on 35 years of drawing for the magazine.

For another perspective on the state of British comics check out Dandy contributor Jamie Smart’s blog post “I love stupid comics”.

Less happily, The Guardian reports the death of its longtime cartoonist and illustrator Peter Clarke.

 

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Stamp of approval for British comics

March 20, 2012 in General, News

To mark 75 years of The Dandy, Britain’s oldest comic, the Royal Mail is issuing a set of commemorative stamps today (March 20)

As well as The Dandy, the set of ten stamps features characters and covers from the country’s best-loved comics including, above, The Beano, Bunty and Buster. The set also includes The Eagle, 2000AD, The Topper, Tiger, Valiant and Twinkle. The BBC has more on the story.

It’s an indication of how huge the British comics industry once was that millions of people who read about these stamps will think, What no Beezer? Whizzer & Chips? Krazy? Cheeky? Victor? Hotspur? Nutty? Sparky? Whoopee? …