In My View with Chris McCall: ‘I told you so’

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Back in February I wrote a column about the decline of traditional Scottish comics and predicted that Desperate Dan was facing desperate times.

My fears were confirmed when publishers DC Thomson announced last month that the Dandy would be printed for the final time in December.

This is sad news, and as a result I won’t follow usual journalistic convention by claiming that I told you so.

This year’s steeplechase season, in which I failed to back a single winner, is proof that my ability to make predictions is ropey at best.

The good news is that the Dandy will survive as an online publication, meaning that it will continue to produce new strips for the foreseeable future.

But I doubt I will bother registering for the new site.

Much like my local library, or Blackpool’s tramway, the Dandy is an institution that I never use but I would nonetheless be disappointed if it were to disappear completely.

You can’t blame the internet for the Dandy’s demise. It’s circulation has been falling for much of the past forty years.

There’s a myriad of reasons why kids have chosen to find their fun elsewhere - but that shouldn’t detract from the hard work and exceptional talent of the team of writers and artists that are responsible for producing the comic.

Most kids prefer video games to comics these days.

And guess which UK city has led the way in developing them? Dundee - home of the Dandy. A new generation of artists is now well established on Tayside.

They might not use the same equipment as their print colleagues, but the skills required to do the job are essentially the same.

Here’s to the Dandy’s online future.

This week... I will be cheering on Scotland’s Ricky Burns as he defends his lightweight title against Kevin Mitchell this Saturday