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Old 01-01-2013, 13:30
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Have to say, despite my searing negativity about The Dandy's situation earlier in this thread, I can really dig their new digital approach.

Daughter got a lovely fast Nexus 7 tablet off us for Christmas, and while she was doing something else I decided to steal it for two mins and take a look at the new Dandy online. You can't access a great deal, just enough to give you a preview of what they're offering, but it's really neat and to me is a cool look at perhaps where comics could go in the future. It works so well with the tablet/touchscreen paradigm, much nicer than a desktop or laptop.

My only thoughts are how they translate this coolness into a living. I couldn't make out how they charge for the comic this way, so if anyone can enlighten me that would be great. I saw the options to register, but didn't want to as kids are too old now, but I may give it a go just for my own curiosity.
Once you register (all you need is an email address), you'll see options to buy Dandy credits. You can get a few as 100, which is enough for one issue and costs 1.49, or as many as 5000, which equates to 50 issues and works out a lot cheaper at just 29.99, which is about 60p an issue. They'll probably add back issues of the print comic eventually, which I suspect will cost a different number of credits. Issue zero is free and doesn't require registration. You only enter your credit/debit card details when buying the credits.
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Old 01-01-2013, 14:42
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Once you register (all you need is an email address), you'll see options to buy Dandy credits. You can get a few as 100, which is enough for one issue and costs 1.49, or as many as 5000, which equates to 50 issues and works out a lot cheaper at just 29.99, which is about 60p an issue. They'll probably add back issues of the print comic eventually, which I suspect will cost a different number of credits. Issue zero is free and doesn't require registration. You only enter your credit/debit card details when buying the credits.
Thanks for the info. Doesn't sound so bad, but it's a bit of a leap these days getting people to pony up on the internet. I hope they make it work as it's actually pretty impressive, and I can imagine it getting better.

So how do you go about sort of having a collection then, storing your issues? Is there DRM involved, or do you not get to keep your Dandys locally?
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Old 01-01-2013, 18:23
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No local storage as far as I know. So if they ever go bust or something, you'd lose out.

I'm viewing it on a computer though, not an iPad or Android.
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Old 01-01-2013, 21:06
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That's a real shame
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Old 03-07-2013, 21:46
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Well so much for that. The digital Dandy has ceased. They never did fully resolve the technical issues, and after two 13 issues attempts, they've given up.
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Old 04-07-2013, 00:50
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Well so much for that. The digital Dandy has ceased. They never did fully resolve the technical issues, and after two 13 issues attempts, they've given up.
I wonder if they'll merge Desperate Dan into The Beano....I hope so
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:24
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Well so much for that. The digital Dandy has ceased. They never did fully resolve the technical issues, and after two 13 issues attempts, they've given up.
What a stupid mess... it's as if they never wanted it to succeed!
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Old 05-07-2013, 13:03
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The Boy With Big Pants actually sounds quite funny
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Old 05-07-2013, 18:50
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Well so much for that. The digital Dandy has ceased. They never did fully resolve the technical issues, and after two 13 issues attempts, they've given up.
You're absolutely kidding?

I've just been on their site and there's no mention of it ending. Could you link me in please?
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Old 05-07-2013, 20:36
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You're absolutely kidding?

I've just been on their site and there's no mention of it ending. Could you link me in please?
There's an article from yesterday when they denied that it was ending.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...ntral-23183603
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:59
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I was always more of a Beano boy myself but was a big fan of Desperate Dan, could they not just put him in the Beano as the cover star with Dennis The Menace and Gnasher?

I used to love The Dandy and The Beano crossovers.
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Old 19-08-2013, 00:37
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I was reading the last ever Dandy Summer Special in WH Smith yesterday. A great comic and sad to see it end.
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Old 19-08-2013, 10:22
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I was reading the last ever Dandy Summer Special in WH Smith yesterday. A great comic and sad to see it end.
The fact that someone who's "sad to see it end" looked at a copy in a shop without buying it says it all really.
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Old 19-08-2013, 23:30
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1.99 blimey the last time I read it I think it was 25p.
sad to hear that it was fine and dandy when I BOUGHT it in old money 40 years ago.....still bought the annuals.
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Old 20-08-2013, 16:20
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sad to hear that it was fine and dandy when I BOUGHT it in old money 40 years ago.....still bought the annuals.
Of course there is a Dandy Annual this year and next.
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Old 20-08-2013, 20:54
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There's an article from yesterday when they denied that it was ending.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...ntral-23183603
If they *did* just end The Dandy completely (since the digital version was meant to be its continuation), then they managed to keep it amazingly quiet compared to the fuss that surrounded the discontinuation of the print edition.

This apparently happened almost 2 months ago, and despite living in Scotland (where DC Thomson are based) I wasn't aware of it.
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Old 20-08-2013, 23:42
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You're absolutely kidding?

I've just been on their site and there's no mention of it ending. Could you link me in please?
You should've checked their Facebook page. And as for the BBC News article, that statement only denies that the Dandy brand is being discontinued (and we already know there'll be a 2015 annual), not the weekly digital Dandy comic, which did end like I said.

The fact that Bananaman in the Beano, which was reprints from the 1980s Dandy from January 2012 to July 2013, is now new episodes drawn by his last print Dandy artist, is quite telling. The Beano has also started using some of the Dandy's artists who hadn't previously drawn anything for the Beano, and new spin-off Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Megazine has a pullout comic supposedly from Dennis's stash, which is really a compilation of strips from the Dandy of 2010-2012. Issue 1's was Nuke Noodle, issue 2's is Bad Grandad. Right now, this seems to be the only way Desperate Dan will be likely to make a Beano appearance. Of course, with the Dandy's former editor now in charge at the Beano (with the previous editor now as editor-in-chief, basically head of DCT's kids department), it's possible that Dandy characters could migrate. Bananaman of course was in both for a while, and the Beano is currently reprinting a Dandy mini-strip called I Pity the School.
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Old 21-08-2013, 00:39
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You should've checked their Facebook page. And as for the BBC News article, that statement only denies that the Dandy brand is being discontinued (and we already know there'll be a 2015 annual), not the weekly digital Dandy comic, which did end like I said.
Well, if the weekly comic- printed or digital- is over, then to me that *is* the end of the Dandy.

It's good that they're still doing an annual, but I view that as the equivalent of the Top of the Pops Christmas special- a "special-occasion-only" rare appearance of something most people (myself included) would view as having been cancelled in the form that matters, i.e. a regular weekly appearance.

That was how they were culturally important, and how people (kids then, adults now) grew up with and experienced them.

Like TOTP at Christmas being made with a family audience in mind- and these days more culturally important to nostaltic adults than kids- the Dandy annual will probably be bought *for* kids, but *by* adults who the name still means something to. The kids may well still enjoy it, but to them it'll just be that book they got at Christmas, sometimes.

Anyway, this wasn't intended as a nostalgia rant or condemnation of the axing, just a statement of fact that- to all intents and purposes- it looks like The Dandy really *has* been axed in the form that matters.
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Old 21-08-2013, 08:09
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I remember getting the Beano,Dandy and Wheezer when I was a kid.
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Old 21-08-2013, 11:36
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wheezer ? .. or whizzer or beezer (or both ! )
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Old 26-08-2013, 00:12
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Yeah, did you mean Beezer, or Whizzer and Chips?
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Old 26-08-2013, 13:59
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Sad to hear of its demise. It had a long life, though.
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