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Make Works: DC Thomson

We've collaborated with Make Works to showcase the stories behind our products. Today we catch up with David Powell, Archive Manager at DC Thomson.

Iconic Dundee media organisation DC Thomson has produced a special 28-page comic exclusively for our shop, bringing together some of their most loved classic characters.

A family business since 1905, DC Thomson has been in publishing for well over a century, becoming a leader in Dundee's design heritage. Headquartered in Dundee, they publish newspapers, magazines and have diversified into new media, digital technology, retail and television.

Find out more about the DC Thomson Archive here in Dundee and the comic created exclusively for our shop in the video below.

Throughout the course of the 20th Century, DC Thomson became one of the UK’s leading publishers.

DC Thomson archives

Their archive providing a fascinating and beautifully kept record of DC Thomson's vast achievements.

DC Thomson archives

This exclusive comic inspired by their archives brings together The Beano, The Dandy, The Broons, Oor Wullie and more. It was designed specially to accompany the opening of our Scottish Design Galleries .

Classic comics created exclusively for V&A Dundee by DC Thomson

The comic itself has been beautifully designed and printed in Scotland, combining both full colour and black and white newsprint.

Classic comics created exclusively for V&A Dundee by DC Thomson

Make Works Collaboration

To help tell the stories behind some of the wonderful collaborations in our shop, we have been working 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.

Make Works source local manufacturers, workshops and materials, beautifully 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.

With their profound knowledge of Scotland’s creative industries and talent for storytelling, Make Works are the perfect partner to showcase a selection of our retail collaborations.