In early December, Britain’s longest running comic, Dandy announced their move to digital after a 75-year run in print and launched online at www.Dandy.com. DC Thomson have just launched the app version of the digital Dandy which is available on android and iOS.
Ever wondered what Desperate Dan sounds like? Now you can hear the Cactusville cowboy speak for the very first time in the new digital Dandy app.
Using market-leading technology, the digital Dandy is the ultimate interactive comic experience featuring animation, sounds, voices and gameplay. The new app is designed and developed to work across all modern web browsers as well as on smartphones and tablets.
Each original comic strip allows readers to click through at their own pace. The panel-by-panel format ensures the enhanced comic remains close to its comic roots. There will also be fun interactive games embedded within some stories.
Digital Dandy Editor Craig Ferguson, said, “Good comics have always been about great artwork and strong storylines; when you can add sound, motion, games and videos you have an unbeatable form of entertainment!
“We’ve packed in more than an hour’s worth of fun in every one! The taster issue of the app features one small speech for Dan – that’s one giant leap for comic-kind! Make sure you buy issue one to find out what happens to Dan!”
In addition to the comic, there is a games arcade, and a Dandy TV Show online with game reviews, celebrity interviews and a ‘News at Dan’ round-up presented by television presenter and comedian Chris Cohen. There is also a den where you can collect items by reading the comics and playing the games. And, all users can also use the unique Dandy app to create their very own avatar, which can be continuously updated and they could feature in a Dandy strip.
All the games have been built, in conjunction with Guerilla Tea, using HTML5. The strips also use HTML5 and are built on a platform developed by DC Thomson’s development partners, Dubit.
Head of Digital for DC Thomson’s magazines David Bain said, “Although in its infancy, we wanted to use this technology along with Adobe Edge and Air to allow us to create an application that we could develop once and that would work across all devices.
“We have managed to push the limits of Edge by integrating sound and voice and believe we have developed a unique product, both in its content and use of technology.
“The ‘Digital Dandy’ will pave the way in a new era for comic books in the UK, utilising the latest technological advancements to bring the much-loved comic to a new generation of fans with technology that works across different platforms.”
Dubit Chief Technical Officer Matthew Warneford said, “The Digital Dandy application is a ground-up reinvention of the comic book experience. Part motion graphics, part game, and part comic; it’s unlike any reading experience out there.
“We decided to create the interactive comics in HTML5 so that any device with a modern browser can view it; we want the comic to be available anywhere and everywhere. The animations and effects are created using Adobe Edge Animate enabling DC Thomson’s artists to create new comics every week, and without any programming.”
In December 2012, The Dandy switched to digital format with the launch of a new and improved website and its last printed edition. The new App follows months of testing, feedback from children and technological developments to produce an exciting new digital product. The App means that The Dandy will now be available throughout the world – once again blazing a trail by launching a weekly, unique, interactive motion comic.
Read, watch, play; everywhere! Available on PC, Tablet, Smartphone, Android and Apple – you can keep The Dandy handy wherever you are!
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