Dun­do­nian soft power

The Scotsman - - Scottish Perspective -

There’s been a lot of good news about Dundee of late – the open­ing of the V&A mu­seum, be­ing dubbed Scot­land’ “coolest” city and listed as one of the hottest tourist at­trac­tions in the world by the likes of The Wall Street Jour­nal. And, well, guess what, here’s some more!

An Amer­i­can stu­dent has dis­cov­ered a trove of rare comics dat­ing from the 19th cen­tury in the vaults of Dundee Uni­ver­sity. It in­cludes early is­sues of Punch mag­a­zine and first is­sues of comics pro­duced by DC and Marvel, cur­rently en­joy­ing con­sid­er­able suc­cess with their Hol­ly­wood in­car­na­tions. The find was made by Hai­ley Austin, 24, who is cur­rently for a PHD in ‘Comics Stud­ies’. Now, there are some who might think this sounds like a joke sub­ject. But, ac­cord­ing to Dundee Uni­ver­sity, the city is “one of the great pow­er­houses of comics pro­duc­tion, not just in the UK, but in­ter­na­tion­ally”.

So it’s not just about good fun, but an ex­am­ple of Dun­do­nian ‘soft power’. OK, so maybe not quite as pow­er­ful as Hol­ly­wood but, who knows, per­haps a script has just landed on a big-shot pro­ducer’s desk for ‘Bash Street Kids: In­fin­ity War’ or ‘Min­nie the Minx vs Won­der Woman’.

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