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Kids grow up so fast nowadays, don’t they? When DC Thomson, the venerable Aberdeen-based publisher of comics, confirmed this week that the printed version of The Dandy may not be much longer for this world, barely a child noticed. Sales of the UK’s oldest comic have fallen from 2m a week in the 1950s – ah, bless – to fewer than 7,500 today.It is perfectly possible to have a normal, happy childhood without actually reading comics. To read the eulogies for The Dandy from the usual Grumpy Old Men, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. But there is this thing – its name escapes us just now – invented recently that seems to have replaced comics in kids’ affections. Oh yes, it’s called social networking. Where did a #SaveTheDandy campaign start trending? Why, on Twitter.
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