Tuesday, 17 March 2009
So what is the DFC?
The DFC is, without a doubt, the best thing to have happened in British children's publishing.
It is a weekly comic for kids with NO ADVERTISING.
Drawn, written, edited and produced by a really great team, printed on good paper, posted in a cool stripy envelope, it arrives every Friday and is devoured by those kids lucky enough to have a subscription.
My boys fell in love with it when the Guardian started to produce an insert in the middle of the family section of the Saturday supplement about a year and a half ago and we noticed a cryptic little credit "... brought to you by the DFC ..."
Googling 'the DFC' brought no joy for months, but then a holding page appeared and this quirky little secret was revealed.
It has been on the go for 41 issues so far but the most recent issue announced its imminent demise.
Random House announced this in a press release at the start of March, indicating that unless a buyer could be found, the DFC will end at issue 43.