Friday, March 27, 2009

The DFC is dead... long live The DFC!

Actually, no... The DFC isn't dead. David Fickling and his inspiring team brought into this world something new and exciting, something that is just too good to disappear back into the ether. So until it finds its place again, the creators who found a home under the covers of The DFC (both published and nearly published) have come together under the guise of the Super Comics Adventure Squad!

Despite the Economic Woe, it is still an exciting time for the medium of comics and this blog will act as a hub for some of the best in British graphic storytelling talent, a place where you can keep up with what they're doing, all in one place, and where they will post news, events, sketches and comics, with links back to their own websites where you can see and learn more.

There is already a small archive of posts to view, written over the past week as we got ready to go live, including, for instance, some of the concepts that nearly became DFC strips (and may yet find an outlet somewhere else).

In the meantime, thank you for visiting, and please spread the word and drop in as often as you like - who knows what other exciting stuff will emerge from this little collective?

14 comments:

  1. Hooray! Long live the DFC, indeed!

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  2. Yes, really glad you've come together here. I await news of graphic novel editions of many of the great strips!

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  3. Glad to know the contributers are staying in touch. The DFC had a great many strips and a great many fans.

    I was doublely bummed at the news of it closing as I was all set to mail in my submission to join the DFC ranks.

    Grant Perkins.

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  4. Best of luck to all of you for the future. I'll miss reading DFC each Friday evening with my 11 year old daughter and hope to see some sort of paper revival for this excellent comic in the future.

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  5. I don't know whose more upset about the last DFC, me or my boys Ben (10) and Alex (8). The DFC is dead, long live the DFC. You all created something very special and you should all be incredibly proud. Me and my boys will be supporting you all.

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  6. Got my final edition of the DFC today. Very well done everyone. Much appreciated a comic with a real heart. It must be very hard to see it disappear from under you. I think Andrew has let you know about my comic project so won't say any more other than wish you all happy homes for all your characters. Indra

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  7. Sniffled my way through the la(s)test edition, but still managed a happy smile at it's wonderfulness. This blog fills the gap nicely.

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  8. Louis and Edwyn got mentioned in the last issue! Yay! Cheers, Jim. It was well worth the ten billion quid subscription fee.

    (Seriously, sad to see The DFC bite the dust, but glad to see you all banding together. Now, I just need to get me one of those Lettuce badges).

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  9. It was really sad to get the last issue today, but great to see the DFC continuing in some form or other. Good luck to all and congrats on making a fine comic.

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  10. Congratulations on your resurrection! This is great stuff and I can't wait to see more!

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  11. The DFC was great--long live Super Comics Adventure Squad!

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  12. I think you should ask for educational sponsorship. At work we have done quite a few focus groups on teacher's responses to the comics I've made. They are very well received but printing costs and distribution costs make the whole thing very expensive for us to provide free. In fact we never did provide entirely free as we had to charge postage. Now we are moving everything online. I am proposing that we supply whiteboard (electronic) friendly versions of our comics supported by pdfs that can be printed out. I have always tried to keep black and white versions of the comics I've made for this purpose. Perhaps the DFC could gain the funding needed for the artists to get paid from educational bodies and do the same thing? There is a strong argument for comics as a means of making literacy accessible for all levels to go at their own pace - this is becoming widely recognised. What if the DFC was able to get funding to pay the artists and produced it's work online at no cost ?

    i mean, what if you had a subscription website that allowed users to view online and download and print? Embracing an educational use of your comics and also allowing them just to exist for entertainment. I shouldn't really be suggesting this to you as I'll be fucked if you move into this world - I'll never get to get paid for making comics again. I can't compete with you bigshots. Still, I'd hate to see all your talent not used in this area.

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  13. I'm thrilled to see this blog - it takes a little of the sting out of the DFC's (hopefully temporary) demise.

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