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The DFC Library (24.02.10)
In no time at all, it seems, the DFC Library is almost upon us.
For those of you who might need reminding, The DFC was a
short-lived but much-admired subscription-only British comic
weekly put together by David Fickling, he of the imprint of
Random House books that bears his name (David Fickling
Books). The comic had some high hopes, and it brought together
some very exciting new comic book talents. But alas, its final
issue came all too soon. Anywho, Mr Fickling promised to
persevere with his belief that there's a hungry market for
comic book strips and tales for a younger audience. Hence
this new library of collected strips from The DFC that's all
set to take its place alongside those TinTin and Asterix books
that are currently hogging the shelf space on their lonseome,
in your local Waterstone's.
It's brave. It's ambitious. And it's to be applauded. This is
something the UK comics scene has been howling for, for
far too long. Let's just hope this new library gets a fair crack
to find and connect with its audience.
Dave Shelton's Good Dog, Bad Dog, Ben Haggarty and Adam
Brockbank's Mezolith and Kate Brown's The Spider Moon are
the first three graphic novel titles en route to bookbuyers, with
The Etherington Brother's Monkey Nuts, Neill Cameron's
Mo-bot High and Sarah McIntyre's Vern & Lettuce following
closely behind. Most of those folks will be holding the fort
at a number of upcoming comic and book conventions,
around the UK, with Hi-Ex being the first...
So there we are. We're about to find out once and for all if
there's really a younger comic book readership out there, hungry
for new toons, or whether we've all been simply deluded all these
years since the golden age of the fun comic weekly. It's certainly
strange how there's a flourishing demand for such fare, on the
Continent, where all those bande dessinee continue to sell like
hotcakes. Here in the UK, well, it sometimes feels as if
we're still wearing Beano glasses. Go on. Take 'em off.
See what's out there!
Mr Shelton's shaggy anthology kicks it all off in March. That's
less than a week away. But just in case you're still dithering,
or you need a comics fix sooner, Random House have provided
a little sneak-peek at this new library on the web site we linked
to at the top of this article (er, that will be this one...)
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