The DFC to close this week

<p>Random House has confirmed that the children&#39;s comic, The DFC, will close with the last issue published this week on 27th March, despite a subscriber group wanting to buy the magazine.</p><p>A spokeswoman for the publisher pointed to &quot;some interest&quot; from potential buyers and did not rule out a future for the comic but said this week&#39;s copy would be the last one supported by Random House. It said it had not had a firm offer from the subscriber group.</p><p>The DFC launched in May last year and news of its likely closure sparked disappointed responses from users at <em>The Bookseller </em>website. M Ashmole, eight years, wrote: &quot;I think that the DFC shouldn&#39;t be cancelled because it&#39;s a brilliant comic and its the only one I get.&quot; A website, <a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a>, was launched a week ago with the aim of raising funds to stage a &#39;subscriber&#39; buy-out of the magazine.</p><p>The comic has also been gaining support in the libraries and schools market. Heather Noble in Wales commented on the website: &quot;This is a great shame. I have bought subscriptions for all our 16 full time libraries and we&#39;ve been using it to promote the Read a Million Words in Wales initiative to encourage boys&#39; reading.&quot;</p><p>The Random House spokeswoman added: &quot;There can be no successes without taking risks but the economic conditions in 2008 / 09 were too tough for a slow build.&quot;</p>