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The DFC to close this week

Random House has confirmed that the children'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.

A spokeswoman for the publisher pointed to "some interest" from potential buyers and did not rule out a future for the comic but said this week's copy would be the last one supported by Random House. It said it had not had a firm offer from the subscriber group.

The DFC launched in May last year and news of its likely closure sparked disappointed responses from users at The Bookseller website. M Ashmole, eight years, wrote: "I think that the DFC shouldn't be cancelled because it's a brilliant comic and its the only one I get." A website, savethedfc.blogspot.com, was launched a week ago with the aim of raising funds to stage a 'subscriber' buy-out of the magazine.

The comic has also been gaining support in the libraries and schools market. Heather Noble in Wales commented on the website: "This is a great shame. I have bought subscriptions for all our 16 full time libraries and we've been using it to promote the Read a Million Words in Wales initiative to encourage boys' reading."

The Random House spokeswoman added: "There can be no successes without taking risks but the economic conditions in 2008 / 09 were too tough for a slow build."

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This is nothing short of a tragedy.

The DFC is probably one of the highest quality comics ever produced in the UK for any age group.

It is also the _only_ quality comic for the 8-14 age group. This is a sad week for British publishing.

So sad. But I'm proud to have been a part of such an amazing project. It's been a huge boost for British comics and we're all grateful to David Fickling for taking the risk and producing such high-quality material. You'll be seeing more of the DFC people, just you wait!

My 9 year old daughter will be in tears tonight reading her last DFC - she has been dreading 'friday coming' as she knows it is the last edition.

If this was too expensive to support - push it online. We can print our own comic and follow the stories that way

The quality of this comic was and is exceptional - if we are to avoid sliding down the road of 'kids with two second attention spans' we need this and quality work of this nature

A shame but tbh the savethedfc site is unrealistic. From what I could tell they didn't have any real plan besides step one, buying the dfc. Even had they raised the money to buy it they'd still need the capital to keep it going, even online. Would it be free, ad supported, online subscription? Chances are the creators would end up working pro bono and these days who can afford to do that?

These things unfortunately happen esp to the new guys like the dfc, but wipe the tear away, say goodbye, and move on. Maybe something will come of this in better days.

Have just discovered we were not the only folk to be bitterly disappointed by the loss of the DFC.....Please - do all you can to save this comic - my 7 yearold grandson needs it !! His reading skills improved overnight and he was devastated when it no longer landed on the mat.............Please - Can it go online in some form ???

This is nothing short of a tragedy.

The DFC is probably one of the highest quality comics ever produced in the UK for any age group.

It is also the _only_ quality comic for the 8-14 age group. This is a sad week for British publishing.

So sad. But I'm proud to have been a part of such an amazing project. It's been a huge boost for British comics and we're all grateful to David Fickling for taking the risk and producing such high-quality material. You'll be seeing more of the DFC people, just you wait!

My 9 year old daughter will be in tears tonight reading her last DFC - she has been dreading 'friday coming' as she knows it is the last edition.

If this was too expensive to support - push it online. We can print our own comic and follow the stories that way

The quality of this comic was and is exceptional - if we are to avoid sliding down the road of 'kids with two second attention spans' we need this and quality work of this nature

A shame but tbh the savethedfc site is unrealistic. From what I could tell they didn't have any real plan besides step one, buying the dfc. Even had they raised the money to buy it they'd still need the capital to keep it going, even online. Would it be free, ad supported, online subscription? Chances are the creators would end up working pro bono and these days who can afford to do that?

These things unfortunately happen esp to the new guys like the dfc, but wipe the tear away, say goodbye, and move on. Maybe something will come of this in better days.

Have just discovered we were not the only folk to be bitterly disappointed by the loss of the DFC.....Please - do all you can to save this comic - my 7 yearold grandson needs it !! His reading skills improved overnight and he was devastated when it no longer landed on the mat.............Please - Can it go online in some form ???