March 27th, 2009

SQUAD DFC sets forth!

Squad DFC sets forth!

Today's very sad, in that the last DFC is dropping through letterboxes and there's no word about a buyer coming to its rescue.
...BUT! But the DFC is not over, suddenly there's this hugely talented pack of comics artists and writers running around who know each other, love each other's work, have caught the DFC spirit and are set to do huge projects, perhaps some of them together!

So to start things off, we present to you, the SUPER COMICS ADVENTURE SQUAD! (Yes, we're all big fans of James Turner's Super Animal Adventure Squad.) It's a forum for the DFC people to come together to show what's happening now, and we'll update it regularly with fresh news, comics and pictures we've made. If you love comics, picture making and storytelling, this is a site to bookmark and revisit; go on, have a peek!

If you haven't yet seen the DFC, or are hanging to see the end of some of the stories, the DFC has just reworked their website to show remaining episdoes here. That means - for free! - you get to see episodes of Woodrow Phoenix's Donny Digits, Kate Brown's Spider Moon, Wilbur Dawbarn's Bodkin & the Bear and the Etheringtons' Monkey Nuts.

Garen Ewing has said a lot of things I would say in his blog post today. And I said a lot of it already here. So I thought I would show you a few development drawings from early DFC days.

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Please make the creators' day by leaving a comment showing your support over at Super Comics Adventure Squad! They'd love to hear from you: anything from 'hi, I'm a DFC fan' to your ideas, favourite comic episodes, your dreams for comics, or whatever you think will cheer up sorrowful but forward-looking comics creators.

final issue

Here's our cover, isn't it great? Almost everyone contributed something!

You might recognise the airship from an earlier spread. I think I must have developed a thing for airships, even though I've never been on one.

(Click on the cover to see the details.)

If you look closely, you might notice two falling humans who haven't appeared in the DFC before. They're Ben Sharpe and Will Fickling, our lovely editors and, sadly, the only people left in the very quiet DFC Headquarters when Woodrow and I went in to visit.

In fact, there's a lot of Woodrow in this DFC, which is always a good thing. His lovely Horse of a Different Colour; three pages of Donny Digits; he did the layout for the last spread with all the farewell notes from contributors; and I started to do the lettering on the cover, but noticed it look so derivative of Woodrow's lettering - trying to maintain a DFC look, you see - that he finally agreed to do it himself, because he really knows his lettering. And you'll get to meet Woodrow at The Thing tomorrow, hurrah!

And the other person you'll get to meet at our table, if you haven't met him already, is David O'Connell! His rather saucy mini comic, Queen Mother Adventures, has had me giggling all week. Be sure to grab a copy of Ellen Lindner's Undertow, definitely one of the best things that will be at the fair this year. And I'm pretty excited to see Kate Beaton/beatonna's stuff, too. She's deservedly an internet phonemonon with her history comics.

Here's a strip from DFC contributor Dave Shelton (who drew the pictures of Ben and Will):

Don't forget to visit the new DFC contributors blog and leave a note for us!