Panel Borders: The DFC Library

Panel Borders: The DFC Library

From May 2008 – March 2009 Children’s book publisher David Fickling launched a bold experiment in creating a new kids comic – The DFC – for the British market, which on a weekly basis featured new stories in a variety of genres from some of Britain’s best up and coming comics creators, not to mention a lead strip written by Philip Pullman. Unfortunately the comic folded after 43 issues, but now a year on, the first three volumes of The DFC Library have been released, reprinting collections of material in European Graphic Album format.
Alex Fitch talks to Kate Brown, the award winning creator of Spider Moon, Dave Shelton, the creator of Good Dog, Bad Dog and Ben Haggarty, the writer of MeZolith, who with artist Adam Brockbank has created a book that one critic has already called “the most important British graphic novel of the last twenty years”.

Excerpts from The Spider Moon by Kate Brown, MeZolith by Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank, and Good Dog, Bad Dog by Dave Shelton

Excerpts from The Spider Moon by Kate Brown, MeZolith by Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank, and Good Dog, Bad Dog by Dave Shelton

For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: More info about The DFC Library
Read extracts from The DFC Library at
DFC creators blog – Super Comics Adventure Squad

Good Dog, Bad Dog – Dave Shelton’s blog and website
Review of Good Dog, Bad Dog on the Forbidden Planet International blog
Good Dog, Bad Dog fan art on the S.C.A.S. blog

MeZolith – Info about Ben Haggarty’s Oral Storytelling group – Crick Crack Club
Adam Brockbank’s website
Review of MeZolith at the Mirablilis blog

Spider Moon – Kate Brown’s blog and website
Info about Kate winning the Arts Foundation Graphic Novelist prize
Info about the Spider Moon stage production

Previous DFC podcasts: Alex talks to Philip Pullman, John Aggs, Patrice Aggs and Jim Medway at The DFC launch in Spring 2008, to Kate Brown at the 2008 Bristol Comics Expo and to Sarah McIntyre at her studio in Deptford, Autumn 2009

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