Monday, June 16, 2008
Just weeks after the launch of The DFC comes another new British comic (or Scottish to be precise). However, where The DFC is a clean cut comic aimed at children, the highly irreverent Wasted is for streetwise adults, and is the antithesis of the polite tones of The DFC. As the Wasted website says, "Should you suffer from narrow-mindedness or are politically correct, then, sorry you're just not allowed to read this magazine... Log off now and report yourself to someone in authority".
Wasted is published by Bad Press Ltd of Moniaive in Scotland, and is devised by comics scriptwriter Alan Grant (2000 AD, Batman) and artists at Glasgow's Hope Street Studios. It's the successor to now-canceled dope comic Northern Lightz although this time round hardly any of the strips feature characters smoking weed.
The 64 page full colour comic is packed with humour strips of a very adult nature. Well, more often than not it's more like adult as in women-losing-their-clothes,
dogs-having-a-crap, people-cussing-for-the-sake-of-it humour. Subtle as a brick, it's cruder than Viz and lacks the topical satire of Viz. However, unlike the many adult comics of the Nineties it doesn't aim to be a Viz clone anyway, so I only use the comparison to explain what it isn't, not what it should be. Wasted has its own identity "for today's youth gone wild".
The strips that amused me the most were Tales of the Buddha by Alan Grant and Jon Haward, and A Hard Day's Death by Gavin Burrows with stylish artwork by Mark Stafford. There's a lot of other fun stuff in there too, but it's not for the easily offended. (They can buy The People's Friend instead.) Creators in issue one include Dave Taylor, John A. Short, Dave Alexander, Curt Sibling, Alan Burrows, Jamie Grant and more. All very solid work.
As with any anthology package some strips are stronger than others but that's to be expected. The good news is you can try it out for free, as Wasted No.1 is available as a PDF to download. (The comic should be in stores this month for £3.25, with issue 2 following on August 23rd).
Here's the link. Now get Wasted! -