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Rude Kids: The Unfeasible Story of Viz by…

Rude Kids: The Unfeasible Story of Viz

by Chris Donald

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I've always been in two minds about Viz. Part of me sees it as a vital continuation of a proud tradition of British vulgarity - and another part sees it as one fart joke too far. It's good to see that Chris Donald, creator and for many years the editor of the comic, also has a similar problem with the comic. He seems far more amused by the slightly odder side of the comic - The Pathetic Sharks, Captain Morgan and his Hammond Organ, Black Bag, the truly legendary Vibrating Bum Faced Goats - than he does the more financially succesful, but fundamentally lazy, Fat Slags of this world. Donald is an engagingly blunt guide through the history of the comic, and although occasionally I don't fully share his views - not as kind as he could be to Oink! and the Winebibber - he's never anything other than a sympathetic figure. For my money, the duller smut of the comic is the sort of foundation which allows the wilder flights of surrealism to fly. It's a fascinating book for scholars of not only British comics but also British humour itself and comes highly recommended. ( )
  irkthepurist | Oct 5, 2009 |
Expensive at half the price
  jon1lambert | Oct 28, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007190964, Hardcover)

This is the straight-talking, fascinating story of Viz magazine, founded in 1979 by Chris Donald - editor until 1999.  Chris tells the remarkable story of the magazine, from the tatty rag produced in his Newcastle bedroom to becoming one of the bestselling magazines in the UK. Chris takes us from his train-spotting childhood in the '70s through to setting up the magazine with family and friends, and struggling to sell even a few copies of Viz in the local pub. The comic's success swiftly grew, however, and remarkable events ensued, such as how Chris was invited to tea by Prince Charles, taken in for questioning by New Scotland Yard's Anti-Terrorist Branch and caught his wife up to no good with Keith Richards in Peter Cook's attic. Chris will include many original drawings in this integrated book as well as some fascinating images of early Viz creations.

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