Bit of a sad one here, as apart from Viz, this was the last (easily-obtainable) "alternative" British humour comic - as in, there haven't been any more on the high street since this one. That's not to say I'm done here, there's still LOADS left to look at, it's just that chronologically, this is the last. It's the "sequel" of sorts to Northern Lightz, and it's called Wasted. You may remember Johnny Kunt "hinting" at this (here). The last page of the last issue of Northern Lightz was this:
And now THIS:
The whole thing's another Alan Grant venture, published by Bad Press Ltd. and created (mostly) by the folk at Glasgow's Hope Street Studios...
That's the educational part, here's some stuff from it - beginning with a few "touched-up" Northern Lightz reprints. Jim Devlin's The Dopranos have a home here:
As does Spaceman Spliff, the Spaced Cabby by Jamie Grant. In this particular strip, the shipment of Northern Lightz comics has been "modified" somewhat from the original printing:
And here's our old pal, Gibson Quarter's Johnny Kunt, agent of R.E.T.R.I.B.U.T.I.O.N. in his continuing War On Drugs:
John Miller's eyeball-raping Captain Zappa is present too, in this chucklesome adventure featuring Eric Clapton:
And there's more... Reprints of David Alexander's MacBam Brothers, Shug's Dope Squad, Alan Burrows' Fun Guys, various bits from Jon Haward (more on those in a bit) - but moving away from Northern Lightz, here's some bits from Alan Grant, John Wagner and Simon Bisley's Shit the Dog - originally a series of four massive (as in A-1 size!) poster magazines, here the titular dog was resized and reprinted for all to see:
Deemed "indefensible in court" by a legal counsellor for the Sport of all things, NOBODY would stock Shit the Dog - and that was back in 1997. Over ten years later and the dirty mutt got a bit more exposure thanks to Wasted. And for all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans out there, here's Kevin Eastman's take on Shit:
Let's see some "original content" now - as far as I can tell anyway. Here, here's Jed Raven illustrating a ballad by Alan Grant called The Devil's Arse:
Ray Manta's OK-COKEY is a rip-roaring something-or-other:
Also from Ray Manta is Ramrod, a series of unconnected stories/gags that share nothing but a title. Good though:
Whilst Gabrielle Noble's Spliffy the Stoner Chick is a bit on the odd side:
Name those kids - they're all famous!
If that one did anything for you, you can get a book of all of her various adventures "here".
Adam Smith's here too, with Khaki Shorts mainstay Boy Mindless (here given the air brush treatment that seems to befall many pages of Wasted for some reason):
And from him again, in collaboration with Martin Smith and Robert Smith (that's three Smiths for those at the back), it's this morality tale of sorts:
Now something from a guest contributor, Lee Turnock:
Naturally, it's not all fun - Lusi Sulfura by Alan Kerr just might be the most boring comic character ever created:
Really, how many times have you met someone like "that", and before they've opened their mouths you instantly know what their opinion on absolutely everything is? I'm entitled to a rant just as much as anyone else is! See also Lise Myhre's Nemi every day in the Metro (or in a comic shop in Norway). At least Ray Zell's Pandora (from Kerrang!) is mainly there to rip into the bands. There's a parody of Nemi in another issue of Wasted, but by sharing paper with Lusi there, it's just hypocritical. It's done by Curt Sibling as part of his Total Fear series, featured below:
And if that's not thinly-disguised softcore furry porn, you tell me what it is. Whatever floats you and all that, eh?
The highlight of Wasted as a whole is another thing that began in the later issues of Northern Lightz, before continuing onwards - Jon Haward's Tales of the Buddha (Before he got enlightened):
Semi-educational, nicely-drawn, not TOO many "haha drugs are funny" jokes, it's a winner. There's even a multi-issue spanning adventure in which the Buddha is tricked into taking on the Twelve Tasks of Hercules, of which the first part is presented here:
Just as Wasted was getting noticed, it all came to an end in 2011 when, after eight issues, Bad Press Ltd. was forced to close its doors due to "adverse and unforeseen circumstances". The character copyrights were withheld, but most of the multi-title-spanning characters remain in limbo, as far as I know - with the exception of your Buddha man there, who got picked up by Renegade Press and then compiled into a nice big fat book.
So, that's Wasted then, and the end of the "Scottish trilogy" that's taken up all my time here so far this year - not to say it was unenjoyable. A nice grasp for the mainstream there, that didn't resort to "hey drugs!" as a punchline on every page...