Drugs & Wires: Down In A Hole by Mary Safro and Io Black is a webcomic three years in the telling that has gone to print and now has its first trade paperback, making its debut at the Thought Bubble comics festival in Leeds this coming weekend.
The year is 1995, and everything’s gone wrong – especially for Dan, pissy misanthrope and recovering VR junkie, who’s got a vicious worm in his headware and a dead-end delivery job on the wrong side of the old Iron Curtain.
You’ll find it in the Originals Marquee, 136 pages long for £15.
Set in the crushingly bureaucratic and shamelessly dysfunctional Republic of Stradania,Drugs & Wires is one part slice-of-life, one part genre piss-take, several parts ’90s nostalgia, and flat-out gratuitous amounts of magenta.
We call it “cyberpunk”, but there’s no sleek razorgirls or trenchcoat-clad hackermen with kung fu skills here – just one depressed addict and a merry cast of cybergopniks, babushkas, VR scenesters, robodogs, and vulture capitalists, plus one lovably unscrupulous street doc with a medical degree from the University of MS Paint.