The Inside Story of Viz: Rude Kids PDF ✓ The Inside

The Inside Story of Viz: Rude Kids PDF ✓ The Inside



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  1. Adrian Deans Adrian Deans says:

    Frankly I m astounded there are only 107 ratings and 4 reviews at my time of writing.Viz was an absolute institution in the 80s and 90s a really key part of the social infrastructure of Britain and that part of the British cultural diaspora that continues to this day, reaching even to dinky di Aussies like me.I used to love Viz until it got crap and boring but in its hay day it was amazing irreverent, tasteless, hilarious Chris Donald s book, like his magazine at its best, was brilliant Frankly I m astounded there are only 107 ratings and 4 reviews at my time of writing.Viz was an absolute institution in the 80s and 90s a really key part of the social infrastructure of Britain and that part of the British cultural diaspora that continues to this day, reaching even to dinky di Aussies like me.I used to love Viz until it got crap and boring but in its hay day it was amazing irreverent, tasteless, hilarious Chris Donald s book, like his magazine at its best, was brilliantly written, perceptive and evocative of its place in history.It must have been deeply depressing to be finishing school and entering the world of adulthood work etc around 1980 when Thatcher was just coming into full flight in her war on working class Britain and the Cold War seemed to be approaching a climax Very dark days There were few standard opportunities for those without connections so Chris Donald was forced to create his own opportunities in a world that seemed like it was on the brink of oblivion.In this dark, dystopian mess, only one thing could save your sanity, and that was laughter especially laughter at the source of the troubles Viz, an adult comic, was political only in the most tangential sense it rarely got into direct political assassination, and if it did, did it so outrageously as to seem unserious.That s not where the true politics lay The true politics lay in the total absence of politics conveyed within the mag In such a difficult epoch, when everyone was moaning about the end of the earth, Viz rejoiced in the antics of Sid the Sexist, Bum faced Goats or Topless Skateboarding Nun It reminded me, in a way, of an extension of the work of Python puncturing the dignity of the establishment and the downright dangerous with over the top existential silliness and VERY non PC.Chris Donald s book captures the spirit of the epoch perfectly, and then segues, through success, into the world of celebrity taking the reader on a fascinating ride through his own journey annotated with his caustic observations on all he met.It s a highly intelligent, absorbing and deeply immersive book for any fan of Viz or student of the zeitgeist of the 80s It got a little bit long and self indulgent towards the end hence 4 rather than 5 but still a wonderful book that showcases, once again, the extreme talent of Chris Donald.I wonder what he s doing now


  2. Texi Smith Texi Smith says:

    This book had me engaged right from the very beginning Having been an avid reader way back in the early days, and boasting quite a collection of old copies, I knew exactly what Viz is all about That s why I got the book What I didn t know though was its humble beginnings, the real people behind the magazine and the inner workings of the publishing business The story does jump around a great deal, you re never sure which period of time you re in, when suddenly it refers back to a particular y This book had me engaged right from the very beginning Having been an avid reader way back in the early days, and boasting quite a collection of old copies, I knew exactly what Viz is all about That s why I got the book What I didn t know though was its humble beginnings, the real people behind the magazine and the inner workings of the publishing business The story does jump around a great deal, you re never sure which period of time you re in, when suddenly it refers back to a particular year There are Geordie isms along the way, which I really enjoyed There is little regard for paragraph length, and the font, in my copy anyway, was very small That didn t detract though from a thoroughly absorbing read I guess being from the area and growing up around the same time did give me an advantage, and I could completely empathise with Chris Donald s opinions on a lot of matters If you ever got into Viz back in the day, if you ever got a laugh from their completely offbeat toilet humour, you will absolutely love this And you ll be on Youtube for hours looking for the videos


  3. Ed Briggs Ed Briggs says:

    Really enjoyed this It s not as others have said a hilarious selection of Viz like jokes but it is a really intriguing read.There are funny bits and some good stories behind some of the characters What I really liked was how Chris opened his soul a bit and we saw the real often tortured mind of his genius Felt so much empathy for him and his final words about dreaming the dream and not the full filling it that is important really struck home.I guess you need to be a Viz fan and I ve read it s Really enjoyed this It s not as others have said a hilarious selection of Viz like jokes but it is a really intriguing read.There are funny bits and some good stories behind some of the characters What I really liked was how Chris opened his soul a bit and we saw the real often tortured mind of his genius Felt so much empathy for him and his final words about dreaming the dream and not the full filling it that is important really struck home.I guess you need to be a Viz fan and I ve read it since the early 80s but never knew how big it got or where it came from.Now I d like to know what s happened in the last 20 years.At the end is a character bibliography, so it s great to see who wrote my favourite characters I still can t decide but I think for some unknown reason The Pathetic sharks have always been my favouritewritten by Chris


  4. Russell Buckley Russell Buckley says:

    Funny and instructiveFascinating insight into the meteoric rise and slow decline of an iconic publishing sensation.But it sthan that.Chris is very frank about his own weaknesses, poor decisions and even his eventual breakdown Any entrepreneur will relate to this journey, whether their own ended in success or failure.My only criticism really is that Chris is a little too modest about his successes.


  5. Paul Paul says:

    I had read a few issues of Viz when at high school and i remember at the time thinking how original and unique it was To me it feels that Chris has written a very honest account of how it was created, the highs, and the steady decline towards a reduced sales audience for the lows The continual disaster of merchandising being another low An enjoyable read throughout for anyone who has at some point read Viz and laughed at the humor.


  6. Martin Martin says:

    Quite frankly, Viz is not as funny as it used to be.


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The Inside Story of Viz: Rude Kids ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Inside Story of Viz: Rude Kids By Chris Donald ➲ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk This is the straight talking, fascinating story of Viz magazine, founded in by Chris Donald editor until Chris tells the remarkable story of the magazine, from the tatty rag produced in his Newcastl This Story of Viz: Rude eBook ↠ is the Story of PDF ↠ straight talking, fascinating story of Viz magazine, founded inby Chris Donald editor untilChris tells the remarkable story of the magazine, from the tatty The Inside ePUB ↠ rag produced in his Newcastle bedroom to becoming one of the bestselling magazines in the UKChris was the creator of many of the characters and was responsible Inside Story of PDF Ê for all the magazine s written content Characters from the magazine, such as Sid the Sexist and the Fat Slags, are now household namesThis is an engaging tale told in Chris s unique, wry way Chris takes us from his train spotting childhood in the s 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 atticChris includes many original drawings in this integrated book as well as some fascinating images of early Viz creations.