Drugs and Wires is a weekly cyberpunk webcomic launched in 2015 created by Cryoclaire (original premise and illustration) and Io Black (script, editing and plot development).
Who is Cryoclaire?
Comix Creatrix Mary Safro is better known as “Cryoclaire” on the Internet, where she spends 99% of her time.
Originally from Latvia, she moved to the UK to study art and ended up staying. She’s always been drawn to comics and cites Jamie Hewlett as her biggest inspiration.
These days she works in a videogames studio during the day and draws comics at night. Her first comic, Drugs & Wires, started as a series of short comic strips inspired by classic cyberpunk fiction with a pinch of humour and everyday misery. Mary also released a series of animated comics, Dreamspace, exploring that world further and telling a story of a VR addict through psychedelic visuals.
That’s when Io joined her as a writer on a quest of making Drugs And Wires into a Real Webcomic.
But who is Io Black?
As for Io Black, he is pretty mysterious and secretive—to be honest. However… Io Black is a corporate marketing drone and vintage sci-fi fan turned comics hobbyist. A seasoned writer, editor, and general ’90s survivor, Io has been collaborating with Cryoclaire since 2014.
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Cryoclaire and Io Black: Drugs And Wires
Is a cyberpunk comic, set in Unylsk, the dysfunctional capital of Stradania, some time after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Thanks to the magic of alternate history, Unylsk is a mixture of cyberpunk cliches and actual Nineties technology, with an added dose of Russian misery.
It follows Dan, a bitter, burned-out VR operator and serial addict trying to put his life back together after a near-death experience with the mysterious worm.
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“The co-existence of raw brutality and nonchalant slapstick giving Drugs & Wires its own very distinctive voice and vibe.”
“Packed full of incredible details and some stunningly imaginative premises”
“Cyberpunk, but not shit.”— ConSequential podcast
“I love the world you’ve crafted, and I know that I love it because I would never want to live there in a million years because it looks awful.”— An Actual Reader!