He may be better known for Gorillaz these days. But Jamie Hewlett made his name as the artist and co-creator on Tank Girl, written by Alan Martin, and appearing in the amazing Deadline magazine that merged music and comics together like never before.
And now, decades after he moved on and made Gorillaz with his once-housemate Damon Albarn, he is returning to Tank Girl with Martin and a host of other artists for a new hardcover on Kickstarter.
The goal is to create a brand-spanking-new, 100 page, hardback Tank Girl book. It will feature artwork from seven different artists (some Tank Girl veterans and some new chaps), and will be written, edited, and designed by me.
This will be a truly independent venture, side-stepping the publishing industry and distribution networks, to deliver a product straight into your hands, direct from the creators.
The confirmed artists on this project are – Jamie Hewlett, Brett Parson, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Philip Bond, Jim Mahfood, Craig Knowles, and Jonathan Edwards.
The book will feature two different cover designs, both drawn by Jamie Hewlett – one on the hardcover (case), and one on a wrap-around dust jacket. The latter cover will only be available through this Kickstarter, this will be your one and only chance to buy the book in this form, when the Kickstarter is over, the dust jacket comes off!
So there you go.
Oh and there's more.
The book will be crammed full with a chaotic mix of short comic strips, poster pages, poems, longer strips, an illustrated text story, and much more.
You'll discover what Tank Girl's real name is in the story "The Name of Tank Girl" (clue – it's not Rebecca Buck)
You'll learn tactical tank manoeuvres and vital post-apocalyptic survival techniques.
You'll see Tank Girl explore new worlds in her slightly phallic rocket ship.
And you'll finally find out what Tank Girl keeps covered up with that Band-Aid.
The book will be A4 sized (297mm x 210mm), a much larger format than the standard American graphic novel, to better display the fabulous artwork from our crack team of artists.
There are pledges at all levels, and already they're at £10,000 after launching earlier today. But no one has yet claimed these levels…
Pledge £3,500 or more
THE THREE WORD BRIEF. I will write you a 2,000 word Tank Girl text story, based on THREE WORDS chosen by you. It will be yours and only yours. It will never be published. It will be presented as a pocket-size, paperback book, designed by myself in true Tank Girl style, with your name and mine on the front cover, and you will receive A DOZEN SIGNED COPIES of the finished item. Comes with a copy of the 21st Century Tank Girl book (signed by ALL EIGHT contributors), The Jambag, The T-Shirt, The Poster, and The Sampler.
Pledge £5,000 or more
NEW BEST FRIENDS – Tank Girl will send you a package every month for an entire year (Jan-Dec 2015). Each package will contain a personal letter and a gift from Tank Girl. The letters will divulge her current activities and deep personal secrets. The 12 surprise gifts will include personalised books and some of Tank Girl's favourite things, culminating in a delightful Christmas present from Tank Girl and Booga for December 2015 to go under your Christmas tree. You will also receive signed copies of any TG Poster Magazines or other TG books published in the year, and other goodies. Comes with TWO copies of the 21st Century Tank Girl book (signed by all eight contributors – one for you and one for a friend), two Jambags, two T-Shirts, two Posters, and two Samplers.
It is only a matter of time. I've just pledged for the Passport option…
Say, do you reckon they could Kickstarter the return of Deadline?