Ten years before artist Jamie Hewlett became a global pop culture phenomenon as the co-creator of Gorillaz alongside Damon Albarn, he made his other best-known cultural contribution in the late 80s with writer Alan Martin; Tank Girl. Debuting in the pages of UK anthology magazine Deadline, the rocket launcher-wielding, tank-driving outlaw became an icon of female empowerment and sexual self-determination (and the star of a Lori Petty movie of appropriately debatable virtue).
Tank Girl was largely dormant from the mid-90s until the late 2000s, when Martin returned to the character by partnering with artists including Rufus Dayglo, Jim Mahfood, and Warwick Caldwell-Johnson. Hewlett's musical commitments kept him away from the character for a long time, but now he's finally back for 21st Century Tank Girl, an anthology that also features Mahfood, Caldwell-Johnson, Philip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, and more.
As a Briton living overseas, I am always delighted to see people from the old country shamelessly milk their Britishness to sell themselves abroad. The more we ham it up, the more people seem to love it, as evidenced by Eddie Redmayne's Oscar win. So it's in that same glorious spirit that Titan Comics is playing up the "Downton Abbey and crumpets" angle for its May comics promotion, Best of British, featuring new and classic works from a roster of creators that includes Peter Milligan, Si Spurrier, Alan Martin, D'Israeli, and the late Brett Ewins. Check out the trailer above, debuting exclusively on ComicsAlliance.
Comics have seized center stage at the venerable British Library in London this summer in an exhibition celebrating the history of British comics and the work of British creators. Subtitled, 'Art and Anarchy in the UK', the Comics Unmasked exhibition places an emphasis on protest, outsider culture, and anti-authoritarian voices.
Curated by Adrian Edwards, Paul Gravett, and John Harris Dunning, Comics Unmasked draws heavily on the British Library's own collection to establish and define Britain's relationship to the comics art form -- stirring up nostalgia, scandal, and some surprising discoveries along the way. And Kieron Gillen's giant head.
Everybody Loves Tank Girl is the new Tank Girl book collecting the recent issues drawn by Jim Mahfood and written by Tank Girl co-creator Alan C. Martin. Before getting into things too thoroughly, let's briefly unpack the term "the new Tank Girl," because that's quickly becoming not just a distinction referring to the passage of time, but a term that now encompasses some wholesale shifts in what the character means and how she's been used by Martin the last 10 to 20 years. When first we met Tank Girl ba
If you aren't familiar with Kris Anka by now, you should be. A talented comic artist, he may currently be best known for his comic book fashion sense, specifically the costume redesigns he did for the recently relaunched Uncanny X-Force -- including the return of Mohawk Storm. Basical
Last week the UK's Titan Publishing announced that it was forming Titan Comics, a new imprint devoted to publishing original creator-owned titles. That announcement was followed by news that Titan Comics would team with Atomeka Press to revive the well-regarded A1 anthology. Now comes news that, sta
Chris Sims: Welcome back to what I am 100% sure is the most in-depth review of 1995's Tank Girl you are likely to find! When we last left off, Girls Tank and Jet had just gotten their namesake vehicles and discovered that Tank Girl's pal Sam was being held at some kind of post-apocalyptic bordello. Meanwhile, Malcolm McDowell had lost an arm and a fac
Chris Sims: Hello everyone, and welcome to ComicsAlliance's in-depth review series on the indie superhero movies of the '90s. This week, we're starting in on 1995's Tank Girl, a movie that features Ice-T as a mutant kangaroo. Somehow, I managed to forget this fact for the past eighteen yea
James Harvey (formerly credited as HARVEYJAMES) is one of those artists who doesn't draw in a manga style, but has instead absorbed many of the stylistic lessons of manga and built his own aesthetic around them
On sale now from Titan Comics is issue #1 of Everybody Loves Tank Girl, a new three-part miniseries drawn and co-written by Jim Mahfood with Tank Girl co-creator Alan Martin. The series represents a dream come true for Mahfood, one o
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