Writer Alan Martin and artists Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and Jonathan Edwards will be launching the 21st Century Tank Girl book at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16th – 18th October) in Kendal – well over a month before the collection is released in shops. And there will be some exclusive Tank Girl goodies on offer at the weekend for fans, too.
Tank Girl, the inspired creation of Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin, is a classically British cartoon institution: anarchic, absurd and absolutely brilliant. Driving a tank which is also her home, she’s declared an outlaw and embarks on a series of misadventures with her boyfriend Booga, a mutant kangaroo.
Tank Girl quickly became a cult classic in the 1990s and it has had a whole host of reincarnations over many years, the latest being the return of co-creator Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz) to the character that made his name in 21st Century Tank Girl, published by Titan Comics, the work of Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Philip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, Brett Parson, Jim Mahfood and Craig Knowles.
Featuring riotous 100 per cent original content from Hewlett and Martin along with contributions from a host of series stalwarts and newcomers, get your head down, put your hands over your private parts, and prepare for a chaotic collection of strips, pin-ups — and random carnage…
The exclusive signing precedes a special launch event at the Brwery Arts Centre on Saturday afternoon for the collection featuring Alan Martin, Jonathan Edwards and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell – all in conversation with Chris Thompson.
“The book has been printed a month and a half before its bookshop release, just for this event, so it’s a chance for fans to get their hands on it way before the official release date,” Alan tells us.
“I’ll be bringing along some exclusive Tank Girl items that I’ve had produced especially for the event for anyone attending.”
• The exclusive signing will take place in the with a signing in the Comics Clock Tower in Kendal’s Town Hall at 2-3.00pm on Saturday, followed by the launch event discussion in the Brewery Arts Centre at 4.00pm.
• More about the Lakes International Comic Art Festival at www.comicartfestival.com
• Official Tank Girl web site: www.tank-girl.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.