The second graphic novel collection with IDW Publishing, a story that I’ve described as “a kind of transcontinental Kerouacian odyssey, with knob jokes”
Here’s some reviews –
“(Martin’s) writing is surprisingly unchanged. It’s still by turns funny, weird, and strangely sentimental. Beat poetry via Carry On movies. It’s got the same strong whiff of teenage indulgence it always had, that eternal pleasure of having girls saying rude words and farting; of kangaroos with their cocks out, and of gratuitous pop cultural references… lashings of Beat writing filtered through the crumbling seaside facades of Worthing (Hewlett and Martin’s hometown).”
“A sheer joy, feels like the old days of TG but more kind of wistful and poetic, even the poo jokes feel somehow more beautiful this time round. Basically this issue was a kind of dream come true for me – two hot chicks ride around in a vintage Nazi halftrack while a kangaroo reads the great lost work of the Beat Generation. I wonder if Alan C. Martin is reading my mind?”
“The artwork in the comic is simply amazing. No, it isn’t incredibly realistic and finely detailed. It is just incredibly coloured and artistically appealing. The general style keeps with the punk aspect the comic series has always had.”
“I’ve gotten the previous books, so the quality was no surprise. It’s really one of the best books out there right now with a unique perspective, both on storytelling and art, from one of the more established comic book companies.”
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For those of you that missed it in 2007, I’d like to flag up Tank Girl’s comeback series “The Gifting“, which crashed to Earth as a mini-series last May and severely dented the Top 50 Trade Paperback Charts at the end of the year. A fantastic collection of great covers by Ashley Wood and a glorious car crash of interior art by Ashley and Rufus Dayglo –
“More than anything else, the self-contained vignettes starring Tank Girl and her post-apocalyptic crew resemble Archie‘s gag-punctuated shenanigans as reinvented by sick, prurient punks—in other words, a breath of freshly fetid air…”
“Ashley Wood delivers a very cool style which somehow, despite not trying to imitate Jamie’s original work, manages to reference it at a level old fans will recognise and appreciate – he delivers art which suits the story and characters perfectly and manages to make them very much Tank Girl while still very Ashley Wood too, a pretty neat trick to pull off.”
“Frankly, Tank Girl was MIA for too long and it’s good to see her back.”
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In April 2008 Titan Books published my debut text novel, “Tank Girl: Armadillo!” which received some very overenthusiastic reviews from the far corners of the globe –
“…like Jack Kerouac for my people. My people being pot-smokers with funny colored hair who enjoy comics and violent explosions of smoke and fury. “Armadillo!” is one of the best things I’ve read. Alan Martin goes up there with Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, William Gibson, and the other madmen novelists who’ve changed my life forever.”
“Tank Girl: Armadillo! is the natural heir to the British comedy shows of the 1960’s and 1970’s like Monty Python’s Flying Circus in that it also takes an illogical situation to its most logical conclusion. The only difference is that Tank Girl: Armadillo! has far more basis in reality than those other shows did. On the surface this is a hoot and a holler, but underneath it all is a call to arms.”
“I would recommend…no…I would insist that any long time Tank Girl fan pick this up and devour it as I did. The 156-page story, Armadillo! is comedic magnificence. The 2nd half called The Bushel is a nice collection of shorts, comic scripts and odd bits that are sure to burst or necessitate some stitches
I always knew Martin was a comedic genius, but he really shines brightest here all on his own. Until he gives us another volume like this one, I’ll be rabidly craving more.”
Gee, thanks guys, I like your reviews, too.
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“Providing a definitive guide to Tank Girl and her world, this coffee-table art book boasts masses of Jamie Hewlett’s finest artwork, including tons of rare art and the previously unseen comic strip, The 16s, along with every Hewlett Tank Girl cover for Deadline magazine ever; plus publicity posters; graphic novel collection covers; an unseen, rejected script; sketches for the film; animation storyboards and more. Replete with new cover art from Jamie Hewlett and commentary from writer Alan Martin, this celebration of a comics cult icon puts on show exactly what has made Tank Girl so eminently popular throughout two decades of history.”
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The Arch Drude in 2008 giving us a busker’s rendition the old Teardrop Explodes’ classic Sleeping Gas on Mathew Street in Liverpool, a stone’s throw from the infamous Eric’s club, where it was first performed. I’ve just re-read Cope’s Head On book, which I first read in the mid-ninties, I’d forgotten what an absolute luntatic he is, and how much I love him.
So I’m also belatedly digging last year’s double cd Black Sheep
Exactly how brilliant is Debbie Harry? I touched her bum once, by the way…
went to college, studied art, to be an artist, make a start…
Love The Creation, Love Life
From the long unavailable Love You Til Tuesday movie and LP. Far out, man…
From TOTP in 1977, Otway and Barratt befuddle the studio audience. Check out Barratt’s mashed up electric guitar. also worth checking out is the Whistle Test performance where Otway falls off his amp and fucks up his ankle. Really free.
Two clips made back to back in the gardens of Chiswick House for The Ed Sullivan tv show. The Beatles would always do a spot for Ed when they were touring the States. With touring now no longer happening, the Fabs came up with these precursors to the standard MTV pop promo.
Both songs have always been big favourites, The Beatles really do seem to be at the top of their songwriting game – they were knocking stuff like this out at a thousand miles an hour. I love the bit half way through PaperbackWriter where they throw in Frere Jacques as a backing vocal. Sublimey…