SATURDAY POP SLOT #38 – JILTED JOHN by JILTED JOHN

Last year saw the sad departure of music and comedy legend Chris Sievey. Chris was the main driving force behind the 70s/80s post-punk band The Freshies, but made his big mark on showbiz with his papier-mache-headed alter-ego Frank Sidebottom. From the same era as Chis, and following a similar career-morphing trajectory, is comedy genius Graham Fellows, who, I’m very happy to say, is alive and well and still making people cry with laughter in the guise of his alter ego John Shuttleworth.

Chris and John crossed paths in their careers on the “Going Red?” single Some Boys. But there’s no video evidence of that anywhere on the internet, and not much worthwhile footage of The Freshies either. I wanted to show you something from the early days by these guys, as their humour has been a big influence on more subtle parts (if there are any) of Tank Girl’s own sense of the absurd. So here’s Graham, from way back in 1978, in his third Top Of The Pops appearance as the lovelorn Jilted John…

Have a happy saturday

Alan X

Outback

Currently writing a short Tank Girl story, and after having written the word “outback” several times in quick succession, I was suddenly reminded of these guys –

We used to listen to their album way back when we were doing the original run of comics, as a way of evoking some er, outbackyness. If Tank Girl were ever to have a real party I’m sure they would be providing the entertainment.

Better get back to work

Alan X

Dear Friends…

Hello, my name is Alan, I co-created the original Tank Girl comic in 1988 with my friend Jamie Hewlett.

For regular visitors of tank-girl.com, I’d like to say a big SORRY for my long absence. Due to my carelessness, the site was beginning to resemble a teenager’s bedroom; messy, unkempt, shambolic, scattered with dirty shorts, and smelling like something had crawled under the bed, eaten a dubious-looking damp sock, and died.

Well, as you can see, I’ve had the fumigators in and I’ve redecorated the whole place in snazzy black. From now on this will be my own personal blog, which, while bringing you all the latest news from the ever-expanding world of Tank Girl, will also (hopefully) tantalise you with peeks at other projects I’m working on.

I already have some very exciting (well, I’m excited, anyway) news that I’m waiting for the green-light to unveil.

And as you may already know, my next Tank Girl series “Carioca” with the brilliant Brit artist Mick “Mike” McMahon is scheduled for release as a three-part mini-series starting in September of this year.

Mick McMahon's Tank Girl cover from Deadline Magazine

This year is shaping up into something quite different.

While you’re here, take a quick look in the shop section, as a lot of Tank Girl comics are now available in digital formats. Hopefully before the year is out, the whole TG catalogue will become available for most handheld devices and computers.

Many thanks to Ash at Portable Interactive for his help and support with this site.

PWOR

Alan X

Remastered Editions

Stripped down, un-earthed, touched-up, repaired, revamped, and re-evaluated. The original run of “Classic” Tank Girl books (from 1988 -1995) at last get to see the light of day in their original form…

TANK GIRL: BOOK ONE (remastered edition)

“From the depths of the outback she charges, astride her fabulous tank! It’s…Tank Girl. Join everybody’s favourite beer-swilling, chain-smoking, kangaroo-worrying lunatic as she blitzes her way through a dazzling array of bizarre adventures, including bounty hunting, delivering colostomy bags to Australian presidents, kangaroo boxing… and many more outrageous and mind-warping thrills! Marking the 20th anniversary of “Tank Girl”, with a new introduction from Alan Martin, and previously unseen material from Jamie Hewlett, this is the first in a series of ultimate collections. Presented for the first time in chronological order and in glorious black and white – as nature intended!”

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TANK GIRL: BOOK TWO (remastered edition)

More of the same, only with more sex and violence, slightly better drawing, Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda, and free admission into Booga’s Treehouse Club. Featuring a new introduction from Alan, stupid photos, and a brace of bonus bits and bobs. The nuts.

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TANK GIRL: BOOK THREE (remastered edition)

Much enlarged, stripped back and repaired, BOOK THREE is now a glorious suppository of all things TG. Includes the one where Graham Coxon saves everyone with his bouncy castle. Now featuring the long lost stories Anitdisesatblishmentarianism & Cowboy Chan. And a photo of Adam Ant picking his nose.

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TANK GIRL: THE ODYSSEY (remastered edition)

Drawn by Jamie, written by Peter Milligan, THE ODYSSEY was the first full length outing for Tank Girl. Mixing Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce’s Ulysses and a few random episodes of Scooby Doo, the story drags our heroes to the bottom of the barrel and back again. A brand new introduction from Pete, a covers gallery,  and the hardly-ever-seen, all-colour Tank Girl stories produced by Jamie and Pete for Details magazine make this a very tasty package indeed.

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TANK GIRL : APOCALYPSE (remastered edition)

With script from veteran Brit 2000AD writer Alan Grant and art from Andy Pritchett and Phil Bond, this second graphic novel length story really puts Tank Girl through the wringer; conspiracy theory, pregnancy, and headbutting Lady Di are all subjects addressed here. A covers gallery and the un-earthed ten-page story Picnic At Hanging Cock finish the book nicely.

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Skidmarks

Barney in a coma. Booga on a skateboard. Jet Girl in a giant toy car with Dee Dee Ramone. Tank Girl on a cruise-missile-mission to save the day and maybe stop somewhere nice for tea. It can only be TANK GIRL: SKIDMARKS the collection. Finally the ten trouser-tanning instalments have been shovelled up by Titan Comics and transformed into a beautiful graphic novel. Just in time for your summer hols. Features two extra stories and an insane amout of other bonus material. And if you don’t like it, you can always use it for wiping your bum!

Out now!

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Visions of Booga

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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The Gifting

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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