The Art Of Brett Ewins


A new retrospective of Tank Girl mentor Brett Ewins’ comic career. Brett co-created the magazine Deadline (TG’s original home) and worked on many much-loved characters and stories in 2000ad. Along with Brendan McCarthy, his style was a huge influence on Jamie Hewlett and Phil Bond’s early work. Includes a stack of artwork (some unseen) and an extensive interview by Alan McKenzie.

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Booga rides again. and again…

A few years back I bought what I thought was a kangaroo action figure that looked suspiciously like merchandise from the Tank Girl movie. Just found out that I was very wrong! It seems that MGM must’ve kept hold of Stan Winston’s animatronic mutant-kangaroo outfits and heads from Tank Girl and decided to base a whole new crap film around them. This one even got a sequel! Go figure…

Alan X


Out there somewhere is a stash of unseen Tank Girl artwork, including some of Jamie’s original sketchbooks from the early days of Deadline Magazine. This is a call going out to anyone who has any idea where these items might be. I’m not after anything that’s already been published, or anyone else’s version of Tank Girl, only pure vintage Hewlett TG. I’m not after buying it back, I only require it to use in a forthcoming project. Any clues leading to its whereabouts will be amply rewarded with Tank Girl goodies!


Alan XXX

Random Tank Girl Art #1

I’m gonna be posting some random pages from the original Tank Girl incarnation. All of these are available in the Tank Girl Books 1 – 3 and The Cream Of Tank Girl coffee-table art book (all from Titan Books, available on Amazon etc.). This first one was an unseen picture that turned up in Jamie’s archive as we were putting together Tank Girl Book 3 and can now be found in the introduction of that book


More soon. Stay tuned to this station!


Alan X


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