(Credit: Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin)
Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin have taken to Kickstarter for a brand-new, 100-page Tank Girl hardcover also featuring the work of six other brilliant indie artists.
Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin's Tank Girl has a bit of an odd history. The book had its humble beginnings in Deadline magazine before getting picked up by Penguin, of all publishers. Then it bounced across to Vertigo in the mid-90s before taking a decade-long hiatus, returning in 2007 by way of IDW, then landing at Titan Comics in 2009.
Now, Hewlett and Martin have decided to go indie — and they've taken to Kickstarter to git 'er done. 21st Century Tank Girl will be a 100-page, hardcover edition of short comic strips, longer stories, posters, poems, an illustrated short story and whatever else the team can dream up.
It also marks Hewlett's first return to the character since 1996, and his first major comics project since forming Gorillaz in 1998. Joining him in the art department will be several artists who took up the reins for the books from 2007, including Jim Mahfood, Phillip Bond and Warwick Johnson Cadwell, as well as Tank Girl newcomers Brett Parson, Craig Knowles and Jonathan Edwards.
"You'll discover what Tank Girl's real name is in the story 'The Name of Tank Girl' (clue — it's not Rebecca Buck)," the page reads. "You'll learn tactical tank manoeuvres and vital post-apocalyptic survival techniques. You'll see Tank Girl explore new worlds in her slightly phallic rocket ship. And you'll finally find out what Tank Girl keeps covered up with that Band-Aid."
The book will have an exclusive Hewlett-designed dust jacket for Kickstarter backers, and will be sized a larger-than-life A4. It's available for a minimum pledge of £23 (around AU$41.35) plus shipping, but we'll be willing to be that most will go for the higher reward tiers — the swag is sweet. Badges, posters, postcards, prints, a bookmark, a fridge magnet, a t-shirt, a sampler ashcan, your photo in the sampler ashcan, a question answered by agony aunt Tank Girl in the sampler ashcan (actually, that one sold out), previous Tank Girl graphic novels and more, all with an estimated delivery date of November this year.
You can find more information and pledge your support on the 21st Century Tank Girl Kickstarter page.