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The Cream of Tank Girl [Hardcover]

Alan C. Martin , Jamie Hewlett
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24 Oct 2008
Spewing filth and fury since 1988, celebrate the 20th anniversary of Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett's foul-mouthed, anarchic creation with "The Cream of Tank Girl"!Boasting tons of unseen artwork, rarely seen comic strips, every Jamie Hewlett "Tank Girl" cover ever, publicity posters, script samples and more besides, this is the ultimate guide to Tank Girl and her world!Bask in the glory of exclusive new commentary from writer Alan Martin! Shiver with pleasure at the sight of rarely seen drawings by Gorillaz genius Jamie Hewlett! Have a nice cup of tea whilst studying the recipe page! Verily, "The Cream of Tank Girl" is a smorgasbord of Tank Girl-osity.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (24 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845769422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845769420
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"THE CREAM OF TANK GIRL is an impressive work for sure. Mostly impressive because of its display of the mad brilliance of Jamie Hewlett's artwork. Each page is just chock full of Hewlett's masterful cartoon work and it puts so much of comicdom to shame. There is just page after page of beautifully produced material here and it's breathtaking for someone like myself who is such a huge fan of Hewlett's work. Any cartoonist or fan of cartoon art would do themselves a favor by picking this book up as it shows a master at the top of his game.

It was a joy for me to read and look at. With the publication of WATCHING THE WATCHMEN and THE CREAM OF TANK GIRL I think Titan Books has put out two of the best books about comics I've ever seen." "Ain't It Cool News"

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Artist Jamie Hewlett and writer Alan C. Martin created Tank Girl in 1988 for British music and comics magazine Deadline, generating a vibrant body of work that became a series of top-selling graphic novels. Hewlett went on to mastermind--with Blur's Damon Albarn--the multimillion selling virtual pop group Gorillaz, before teaming up with Albarn again to create a musical stage version of Monkey. Hewlett was named Designer of the Year in 2006, while Martin has returned to Tank Girl with a series of comic books and his debut prose novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tank Girl Fans will love this book 3 July 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:20 Mins
The Cream of Tank Girl starts off with a funny piece by Alan Martin, looking at their student years, tracing back at how it got started.

After that, the rest of the book is all art. The pages are filled with sketches, cover art, comics, photos, unpublished and rejected illustrations, storyboards, screenplays (for the movie) and a lot of other stuff from random publications. Captions are provided for a few illustrations, looking back to the hectic days when they are trying to get Tank Girl to print.

I still find the kangeroo dude, Booga, disturbing, probably because of the human anatomy without a human head. There are also some refined character designs for Booga, Tank Girl and her tank at the back.

Tank Girl fans will love this book. It's should be pretty inspirational for artists too for the graphic art.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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'The Cream of Tank Girl' is something of a misnomer, to be entirely fair. This book does cover the initial half of Tank Girl's appearances, but a small yet noticeable amount of space in the book is dedicated to other strips Hewlett and Martin created together, such as their pirate strip, and a semi-follow up to Tank Girl which followed fan-favourite character Barney, in an entirely different yet still hilarious set of circumstances.

Despite this, the emphasis on Jamie Hewlett's artwork and his development of Tank Girl - First from the riot grrl, punk rock bitch she started out as (inspiring legions of followers, cosplayers, etc), into an almost hippie-esque, general counter-culture icon is displayed on a variety of stunning pages. Since Hewlett and Martin's work on Tank Girl was recently republished in a new Anniversary edition, spread across three volumes plus the two miniseries developed without Martin, the book wisely chooses to concentrate on cover art from Deadline Magazine and a variety of others, plus concept artwork detailing Tank Girl's latest sexy set of threads. It's an approach that works.

The book also takes on the form of chapters, chronicling both Tank Girl's development, from black and white to colour, and features a smattering of writing detailing Hewlett and Martin's rise in fame and fortune, culminating in the disastrous Tank Girl movie, which soured the character for both creators. Both of them, if asked, are refreshingly blunt about their feelings on the film, and this is presented well here. Those interested in the movie should be aware there are precious few images devoted to the film in here, save for several of Hewlett's impressive panels, which were used in the actual film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars visual overdose 12 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book provides a great insight into the wonderful and weird world of Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett. The Cream of Thank Girl is a visual classic- stories and images that capture and hold your attention. The book brings together the history and secrets of Martin and Hewlett partnership. These two creative minds, who made the artistic choice of living from comic storytelling. Whether you're into Tank Girl or not, this book is perhaps one of the most indispensable in any collection, providing a wealth of valuable details about its creators' unique approach and style of visual storytelling.
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