Gorillaz And ‘Tank Girl’ Artist Jamie Hewlett Announces ‘Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee’ With Z2 Comics

by Richard Bruton

Music comic publisher Z2 Comics teams with Gorillaz and Tank Girl co-creator Jamie Hewlett for the collection of his long-lost Phoo Action in the new art book, Silver Jubilee.

Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee Cover Art by Jamie Hewlett

Written and curated by Phoo Action co-author Mat Wakeham and featuring original designs by Jamie Hewlett, the book collects the long-lost 12-part Get the Freebies comic strip that saw print in UK magazine The Face from 1996 to 1997.

It’s all been assembled by Wakeham with forewords that serve as an oral history of the evolving project and, in addition to the Get The Freebies comic that’s never been collected in English before, Phoo Action includes Hewlett’s process art, as well as telling us the tale of the development of the 2008 Phoo Action BBC television pilot. It also has a never-before-seen introductory comic to a planned second season that was never produced, with a prose novel from Wakeham detailing the rest of the chapters that includes illustrations from Philip Bond.

Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee interior art by Jamie Hewlett

Much the same as Z2 Comics’ previous collaborations with Hewlett on the Gorillaz Almanac and Gorillaz Art Book, this one’s designed to flop down nice and heavy on the coffee table in its oversized form

Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee shows the origins of Whitey Action, cynical teen and potty-mouthed heroine, alongside Terry Phoo, hapless kung-fu super cop. Together, they go up against the mutant Freebies gang – led by a hysterical crime boss with a basketball for a head.

“To say that I hold dear these characters and this property is an understatement. I am so extremely grateful to be their current custodian and curator — and that I still get to be a creative collaborator in their world, too. This book is my open love letter to some of the funniest, most reprehensible, and inspired underground comics of the late 20th century, from the hand of one of Britain’s leading cultural luminaries – Jamie Hewlett.” – Mat Wakeham

Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee interior art by Jamie Hewlett

Z2 Comics, Jamie Hewlett, and Mat Wakeham present Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee in standard hardcover and deluxe hardcover with a clamshell cover. The deluxe hardcover comes with enamel pins, magnets, and embroidered patches. It all gets released in early winter but can be pre-ordered from the Z2 Comics website.

 

Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee Standard Hardcover Art by Jamie Hewlett and Mat Wakeham
Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee Deluxe Hardcover Art by Jamie Hewlett and Mat Wakeham
Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee Deluxe Hardcover Art by Jamie Hewlett and Mat Wakeham

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