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Titan Books released Everybody Loves Tank Girl on February 22, 2013, so we recently sat down with Illustrator Jim Mahfood to discuss the book in further detail and get an insider look at the series and the new direction that comics are taking today. Read on to learn more!

AMANDA DYAR: Tank Girl is a series that has been around for many years and reached its height in fame during the mid 90s. How did you first get introduced to the series, and how did you get involved with Everybody Loves Tank Girl?

JIM MAHFOOD: I first discovered Tank Girl around 1993, my freshman year of college. It completely blew my mind. I had never seen or read anything else like it. Discovering Jamie Hewlett’s artwork was a game changer for me.

I got involved with Everybody Loves Tank Girl when Alan Martin and I became friends on Facebook. We started chatting and he asked me to draw the book, and I completely freaked out and of course said yes. What a huge thrill!

AMANDA: For Everybody Loves Tank Girl, you teamed up with author Alan Martin to create a whole new chapter in the Tank Girl series. Can you tell us a bit about working together with Alan for this new project and how your art brings his story to life?

JIM: Yeah, it was a really easy collaborative process. Alan told me he was going to write a bunch of short stories and one-pagers and stuff, and I could draw them the way I wanted. He gave me a lot of creative freedom, which I think suits my art style the best. The more nuts and weird I’m allowed to get, the better the product. So Alan would basically email me the scripts and I would draw the stories one at a time. It was a painless process. Really fun.

AMANDA: Your work for Everybody Loves Tank Girl seems to have a real classic look to it that reminds us of comics we read ourselves while growing up. Is there a particular art style you try to portray in your work, or does it change from project to project. Also, who are some of your inspirations growing up and continuing as a professional artist today?

JIM: My style sort of changes up from gig to gig. The cool thing about this book is it’s made up of various short stories so I was able to experiment a bit and change up the styles for each story. And some of the stuff was in full color, some one-color, some black & white, so I think that helped in varying up the material, too.

As far as inspirations go, I would say Jamie Hewlett, Ralph Steadman, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jack Davis, Ash Wood, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Sergio Toppi, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko are at the top of the list.

AMANDA: Everybody Loves Tank Girl looks like a very entertaining comic and a fun one to make. What is your favorite part about working on the series, and why should fans pick up the graphic novel when it releases at the end of the month from Titan Books publishing?

JIM: My favorite part was being able to put my spin on all these classic, iconic characters. You know, to be able to play around with the look of Tank Girl, her hair styles, her outfits and weapons and all that stuff, that was very thrilling. It’s just fun material to draw. And it’s written in a way that I could add my own secret artistic herbs and spices to it. Very flavorful.

Fan should pick up the book because it’s Tank Girl, and Tank Girl totally fucking rocks!

Check out the official Titan Books website to learn more and pick up the book today!

Everyone’s favorite outback anarchist is back to blow things up, swear profusely, and offend the elderly! Alan C. Martin teams up with wunderkind Jim Mahfood to bring you Tank Girl as you’ve never seen her: wild, raw, foul-mouthed, and forever rockin’ but rendered in a style that will bring pleasure to thine eyes. Meet The Wee Wee Brothers, travel south to a Hippie Fest with all the gang, take a tour around Booga’s factory, and let Tank Girl show you How To Dress Quite Good.

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New Novel Alien: The Cold Forge Gets Cover Art, Synopsis, and Release Date



I don’t know about you but I’m a massive fan of the Alien film series. Oh, the hell with it. Let’s cut the bull. You are too.

Anyhow, considering both of us are massive fans of the Alien films, I wanted to make sure you were aware that Titan Books has an all-new original Alien novel on the way.

It’s called “Alien: The Cold Forge” and the 320-page paperback is written by Alex White (author of the “Salvagers” series) and will be hitting the public on April 24, 2018.

You can check out the novel’s synopsis below and its current cover art to the right. Just click the image for a higher-res version.

I know I will be attempting to score a copy of the novel asap, but what about you? Are you interested in this original novel? Let us know below!

Again, “Alien: The Cold Forge” hits April 24, 2018.



A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs.

With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abruptly becomes their greatest hope for weaponizing the Xenomorph, but there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. If discovered, this person may have no choice but to destroy RB-323… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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