Gorillaz Co-Creator Jamie Hewlett Announces New Art Book

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Gorillaz co-creator and host Jamie Hewlett has announced a new art book titled Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee.

Hewlett, which founded the cartoon group with Damon Albarn in 1998, will release the 368-page hardcover title in late November through Z2 Comics. It’s priced at £41.56 and is available to pre-order here.

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The book contains an oral history of Action Phoo, the TV pilot created by Hewlett and Mat Wakeham. Airing on BBC Three in 2008, the show is based on Hewlett’s Get the gifts 90s cartoon.

Co-written by Wakeham, Phoo Action: Silver Jubilee collects the entire 12-part comic for the first time.

It will also feature a never-before-seen introductory comic to a planned second season of Action Phoo which was never produced, with a prose novel by Wakeham detailing the rest of the chapters.

Additionally, fans can check out original artwork by comic artist Philip Bond (The Invisibles, kill your boyfriend), as well as a “treasure” of unreleased developments and character illustrations from Hewlett.

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The book is meant to “present a definitive and comprehensive timeline of this cult masterpiece,” according to an official listing.

“To say that I cherish these characters and this property is an understatement,” Wakeham said in a statement. “I’m extremely grateful to be their current caretaker and curator, and to still be creative.”

Earlier this year, Z2 Comics released The Gorillaz Art Book which featured “new interpretations of 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs in one expansive volume”.

This title saw Hewlett team up with over 40 guest contributors, including Jack Black, Robert Smith of The Cure and Little Dragon.

Gorillaz recently teamed up with Thundercat on a new single called “Cracker Island.” Prior to its release, the band performed the collaborative song live during their current world tour. A trippy official video for the track was released late last month.

The group released their seventh and final studio album, “Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez”, in October 2020.

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