Monday, 7 December 2009
Jamie Hewlett has been described as "...the definitive face of post-punk British pop culture - edgy, angular and out there. " Renowned for his comic Deadline that more importantly spawned Tank Girl. Hewlett was influenced by the cartoons of Chuck Jones, also an avid reader of the magazine 'Heavy Metal' which introduced him to artists such as Jean Giraud. As a young boy he stumbled across Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky a glance at japanese anime, Hewlett's Gorillaz video for 'Feel Good Inc' shows similarities, such as the flying windmills. Witnessing Blade Runner, Fantastic Planet and The Exorcist gave him the ammunition he needed by the end of secondary school. He has recently re-created an old chinese tale originally titled 'Monkey King,' written by Wu Ch'eng-en in the 1500's, based around Chinese fables, fairy tales, legends, superstitions, popuar beliefs, monster stories as well as whatever the author could find in the Taoist and Buddhist religions.
I've had an idea along similar territory as Hewlett, a journey which involves various characters titled 'Dark Eye'. Dark Eye is the main character, his ambition is to become infinitely powerful and immortal in a futuristic odyssey appearing at different points in time and space in various dimensions.