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Co-creator of the virtual band Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett celebrates his 49th birthday today. Brought up in Sussex, Hewlett started his career with Deadline magazine. Deadline was set up in 1988 by Brett Ewins and featured a mixture of comic strips produced by British creators, and articles on music and culture. Martin and Hewlett with his friend, Alan Martin, created Tank Girl, an anarchic strip about a teenage punk girl who drove a tank and had a mutant kangaroo for a boyfriend. The strip was a hit and quickly became the most talked about part of Deadline. Hewlett's eccentric style proved popular and he started to work with bands such as Senseless Things and Cud providing covers for record releases; he also contributed artwork sporadically to Commodore User magazine.