Action Tank is the critically acclaimed graphic novel series from Australian writer/illustrator Mike Barry.

With TWO EPIC VOLUMES made specifically for 7-12 year old readers, Action Tank is a full-colour comic book story about a boy who finds himself on the other side of the Solar System but needs to get home in time for his Mum’s spaghetti carbonara.


In the USA? Get Action Tank here! In Australia? Get Action Tank here!

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Action Tank VOLUME 2 rockets into the DIRECT MARKET!

Volume 2, issue 1 is available now!

Jump straight into the Action Tank universe with this 28 page blockbuster!

This full colour opening chapter of Volume 2 comes packed with spaceships, galactic warlords, robot henchmen, a brief history of Neptune, the Solar System’s favorite talking unicorn and a courageous human boy who’s just trying to get home in time for his Mom’s spaghetti carbonara.

Perfect for ages 7-12, and only $US3.99!

Grab one from your favourite comic shop or ORDER YOURS NOW!

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Action Tank Book 2 - with all the awards

The mind-blowing, 256 page adventure with all the awards can now be yours!

A boy races across the Solar System, piloting a beat-up spaceship and accompanied by his fascinating new friends. Forced to crash-land on Neptune, he’s soon dodging lightning cannons, racing hovercrafts, and trying to outsmart a bunch of super-aggressive guys with buckets on their heads, all in the hope of making it back to Earth in time for his Mom’s spaghetti carbonara.

The second epic chapter in the critically acclaimed Action Tank series, this is a fast-moving, galaxy-spanning adventure about discovery, friendship, and what you’re really capable of.

256 pages! Perfect for ages 7-12!

If you’re in the USA – PRE-ORDER BOOK 2 NOW!

If you’re in Australia – ORDER BOOK 2 NOW!

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ACTION TANK Book 1 is already available everywhere!

It all begins here! 100 action-packed, full-color pages for only US$9.99!

Best described as Where the Wild Things Are meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, you can find the first book in the critically acclaimed Action Tank series anywhere good books are sold!

If you’re in the USA – ORDER BOOK 1 HERE!

If you’re in Australia – ORDER BOOK 1 HERE!



You can now hear Mike talk about how and why he makes Action Tank on a whole bunch of podcasts!

Mike Barry, Action Tank author and illustrator


“Smart, funny, and dynamically designed, Action Tank is an impressive debut that’s sure to engage readers, some of whom will no doubt be inspired to write and draw their own powered-up comics.”

– SHAUN TAN (The Arrival, Cicada, Tales from the Inner City)

“A truly exceptional use of the comic form. This is a big smile from end to end.”

  – RYAN K LINDSAY (Everfrost, Eternal, Beautiful Canvas)

“Mike’s talent continues to astound me. If I didn’t know what a gentle nerd he was, I’d be intimidated.”

  – NAT AMOORE (Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire, The Right Way To Rock)


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About Mike

Mike Barry is a writer and illustrator from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Supported by a career in advertising, he created, crowd-funded and self-published his first middle-grade graphic novel Action Tank – Book 1 in 2017, which quickly gained popularity with readers and recognition with critics.

Action Tank – Book 1 was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award (Best Graphic Novel 2017), was included in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, and earned him a mentorship in the CBCA Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program. It also named in the 2022 American Library Association’s Best Graphic Novels For Children Reading List.

The success of Book 1 laid the foundation for the much anticipated second chapter in the series, the 2020 released Action Tank – Book 2, which was created thanks to another successful crowd-funding campaign, and with support the Creative Partnerships Australia MATCHLab program. 

Action Tank – Book 2 was shortlisted for multiple literary awards, including the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, The 2021 Russell Prize for Humour Writing  and the 2020 Aurealis Awards. In 2021, Action Tank – Book 2 won a Comics Arts Awards of Australia.

Aside from Action Tank, Mike has also joined forces with Australian kid-lit superstar Nat Amoore to create We Run Tomorrow, a  heart pounding graphic novel / novel mashup about a group of comic book obsessed kids who kidnap their best friend and run away from home to become movie stars.

Mike has plenty to say, and can be found on instagram, twitter, and his other website. He also sometimes sends out info and updates via his email newsletter.


In the USA? Get Action Tank here >

In Australia? Get Action Tank here >

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