ITS GOD TO BE GOOD!

ITS GOD TO BE GOOD!

Working on a three part E-book for self publishing**** Almost finished Part 2 of 3 Graphically charged issues With lots of visuals from...
WAKE UP AND LIVE : The Life Of Bob Marley

WAKE UP AND LIVE : The Life Of Bob Marley

              Hot off the presses — Omnibus Press in fact. A new full-colour Bob Marley biography with fabulous art by the talented Benito Gallegos…. a cool 160 page treat in tropical colour. An authentic look at his life and his enduring international legacy. Available now on Amazon, Waterstones and all super cool outlets. Also available as Kindle...
Jim at the BBC

Jim at the BBC

              Done a range of BBC Radio interviews recently talking mostly on the Keith Moon GN book. The last one was an interesting interview on BBC World News with Lucy Hocking with some nice graphics and clips throughout…. at the BBC Studios in Portland Place, London, A splendid time was...
Living For Kicks: A Mods Graphic Novel…

Living For Kicks: A Mods Graphic Novel…

            Funky little slide show showing on the Living For Kicks GN at the Jocks and nerds culture site; check it out peeps!! https://www.jocksandnerds.com/articles/living-for-kicks-a-mods-graphic-novel#slide-1...
SPRECHEN SIE DEUTSCH???

SPRECHEN SIE DEUTSCH???

http://www.slam-zine.de/php/interview_jim_mccarthy,20653,41168.html                   I did a new interview for Slam online magazine and you can test your translation skills with it, as it in the German language…Have fun kids!!! http://www.slam-zine.de/php/interview_jim_mccarthy,20653,41168.html...
Jim in 2016

Jim in 2016

  2016 is an exciting year for Jim with Living For Kicks – A Mod’s Graphic novel, his first original stand-alone graphic book for Omnibus Press. Further book’s in the pipeline for a 2016 release are a 2000AD trade paperback Bad Company: First Casualties and Who Are You? The Life And Death Of Keith Moon plus an E-book entitled Ditko – He’s A Gas! Also on the publication timeline is Wake Up And Live: The Bob Marley Graphic Novel scheduled for an early 2017 release.   Other, contemporary published graphic novels linked to music subjects have been Reckless Lives: The Guns And Roses Graphic, Metallica – Nothing Else Matters. Also in print are Gabba Gabba Hey – The Ramones Graphic, Neverland – The Life And Death of Michael Jackson, three Bad Company paperback collections, Godspeed – The Kurt Cobain graphic, Death Rap – Tupac Shakur, Eminem – In My Skin, How To Draw Monsters For Kids, plus The Sex Pistols Graphic book.   Jim has also produced comic art / illustration for many publishing houses in London amongst them 2000AD; for whom he co-created comic characters Bad Company, Bix Barton, The GrudgeFather, Kid Cyborg and worked on Judge Dredd etc.   Jim’s books have been translated and published in the following foreign rights territories, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Norway, Italy, Poland, France, Croatia, Germany and Japan, Argentina, as well as the UK and the USA....
BAD COMPANY INTERVIEW*** Jim McCarthy for 2000AD

BAD COMPANY INTERVIEW*** Jim McCarthy for 2000AD

  Matt Badham Bad Company Interview 14th August 2015   Why is the time right for a return to Bad Company?    Time heals all wounds but not the wounds of Bad Company.    There’s been a change in the line-up creatively after, sadly, Brett Ewins’ passed away? What effect has that had on the art of Bad Company?   Of course it has had an effect on the artwork but Rufus is the perfect person to do the pencils and initial layouts on this strip. It is odd but so many memories for me keep coming back while I am doing the finishes on Rufus’s artworks. After Brett passing on the 17th February earlier this year and meeting Rufus for the first time in a long time at Brett’s funeral in West London on the 11th March 2015, it seemed apt that the strip would rec-occur after this. Pete and Brett and Rufus had spoken a few years back about further delving into the story. I thankfully saw Brett last year (for the last time sadly) at a book signing and that was great to see him in his element if you will. Brett was a very charismatic young man with an abundance of talent. I remember so much of his output, Sometime Stories, Strange Days plus Johnny Nemo, plus loads of 2000AD material, as I was there physically when most of this great work was being originated.   What’s it been like working with Rufus on the strip?    I really like working with Rufus; I have enjoyed seeing his pencils, at times it seems like he...
*** Who Are You: The Life and Death of KEITH MOON*** New Graphic book!!!

*** Who Are You: The Life and Death of KEITH MOON*** New Graphic book!!!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Who-are-You-Death-Graphic/dp/1783058889/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472235953&sr=1-1&keywords=jim+mccarthy”> Who Are You: The Life and Death of KEITH MOON By Jim McCarthy & Marc Olivent Based on the best-selling biography Dear Boy by Tony Fletcher, Who Are You brings to the page Keith Moon’s incredible life and premature death in a dramatic graphic reconstruction by genre masters Jim McCarthy & Marc Olivent. Rock’s greatest drummer was also its greatest character and wildest party animal. Fuelled by vast quantities of drink, drugs, insecurities and confusion, Moon destroyed everything with gleeful abandon: drum kits, houses, cars, hotels, relationships and, finally, himself. Keith Moon was a totally incorrigible yet uniquely generous boy who never grew up, and who changed the lives of all who knew him; a phenomenal character and an extravagant hell-raiser who – in a final, uncharacteristic act of grace – actually did die before he got old. Who Are You has been created by author Jim McCarthy (Reckless Life: Guns N’Roses, Gabba Gabba Hey The Ramones Graphic Novel, Neverland, Tupac Shakur: Death Rap, Eminem: In My Skin, The Sex Pistols Graphic Novel, Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic and Voices Of Latin Rock) and artist Marc OLivent (Reckless Life, Dark Satanic Mills, ‘Sundown Crossroads’, ‘Rick Fury’ and...
BAD COMPANY: FIRST CASUALTIES*** Paperback out now….

BAD COMPANY: FIRST CASUALTIES*** Paperback out now….

  Bad Company: First Casualties Trade Paperback The boys are back and they’re in Bad Company… Peter Milligan, Rufus Dayglo, Jim McCarthy return to Ararat with one of 2000 AD’s most popular series – Bad Company. In Bad Company: First Casualties, the team pay tribute to co-creator Brett Ewins, who passed away two years ago, and plunge Kano and his comrades into a fight for their very existence – but is everything as real as it seems? It’s been a decade since the vicious war with the Krool on the planet Ararat. Ex-members of the legendary guerrilla unit known as Bad Company are preparing for a ten-year anniversary memorial service. But now their near-mythic leader, Kano, has resurfaced and Danny Franks, Thrax, Mad Tommy and Fly-Trap, have stopped taken their meds and travelled back to Ararat for...
LIVING FOR KICKS: A Mods Graphic Novel

LIVING FOR KICKS: A Mods Graphic Novel

LIVING FOR KICKS: A Mods Graphic Novel Is out and available from iTunes, Amazon.Com and Amazon.co.uk and as Kindle editions also…. Living for Kicks: A Mods Graphic Novel Jim McCarthy & Kevin Cross Living for Kicks is an electrifying graphic novel that brings the British pop culture of the 1960s to vivid life. It focusses on Spike Spellane, a young Mod trying to hustle enough money to start a record label in London’s sleazy Soho. His adventures are skilfully interwoven with the antics of real-life heroes and villains while the settings are contemporary locations that made the headlines and helped shape a tumultuous decade. Spellane’s story embraces legendary Soho jazz dives, famous gangsters and real music stars. It takes place against the background of the notorious Christine Keeler scandal that rocked the country and almost brought down a government. Real life also provided the setting for the novel’s spectacular climax –the infamous battles between Mods and Rockers staged on the beaches of southern England. Living for Kicks shows and tells exactly what it was like to be a mover and shaker during a unique era of British pop creativity and social...
VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published in iBooks****

VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published in iBooks****

VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published in iBooks / Apple Link to iBooks… https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/voices-of-latin-rock/id1114663248?ls=1&mt=11   Voices Of Latin Rock: The E-Mix is an exciting, in-depth look at the Latin Rock world. It is packed with interviews and features with luminaries such as Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, new and old members of the Santana band. This e-book is crammed with rare and historic photographs, many never seen before. This writing is the last word on this little-known but culturally importance musical vanguard. It examines the clubs, the racial make-up, the musical influences and the turmoil of this historically valid music. In many cases, the chapters delve into the darker world of heavy drugs and the attendant problems that many of the musicians ran into. All at once, a barrage of musical and artistic riches exploded from the Mission District and across the East Bay in Oakland. Santana led the vanguard of a new Latin rock and soul scene. Sly Stone was happening, Tower Of Power and the Oakland funk situation and the whole East Los Angeles Latino-soul scene was also gestating. Author Jim McCarthy…” The initial success of the Voices Of Latin Rock tome ten years ago, gave me the further impetus to publish this further e-book. Many of these musicians are world-class in attitude and musicality. Some reached the top of the US music tree commercially, some are still active in the business, some less so. I make no distinctions here; they are all united by a unique passion and a cultural enmeshment that gave the music a unique and tight urban drive… Voices Of Latin...

VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published UK Link to Amazon.co.uk... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Voices-Latin-Rock-Jim-McCarthy-ebook/dp/B01FOHLXGS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1463319547&sr=1-1&keywords=voices+of+latin+rock Voices Of Latin Rock: The E-Mix is an exciting, in-depth look at the Latin Rock world. It is packed with interviews and features with luminaries such as Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, new and old members of the Santana band. This e-book is crammed with rare and historic photographs, many never seen before. This writing is the last word on this little-known but culturally importance musical vanguard. It examines the clubs, the racial make-up, the musical influences and the turmoil of this historically valid music. In many cases, the chapters delve into the darker world of heavy drugs and the attendant problems that many of the musicians ran into. All at once, a barrage of musical and artistic riches exploded from the Mission District and across the East Bay in Oakland. Santana led the vanguard of a new Latin rock and soul scene. Sly Stone was happening, Tower Of Power and the Oakland funk situation and the whole East Los Angeles Latino-soul scene was also gestating. Author Jim McCarthy…” The initial success of the Voices Of Latin Rock tome ten years ago, gave me the further impetus to publish this further e-book. Many of these musicians are world-class in attitude and musicality. Some reached the top of the US music tree commercially, some are still active in the business, some less so. I make no distinctions here; they are all united by a unique passion and a cultural enmeshment that gave the music a unique and tight urban drive… Voices Of Latin Rock. –The...
VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published USA

VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published USA

VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published USA Link to Amazon.com… https://www.amazon.com/Voices-Latin-Rock-Mix-McCarthy-ebook/dp/B01FOHLXGS?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc Carlos Santana, Latin rock, San Francisco, Soul, Mission District, Funk, Electric guitar Voices Of Latin Rock: The E-Mix is an exciting, in-depth look at the Latin Rock world. It is packed with interviews and features with luminaries such as Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, new and old members of the Santana band. This e-book is crammed with rare and historic photographs, many never seen before. This writing is the last word on this little-known but culturally importance musical vanguard. It examines the clubs, the racial make-up, the musical influences and the turmoil of this historically valid music. In many cases, the chapters delve into the darker world of heavy drugs and the attendant problems that many of the musicians ran into. All at once, a barrage of musical and artistic riches exploded from the Mission District and across the East Bay in Oakland. Santana led the vanguard of a new Latin rock and soul scene. Sly Stone was happening, Tower Of Power and the Oakland funk situation and the whole East Los Angeles Latino-soul scene was also gestating. Author Jim McCarthy…” The initial success of the Voices Of Latin Rock tome ten years ago, gave me the further impetus to publish this further e-book. Many of these musicians are world-class in attitude and musicality. Some reached the top of the US music tree commercially, some are still active in the business, some less so. I make no distinctions here; they are all united by a unique passion and a cultural enmeshment that gave the...
VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published

VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX *** Now published

VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: THE E-MIX Published by Macasso Books Now published on Amazon UK and USA thru Kindle. Plus on Apple iBooks……….. Voices Of Latin Rock: The E-Mix is an exciting, in-depth look at the Latin Rock world. It is packed with interviews and features with luminaries such as Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, new and old members of the Santana band. This e-book is crammed with rare and historic photographs, many never seen before. This writing is the last word on this little-known but culturally importance musical vanguard. It examines the clubs, the racial make-up, the musical influences and the turmoil of this historically valid music. In many cases, the chapters delve into the darker world of heavy drugs and the attendant problems that many of the musicians ran into. All at once, a barrage of musical and artistic riches exploded from the Mission District and across the East Bay in Oakland. Santana led the vanguard of a new Latin rock and soul scene. Sly Stone was happening, Tower Of Power and the Oakland funk situation and the whole East Los Angeles Latino-soul scene was also gestating. Author Jim McCarthy…” The initial success of the Voices Of Latin Rock tome ten years ago, gave me the further impetus to publish this further e-book. Many of these musicians are world-class in attitude and musicality. Some reached the top of the US music tree commercially, some are still active in the business, some less so. I make no distinctions here; they are all united by a unique passion and a cultural enmeshment that gave the music a unique and...
WHO ARE YOU? The Keith Moon Graphic book****

WHO ARE YOU? The Keith Moon Graphic book****

Who Are You: The Life of KEITH MOON Graphic Novel By Jim McCarthy & Marc Olivent Based on the best-selling biography Dear Boy by Tony Fletcher, Who Are You brings to the page Keith Moon’s incredible life and premature death in a dramatic graphic reconstruction by genre masters Jim McCarthy & Marc Olivent. Rock’s greatest drummer was also its greatest character and wildest party animal. Fuelled by vast quantities of drink, drugs, insecurities and confusion, Moon destroyed everything with gleeful abandon: drum kits, houses, cars, hotels, relationships and, finally, himself. Keith Moon was a totally incorrigible yet uniquely generous boy who never grew up, and who changed the lives of all who knew him; a phenomenal character and an extravagant hell-raiser who – in a final, uncharacteristic act of grace – actually did die before he got old. Who Are You has been created by author Jim McCarthy (Reckless Life: Guns N’Roses, Gabba Gabba Hey The Ramones Graphic Novel, Neverland, Tupac Shakur: Death Rap, Eminem: In My Skin, The Sex Pistols Graphic Novel, Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic and Voices Of Latin Rock) and artist Marc OLivent (Reckless Life, Dark Satanic Mills, ‘Sundown Crossroads’, ‘Rick Fury’ and ‘Zezi’).  ...
LIVING FOR KICKS: A MODS GRAPHIC NOVEL***

LIVING FOR KICKS: A MODS GRAPHIC NOVEL***

Living for Kicks is Omnibus’s first fictional graphic novel, the tale of young Mod Spike Spellane and his attempts to hustle enough money in sleazy 1960s Soho to start a record label. Combining early Sixties Mod culture, Soho jazz dives, the Keeler affair and real-life British gangsters, this engrossing story reaches its climax during the infamous battles between Mods and Rockers on the beaches of southern England. Although entirely fictional, real-life characters such as Stevie Marriott, Georgie Fame, Christine Keeler, Johnny Edgecombe, Lucky Gordon, Duffy Power, Ace Kefford and John McLoughlin are skillfully woven into a riveting story, one which expertly captures the energy and excitement of 1960s Mod...

Six of the titles in my graphic book series have now been licensed to a specialist publishing company in Argentina, where they will be published in Spanish language editions. All six feature written narratives by Jim although different graphic artists have been involved along the way (Flameboy, Brian Williamson, Marc Olivent, Benito Gallegos, Steve Parkhouse). The licensed titles are biographical works about Metallica, Bob Marley, Sex Pistols, Kurt Cobain, Guns n’ Roses and Michael...
2016 comes forth

2016 comes forth

          2016 is a busy year for me Three Graphic books are to be published as well as at least two Ebook self publications. April see the release of Living For Kicks: A Mods Graphic Novel May sees the release of Who Are You? The Life Of Death Of Keith Moon. With an Autumn realise for Bob Marley Graphic book. As well as my own self-published Voices Of Latin Rock The E-Mix....
iPhone artworks

iPhone artworks

                      Jim iPhone art works I love to make different much looser images thru iPad and iPhone.....
Poor Angry White Kids…October 23, 2015

Poor Angry White Kids…October 23, 2015

            Poor Angry White Kids October 23, 2015 Thank you Pat Mills for notification of what looks to be a fantastic panel discussion on the social backdrop into which the likes of Action and 2000AD were published in the 1970s and 1980s. Jim McCarthy (currently inking the return of Bad Company in 2000AD) will also be on the panel: POOR ANGRY WHITE KIDS. Cine-Excess Cult Cinema Festival. Discussion at panel entitled ‘Poor Angry White Kids: Action Excess and the Cult Universe of Pat Mills’ Saturday 14th November. The panel will consider Pat’s work in relation to wider social trends and tensions in British society during the 1970s and 1980s, with a special focus on Action Magazine and 2000AD. Pat and graphic artist Jim McCarthy talk with Professor Martin Barker, who wrote the seminal book on Action magazine. Martin will chair the event and conduct a Q and A with Pat on his work with interventions from other panel members on the social significance of British comic art. University of Brighton’s Grand Parade Building, 12pm, Saturday 14th November. More details at: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/…/cine-excess-ix-historical-trau… Tags Action, 2000AD, Bad...
Peter Milligan Pays Tribute To Brett Ewins In His Return To 2000AD With Bad Company

Peter Milligan Pays Tribute To Brett Ewins In His Return To 2000AD With Bad Company

              Peter Milligan is returning after thirteen year to the sci-fi weekly comic 2000AD to revive his co-creation Bad Company, the series he created thirty years ago with Brett Ewins and JimMcCarthy in 1986, hoping it will be “a fitting tribute to a man without whom Bad Company would never have been what it was”. Legendary 2000AD artist and Deadline Magazine co-creator Ewins died last month, aged 59. The new Bad Company story, First Casualties. will debut in 2000 AD Prog 1950, on sale 30th September, with pencils by Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) and inks by Jim McCarthy (The Sex Pistols: The Graphic Novel). Peter Milligan says “Since I began writing my new Bad Company story, anyone who’s connected with 2000 AD has probably heard the sad news of the death of Brett Ewins, penciller and vital component of the original Bad Company team. Brett was a great artist and a great friend and this story has become something of a homage to his memory. If that puts more pressure on us to produce a new story that lives up to the Bad Company name so be it. First Casualties is a surprising tale, revealing new truths about Bad Company and their world, and also saying something about our own world. I hope it’s a fitting tribute to a man without whom Bad Company would never have been what it was.” In humanity’s war with a vicious alien species known as the Krool on the planet Ararat, when his own unit is destroyed a young soldier called Danny Franks is recruited by a band of...
Jim McCarthy & Marc Olivent: Reckless Life: Guns N’ Roses – book review

Jim McCarthy & Marc Olivent: Reckless Life: Guns N’ Roses – book review

                Written by Jamie Havlin 1 September, 2015 Reckless Life: Guns N’ Roses (Omnibus Press) Paperback Out Now Jamie Havlin reviews a graphic novel that traces the history of a band synonymous with rock and roll excess and controversy, Guns N’ Roses. In his introduction to the book, Joel McIver writes: ‘You probably know Appetite [For Destruction] pretty well if you’re reading this.’ Well, no. Not me. The phenomenon of Guns N’ Roses largely passed me by. Of course I know tracks like Sweet Child O’ Mine and Paradise City but believe me, my breath was never baited while waiting for Chinese Democracy (luckily enough). Jim McCarthy has previously penned a number of biographical graphic novels, including Sex Pistols: The Graphic Novel and here he tells the tale of Guns N’ Roses, from the early days of Axl Rose and his cohorts getting together through to their spectacular rise to fame and almost equally spectacular fall from grace. It’s the story of the young Rose, that I found most fascinating: his troubled schooldays in Lafayette, Indiana; being regularly hassled by local cops; his stepdad throwing out televisions because they were ‘satanic’ and anger roiling through his body at the self righteousness of the adults from his small town Pentecostal community – and the hypocrisy described here is no great advert for that particular church. Jim McCarthy’s incisive script keeps the action rolling along at a pretty much frantic pace. This is a band that has certainly experienced highs and lows in just about every way and when I say highs, I don’t just...
VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: The E-Mix

VOICES OF LATIN ROCK: The E-Mix

                My new E-book is in the works. A series of in-depth interviews with Latin soul musicians mostly based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Concentrating on the years 1968 thru to 1977 or so. A time of unparalleled creativity and craziness. Feel the street heat as you marvel at the beat! This is my first e-book apart from the many Graphics I have had released in iTunes and Kindle formats...
BAD COMPANY REVIEW ( PROG 1951)

BAD COMPANY REVIEW ( PROG 1951)

                            2000 A.D. Prog 1951 by Ian Jane Bad Company – First Casualties by Peter Milligan, R. Dayglo and J. McCarthy: Last but most certainly not least, Danny finds out that Kano’s alive. He tells him the war is over in hopes that Kano will stop short of levelling the city – Kano chills out a bit but wants to show Danny what was done to him, what made him the way he is. And so, by a connection they make, he does this and we witness through his own eyes the transformation that befell him. In doing so, the powers that be ‘break’ Kano. His body may have been healed but his mind is a different story but of course the truth behind why the authorities want Danny to bring Kano in, well, that’s got to come out sooner or later, right? Again, great to see Bad Company back in action. Milligan is in his element here, he’s always done his best work when dealing with anti-social subject matter and this lets him dive deep into that as the story subverts the fist-pumping nationalism that surrounds too many instances of military action and replaces it with a look at how it completely fucks people up. Dayglo and McCarthy offer up the perfect visual compliment to this, their splatter punk style and ideal companion to the anarchistic storytelling but at the same time nicely detailed and, if over-exaggerated, to the serial’s advantage....
BAD COMPANY COVER 

BAD COMPANY COVER 

                Bad Company second issue with Rufus Dayglo cover; part two of the 12 part series out...
Bad Company Review…

Bad Company Review…

                    Bad Company Review……….. This was pretty much the main reason I picked up the Prog, thanks to Rufus on social media, and the fact that Peter Milligan was on writing duties, and frack me, the splashes and general chaos on the page did not disappoint! After the initial kaleidoscope and cacophony, though, there’s actually a strangely heartfelt tail about what can happen when war ends. Peter Milligan manages to touch on a sensitive subject about what happens to soldiers when there’s no war anymore without it seeming cheap or tacked on, with the aid of the art from Rufus and Jim McCarthy creating a beautiful Sci-Fi setting around his words. Now as someone that has had no prior exposure, I’m sure this story will come as a shock to many, and the gravitas of it can certainly be felt as it always can when a massive change is made to a status quo. That being said though, at no point did i feel like I’d missed a vital piece of information, and can’t wait to dive into the back catalogue to find out just how we got to this...
LIVING FOR KICKS: The MODS Graphic BOOK

LIVING FOR KICKS: The MODS Graphic BOOK

                          Living For Kicks has a publication date of April 2016. Im looking 4ward to this one. A  great thrilling story of the mod scene set between late 1962 and the autumn of later 1964. Mixing fact and fiction, this is a first for me and the...
RECKLESS LIFE: GUNS AND ROSES New Graphic book published now!

RECKLESS LIFE: GUNS AND ROSES New Graphic book published now!

From the writer of Gabba Gabba Hey! The Graphic Story of The Ramones and Metallica: Nothing Else Matters comes an explosive new graphic novel about The Most Dangerous Band in the World, Guns N’ Roses. Having sold over 100 million albums, recorded the most expensive album ever, endlessly courted controversy with their lyrics and a full-on hedonistic lifestyle, Guns N’ Roses are well acquainted with rock ‘n’ roll excess. And it’s all here: the feud between Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain, the riots during concerts, Rose’s interest in Charles Manson, the acrimonious departure of Slash from the band, the inevitable drugs and groupies and, of course, the music Marc Olivent’s stunning artwork and Jim McCarthy’s incisive script perfectly capture the rollercoaster tale of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steve Adler and the many others who have passed through the Metallica story. Jim McCarthy’s career in publishing began with 2000AD and work on Bad Company, Bix Barton, The Grudgefather, Kyd Cyborg and Judge Dredd. Marc Olivent is the artist of Dark Satanic Mills for Walker Books (on which he worked with ‘Watchmen’ artist John Higgins) and Samaritan for Mythos Publications. He works freelance from Lincoln in the UK. ISBN-10: 178305493X ISBN-13: 978-1783054930...
BAD COMPANY on the way from 2000AD

BAD COMPANY on the way from 2000AD

A new Bad Company called First Casualties a 12 parter for 2000AD is starting in the end of September It is written by old com-padre and comics stalwart Peter Milligan and has great art by Rufus Dayglo and inks by...
KEITH MOON coming in 2016

KEITH MOON coming in 2016

  WHO ARE YOU? The Life and Death Of Keith Moon.  Jim McCarthy/March 2015   I am re-reading Tony Fletcher’s Dear Boy book, which I originally read about ten or so years ago, when I began writing for Omnibus. I am enjoying it (again) so far. Tony’s book is a 569 page tome and I have exactly 144 pages to attempt to encapsulate Keith’s short, vibrant and troubled life in a condensed manner. I don’t wish to over-sensationalise Keith’s life. To not turn it all into a Moon The Loon-fest, of that I am fully aware. I am starting the book with a couple of riotous pages of Keith playing with The Who at an early gig. After that it fast-forwards to his second to last day on this earth and his attendance with Annette Walter-Lax at the Buddy Holly premiere i Covent Garden, London. The pages will end as he goes to bed that night. It does not reveal his death at the age of 32, that will come at the graphic novel’s coda.   It then examines his hyperactive manner as a child and his early love for music as an avid listener of old 78rpm recordings. The book will attempt to deal with the broad overview of his career, The Who’s early excitement and artistic progression. It will also attempt to inject some salient points about Keith being caught in the grip of addictions, most especially (in my opinion) to alcohol, as perhaps his primary addiction.   Hopefully Tony may write a foreword as it is based on his Dear Boy book. I am to write an...
BOB MARLEY coming in 2016

BOB MARLEY coming in 2016

Wake Up And Live!! The Trenchtown Graphic If life were a thing that only money could buy, the poor would surely die… Bob “Tuff Gong” Marley has transcended even his undoubted achievement as the world’s first and only reggae superstar. He is seen as a saint or deity in his own right. With followers from Jamaica (his birthplace) to the wider Caribbean, Europe, USA, Africa, Central and South America; there is not a place on the globe where he has not achieved iconic status. With his good looks and waist length dreadlocks, signifying his Rastafarian faith and his daily use of marijuana as a Rasta sacrament, Marley inspired a rebel stance all over the world.      ...
Brett Ewins RIP

Brett Ewins RIP

An old friend and comics compadre Brett died suddenly on the 16th February 2015. He was 59 years old and he had not enjoyed the best of health for quite a few years. I grew up in Hanwell with Brett, we lived a few stones throws apart and we also worked on quite a few comics based projects together. The main piece being the original 40 part Bad Company (written by Peter Milligan) and which went on to be one of the most loved, popular and enduring of all the strips to appear in the top selling UK weekly comic 2000AD. I will miss you Brett…...
I Want Your Job

I Want Your Job

A piece for The Independent published awhile back on the comics business and the mechanics of being a conic artist by yours truly. http://www.independent.co.uk/student/career-planning/getting-job/i-want-your-job-comic-book-artist-840180.html...
Reckless Lives: Guns And Roses Graphic book

Reckless Lives: Guns And Roses Graphic book

Guns And Roses, more punk than punk, this band captivated the US rock and roll world with their raw sound and their visceral debut album Appetite For Destruction, which took all before it. Played out against the dysfunctional and abusive background in Lafayette, Indiana of troubled singer and front man Axl Rose, the original band fell together with the inclusion in the classic lineup of Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler and Duff McKagan. Featuring stylish line artwork by talented newcomer comic artist Marc Olivent. This is a trade paperback with 144 pages of densely plotted story plus sketchbook, essays and more. To be published by Omnibus Press in autumn...
MODS

MODS

Mods is an upcoming stand alone graphic book which explores the exciting world of the emergent Mod culture. Spike Spellane, Danny Healy, Karl Yelland with Paulette Harrison, and Leslie Milligan all are thrown into a world that they can neither comprehend or are ready to deal with, on any level. The fallout is to have devastating effects on our young band of players. Our main protagonist Spike has the dream to set up a new type of recording studio called MODerne. His aim is to reflect the new musical sound being forged in London at that time. To realize that aim, involves taking a series of risks that will have major consequences. This drama is played out between the time frame of late 1963 through to the late summer of 1964, culminating in massed fighting along the Southern English coast. The book takes in the broad scandalous sweep of the Profumo scandal which rocked the English government to the core and involves a cast of neer-do wells, prostitutes, soul boys, miscreants and all set against the thrilling Mod culture of that volatile time. The book features distinctive, cool full-colour artwork by Mod loving USA comic artist Kevin Cross. This is a trade paperback with 144 pages of densely plotted story plus sketchbook, introductory essays plus cast of characters pages, slang glossary and author essay on mods, clothes and skinheads and more. To be published by Omnibus Press in...
Jim McCarthy talks to Alex Fitch Part 3

Jim McCarthy talks to Alex Fitch Part 3

listen to ‘Alex Fitch talks to Jim McCarthy – part 3’ on audioBoom Alex Fitch talks to Jim McCarthy about writing graphic novel music biographies of musicians and groups such as Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, The Ramones and Metallica. Fitch and McCarthy talk about the varying difficulties of depicting late musicians on the page, writing authentic voices for real people and taking a docudrama approach to graphic novels. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, January 2014 / originally broadcast Monday 7th April, Resonance 104.4 FM) Omnibus Omnibus Contributed by...
Jim McCarthy talks to Alex Fitch Part 2

Jim McCarthy talks to Alex Fitch Part 2

listen to ‘Alex Fitch talks to Jim McCarthy – part 2’ on audioBoom Alex Fitch talks to Jim McCarthy about writing graphic novel music biographies of musicians and groups such as Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, The Ramones and Metallica. Fitch and McCarthy talk about the varying difficulties of depicting late musicians on the page, writing authentic voices for real people and taking a docudrama approach to graphic novels. (Recorded at Cartoon County, Brighton, January 2014 / originally broadcast Monday 7th April, Resonance 104.4 FM) Omnibus Contributed by...
Jim McCarthy and Jah Wobble interviewed for the Independent

Jim McCarthy and Jah Wobble interviewed for the Independent

The Independent interviewed Jim and Jah in July 2008. McCarthy almost joined Wobble’s band Public Image Ltd when young, but instead they ended up meeting at a self help group in the 1980’s under very different circumstances. Becoming friends Jah Wobble ended up being the subject of Jim’s first published piece and then turned up on the first page of his Sex pistols biography. “with Jim I don’t have to pretend I’m something I’m not” says Wobble. Read the...
Metallica Graphic Bio/Book

Metallica Graphic Bio/Book

I have completed the writing of the upcoming Metallica Graphic bio. At present we are titling it Nothing Else Matters. This book is presented in the B&W trade paperback format. Around 176 pages with script and artwork at 144 pages with gallery and scrapbook bios etc. Brian Williamson is on the art helm and so far is about 40 pages or so into the book. We estimate a summer 2014 publication release date. Here is a bookplate page from the book with nice graphics from Brian...
Jim McCarthy featured in New York Times Full page article

Jim McCarthy featured in New York Times Full page article

I had a wonderful piece placed in the New York Times on Sunday 11th August 2013. This examined my latest Graphic Novel with a determined New York city theme, Gabba Gabba Hey: The Graphic Story Of The Ramones. I was interviewed by David Peisner and did a great photoshoot with Steve Forrest at my home in Edwardian Bexhill on Sea especially for the piece. Steve is an excellent photographer and has photographed pretty much everyone including David Cameron, Julian Assange, and me….It was a honour to be shot by...
Helen Donlon Interviews Jim McCarthy for Omnibus Press

Helen Donlon Interviews Jim McCarthy for Omnibus Press

Jim, your name has become synonymous with two musical areas in recent years, namely your ongoing work in the Latin Rock arena and your work on what has become a series of graphic biographies based around the lives of musicians. Let’s start with the second area. What was the impetus for the first book in the series, Godspeed: The Life of Kurt Cobain? Did you come in as a hardcore Nirvana fan? The first one (Godspeed) I wrote in conjunction with Barney Legg. Barney was a creative spirit and he was a Nirvana fan. I have always liked balls-out music and Nirvana had the rage on stage that The Sex Pistols had plus the dynamism of the first Move band in the sixties (along with The Who etc). I was not a great fan of grunge (I found it pretty uncharismatic and dreary) but thought Nirvana’s attack was superb. Plus Dave Grohl’s drumming was spot on. Plus Kurt’s undoubted song writing genius. I remember how Kurt’s death affected Barney at that time. I used to manage Barney in a band called Prettymouth. He was the main creative force and had a good voice and I liked his song writing at that time. We got them gigs all around London and even did a mad tour around the UK with Roy Wood. Barney was a really cool guy. He wrote a Bix Barton story ( a character I had devised with Peter Milligan; renowned comic writer) for 2000AD (Britain’s premier comic featuring Judge Dredd) that I drew and we also recorded some interesting music together. I liked our combined ideas...