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...
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...
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....

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...
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...
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...