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 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...

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: Nothing Else Matters

Metallica: Nothing Else Matters

Metallica: Nothing Else Matters the graphic bio book has been published in the UK on 14th April 2014. The USA edition will be published on 28th October 2014 by Overlook Press. Find out more about Metallica the graphic novel see snippets from the pages, read about the research and how to buy your...