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....
*** 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...
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...
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...