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...
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...