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: 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...

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...
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...
Jim McCarthy talks to Alex Fitch at Cartoon County Part 1

Jim McCarthy talks to Alex Fitch at Cartoon County Part 1

listen to ‘Alex Fitch talks to Jim McCarthy – part 1’ 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...