More About the Author
Jim McCarthy is a widely published illustrator/cartoonist and author. I have authored around ten books and has much comic graphic artwork published in the US and UK markets.
I have a spontaneous and motivated approach to creativity and am always seeking to establish fresh and resourceful outcomes in the fields of publishing and illustration.
Additionally, I have the ability to prioritize, highlight and undertake creative actions to achieve the desired outcomes.
My books/graphic novels have been translated into foreign language editions in Russian, Czech, Spanish, French, Polish and German.
Jim McCarthy studied art at Ealing College of Art in London, leaving in 1975 and working as an artist in Europe for three years
He started at 2000 AD in 1977 and 1978 on Tharg's Future Shocks, sharing art duties with Brett Ewins, a partnership that would continue on his return in 1986 for their long run on Bad Company with Peter Milligan. He would work solo with Milligan, again, on their occult detective series Bix Barton, and McCarthy would work steadily at 2000 AD throughout this period until 1996, briefly returning in 2001 and 2002 to draw more Future Shocks.
McCarthy would return to comics full-time in 2003 writing the first of a number of biographical graphic novels, including Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic, that was re-released in digest form in 2011, and Sex Pistols: The Graphic Novel. The NME reported that the former "had proved both controversial and commercially successful. Beaumont [the artist] received death threats from irate fans before Godspeed was even published".
He also writes about music, his first piece was about Jah Wobble who he met when they were both in rehab and he has since gone on to write a book on Latin rock.
Jim McCarthy is currently living and working in East Sussex, the sunshine coast.
"For as long as I can remember I have loved both art and music and it has been an ever-evolving journey both personally and professionally to make these loves into commercial ventures.
From incessant drawing all over (and I mean ALL over) my school-books to my first self published comics, the world of graphic arts, comic, soul music, R&B, and psychedelia has beckoned.
My first published work was a magazine cover in the 70's and it went from there. I think all designers can remember the thrill of the first time they got into print.
Jim's first book published was Godspeed - The Kurt Cobain Graphic in late 2003.
Voices of Latin Rock (Foreword by Carlos Santana) was published in late 2004.
Eminem: In My Skin also arrived in late 2004.
Goodbye Krool World-Bad Company (2000AD-DC Rebellion edition) in 2005
Tupac Shakur Death Rap Graphic Novel also in late 2005.
Goodbye Krool World-Bad Company Rebellion edition published in 2007.
Kano-Bad Company published in 2008.
We Mean It Maaan! - The Sex Pistols Graphic Novel was published on June 2009 by Omnibus.
The Complete Bad Company edition was published in April 2011.
Godspeed Reformatted in a Manga sized edition was published in 2011.
The Sex Pistols Re formatted book was published in early 2012.
Neverland: The Life And Death of Michael Jackson is published in May 2012.
How To Draw Monsters is published in June 2012.
Gabba Gabba Hey: The Ramones Graphic was published in 2013.
Metallica: Nothing Else Matters Graphic biography was published in 2014.
Guns And Roses: Reckless Lives is published in 2015.
Bob Marley- The Trench-Town Graphic Novel is
to be published in 2016.
Who Are You?: Keith Moon Graphic comes in 2016.
MODS; an exciting tale of young mod face dream's comes in 2016.
An I-Pad edition of the Godspeed Kurt Cobain book was also released in 2012 through I-Tunes.
These novels have been translated into foreign language editions
in the following territories; Russia, Czech, Spain, France, Poland, Croatia, Italy,
Germany, Norway, Japan and in the UK as well as the USA.