Jim McCarthy (comics)

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Jim McCarthy
Nationality British
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Artist, Inker, Colorist
Notable works
Bad Company
Bix Barton
Notable collaborations
Brett Ewins
Peter Milligan

[[1] Official website]

Jim McCarthy is a British comics creator. He became well known for working on Bad Company in 2000 AD before going on to write a number of graphic novels based on musicians, as well as becoming a music journalist.

He is the brother of Brendan McCarthy.[1]

Biography[edit]

Jim McCarthy studied art at Ealing College, leaving in 1975 and working as an artist in Europe for three years.[2]

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,[3][4] and Sex Pistols: The Graphic Novel.[5] 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".[6]

He also writes about music, his first piece was about Jah Wobble whom he met when they were both in rehab,[7] and he has since gone on to write a book on Latin rock.[8]

McCarthy is currently based in Sussex.[5][7]

Bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

  • Tharg's Future Shocks:
    • "Robot Repairs" (with writer Robert Flynn and artist Brett Ewins, in 2000 AD #37–38, November 1977)
    • "Stasis" (with writer Charles Swift and artist Brett Ewins, in 2000 AD No. 54, March 1978)
    • "Casualty" (with Hilary Robinson, in 2000 AD No. 590, September 1988)
    • "Cultural Exchange" (with Hilary Robinson, in 2000 AD No. 593, September 1988)
    • "The Birthday" (with Frances Lynn, in 2000 AD No. 918, December 1994)
    • "Headhunter" (with Kek-W, in 2000 AD #1242, May 2001)
    • "His Master's Voice" (with Jamie Woolley, in 2000 AD #1310, September 2002)
  • Bad Company (with writer Peter Milligan and artist Brett Ewins):
    • Goodbye, Krool World (Rebellion, 256 pages, February 2005, ISBN 1-904265-27-8) collects:
      • "Bad Company" (inks, in 2000 AD #500–519, 1986–1987)
      • "The Bewilderness" (in 2000 AD #548–557, 1987–1988)
      • "The Krool Heart" (in 2000 AD #576–585, 1988)
    • Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 4 No. 15 (September 2002) reprints:
      • "Young Men Marching" (in 2000AD Annual 1989, 1988)
      • "Ararat" (in 2000AD Annual 1990, 1989)
    • Kano (Rebellion, 96 pages, October 2007, ISBN 1-905437-46-3) collects:
      • "Kano" (in 2000 AD #828–837, 1993)
      • "Down Among the Dead Men" (in 2000AD Annual 2001, 2000)
      • "Bad Company 2002" (in 2000 AD Prog 2002 and #1273–1277, 2001–2002)
  • Bix Barton (by Peter Milligan):
    • "Barton's Beasts" (in 2000 AD #663–668, 1990)
    • "The Indigestible Case of the Haunted Full English" (in 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1990)
    • "The Disproportionate Man" (in 2000 AD Winter Special 1990)
    • "Carry On Barton" (in 2000 AD #723–728, 1991)
    • "Lovesick World" (in 2000 AD #737–741, 1991)
    • "Bloated Case of the Fatted Keef" (in 2000 AD #761–766, 1991)
    • "The Mouth Thief" (in 2000 AD Yearbook 1993, 1992)
    • "The Crying Scotsman" (in 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1993)
    • "Nigel the Napoleon of East Finchley" (in 2000 AD #912–917, 1994)
  • The Grudge-Father:
    • "The Grudgefather" (with Mark Millar, in 2000 AD #878–883, 1994)
    • "Skin Games" (with Kek-W, in 2000 AD #940–945, May–June 1995)

Books[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Windsor, John (8 April 2001). "Justice for Dredd". The Observer. Retrieved 7 March 2011. "Bad Company was launched as a comic in 1988 by Ewins, Milligan and Jim McCarthy, brother of Brendan, a Dredd artist" 
  2. ^ Jim McCarthy at Lambiek's Comiclopedia
  3. ^ a b c Armitage, Hugh (7 March 2011). "Jim McCarthy ('Godspeed')". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Jones, Alice (16 March 2011). "Godspeed: The new smell of teen spirit". The Independent. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b McRae, Alex (5 June 2008). "I Want Your Job: Comic book artist". The Independent. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Smells Like 'Toon Spirit, NME
  7. ^ a b Bland, Archie (6 July 2008). "How We Met: Jim McCarthy & Jah Wobble". The Independent. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Selvin, Joel (20 January 2008). "Legends of Latin Rock". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 7 March 2011. "Last year, the surviving members of the original Santana band played together at Bimbo's for the first time in more than 20 years. The event began in 2004 as a publication party for a book, "Voices of Latin Rock," by authors Jim McCarthy, a British music journalist, and Ron Sansoe, Gonzalez's partner in managing Malo." 
  9. ^ Flameboy comics

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