Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The Zaucer of Zilk coming to 2000AD in 2012. More details here

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Another selection of Brendan's original art is up for sale. The new pieces on Albert Moy's site include a design for 2000AD's Zenith (link)

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Wednesday, 26 October 2011
A fresh batch of Brendan's original artwork is now on sale at Albert Moy's website (link)

Unfortunately the artwork from the previous posts (Zenith, Paradax, Mirkin, Arkham Asylum) has been hoovered up by private buyers. But there's about half a dozen other pieces still for sale. 

Saturday, 22 October 2011
Brendan: The art dealer Albert Moy has asked me for any more artwork I may have... I spend a day recently unpacking storage boxes and found some really old gems I had forgotten about. 

I came across a Paradax! and Zenith picture done around the time I was designing Zenith for 2000AD. It was pretty smudged as I had done it in pastels. I cleaned it up and then fixed it. Not the greatest drawing, but still, a collectable curio.

There's a nice A3 Paradax! drawing too.

Also, there 's a coupla sketches I did for Arkham Asylum when, for a brief moment, I was the artist on the project... It got put back and I was doing a movie or something and wasn't available. Anyway, Dave McKean did a far better job that I could have.

Even found an unpublished drawing from the 'Sometime Stories' era and some Freakwave scribbles. And some blue line color pages from Strange Days 2.

It'll all be up for sale from Albert ( in about a week I'd say.
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Brendan: Albert Moy has aquired another cache of my original art. I'd say he's pretty much got most of my remaining originals now and is now the main agent of my comic art. Much of the art for sale has been drawn over a thirty year period and features collectible rarities like Zenith design pages (with Paradax in the pictures). Abandoned try-outs for Batman and Joker, and designs from unmade comic series like YoYo and Travesty. The standout piece is probably a very large Jack Empty color drawing (best Paradax villain) from an exhibition of my work staged at UKAC in London, twenty years ago. There's a some nice Paradax headshots too. And the first design drawings of Mirkin The Mystic. Even a few Freakwave drawings from the early 80s.

Go to where you can look up all the new material available.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Saturday, 10 September 2011
Righteo, back with some artwork after a couple of weeks away...

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Saturday, 30 July 2011
Brendan: A very early sketch of the character that would evolve into Paradax.

Read more about Paradax here

Thursday, 28 July 2011
New interview with Brendan over at (link)

Sunday, 24 July 2011
Recent Grant Morrison Guardian article where he lists his favorite Superheroes. Among them is Brendan's Rogan Gosh, not really a 'superhero' though (link)

Saturday, 23 July 2011
I love Brett Ewins as much as Brendan. To me they are inseparable, two artistic heads joined to the same body. So I have to mention the recently released 'The Art of Brett Ewins'. More details here

Brendan's Rocketeer story will appear in issue four and not issue three as previously stated, sorry. Issue three is out now so Brendan's issue will be on sale sometime next month. Here's another quick preview...

Sunday, 17 July 2011
Brendan: A fantastic package arrived in the post this morning... The complete box set of the Mainframe cgi animated TV series REBOOT, courtesy of Rainmaker Studios. It's got all the episodes from all 4 seasons and an extra DVD full of goodies. I was asked to judge a fan art selection for the presentation, and my introduction and commentary is in a supplement booklet. The whole thing looks gorgeous. Shout Factory have done an amazing job of putting this together. I was involved in designing the first three seasons but I had nothing to do with the fourth. I think you'll notice a difference.

It's such a shame that this show is hardly seen in the States, as it was pretty much killed by the ABC network when Disney took over. They wanted to buy REBOOT outright and take control of it. Nobody at Mainframe Animation wanted that, so the inevitable happened. Luckily, strong sales around the world meant we could continue. There's now some talk of a REBOOT cgi movie, but don't hold your breath, as they say.

That we weren't able to parlay the success of REBOOT, BEAST WARS and WAR PLANETS into a cgi feature film was a great shame. We were doing this stuff well before Pixar and Dreamworks. And they pretty much hired everyone who was working at Mainframe over the years anyway!

I spent about 5 years at the Mainframe Studios in Vancouver, and I had a really fun time. I left the comics scene to help shape the earliest days of computer animation and there was a real sense of pioneering totally new territory. You can see how the cgi animation progressed in REBOOT, from the early, more 'primitive' episodes to the sophistication of the brilliant singing finale of season 3. You can't get to AVATAR without REBOOT.

There's plenty of REBOOT clips on You Tube, if you want to see what was going' on with cgi TV animation back in those days of cyber-yore.

These are a great and original bunch of characters: My favourite is the completely demented, digital witch, Hexadecimal. Seriously bonkers.

There's also a second volume of a book featuring many of my designs for the series, called REBOOT FOREVER, which is just out now.

Saturday, 16 July 2011
Brendan: These are some sketches from when I was fiddling about with an idea for a mini series about The Fantastic Four... A kind of 'What If' alternative take on the FF... Stan Lee originally titled them "The Fabulous Four" and later changed it to the title we now know. I never pitched this as I figured it was a bit too whimsical for Marvel, so I never took it past the stage of these inital scribbles. I have subsequently re-thought the idea into something much better. But I'm not sure if Marvel have much appetite for my style of comics.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Matt Fraction interviewing Brendan. The interview appeared in Matt's excellent comic 'Casanova' a while back...

Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Preview of Brendan's artwork which features in ReBoot:Forever. Now ready to order online

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Wednesday, 6 July 2011
On sale now from DC/Vertigo, Scalped issue 50. Which includes a contribution from Brendan...

Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Here's a preview of Brendan's upcoming story for 'Rocketeer Adventures' issue three...

Brendan: I enjoyed working on this story, my little homage to the late and great Dave Stevens. I met Dave in Los Angeles, way back in the early 1980's on my first trip to LA. He was a very nice man and we hung out a bit in his studio. He liked my art and we kind of shared a sensibility... I had been really getting into the few installments of The Rocketeer that had been published so far. He introduced me to Dean Mullaney at Pacific Comics, and they commissioned my first American comics gig, Freakwave. That led onto Strange Days, and the rest is a minor footnote in comics' history.

IDW's Scott Dunbier approached me about doing an 8 page story for his Rocketeer anthology a few months ago... He's assembled a great line up. I had an idea for a story about a flying femme-fatale called The Aeronaut. I asked for an American writer to script it, as I wasn't sure I would have an ear for that period US dialogue. The great John Arcudi did a superb job. I really liked his tightly-written script.

It's out sometime in August. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, 4 July 2011
Recently released in North America 'ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition' the complete ReBoot box set. The box set features a booklet on the designs with an interview with Brendan.

Also Beach Creative Studios/Jim Su are putting out a companion to their 'Art of ReBoot' book. This new book is titled 'Reboot:Forever' and features all new material plus Brendan's concept design and storyboard work for the TV series and work from other Mainframe artists. The book will debut at Fan Expo Canada in August, will reach stores in November but can be ordered online next month. Both books will be collected into a box set next year. Jim Su has a facebook page called 'Reboot Forever' and will be at SDCC with the book

Brendan provides all new artwork for the cover...

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Saturday, 4 June 2011

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Saturday, 28 May 2011
A piece of Brendan's original comic book art from Shade The Changing Man in a group show at uber-hip La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition is called Pop Sequentialism, and is curated by Matt Kennedy (link).

Now over to your weekly dose of McCarthy splendor...

Thursday, 26 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
On sale from today...
Judge Dredd: DeaDredd by Rob Williams and Brendan McCarthy
Judge Dredd Megazine 311
Drawn in Superdigidelic Zombiescope

Saturday, 21 May 2011
Brendan: The FEVER trees picture is a page of sketches that I did for the FEVER book. Just came across them a month ago again. It's me trying out some ideas that never made it into the comic. Albert Moy's already got the page for sale! (link)

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

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Saturday, 7 May 2011
Brendan: INSPEKTA CATHEDRAL is a new story I'm working on... I've got quite a few of them stockpiled, but the problem is, where to publish them? Most indy companies don't have any money -- or want to keep lots or all the rights if they have... So the deals available have really gone downhill since the days when I was more active in the industry.

Also a new Strangeness Facebook page if you want to do the whole 'like' thing (link)
Sunday, 1 May 2011
From this week's 2000AD...

Saturday, 30 April 2011
Brendan: "These three pastel drawings were jointly created with LA-based pop-surrealist artist Mike Street. The 'purple cat' picture now hangs in the private gallery of Pasadena curator Maureen Linehan, an avid collector of bizarre and unusual artworks"

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Brendan McCarthy is one of Britain's most talented comic book creators and designers. His unique and distinctive style has influenced a generation of artists and writers. He has produced some classic UK graphic novels, written and designed some ground-breaking TV series and worked on many successful Hollywood movies

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