Saturday, 25 December 2010
Happy Christmas Day one and all. Take a break from immobilising yourself with mince pies and chocolate...

Brendan: "Pitched this one to one publisher a while back. Sadly, this bird didn't fly with them... I thought this was one they'd go for. It was meant to just be a little book, like those illustrated books by Tim Burton or Dr Suess, text and pictures. Something along the lines of the Gaiman/McKean kids' books. This was my "Emily The Strange" outsider-goth-girl piece, a little urban fable: She lives in the rafters of her Dad's house, in the attic, and falls in love with Faraway Boy, who lives in the next door house. The two of them elope at night onto the roofs... The designs are based on those little bald, baby birds that fall from nests, that you see on the pavements in spring."

Friday, 24 December 2010
Remix by online digital artist SYDELIC of the Flash sketch featured a few weeks ago

Monday, 20 December 2010
The Strangeness of Brendan McCarthy on Facebook, join us...
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Brendan: "I just came across this rejected DC Comics pitch artwork for a LORD OF NOTHING series from a year or so ago. It didn't fly, for whatever reason... but I had some good ideas for a LON comic.

His character was a bit mysterious, kind of like a 'Sandman' of Trash and Garbage and of the Discarded and Unwanted. I was going to use a lot of litter picked up from the street to create a graphic 'trash' look, as suggested in the story that appeared in SOLO 12. I'd use a lot of big graffiti lettering, as well as sprays and stencils to get a unique look to the comic. Print it on rough paper.

I thought he might possibly hang out with the Kubert version of Ragman."

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
It's almost that time of year. This year's Christmas Greeting from Brendan is a vintage card he drew back in 1985 of the infamous slacker superhero, Paradax!

Merry Christmas

Saturday, 11 December 2010
Some bigger versions of the FEVER 2 pictures posted last week. Including this one which is part of Brendan's Big Xmas Art Sale...

Brendan: "An outtake page from FEVER which I decided not to use, painted on canvas, the only known representation of the Realm of Agamotto, with Dr Strange in it."

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The comic book art dealer Albert Moy has acquired a large cache of my art from all periods of my career. It includes outtakes from my DC SOLO book, Marvel's FEVER, character designs like The Spark and Battery Girl, some great concept art for a Beatles' project and many other rare and bizarre pieces.

He's doing an online sale of the work, on the run up to Christmas.

Below, two sheets previewing some of the art for sale. This is a real one-off, as this stuff will never be available again.

Contact Santa Claus at:

Merry Christmas!"

Saturday, 4 December 2010
Designs for a possible Spider-man:FEVER sequel...

Brendan: "Some pitch images from a recently rejected proposal for a sequel to FEVER called CARNIVAL OF LIGHT, for Marvel Comics. They are tightening their line up and stuff like FEVER is probably a bit "fringe" and sales aren't likely big enough in these recessionary times... "

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Running up to Christmas Brendan will be releasing numerous pieces of artwork from his vaults, all to be sold through art dealer, Albert Moy. More details to follow. In the meantime here's an exclusive look at some of the pieces going on sale...

Brendan: "An outtake page from SOLO 12 that DC Comics published in 2006. it features a cartoon Johnny Rotten extolling the magnificence of an idea for an underwater hero called CORAL, and all the merchandising that will flow from its inevitable success. It didn't really fit the overall tone of SOLO, so I scrapped it.

Some years back, I approached Apple about doing a graphic novel sequel to The Beatles' Yellow Submarine. I wrote a pitch and drew some loose concept art pages. Only two of them survive, as the rest of the art got ruined in damp storage place"

Saturday, 27 November 2010
Superman piece with Brett Ewins, their first collaborative drawing for over 25 years!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Sketchbook ideas generated when Brendan was working out material for his issue of DC Comics' SOLO.

Hi-res versions of the Judge Dredd:Dr. What? preview pages (Warning! Large-ish files)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Veteran 2000AD artist BRENDAN McCARTHY has plotted and illustrated a new JUDGE DREDD two-parter, with comics writer AL EWING scripting.

In a new story called Dr. WHAT? Judge Dredd tracks down a time-travelling Doctor who rides a Mega-City Portaloo along the timewaves, altering history and changing the future in a potentially catastrophic way.

The two-issue story appears in 2000AD Prog 1712, which will be on sale in the UK on November 24th, next week.

Splundig er, Drokkit!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The Strangeness of Brendan McCarthy - New artwork every Saturday
Saturday, 6 November 2010

Saturday, 30 October 2010
So, after hosting problems, the death of one computer and the difficult birth of a new computer I'm finally getting back to regular weekly updates.

This week some designs for a proposed early 90's TV series called JUSTICE 2500. Which Brendan describes as 'a cross between Judge Dredd and Rumpole of The Bailey.'

Monday, 25 October 2010

Tuesday, 28 September 2010
JohnMK: Some unlettered artwork from Brendan's recent issue of 'House of Mystery'

Thursday, 9 September 2010
JohnMK: From today SPIDER-MAN: FEVER the trade paperback is available from all good comic vendors. The collection reprints issues 1 - 3 of ‘Spider-man: Fever’ plus a special reprint of one of Spidey’s earliest adventures into the wondrous world of Dr. Strange, ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual 2’. More details on the Marvel website.

Also new today, an interview conducted by Mark Kardwell

Sunday, 5 September 2010
JohnMK: Brendan's cover for a bizarre story by Los Angeles fantasy writer Sara Standel about two time-traveling cats

Saturday, 28 August 2010
A new interview by Matthew Badham of the Judge Dredd Megazine.

FUBAR a new superhero character...

Sunday, 22 August 2010
JohnMK: Apologises for the lack of updates but I’ve been on holiday (which was slightly longer than planned). In future if things go a bit quiet here pop over to Mark Kardwell’s Bad Librarianship blog. He’s your McCarthy backup man. If it’s not on here you’re find the latest news and artwork over there.

Speaking of... Out this week you’ll find more McCarthy comic splendour. ‘Age of Heroes’ issue 4 features a Captain America story written by Elliot Kalan and drawn by Brendan, you can finds more details on the Marvel website. For your viewing pleasure some unlettered artwork from the story...

As you can see above next month ‘Spider-man: Fever’ will be collected into a trade paperback which reprints issues 1-3 of Spider-man: Fever’. Plus a special reprint of one of Spidey’s earliest adventures into the wondrous world of Dr. Strange from ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual 2’. The collection is available from September 9th and you can find more details on the Marvel website.

From now on I’ll be definitely updating the site more regularly. Brendan’s got some more upcoming comic projects and if you’re an age-old fan of his work there’s one story you will not want to miss.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Click on the picture below for exclusive FEVER issue THREE preview pages plus some added extras.

Monday, 19 April 2010
Click on the picture below for preview pages from FEVER issue TWO plus some exclusive extras.

Friday, 16 April 2010
Recent Brendan/Spider-man: Fever feature from SFX magazine

Saturday, 10 April 2010
Well it's seems 'Spider-man: Fever' has gone down a storm, with some glowing reviews across the internet (5 out of 5 from Comic Book Resources). Here's a few of them:

In the previous incarnation of this Blog I tried to give you all a little something for the weekend with a weekly dose of Fresh McCarthy art. And that's something that's going to continue with the new site. To start off you have two colored pastel pictures that Brendan had in the latest group exhibition at Los Angeles' famous "La Luz de Jesus" Gallery...

Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Welcome to the relaunch of 'The Strangeness of Brendan McCarthy' , the official Brendan McCarthy fansite. Today in all good comic shops you can buy the first issue of Brendan’s first full length comic story in nearly 20 years – ‘Spider-man: Fever’. Do I need a better reason to get the site back up and running!

Everything from the old site/blog is still here but with a few new additions. Above is a ‘Spider-man: Fever’ interview with some exclusive artwork, with more to come. Another change is the RSS feed you can find the new one further down the page. Brendan's got more comic wonderfulness coming up, so come back for all the news and more exclusive artwork.
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

The Strangeness of Brendan McCarthy site was created in 1999 by John Kirkham and aims to provide a comprehensive guide to the work of Brendan McCarthy. This website is the official fansite and is put together with the cooperation of Brendan. So we will be bringing you the latest news, exclusive artwork and all things McCarthy related


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