Jim McCarthy studied at Ealing College from 1972 to 1975, where he experimented with animation, print, collage and fabrics. This resulted in McCarthy's first comics work. He then worked for three years as an industry training artist in Europe. His first big break in the comics scene was 'Bad Company', followed by work on 'Future Shocks'. He is the co-creator of the 'Bix Barton' series along with Pete Milligan, a series that appeared in 2000 AD. Other creations are 'Grudgefather' and 'Kid Cyborg'. In 2003 he and Barnaby Legg made the graphic novel, ‘Kurt Cobain: Godspeed’ (2003), which deals with Kurt Cobain’s life and loves.