Monday, December 31, 2007

McCarthy Cookies

What does victory taste like? It tastes like frosted icing slathered over a sugar cookie in the shape of a snowman. With sprinkles. The third annual Ziegenfuss cookie decorating contest resulted in my winning "Most Creative" for my rendition of the abominable snowman from RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, and Heather Hlavka winning "Honorable Mention" for her faithful portrait of Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Meatfist & Gronk

A pin-up for my friend Bud Burgy, one of the masterminds behind MUSCLES & FIGHTS.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Escapegoat

Story & Art by McCarthy, Color by Dan Jackson, and Lettering by Virtual Calligraphy's Randy Gentile.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thoughts Clouded

I just flew back from Mid-Ohio-Con and boy are my arms tired.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Mid-Ohio-Con 2007

Look for me at the Guardian Line booth in Battelle Hall in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, November 24 & 25. I'll be the one drawing sketches, signing comics, and looking terribly uncomfortable.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Muscles & Fights 2 - Review

"Kevin McCarthy's contribution “Fantasy Fighter” is also very reminiscent of old ’70s underground comix. It’s dirty and surreal, yet the art is sparse enough so that each page looks almost like a kids coloring book, giving the story a surprising innocence and naivete." - Mike Everleth for

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Seekers #3

The third issue of the series I write for UMI/The Guardian Line arrives in stores this week, with art by Tony Tamai.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ballpoint Sketch

Just a warm-up drawing done while I was waiting for the first meeting of the St. Paul cell of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy to begin.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Muscles & Fights 2

Bud Burgy and Amado Rodriguez have published the sequel to their popular MUSCLES & FIGHTS comics anthology, and Round (Chapter) 25 is a new FANTASY FIGHTER story.

Monday, October 1, 2007

FallCon 2007

I'll be there both days; drawing pictures for anyone who wants one, signing THE SEEKERS for anyone who bought one, and needing a drink, if anybody has one.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007

Jaundiced Woman

A color sketch done for a good friend of mine, drawn from a character description she provided.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Heisman's Heroes

Are you ready for some football? This strip was made back in 1998 or 1999 as part of a pitch to the NFL.

Monday, September 3, 2007

New Fantasy Fighter Story

I've got a new, ten-page FANTASY FIGHTER story in the upcoming comics anthology MUSCLES & FIGHTS 2.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Superhero Design

An early version of a design I'm working on this week.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Lone Pooch and Pup

A two-page strip done for an upcoming benefit anthology. The original art will be auctioned off on September 8th.

Friday, August 10, 2007

I'd Rather Fight!

Me, I know I'm right.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Central Link Crew 2007-2008

A friend of mine teaches at a local high school, and this drawing is for the back of a T-shirt promoting a school program he's involved with.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Preview: The Seekers #3 - Interior Art

Still a work in progress, here are a few pages from the third issue of THE SEEKERS; drawn and colored by Tony Leonard Tamai. Tony and I have worked together before, on FASTBALL EXPRESS, a "manga" MACBETH graphic novel, and DIVINE WIND from Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

True Tales of the Twin Cities: UPDATE

My softball team just played its first game at that fateful field since my strip ran in the City Pages, and I couldn't resist returning to the "scene of the crime." All the incriminating evidence had been cleared away! I'd like to think my little exposé had something to do with it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Crimes By Women #7

"Ruth Dock, the Devilish Gunmoll" from Crimes By Women #7 was published by Fox Features in June, 1949. It was drawn by my grandfather, Bienvenido Tirado.