About

James McKay has been working in comics and illustration for the best part of ten years, and has worked for many different companies including 2000AD and Com.X in the UK, and Mosquito Editions in France.  James was the concept designer for the BBCTV series Fightbox, an interactive series in which viewers made their own fighting machines out of parts James had designed.

His comics work includes numerous short stories for UK indie publishers, including the 16-page fantasy Marraquai, written by Benjamin Dickson and published by Scar Comics.  In 2007 he published the first volume of the lavish fantasy series City of Secrets ( La Cité des Secrets) with Mosquito Editions, to instant acclaim.

In 2009 James was one of 4 finalists nominated for the prestigious 2010 Arts Fellowship Award, the first year comics have been recognised by the body.  The award was not open to application - all entrants had to be nominated by recognised experts in their field.  The award was judged by Pat Mills, Posy Simmonds and Paul Gravett.

 

James on the Arts Fellowship panel at the ICA, with Pat Mills, Posy Simmonds and Paul Gravett

As a result of James' selection for the Fellowship Award, veteran 2000AD creator Pat Mills chose James as the artist for the celebrated return of his cult science fiction series Flesh, a story of wild west-style cowboys farming dinosaurs.  Pat has repeatedly said James is the only creator in the UK capable of making dinosaurs live and breathe.

Upcoming work includes the prehistoric epic trilogy Children of the Moon (with Benjamin Dickson) and Thunderlizard (with Titan Magazines editor Steve White).

James' influences are far and wide but include such comics creators as Moebius, Sergio Toppi, Frank Frazetta and Simon Bisley.  (James also counts Toppi as a fan of his!)  Other influences include illustrators William Stout and Charles Keeping.

James lives in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire with his wife Heather, his daughter Mia and his two cats.

 

 
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