Jimmy Pearson is an Australian comic book writer/illustrator based here in the United Kingdom. He is the creator/editor of Bayou Arcana, the Southern Gothic saga of slavery and magic swamps that matched an all-male writing team with an all-female art team. The Guardian newspaper championed the book and Bayou Arcana became the controversial focus of a gender debate at Mark Millar's 2012 Kapow convention. Jimmy's two new graphic novels, the Vietnam War-set marines-vs-vampires epic The Heart of War (art by Roland Bird and Valia Kapdai) and Cogs and Claws (concept and art by Brian Bennett) have just been released. Previously Jimmy has contributed to Collins How To Cartooning?, the British Showcase and SPOD: Oddities From Outer Space anthologies as well as writing The Reckoning, his first US published comic. He makes regular panel appearances at conventions and literary festivals and runs a successful series of graphic novel writing workshops.Jimmy started his writing career as a music journalist in Australia and keeps his finger in the music industry by providing the illustration work for album covers (the heavy metal bands Slab Dragger, DKH and Troll Mother). He is a practitioner of the stoner rock aesthetic!
He is currently working on Bayou Arcana: Dead Swamp Blues, The Heart of War Part II, Jimmy Furlong's The Shit Flingers, the H G Wells/Albert Einstein steampunk adventure The Engines of Eternity (with Roland Bird) and The Melting Man (a Cronenberg-esque re-imagining of the cult grindhouse classic The Incredible Melting Man, art by R H Stewart); all due in 2015. Jimmy is an environmental and political activist and these themes infuse his works. His big inspirations are H P Lovecraft, Alan Moore and Bill Hicks and he strives to do them proud.