Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy's art is based on three original Pop Culture contributions that America gave the world during the twentieth century: Comic Books, Rock and Roll, and Drive-In Cinema (not just the physical things themselves, but the ideas behind them). The most progressive and brilliant period of this pulp trinity occurs between 1935 to 1977 ("Bride of Frankenstein" to "Star Wars", Will Rogers death to Punk Rock, the first comic books until the death of underground comics); and the Life and Death of Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley is not just the king of rock and roll, he is the king of American Pop Culture.

McCarthy notes that the Golden Age and it's darker pre-period with Silent Film and the Euro Avante-Garde (along with capitalism's intrinsic regard for linkage) creates a monstrous family tree where film, comics, and movies are related, often succeeding one over the other. This could be the subject of a book or a documentary ('The Rise and Fall of American Pop Culture'), but instead McCarthy (in the precious time that he has) contributes new regionalistic and millennial (not post-modern) pieces based on ideas gleaned from the past -when American Pop Culture cyclically went from the underground to the mainstream with a quickness and sincerity while sometimes crossing oceans to do so. Guerrilla Monster Films was founded by McCarthy in 1994, and has become a catalog of sorts for his pre-film comic book work, music, and ideas. "It's our rock and roll they want, not our ideology".