THE go-to music biz designer in Los Angeles, Luke has generated a massive cult following for his idiosyncratic artwork, high-speed caricaturing, Sad Chewie social media phenomenon and for his work with Jack Black and others. The new star of MAD Magazine, he’s an inspiration to rising talents and a great musician too!
Originally from Manchester, UK, illustrator, cartoonist, animator and designer Luke McGarry has quickly become the most sought-after young cartoonist in Los Angeles.
He has created animated commercials for clients as diverse as the IFC movie channel and VISA, and animated music videos for major label recording artists including Jack Black and Tenacious D. His six-part animated series, “Melania’s Great Escape.,” garnered more than 6 million views on Facebook alone. His print clients range from MAD Magazine – for whom he created the features “The 27 Club” and “The Chancers” – and the anarchic UK comic Viz, to Playboy and Bloomberg Businessweek. He’s the go-to designer for some of the biggest festivals and music promoters in the States, and his online work for clients such as Myspace and Super Deluxe routinely goes viral, whether it’s Kanye West Valentine cards or the “Sad Chewie” series that sent Star Wars fans into a retweeting frenzy! He recently created a range of Luke McGarry gifs for use on Instagram Stories that racked up over 1 million views in two weeks!
Along with his twin brother, Joe, he heads up design outfit Fantastic Heat Brothers, and he sings, plays bass and twiddles knobs in their indie duo Pop Noir, who have shared the stage with the likes of Doves, The Wombats, Robyn and Sebastien Tellier.
Luke McGarry's NCSFest Schedule:
An Evening With Viz!
Thursday, May 16 - 8:30 pm
Hyatt Regency - Mariners Ballroom
Luke McGarry – The 27 Club, Sad Chewie and more!
Saturday, May 18 - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency - Fountain Room
Saturday, May 18 - 4:15 pm
Hyatt Regency - Vista Room
Sunday, May 19 - 10:00 am
NCSFest Finale – The Big Live Draw!
Sunday, May 19 - 1:30 pm
Hyatt Regency - Huntington Ballroom