Despite a quarter-century of professional comic-book illustrating — and having drawn some of the most popular superheroes ever — artist Shawn Martinbrough still had a “bucket list” character who had escaped the lines of his pencils for so many years.
Hellboy, the stone-handed, horned creation of Mike Mignola, had always been one of Martinbrough’s favorite characters. Mignola’s early years drawings for Marvel and DC Comics were a heavy influence on Martinbrough as a young man.
Thief of Thieves artist Shawn Martinbrough is stealing away some time from his main series to take a trip to the Pacific Northwest – and he has a motley crew coming with him.
On August 9, Dark Horse Comics will publish Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 – Secret Nature, a one-shot by Martinbrough and regular Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. writers Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson. Although Oregon is the home-state of Dark Horse itself, the one-shot’s subject matter is instead in the wilds of the Oregon countryside and the search for cryptids.
Skybound Entertainment is developing a new video game based on Robert Kirkman’s Thief of Thieves comic series, IGN can exclusively reveal. Watch the trailer below, and click here for full article at IGN.
To honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Shawn contributed artwork to the graphic novel anthology, “Love is Love”. Along with industry titans Brian Michael Bendis, Gail Simone, Grant Morrison, Paul Dini, Jim Lee and Mark Millar, Shawn donated artwork to the NYTimes bestseller with all proceeds going to benefit the victims and survivors of the tragedy.
In celebration of MLK day, Shawn partners with Havas Advertising/Chicago to showcase his artwork with quotes from the civil right activist. On display at The Annex in Chicago, Shawn’s black and white artwork makes a bold visual statement alongside the powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King.
NPR chats with illustrator Shawn Martinbrough in his studio about “Thief of Thieves,” art, and comics. Stay tuned to see how Shawn translates script to page for issue 36 of ToT! Chatting with Tanya Ballard Brown.
The hottest character in the comic book world is smashing his way onto several other comic book covers. The Walking Dead‘s most infamous villain, Negan, will be appearing on the covers of several non-Walking Dead comic books for San Diego Comic Con exclusive issues.
Robert Kirkman welcomes Scion to give an overview of the company he founded, Skybound Entertainment. Kirkman of course is best known as the creator of The Walking Dead, the hugely successful comic book and TV show, but as he shows in this video, Skybound has been able to expand to do much more. Read More
To celebrate Black History Month, Shawn was invited to speak at the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. Shawn spoke about his career, his influences, and his noir-influenced approach to storytelling with comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, longtime editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man comics line.
Shawn talks to The Shadow League about his projects for Marvel Entertainment, working with writers Robert Kirkman and Andy Diggle on their monthly series “Thief of Thieves” and diversity in the comic industry. Click to read parts 1 & 2 of the interview.
Characters that Shawn co-created for the Marvel Entertainment mini-series,”The Morlocks” were featured in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit film “DEADPOOL”, starring Ryan Reynolds. Actress Gina Carano will be playing the character of “Angel Dust” co-created by Shawn and writer Geoff Johns, now Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment.
Filmmaker Frank Tybush interviews Shawn about his career, illustrating “Thief of Thieves”, “Batman: Detective Comics”, being part of the “Milestones” exhibit at the Geppi Entertainment museum and more…
Bleeding Cool interviews former Batman editor Joseph Phillip Illidge about working with Shawn as a co-writer on the upcoming Harlem Renaissance graphic novel, “The REN” for First Second Books and his new column on diversity in the comic book industry for the Eisner Award winning site Comic Book Resources…
“Thief of Thieves” is nominated for “Best Foreign Series” by The Naples Comicon in Italy. The candidates for this years award have been selected by the editors of some of the most important web portals of comics in Italy such as Fumettologica, MangaForever and white space.
Shawn’s recent client is the real estate investment and development firm DDG. DDG has designed, developed and built some of the most forward thinking, modern living space properties in New York and San Francisco. Shawn created promotional artwork for DDG’s latest project, 325 West Broadway, a state of the art, luxury condominium in SOHO.
CBR ranks “Thief of Thieves” on it’s list of “Top 100 Comics of 2012”. “Thief of Thieves” shows that a heist television show can be told better in comic book form, especially with a master artist like Shawn Martinbrough at the helm.”-— CBR Reviews Editor Steve Sunu
CBR interviews Shawn about his co-creating and co-writing “The REN”. Set in the Harlem Renaissance, the 200 page graphic novel is co-written by Joseph Illidge, illustrated by Grey Williamson and will be published by First Second Books, a division of Macmillan Publishing.
With his partners at Verge Entertainment, Shawn directed and produced the commercial fund-raiser trailer for the newly renovated Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. From concept development to shooting on location in Washington, D.C., Verge Entertainment produced this integral marketing campaign for Ellis Development and the Howard Theatre Restoration Group.
Shawn illustrates “Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive” for Marvel Comics. Written by David Liss, the multi-part story pits the new protector of Hell’s Kitchen against Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of crime.
Shawn’s art instruction book, “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling” is published by Random House. In the book, Shawn demonstrates how to set a mood, design characters and locations, stage action and enhance drama, and discusses important topics like page layout, panel design, and cover design. Now in multiple printings, How to Draw Noir Comics is available at Amazon.com.
The New York Daily News staff writer Clem Richardson interviews Shawn about his career as an illustrator/creator in the comic book industry, his upcoming graphic novel series with Robert Kirkman, and his entertainment production company Verge Entertainment.
Shawn illustrated an original Captain America story exclusively for Marvel and the U.S. Army. The exclusive graphic novel had a million copy print run and in connection with the release of the feature film “Captain America: The First Avenger” was distributed on military bases across the country.
In an exclusive interview with BET, Shawn discusses his career as an illustrator/creator for Marvel, DC Comics and his art instructional book, “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling” published by Random House.
Shawn illustrates “BULLSEYE: The Perfect Game” for Marvel Comics. Written by novelist Charlie Huston, the two part graphic novel features the popular assassin and is set in the world of Major League Baseball. The covers were illustrated by Tim Bradstreet.
Shawn illustrates “Punisher MAX: Hot Rods of Death” for Marvel Comics. Written by novelist Charlie Huston, the prestige format book features the popular vigilante, the Punisher. The cover was illustrated by Tim Bradstreet.
Shawn illustrates the mini series “Luke Cage Noir” for Marvel Comics. Set in 1930’s Harlem, the crime thriller written by Mike Benson (ENTOURAGE) and Adam Glass (SUPERNATURAL), featured the classic African American superhero Luke Cage. The hardcover collection is in stores now. See the articles at USA TODAY, Entertainment Weekly and AllHipHop.com.