Shawn Martinbrough’s client list includes Coca Cola/POWERade, The Hershey Company, Cricket Wireless, Fast Company, Playboy, Vibe, Bad Boy Entertainment, Penguin Books and McGraw-Hill.
The bulk of Shawn’s work has been done for Marvel Comics, Vertigo and DC Comics. During his critically-acclaimed two year collaboration with novelist Greg Rucka on “Batman: Detective Comics”, Shawn co-created characters that were featured in the “Batman: Gotham Knights” animated DVD as a companion to the Christopher Nolan-helmed trilogy of Batman films and currently appear on the FOX television series, “GOTHAM”.
How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, an instructional art book based on Shawn’s high contrast, noir style is published by Random House and has been reprinted in several languages.
Shawn’s recent graphic novel projects for Marvel Comics include “Luke Cage Noir” and “Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive”. He also illustrated a Captain America story exclusively for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service. With a million copy print run and released with the feature film “Captain America: The First Avenger”, the graphic novel was distributed on military bases across the country. Shawn also illustrated the X-Men Universe mini series, “The Morlocks”, written by Geoff Johns, now the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. Characters that Shawn co-created are featured in the worldwide box office hit film “Deadpool”.
Shawn is the artist of the graphic novel series, “Thief of Thieves” which is written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of the hit AMC television series, “The Walking Dead” and Andy Diggle, creator of “The Losers”. “Thief of Thieves” is being developed into a live action television series.
Shawn’s work has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, BET, NPR, The Hollywood Reporter, ESSENCE, The New York Daily News, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, AOL, AintItCoolNews.com, Architecture Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, The Washington Times, National Public Radio, SIRIUS/XM Radio, EBONY, Vibe, The Source and others.
Shawn has given lectures on his career creating graphic novels and the business aspects of the comic book industry at the Society of Illustrators, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, The University of Michigan, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, the BEA/Book Expo of America and The 100 Black Men of America Conferences.
Photos by Tyler Mallory & Kishan Khona.