Bio

Shawn Martinbrough is the author of “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling”, published by Random House and reprinted in several languages. He is a critically acclaimed creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include “Batman: Detective Comics”, “Luke Cage Noir”, “Captain America”, “The Black Panther” and “Hellboy”.

Shawn has co-created characters featured in the feature film, “Deadpool”, the animated “Batman: Gotham Knights”, the FOX television series “GOTHAM”, “The GIFTED” and the “JUSTICE LEAGUE” feature film.

Shawn is the artist of “Thief of Thieves”, published by Skybound/Image Comics. The acclaimed graphic novel crime series is written by Robert Kirkman, creator of the AMC television series, “The Walking Dead”, award winning author Andy Diggle and Brett Lewis.

Shawn’s work has been covered by Vanity Fair, BBC World America, ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, BET, Essence, Ebony, The New York Daily News, USA Today, AOL, Publisher’s Weekly, SIRIUS/XM Radio and others.

Shawn has been a featured guest and panelist at comic conventions in San Diego, New York, Washington, D.C., the UK, Paris, São Paulo and Rome.

As an artist, Shawn has given lectures on his career at Walt Disney Animation, Lockheed Martin, The Pentagon, TEDx Mid Atlantic, The Society of Illustrators, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The University of Michigan, 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.

Shawn is a Native New Yorker and an alum of both the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art/Performing Arts and The School of Visual Arts.

Photos by Joy Asico and Eli Kaplan.