Shawn was given a special mention in the Warner Bros “Justice League” feature film for material inspired by his work on “Batman: Detective Comics”.



Shawn speaking at TEDx MidAtlantic: SUPERPOWERS 2017 held at Sydney Harman Hall in Washington, DC. Shawn’s talk on becoming an artist, illustrating iconic brands in the comic book industry, creating unique visual campaigns and media representation will be available soon.


Shawn accepting a 2017 Romics Golden Career Achievement award in Rome, Italy

Shawn accepting a Romics Golden Career Achievement Award with legendary artist, Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri and Kevin Jenkins, art director at ILM in Rome, Italy.

Photos by Andrea Laureani.


The Washington Post: A chance to draw Hellboy was comic-book heaven for this veteran artist

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.



Fox’s The Gifted Casts Marvel Mutant Shatter (CBR)

The cast of Fox’s The Gifted continues to expand with the addition of actor Jermaine Rivers as the Marvel Comics mutant Shatter.

Introduced in 2002 in Marvel’s “Morlocks” #1 by writer Geoff Johns and artist Shawn Martinbrough, the mutant known as “Shatter” is a member of the Chicago branch of Morlocks.



Dark Horse Comics HELLBOY – New SECRET NATURE Title Illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough

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.

Published by Dark Horse Comics, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 – Secret Nature, is a story illustrated 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.



Thief of Thieves Video Game Announcement!

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.


THE NEW YORK TIMES: Still in Love With Comic Books, and Now With Her, Too

The New York Times covers the wedding of Shawn Martinbrough and Ayanna Ross, Esq.

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Comic book creators unite for ‘Love Is Love’ to honor victims of Orlando attack

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.

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Shawn’s work on display at The Annex in Chicago

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.



VIDEO: Paris Comic Con Interview

Interview from the Paris Comic Con with Shawn Martinbrough and actor Mike Colter on Marvel’s iconic character “Luke Cage”, “Luke Cage Noir” and the hit Netflix series.  (Watch the video below)


Shawn on the Paris Comic Con “Luke Cage” panel with actor Mike Colter and costume designer Stephanie Maslansky discussing the iconic Marvel character and the acclaimed mini-series “Luke Cage Noir”.


BET Commentary: Why Luke Cage Matters

A former Marvel artist who drew the Harlem superhero on the importance of images.
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EW.COM: Comixology Announces Creator Trading Cards



NPR Video Interview with Shawn Martinbrough

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.



San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Negan Skybound Comic Variants Revealed

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.



BET Interview

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Artist Shawn Martinbrough talks about working in the comic book industry — and growing its diversity.

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VIDEO: Scion/Skybound Overview with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman & Thief of Thieves artist Shawn Martinbrough

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


VIDEO: Scion interview with Skybound / “Thief of Thieves” artist Shawn Martinbrough

Check out a behind the scenes look as artist Shawn Martinbrough creates a priceless depiction of the upcoming Scion iA, set in the world of the comic book Thief of Thieves. Read more


Video: How to Draw Noir Comics

Watch the commercial for Shawn’s book “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling”. The book is available now at and

Society of Illustrators

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.

The Shadow League Interview

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.

Deadpool Movie

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. 

Cover Design Process

Shawn names and explains the design process behind his top ten “Thief of Thieves” covers with Robot 6/Comic Book Resources!

Robot 6 Interview

Robot 6/Comic Book Resources ask Shawn to name his favorite graphic novels of 2014 and what projects he’s looking forward to in 2015! 

Frank Tybush Interview

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…

13th Dimension Interview

“Martinbrough and “Thief of Thieves” Big 25th Issue”  –  13th Dimension interviews Shawn on drawing the 25th issue of the acclaimed series. 

Comic Book Resources Interview

Comic Book Resources interviews Shawn about illustrating the dramatic 25th issue of the acclaimed series “Thief of Thieves” with writers Robert Kirkman and Andy Diggle. 


SALON names “Thief of Thieves” one of “The most engrossing crime comics in history”… 

Comics Creator News Interview

“Shawn Martinbrough breathes life into the art of Noir’ interview with Comics Creator News… 

Publisher’s Weekly – Zane Partner’s with Verge Entertainment

Publisher’s Weekly announces that bestselling author and publisher Zane is partnering with Shawn’s company Verge Entertainment to produce and develop original projects for film and television. 

The FanBros Interview

The Fanbros interview Shawn about his career working for Marvel, DC Comics and IMAGE, his art book  “How to Draw Noir Comics”, working with the creator of “The Walking Dead” Robert Kirkman on their monthly series, “Thief of Thieves”and more…

Bleeding Cool Interview with Joseph Illidge on “The Ren”

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 Nominated for Best Series

“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. 

How To Draw Noir Comics in Korean

Publisher Hans Media acquires the Korean language rights to Shawn’s art instruction book, “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling”. Hans Media has also licensed Stan Lee’s “How to Draw Superheroes” and “Super Scary Mochimochi”. “How to Draw Noir Comics” is published by Random House. 


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. 

Buzz Feed

Buzzfeed names “Thief of Thieves” “One of “The 19 Greatest Comics of 2013”.

The Ren Co-Writer and Creator Joseph Illidge

Co-Writer and creator Joseph Illidge visits the set of “Boardwalk Empire” and talks about researching the upcoming graphic novel “The Ren”.

New York Post: A Book You Should Be Reading

“Thief of Thieves: a book you should be reading.”-The New York POST. An interview with Shawn and writer Andy Diggle on the new story arc of “Thief of Thieves”.

Top 100 Comics of 2012

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

Thief of Thieves: Limited Edition Hardcover

Robert Kirkman and Shawn Martinbrough’s bestselling comic series gets its first limited edition hardcover compilation titled “Thief of Thieves: I Quit“.

CBR Interview for “The Ren”

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.

Thief of Thieves

“Thief of Thieves” has become one of the best selling independent hits of 2012. Issues 1-4 are now entering their fourth printings, with the fifth issue not far behind with a third printing.”

The Howard Theatre

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.

DMZ: Free States Rising

VERTIGO/DC Comics releases the “DMZ: Free States Rising” trade paperback collecting Shawn’s two part story arc written by Brian Wood.

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive

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.

How to Draw Noir Comics

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 

New York Daily News Interview

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.

Captain America: The First Avenger

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.

BET Exclusive Interview

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.

Uptown Magazine Interview

UPTOWN magazine interviews Shawn about his career, current and future projects.

BULLSEYE: The Perfect Game

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.

Punisher MAX

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.

Luke Cage Noir

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