KIRKUS BEST PICTURE BOOKS of 2023
Shawn’s new children book, “Like Lava in My Veins” makes Kirkus Reviews “Best Picture Books of 2023” list.
“Like Lava in My Veins” is written by award-winning author Derrick Barnes, with colors by Adriano Lucas and published by Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House.
NPR / LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS
NPR / National Public Radio selects Shawn’s new kids book “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS”, written by award-winning author Derrick Barnes, colored by Adriano Lucas and published by Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House, as one of the “BOOKS WE LOVE”.
Red Hood : The Hill / DC Comics
DC Comics has announced “Red Hood : The Hill”, written by Shawn. Available February 6, “Red Hood: The Hill” #0 collects “Red Hood #51” and “Red Hood #52,” also written by Shawn with art by Tony Akins and Moritat. As The Joker War ravages Gotham City, a new vigilante group has formed to protect their turf, and Red Hoof finds himself caught in the crossfire! This two-issue collection features a new cover by Sanford Greene.
The story continues in “Red Hood: The Hill,” a six-issue series debuting February 13, 2024 with art by award winning artist and co-creator of “Bitter Root”, Sanford Greene and Tony Akins.
Cover art by Tirso Cons and Sanford Greene.
LIKE LAVA / USA Today Bestseller
Shawn’s new kid’s book “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS” is #35 on the USA Today Bestseller list! Written by award winning author Derrick Barnes, color by Adriano Lucas, published by Nancy Paulsen Books and Penguin Random House.
LIKE LAVA Official selection of The Original Art / 43rd Annual Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators
Shawn’s cover art for “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS”, published by Nancy Rose Paulsen Books & Penguin Random House, will be showcased in The Original Art / 43rd Annual Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators. The exhibit features illustrations from this year’s best children’s books published in the U.S.
DC Power anthology
Two decades after co-creating the character of detective “Crispus Allen” with writer Greg Rucka during their acclaimed run on “Batman: Detective Comics, Shawn returns to write a special story featuring “Crispus” for the upcoming DC Power anthology.
The 104-page special will feature original stories featuring Black super heroes from across the DC Universe. Headlining the anthology is the epilogue to the Hugo award-winning Far Sector by series writer N.K. Jemisin and artist Jamal Campbell, featuring the first meeting between Green Lanterns Sojourner “Jo” Mullein and John Stewart.
The DC Power anthology will be released on January 30, 2024.
Abbott Elementary / Judge Kim
Patrick Schumacker, EP / Showrunner of the hit sitcom “Abbott Elementary” shares his appreciation for Shawn’s new children’s book series, “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court”, published by Simon & Schuster.
FIBDA 2023 / Algiers
Shawn was a featured guest at the FIBDA International Comic Book Festival in Algiers. As an official invitee of the U.S. Embassy, with fellow artists Alitha Martinez and Sara Wooley, Shawn lectured at the American International School, the art universities Ecole Supérieur Des Beaux Arts D’alger and Artissimo Hub Créatif and visited with patients at the children’s cancer ward at the Hôpital Mustapha Pacha.
Shawn met with the U.S. Ambassador to Algiers Elizabeth Moore Aubin and spoke about his career at the American Culture Center at the U.S. Embassy. Copies and posters of Shawn’s books, “Judge Kim and The Kids Court (Simon & Schuster), “Like Lava In My Veins” ( Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House) and “Red Hood” (DC Comics) were given to attendees and students.
Reading with Robert / ABC 7 News
Robert Burton, co-host of Good Morning Washington / ABC 7 News spotlights “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS”, Shawn’s new kids book written by award-winning author Derrick Barnes, published by Nancy Paulsen Books & Penguin Kids.
Award-winning concept artist, costume designer Phillip Boutté Jr. / LIKE LAVA
Award-winning concept artist / costume designer Phillip Boutté Jr. shares his appreciation for Shawn’s new kids book, “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS”, published by Nancy Paulsen Books and Penguin Random House.
ABC7 News / Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court
Co-host of Good Morning Washington / ABC 7 News Robert Burton interviews Shawn about “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court”, his new children’s’ book series published by SimonKids.
Photo by Adrianna Hopkins.
Award-winning, bestselling author N.K. Jemisin / LIKE LAVA
Award-winning, bestselling author N.K. Jemisin shares her appreciation for Shawn’s new kids book, “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS”, published by Nancy Paulsen Books and Penguin Random House.
Award-winning actor, best-selling author Hill Harper / Judge Kim
Award-winning actor, best-selling author Hill Harper shares his appreciation for Shawn’s new children’s book series, “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court, published by Simon & Schuster.
Florida A&M University / Judge Kim
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s “Legal Connections” interviews Shawn about his new children’s book series, “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court”, published by Simon and Schuster Books!
Academy Award winning director Peter Ramsey / LIKE LAVA
Academy Award winning director (“Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse”) Peter Ramsey shares his appreciation for Shawn’s new kids book, “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS”, published by Nancy Paulsen Books and Penguin Random House.
KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW
“Like Lava in my Veins” receives a “starred review” from Kirkus!
“Like Lava In My Veins” is written by NY Times bestselling author Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Shawn, colored by Adriano Lucas and published by Nancy Rose Paulsen Books / Penguin Kids.
Emmy-nominated, Eisner Award winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz / Like Lava In My Veins
Emmy-nominated, Eisner Award winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz shares his appreciation for Shawn’s new kids book, “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS”, published by Nancy Paulsen Books and Penguin Random House.
EBONY Media / LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS
LIKE LAVA / Publisher’s Weekly
“Graphic novel and picture book merge” in Derrick Barnes, Shawn Martinbrough, and Adriano Lucas ’s story, LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS, which portrays “an educational system that falls short in supporting its Black students”. -Publisher’s Weekly.
From by Nancy Paulsen Books & Penguin Kids.
LIKE LAVA reviews
Acclaimed scholars and best-selling authors Dr. Gholdy Muhammad-Jackson, Ibram X. Kendi, Jerry Craft and Dr. Bettina L. Love celebrate “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS”, published by Nancy Paulsen Books & Penguin Kids!
Written by award winning, New York Times Best-selling author Derrick Barnes with colors by Adriano Lucas.
Fox 29 Philadelphia
Fox 29 Philadelphia’s Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick interviewed Shawn about “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court”, his new children’s book series for Simon & Schuster, “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling”, the upcoming “Like Lava in My Veins” both from Penguin Random House and “The Red Hood” for DC Comics.
School Library Journal Review
The School Library Journal’s Fuse 8 gives Shawn’s new kid’s book, “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS” a fantastic review! Written by two-time Kirkus award winning & bestselling author Derrick Barnes, colored by Adriano Lucas and published by Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Kids.
The Schomberg Center Literary Festival
Shawn will be reading from his new children’s book series, “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court” published by Simon & Schuster, as a featured guest at The Schomberg Center Literary Festival in New York City.
ECC Ediciones Thief of Thieves special edition
Shawn’s Top Ten for POPVERSE
Popverse.com asked Shawn to list his favorite ten films. This was an impossible task so Shawn shared thoughts on “Top Gun Maverick”, “Elvis”, “Jackie Brown”, “Hunters” and other films and television shows playing in his art studio.
Advisor to the Hip Hop Education Center
Shawn joins the Hip Hop Education Center as an official advisor. The organization connects artists, educators, activists, and social entrepreneurs from across the globe to promote and preserve Hip Hop’s legacy.
Shawn was invited to speak at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University. During his talk, moderated by fellow artist Eric Battle, Shawn discussed the creative process behind creating “Judge Kim and the Kids’ Court”, his new children’s book series with Simon & Schuster, writing the “Red Hood” for DC Comics, illustrating the Eisner nominated “Promethee 13:13” and more.
LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS
The Schomburg Center ‘s 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival
Shawn was a guest panelist at The Schomburg Center ‘s 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival. Along with fellow panelists, Alitha E. Martinez, Gamal Hennessy, Dedren Snead and moderated by T.J. Sterling, Shawn discussed his career as a working professional writer and artist in the comic industry.
Forbes Adrienne Samuels Gibbs interviews Shawn and the “Judge Kim” creative team about their new children’s book series for Simon & Schuster and the “Creating Justice: Judge Kim” exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in NYC.
“When I was a kid I didn’t see much of this on the bookshelves or in the libraries. Here we have a story that a young child of color could really latch on to.”- K.C. Boyd, School Library Journal’s 2022 Librarian of the Year.
Shawn talks with Popverse about his love of comic books, his new children’s book series, “Judge Kim and the Kids’ Court” from Simon & Schuster and the “Judge Kim” exhibition running through March 18th at the Society of Illustrators in New York.
“Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court” Exhibition
“Judge Kim’s Court” is in session at The Society of Illustrators in New York City!
The “Creating Justice: The Art of Judge Kim and the Kids Court” exhibition features art and character designs from the new children’s book series, “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court: The Case of the Missing Bicycles” published by Simon & Schuster and created by Shawn, Milo Stone, Joseph P. Illidge and Christopher Jordan.
The exhibit runs through March.
Both “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court: The Case of the Missing Bicycles” and the latest release, “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court: The Doggie Defendant” are available in stores and online.
Black Panther WAKANDA ATLAS
With the release of Marvel Studios “Black Panther : Wakanda Forever” on Disney+, Marvel.com interviews writer Evan Narcisse on the new definitive guide, “The Marvel Black Panther Wakanda Atlas” published by DK Books / Penguin Random House and collaborating with Shawn to create original Wakandan concept art. #wakandaforever
1/6: The Graphic Novel
Shawn contributed artwork to the forthcoming graphic novel, “1/6”. Created by Harvard Law School professor Alan Jenkins and NY Times bestselling author Gan Golan, “1/6” imagines a future where the insurrectionists succeed in their plans to violently overturn the election results on January 6, 2021. The project features art from celebrated comic book artists such as William Rosado, Alex Albadree, Jamal Yaseem Igle and Shawn.
Colors by Lee Loughridge.
ADCOLOR Legend Award Honoree
With fellow honorees Neal Arthur (CEO, Wieden+Kennedy) and Jill Kelly (U.S. CEO EssenceMediacom), Shawn received the Legend Award at the 16th Annual Adcolor Conference and Awards.
The Best Black Panther Stories of all time list
Popverse ranks Shawn’s “Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive” arc, written by David Liss and published by Marvel Comics, #4 on their “The Best Black Panther Stories of all time” list. #wakandaforever
New Image Comics project
Shawn is writing an original, creator owned mini series for Image Comics. Details to be announced.
FOX5 News Interview
FOX5 News NY’s Antwan Lewis interviews Shawn and co-curator Karama Horne, along with featured artists Khary Randolph, Alitha E. Martinez and Marcus Williams, about “THE ARTIST’S EXPERIENCE: FROM BROTHERMAN TO BATMAN” exhibition currently at the Society of Illustrators until the end of October.
JUDGE KIM / Blerdgurl Interview
Shawn and co-author Joseph P. Illidge talk with Karama Horne about their new Simon & Schuster children’s book series, “Judge Kim and the Kids’ Court”.
FANGORIA Sneak Peek: HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1957- FALLING SKY
FANGORIA provides an exclusive sneak peek at Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.: 1957 – Falling Sky! Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, featuring art by Shawn Martinbrough with colors by Dave Stewart and letters by Clem Robins, this issue follows cryptozoologist Woodrow “Woody” Ferrier after he joins the B.P.R.D. to find exciting and previously undocumented cryptids.
Black Panther WAKANDA ATLAS
The “Black Panther Atlas” published by DK Books and written by Evan Narcisse, features original concept art by Shawn.
Simon & Schuster
Debuting this fall from Simon & Schuster is Shawn’s first children’s book series, “Judge Kim and the Kids’ Court”. Co-created with authors Milo Stone and Joseph Illidge and artist, Christopher Jordan, the Ready-to-Read Graphics series features a young judge who presides over and settles conflicts of all sizes in her town of Fairville.
Promethee 13:13 Reviews
The print edition release of Shawn’s sci-fi epic, Eisner award nominated, “Promethee 13:13”, published by ABLAZE has garnered rave reviews from critics!
Originally released digitally by ComiXology, the sci-fi graphic novel prequel is written by award winning writer Andy Diggle, illustrated by Shawn, colored by Dave Stewart, lettered by Simon Bowland and originally edited by Will Dennis and Jean Wacquet.
Cover illustrations by Jock, Andrea Sorrentino and Max Bartolini.
SVA / “The Artist’s Experience: From Brotherman to Batman”
The School of Visual Arts talks with Shawn about “The Artist’s Experience: From Brotherman to Batman” on view at The Society of Illustrators in New York City. The new exhibition celebrates some of the top Black artists in the comic book industry and is co-curated by Shawn and writer/journalist Karama Horne.
The exhibit runs through October.
Hellboy & The B.P.R.D. 1957 Collection
DarkHorse Comics announces the upcoming “Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.” collected edition for 2023, which features a special Hellboy short story illustrated by Shawn.
“The Artist’s Experience” at The Society of Illustrators
Shawn is the co-curator of the “The Artist Experience: From Brotherman to Batman” exhibition at The Society of Illustrators in New York City. Created with culture journalist and author Karama Horne, this historic exhibit showcases some of the top African American artists of the comic book industry and shares insight into their creative processes. “The Artist’s Experience” runs from June 15th through October 29th.
RED HOOD Spanish Edition
Shawn’s RED HOOD arc is reprinted by ECC Ediciones, the editorial division of publisher El Catalogo del Cómic based in Barcelona, Spain.
D&AD Book Design Awards 2022
Shawn was invited by the British design group, D&AD, to serve on their 2022 Book Design Awards jury in London, UK. Along with prominent design directors, editors and fellow artists, Shawn reviewed over two hundred submissions from around the world at the D&AD offices in Shoreditch, to award the best entries in book design.
Afro Animation 2022
Shawn served as a judge at the Afro Animation Virtual Summit 2022. Along with his fellow judges, Shawn screened and evaluated animated submissions from around the world to select the winner of The Short Film Awards category.
SKYBOUNDXpo Creating Comics Panel
Shawn shares insights on breaking into the comic book industry and networking with fellow panelists L.L. McKinney (Nubia: Real One), Brandon Thomas (Aquamen, EXCELLENCE) and Khary Randolph (Static Shock, EXCELLENCE) on the Skybound Entertainment (The Walking Dead, INVINCIBLE) “Creating Comics 101 Panel” at the #SkyboundXpo. The panel starts at the 24:00 mark.
NAACP Image Award Nominee
“Blood Brothers” has been nominated for a 2022 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Documentary (Television)“. Shawn created storyboards and original art for the acclaimed Netflix documentary in collaboration with director Marcus A. Clark and producer Jason Perez to tell the extraordinary story of the friendship between icons Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.
The International Spy Museum event
Shawn joined writer Andy Diggle and National Security Attorney / Comic Book Historian Mark Zaid for the “Spies, Comics and Cocktails” virtual event at The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The three discussed classic spy comics spanning various eras, writing and illustrating “James Bond 007” and “Thief of Thieves”.
Screenrants 10 Most Exciting New Comics Announced for 2022
Screenrant lists Shawn’s soon to be announced Red Hood project for DC Comics as one of their “10 Most Exciting New Comics Announced for Release in 2022”.
DC Comics / 2022
Shawn is writing a new, soon to be announced Gotham City project for DC Comics. The six part series will be released in 2022…
Penguin / Nancy Paulsen Books
Blood Brothers on Netflix
Shawn created storyboards and art for the animated scenes in the acclaimed “Blood Brothers” documentary on Netflix. With animator Jason Scott Jones, Shawn collaborated with director Marcus A. Clark and producer Jason Perez to tell the extraordinary and little-known story of the friendship between two icons Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.
FAR SECTOR Collected Edition
Shawn receives a special acknowledgement in the new collected edition of “Far Sector” published by DC Comics. Created by award-winning author, N.K. Jemisin (The Fifth Season, The City We Became) and bestselling artist Jamal Campbell (Naomi), “Far Sector” introduces the new Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein to the DC Universe.
With colors by Christopher Sotomayor, Shawn’s latest illustration is featured on Vanity’s Fair’s editorial page for their Millennium themed September issue.
10 Best Image Comics Series For New Readers
Screenrant features Shawn’s graphic novel series “Thief of Thieves”, co-created with Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead / INVINCIBLE), on their “10 Best Image Comics Series For New Readers” list.
2021 Eisner Award Nominee
ABC News / Mike Tyson: The Knockout
Working with Oscar Winning screenwriter, Executive Producer / Director Geoffrey Fletcher and ABC News, Shawn created storyboards and illustrations for “Mike Tyson: The Knockout”. The four hour documentary features animated recreations of Tyson’s life and is available on ABC and Hulu.
“STATIC : Season One” Variant cover
Shawn illustrated a variant cover for the debut of “Static: Season One” published by Milestone 2.0 and DC Comics.
Shawn joins acclaimed writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, The Losers) and artists Stephen Segovia (Action Comics), Doug Braithwaite (Justice), and Renato Guedes(Action Comics) to reveal the full scope and power of the Shadowman mythos in an oversized deluxe edition hardcover of the series Nerdist calls “killer”.
Collecting SHADOWMAN (2018) #1–11, and SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1, along with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras.
GEIGER Variant Cover
Shawn illustrated a special variant cover for “GEIGER”, the new Image Comic series from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson.
The Society of Illustrators / MoCCA Arts Festival Talk
Shawn spoke at The Society of Illustrators & MoCCA Arts Festival on developing / writing a “Red Hood” story for DC Comics and his upcoming graphic novel project for the new Abrams Books imprint, “Megascope”.
The April issue of Vanity Fair features Shawn’s illustrations for “Cracking the Case of London’s Elusive, Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves”.
Colors by Christopher Sotomayor.
Shawn spoke at TEDx in Washington, D.C. about the early influence of Star Wars / comic books, creating characters for DC Comics / Marvel Entertainment and the power of representation in media.
Crispus Allen – Zack Snyder’s Justice League
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” introduces the character of “Crispus Allen” created by bestselling writer Greg Rucka ( Netflix’s “The Old Guard”) and Shawn during their run on Batman/Detective Comics, published by DC Comics.
“Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE”
Shawn receives a special credit in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” debuting on HBO Max.
Netflix Reading List
U.S. Embassy Poland Zoom talk
Organized by the U.S. Embassy Warsaw and the American Studies Center at Warsaw University, Shawn’s lecture “The Power of Representation: Diversifying the World of Comics” explored themes of storytelling and finding one’s creative voice with aspiring artists and students in Poland.
Black Comic Book Writers who shined in 2020
Alongside Academy Award winning writer John Ridley and screenwriter Bryan Edward Hill, Shawn receives an honorable mention for his writing work for DC Comics.
The Nerds of Color
“Toward the end of 2020, it was announced that Jason Todd’s Red Hood would be seeing a new creative team take over… I had the pleasure of sitting down with Martinbrough to talk Jason Todd’s new future and what fans can expect from the work his team is putting together.”-The Nerds of Color
Artist Tony Akins and Shawn discuss collaborating on their two part RED HOOD story, revisiting “The Hill” and introducing new characters to the DC Universe with journalist Karama Horne/@theblerdgurl for Nerdist.
Cover art by Dan Mora.
Comic Book Resources
“In the DC Universe, there are many sinister gangsters and mob bosses to take stock of…However, when it comes to the meanest one, that’s Killer Croc…In Red Hood #52, Croc returns with a vengeance, although this time he’s relying more on his brain than his brawn.-Renaldo Matadeen/CBR
Comic Book Resources
“After the toll “Joker War” took on the Bat Family, Red Hood has now shifted focus to Jason Todd as he tries to reinvent himself in the Hill…unfortunately, a criminal fashion mogul in the vein of Jared Leto’s Joker called Tommy Maxx is wreaking havoc in a turf war.
But in Red Hood #52, that’s the least of Jason’s worries as he discovers a group of vigilantes there may be tied to one of Batman’s deadliest enemies: the League of Assassins.”-Renaldo Matadeen/CBR
“While this first two-issue tale has come to a close, it will certainly be interesting to see what Todd does next…Regardless, fans will just have to wait and see what’s in store for the Red Hood as his series continues from Shawn Martinbrough and DC Comics.”-Screenrant
” In this new issue, Red Hood decides to return to Gotham and the borough known as The Hill. The issue also introduces a new character who will more than likely come into Jason Todd’s crosshairs, who is also responsible for Gotham City’s most popular Batman merchandise and fashion apparel.” -Screenrant
Comic Book Resources examines the fashion influences of new character “Thomas Misell” in RED HOOD #51.
NEWSARAMA / GAMESRADAR
Following the acclaimed creative team of Scott Lobdell and Paolo Pantalena, Shawn writes “The Red Hood” for DC Comics. His two part story revisits the historic neighborhood of “The Hill”, first created by writer Christopher Priest and Shawn back in 1999. With art by Tony Akins and Stefano Guadiano, Shawn introduces a new set of heroes and villains to the Batman/ DC Universe.
“Red Hood” Issue #51 is in stores and available digitally on ComiXology.
Cover art by Dan Mora & Kael Ngu.
Writer Andy Diggle and Shawn discuss the final chapter of the Sci-Fi thriller “Prometheé 13:13” with SYFY Wire. The prequel is based on “Prometheé”, the celebrated French bande dessineé / graphic novel series by Christophe Bec. “Prometheé 13:13” is presented by French publisher Delcourt-Soleil and ComiXolgy, an Amazon company.
Cover art by Jock.
DMZ lands at HBO MAX
HBO Max orders “DMZ”, a Vertigo/DC Comics adaptation from executive producer Ava DuVernay as a four-part limited series. Shawn illustrated a two part story arc for the original graphic novel series written by co-creator Brian Wood.
The CW’s BATWOMAN adds “The Whisper”
The CW’s “Batwoman” second season adds “The Whisper” based on the character “Whisper A’Daire”, co-created by Shawn and writer Greg Rucka (The Old Guard/Stumptown) during their run on “Batman/Detective Comics” published by DC Comics.
The School of Visual Arts Interview
The School of Visual Arts interviews Shawn about being a featured guest contributor to Vanity Fair’s “The Great Fire” special issue, guest edited by renowned journalist and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Shawn is a featured contributor to the September issue of Vanity Fair. This special edition explores art, activism, and power in 21st-century America and is guest edited by renowned journalist and writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates .
Fiorello H. LaGuardia Graduation Commencement Address
As a proud alumni of Fiorello H. Laguardia High School For Music, Art, & The Performing Arts, Shawn gave a virtual commencement address to the graduating class of 2020.
Photo by Ramon Gil.
SVA lists “Prométhée 13:13” as a graphic novel to read during the quarantine
The School of Visual Arts features Shawn’s ” Prométhée 13:13″, by French publisher Editions Delcourt & Comixology, on their list of top graphic novels to read during the COVID-19 quarantine.
ABRAMS BOOKS / MEGASCOPE
The celebrated imprint Abrams ComicArts launches Megascope, the new line of graphic novels curated by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and artist John Jennings. Shawn will write and illustrate one of Megascope’s two debut titles, the noir thriller “The Heavy”.
The graphic novel will be published in black & white with spot colors and lettering by comic industry veterans Christopher Sotomayor and John Workman.
“The Heavy” will be released in 2021.
How Milestone Comics Reshaped The Comics Industry
Shawn discusses what made Milestone Media so unique and its impact on the comics industry along with friends and colleagues in “How Milestone Comics Reshaped The Comics Industry / Behind The Panel by SYFY WIRE.
Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Young Readers
Shawn is the artist of a new children’s book written by multi-award winning and New York Times best-selling author Derrick D. Barnes and publisher Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers.
Featured with YA Literary agent Regina Brooks, VP & Executive Art Director Cecilia Yung and Nancy Paulsen.
Algiers International Comics Festival
Shawn was a featured guest at the 12th Algiers International Comics Festival (FIBDA). Coordinated through the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, Shawn joined fellow artists from various countries, participating in workshops, press conferences and panel discussions. The theme of the 2019 festival was “Superheroes in Algiers.” FIBDA also celebrated the 80th anniversary of Batman and Shawn’s time illustrating the iconic character.
Far Sector / DC Comics
Shawn created the original design for new character, Sojourner “Jo” Mullein and illustrated the variant cover for the premiere issue of “Far Sector” published by DC Comics. Written by the multi-award-winning, science fiction author N. K. Jemison with art by Jamal Campbell, “Far Sector” marks the debut of the dynamic, new Green Lantern to the DC Universe.
Cover colors by Adriano Lucas.
MEYER / Humanoids
Shawn designed and illustrated cover art for the new graphic novel, “MEYER”.
Published by Humanoids and written by Jonathan Lang, “MEYER” imagines a world in which the legendary Jewish mobster Meyer Lansky faked his own death from lung cancer in the early 1980s and is pulled out of retirement for one last job. Interior art for “MEYER” is by Andrea Mutti.
Cover colors by Andre Syzmanowicz.
Moonrakers 2020 : Stacey Abrams
Shawn contributed artwork to actress and political activist Erika Alexander’s new piece for Medium.com. “Zora and The Blackness Present Moonrakers 2020” celebrates extraordinary women of color who are changing the world. Shawn illustrated political activist and author Stacey Abrams, joining other artists such as Tony Puryear, Sheeba Maya, John Jennings, Shawna Mills and Ashley Woods. Each illustration accompanies a profile piece by Erika Alexander, Joy Reid, and Dr. William J. Barber, among others.
The School of Visual Arts Interview
The School of Visual Arts interviews BFA Illustration alumni Shawn about his career highlights, current and future projects.
Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan / “Prométhée 13:13″ cover art by Jock.
SYFY Wire’s Karama Horne interviews writer Andy Diggle and Shawn about their new Sci-Fi graphic novel, “Prométhée 13:13″. Based on “Prométhée“, one of the most popular Bandes dessinées in recent history by writer/artist Christophe Bec and French publisher Delcourt, “Prométhée 13:13″ can found exclusively at ComiXology.
Thief of Thieves: Season One coming to Switch
“Shawn Martinbrough, the artist behind the Thief of Thieves comic, provided concepts behind many of the new living breathing characters brought to life by such voice actors like Fryda Wolff (Mass Effect: Andromeda), Stephen Stanton (Rogue One), Emily O’Brien (Death Stranding), Cissy Jones (Firewatch, The Walking Dead: Season 1), Fred Tatasciore (Kung-Fu Panda 2), and Elias Toufexis (Deus Ex: Human Revolution).”-Skybound Games
“Prométhée 13:13” at San Diego Comic Con
Shawn’s latest graphic novel project “Prométhée 13:13” debuted at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con. Presented by ComiXology and French publisher Delcourt, “Prométhée 13:13” is a prequel to the acclaimed series of French graphic novels “Prométhée” by writer/artist Christophe Bec.
Shawn illustrates an original story written by Andy Diggle (James Bond, Thief of Thieves) with colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy, DC: The New Frontier), lettering by Simon Bowland (Detective Comics #1000) and covers by Jock (Detective Comics, The Batman Who Laughs).
“Prométhée 13:13” is edited by Will Dennis (100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man) and will premiere exclusively on the digital comic platform ComiXology, an Amazon company.
Photo by Jason Scott Jones.
Society of Illustrators
Original artwork from Shawn’s time as the regular artist of “Detective Comics” (1999-2001) will be on display at the prestigious Society of Illustrators, “Illustrating Batman: Eighty Years of Comics and Pop Culture” exhibition. The exhibit runs from June-October in New York City.
“Masters Of Comics: Inside the Studios of the World’s Premier Graphic Storytellers”
Shawn gives readers a window into his art studio in the new book, “Masters Of Comics: Inside the Studios of the World’s Premier Graphic Storytellers” by Insight Editions and Joel Meadows. Through dynamic photography and exclusive interviews, Masters of Comics offers a rare look at the creative processes and studios of comic book industry greats such as Rafael Albuquerque, Frank Quitely, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson Milo Manara, Mike Kaluta and many more.
All photos of Shawn “in studio” were shot by acclaimed photographer Joy Asico.