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 films, “Deadpool”, “Justice League”, the animated “Batman: Gotham Knights” and the FOX television series “GOTHAM” and “The GIFTED”.

Shawn is the artist of “Thief of Thieves”, published by Skybound/Image Comics. The celebrated graphic novel crime series is written by Robert Kirkman, co-creator of “The Walking Dead” and Eisner Award nominees Andy Diggle and Brett Lewis.

Shawn’s current graphic novel project is “Prométhée 13:13”, presented by ComiXology and French publisher Delcourt. “Prométhée 13:13” is a prequel to the best-selling French bandes dessinées by Christophe Bec and is exclusively on the digital comic platform ComiXology, an Amazon company.

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

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

As an artist, Shawn has given lectures on his career at Walt Disney Animation, Lockheed Martin, The Pentagon, TEDx Mid Atlantic, The California African American Museum, The Society of Illustrators, the School of Visual Arts, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Columbia University, The University of Michigan, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Barrie School, The 100 Black Men of America Conferences and the Book Expo of America.

Inspired by Shawn’s TEDx Talk, which explored storytelling and themes of inclusion, The George Lucas Foundation consulted with Shawn to develop the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Summer Studio. Co-hosted by the Boys and Girls Club in South Central Los Angeles, Shawn worked with a team of artists and educators to provide an intensive two week workshop culminating with each student creating their own mini comic book. 

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.

He currently lives, draws and writes in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Photos by Joy Asico and Eli Kaplan.