Bio

Shawn Martinbrough is the author of “How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling”, published by Penguin Random House and an Eisner Award nominated artist whose comic book projects include; “Batman: Detective Comics”, “DMZ”, “Luke Cage Noir”, “The Black Panther: Man Without Fear” and “Hellboy”.

Characters co-created by Shawn are featured in, “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”, “Deadpool”, the animated “Batman: Gotham Knights” and the television series; “GOTHAM”, “The GIFTED” and “BATWOMAN”.

Shawn is the artist of “Thief of Thieves”, the graphic novel series co-created with Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”, “INVINCIBLE”) and the Eisner award nominated “Prométhée 13:13”  published by comiXology / Delcourt-Soleil.

Shawn is a Vanity Fair contributor and the writer of “Red Hood” for DC Comics. His two part story revisits the Gotham City neighborhood of “The Hill”, which he co-created and introduces new characters to the Batman Universe.

An original thriller written by Shawn has been optioned by Freedom Road Productions and AGC Studios.

Original art by Shawn has been featured at the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. Shawn’s “Storyteller” exhibition showcased various works published by DC Comics, Marvel, Skybound/Image, Dark Horse and others.

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 an alum of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art/Performing Arts and The School of Visual Arts.

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

@smartinbrough

Photos by Joy Asico and Eli Kaplan.