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 reprinted in several languages. He is a creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics projects include “Batman: Detective Comics”, “DMZ”, “Luke Cage Noir”, “The Black Panther: Man Without Fear” and “Hellboy”.

Shawn co-created characters featured in the films, “Deadpool”, “Justice League”, the animated “Batman: Gotham Knights” and the television series “GOTHAM”, “The GIFTED” and “BATWOMAN”.

Shawn illustrated the graphic novel series “Thief of Thieves” written by Robert Kirkman, co-creator of “The Walking Dead” with Eisner Award nominees Andy Diggle and Brett Lewis and is the artist of “Prométhée 13:13”, a prequel to the best-selling French bande dessinées by Christophe Bec. “Prométhée 13:13” is presented by Delcourt-Soleil and ComiXology, an Amazon company.

Shawn is a featured contributor to Vanity Fair’s “The Great Fire” issue, guest edited by renowned journalist and writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Shawn is the writer of “Red Hood” for DC Comics. His two part story revisits the inner city neighborhood of “The Hill” originally co-created with writer Christopher Priest and introduces new characters to the Batman/Gotham Universe.

Shawn is writing and illustrating his first creator owned graphic novel for the new Abrams Books imprint Megascope, founded by New York Times bestselling author John Jennings and is the artist of “Like Lava In My Veins”, the upcoming young adult book by award winning, New York Times best-selling author Derrick D. Barnes and Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House.

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, and SiriusXM.

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, Poland 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, Fashion Institute of Technology, 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 draws and writes in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Photos by Joy Asico and Eli Kaplan.