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New Gotham City Villain / Red Hood: The Hill

  

“Red Hood is going to have to use his head and put the detective skills that Batman taught him to work to beat this villain, which is actually a step outside what Jason is used to doing these days.”-Screenrant

In his new six-part series “Red Hood: The Hill”, Shawn introduces a colorful and eclectic villain to Gotham City named “Lenny Kreckk”. This original character presents a unique challenge to both The Red Hood and Batman.

Variant and main cover art by Dan Mora and Sanford Greene with Matt Herms.

“Red Hood: The Hill” is in stores now, only from DC Comics.

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AfroAnimation Summit 2024

           

As a featured guest of the 2024 AfroAnimation Summit in Burbank, Shawn shared a panel with Joel Kuwahara (Co-Founder & President of Production Bento Box Entertainment / Bob’s Burgers / The Simpsons). The two discussed their respective careers in the animation and comic book industries, the process of telling stories digitally & traditionally and working with a team.

Shawn spoke on the “Developing Original Stories & the Art of Diverse Storytelling” panel with writer/ director Kemp Powers (Soul, Across the Spiderverse) and Kris Wimberly (Co-Founder & Head of Creative at Studio Smokescreen), moderated by Rio Cyrus.

Shawn also moderated the “Alternative Careers” panel which featured Eric Bauza (V.O. artist), Ariel Goldberg (Recruiting /Skydance), Evan Anglin (Zero Gravity Management), Curtis Baxter (EA Games), Jaye Watts (Co-Exist Gaming), Tiffany Navarro-Purkeypile (LAIKA), Jared Smith (Music Composer), Michelle Lewis (Songwriter) and Yusun Chung (EA Games.

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Peterson Space Force Base

      

Shawn was a guest speaker at the 2024 Women’s Air and Space Power Symposium at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO.  Shawn discussed his career as a writer/artist, the importance of representation and creating strong female characters with moderator Colonel Eries L.G. Mentzer / Director, Air Commando Development, HQ Air Force Special Operations Command.


 

2024 NAACP Image Award Nominee

   

Shawn’s acclaimed, bestselling kid’s book, “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS” is a 2024 NAACP Image Award nominee for “Outstanding Children’s Literature”.

“LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS” is written by award-winning, bestselling author Derrick Barnes, colored by Adriano Lucas and published by Nancy Paulsen Books and Penguin Random House.

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Red Hood character inspired by ABC 7 News anchors

WJLA ABC-7 News host Robert Burton interviewed Shawn about his new series, “Red Hood: The Hill” for DC Comics and introducing the new character of journalist/ news host, “Denise Harlowe” to Gotham City.

When writing and creating the look of “Denise Harlowe” with artist Tony Akins, Shawn drew inspiration from real-life Washington, D.C., ABC 7 News anchors, Adrianna Hopkins and Michelle Marsh.

“Red Hood: The Hill” is in stores now.

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Neil Gaiman’s “Anansi Boys”

    

Dark Horse Comics announces that bestselling author, Neil Gaiman’s award-winning, fantasy novel “Anansi Boys” is being adapted by screenwriter Marc Bernardin and Shawn.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the eight-issue miniseries will be illustrated by Shawn, colored by Christopher Sotomayor, lettered by Jim Campbell with variant covers by David Mack, Denys Cowan and Shawn.

The first issue of “The Anansi Boys” hits stores June 26. 

Cover art by David Mack, Denys Cowan and Shawn Martinbrough with colors by Christopher Sotomayor.

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Reading with Robert / ABC 7 News Spotlight

 

Shawn talked with WJLA ABC-7 News host Robert Burton of “Reading with Robert”, about “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS” being nominated for a 2024 NAACP Image Award.

“Like Lava in My Veins” written by Derrick Barnes, colored by Adriano Lucas and published by Nancy Paulsen Books & Penguin Random House.

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Red Hood: The Hill / Second Printing

Red Hood: The Hill #0, the prelude issue to the new series Red Hood: The Hill starring Jason Todd, has sold out at the distributor level just one week after its release, and will return for a second printing next month. Red Hood: The Hill #0 second printing arrives on the 19th of March with a recolored version of the main cover by series artist Sanford Greene.

Red Hood: The Hill #0 includes material originally published as Red Hood #51 and #52 by writer Shawn Martinbrough and artists Tony Akins and Mortitat, and serves as a direct lead-in to the six-issue Red Hood: The Hill, which debuted this week.”-Bleeding Cool News

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The 2024 African American Children’s Book Fair

Shawn was a featured guest author/artist of the 2024 The African American Children’s Book Fair in Philadelphia, PA.

Celebrating thirty plus years, the Book Fair is one of the largest and longest-running literary events for children’s books centering on African Americans.

Shawn signed copies of children’s book series, “Judge Kim and the Kids Court” published by Simon & Schuster and “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS” published by Nancy Rose Paulsen & Penguin Random House.

     

WHYY / PBS / NPR Interview

Philadelphia FOX 29 Interview


 

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 2024 DC Power anthology.

The 104-page special collects 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 was released in January from DC Comics.

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Screenrant / Red Hood : The Hill

Screenrant covers Shawn’s new “Red Hood : The Hill” series, debuting in February from DC Comics.

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Roland Martin Unfiltered / Judge Kim

Shawn was interviewed about “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court”, his new children’s book series published by Simon & Schuster,  on “Roland Martin Unfiltered”.

With 1.17 subscribers, the Washington, DC based daily show broadcast covers news, politics, culture, entertainment, social justice, sports and education.

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Red Hood : The Hill #0 / DC Comics

“Red Hood : The Hill” #0 cover art by Eisner Award winning artist Sanford Greene!

“Red Hood : The Hill” #0 collects “Red Hood #51-52”, followed by the new, six part “Red Hood : The Hill”, starting February 2024 from DC Comics.

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Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture

Shawn was invited to sign copies of his bestselling kids books, “Like Lava in My Veins”, “Judge Kim and The Kids’ Court” and the “Marvel Black Panther Wakanda Atlas” at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and Culture.

The NMAAHC is the world’s largest museum dedicated to African-American history and culture, the second-most visited Smithsonian Museum, and eighth in the list of most-visited museums in the United States.

All books, published by Nancy Paulsen / Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Marvel / DK Books, are available at the museum bookstore.

   

Photos by Robert Stewart for the NMAACH and Kishan Khona.


 

Red Hood : The Hill / DC Comics

DC Comics has revealed two covers from the upcoming miniseries “Red Hood:The Hill”, written by Shawn.

Variant cover A, which features the Red Hood and original characters The Watch, is illustrated by Riley Rossmo.

The main cover, which features the Red Hood and original character Dana Harlowe aka Strike, is illustrated by Eisner award winning artist Sanford Greene (Bitter Root).

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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EBONY Media / LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS

Shawn’s new kids book, “LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS” makes EBONY Media’s Suggested Reading List!
 
“LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS” is written by award winning and New York Times Best-selling author Derrick Barnes, colored by Adriano Lucas and published by Nancy Paulsen Books & Penguin Kids.
 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ECC Ediciones Thief of Thieves special edition

ECC Ediciones has released an exclusive, Spanish edition of Shawn’s acclaimed crime series, “Thief of Thieves”, co-created with Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, INVINCIBLE). Shawn worked closely with the Barcelona based publisher to include never before seen character designs, scene layouts and development notes.
 
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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.

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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.

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Temple University

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.

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LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS

Shawn is the artist of LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS, written by two-time Kirkus Prize winning and New York Times bestselling author Derrick Barnes. The upcoming graphic picture book tells the story of an eleven-year-old Black boy who learns how to control his superpowers with the help of a loving teacher.
 
With colors by Adriano Lucas and published by Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House,  LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS will be released in July 2023.
 

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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.

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Forbes

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.

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Popverse Interview

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.

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“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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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New Image Comics project

Shawn is writing an original, creator owned mini series for Image Comics. Details to be announced.

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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.

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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”.

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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. 

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Black Panther WAKANDA ATLAS

The “Black Panther Atlas” published by DK Books and written by Evan Narcisse, features original concept art by Shawn.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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”.

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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…

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Penguin / Nancy Paulsen Books

Publisher’s Weekly announces Shawn’s new project with NY Times bestselling and Kirkus Prize winning author Derrick D. Barnes, Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books and agent Regina Brooks/Serendipity Literary.

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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.

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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.

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VANITY FAIR

With colors by Christopher Sotomayor, Shawn’s latest illustration is featured on Vanity’s Fair’s editorial page for their Millennium themed September issue.

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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.

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2021 Eisner Award Nominee

“Prométhée 13:13” receives a 2021 Eisner Award nomination for Best Digital Comic. Presented by comiXology Originals/Delcourt, the graphic novel collection is written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Shawn. “Prométhée 13:13” is a prequel to the best-selling French bande dessinées by Christophe Bec.
 
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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.

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“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.

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Valiant’s SHADOWMAN

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.

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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”

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VANITY FAIR

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.

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TedX MidAtlantic

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.

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Zando Bookshelf

Literary veteran Molly Stern (Michelle Obama’s, “Becoming”) and her new publishing venture Zando, feature Shawn’s current reading list.


 

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.

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“Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE”

Shawn receives a special credit in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” debuting on HBO Max.

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Netflix Reading List

Shawn’s “Red Hood” story, published by DC Comics, is highlighted by Netflix Staff Picks for Black History Month.
 

 

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.

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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

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Nerdist

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.

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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

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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 

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Screenrant

“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

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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

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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.

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SYFY Wire

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VANITY FAIR

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 .

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CBS MORNING SHOW – VANITY FAIR


 

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.


 

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