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 work includes a two year collaboration with novelist Greg Rucka on “Batman: Detective Comics.” Shawn co-created characters featured in the “Batman: Gotham Knights” animated DVD.

Shawn’s projects for Marvel Entertainment include “Luke Cage Noir”, “Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive” and  an exclusive “Captain America” graphic novel for the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service released with the feature film, “Captain America: The First Avenger”. Shawn also illustrated the X-Men universe title “The Morlocks”, written by Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. Characters that Shawn co-created are featured in the blockbuster 20th Century Fox feature film, “Deadpool“.

Shawn is currently illustrating “Thief of Thieves”, the acclaimed graphic novel crime series written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of the hit AMC television series, “The Walking Dead”  and award winning author Andy Diggle.“Thief of Thieves” is in development for a live action television series.

Joseph Phillip Illidge

Joseph started his editorial career at Milestone Media, Inc., the first Black-owned mainstream comic book company and creators of Static Shock!, the award-winning Warner Bros. cartoon. His experience with the Static Shock! animated series led Joseph to become the DC Entertainment liaison with WB Animation for the critically-acclaimed Batman Beyond animated series, recently revived as part of Warner’s 75th Anniversary of Batman celebration.

Joseph was the first Black man to become an editor of the Batman line of comic books for DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Joseph’s story development, project management, and editorial guidance during the year-long event Batman: No Man’s Land and Batman line-wide relaunch reestablished The Batman as DC Entertainment’s top-selling character. Joseph’s editorial tenure of the Batman comics line included the introduction of Detective Crispus Allen, appearing in the FOX television series Gotham, and the female vigilantes Black Canary and Huntress, appearing on the top-rated CW series, Arrow.

Joseph’s contributions continue to earn millions of dollars for TimeWarner through the DC Entertainment library of movies, television, animation, licensed products and online content, including the rebooted films Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. Joseph also served as the Comics Editor for Archaia Entertainment, publisher of The Killer, optioned by Gone Girl director David Fincher for development at Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Pictures.

Joseph’s next project is The Ren, a 200-plus page graphic novel about a love affair between teenage artists during the height of the Harlem Renaissance. The Ren will be published by First Second Books, a division of Macmillan.


Milo Stone

Milo is the writer/director of the award winning short THE DREAMER, and co-creator of MINDGAME, Verge Entertainment’s award winning premiere film about a group of psychics working on dangerous missions for the U.S. government.

At Verge he develops film and animated projects and serves as a writer/director and producer. As a video game designer and animator, he’s done work for Mattel and Nickelodeon on The Wild Thornberrys, Nintendo, Walker Digital and the rock band Guns ‘N’ Roses. As a web designer and developer, he’s responsible for creating websites for Warner Bros., FAO Schwartz, and the entertainment marketing company Clockdown.

His recent photography work can be seen in the New York Daily News, VIBE magazine, Spicy Magazine, and on book covers for Augustus Publishing. With his extensive experience in video game and web development, Milo oversees website and app development for VERGE original concepts.

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