Best of 2004: Shawn Martinbrough

This comic book illustrator wants to make the jump to the big screen.

Shazam! Shawn Martinbrough, 33, has been illustrating comic books since he graduated from New York's School of Visual Arts. A few years ago, DC Comics asked the Falls Church resident to draw a Detective Comics series that included a redesign of Batman's Gotham City after its destruction; other projects include the series the Losers and a comic-book miniseries called Angeltown for one of DC's adult imprints, Vertigo. But he really wants to make movies. He and two partners are lining up funding for a feature thriller. "Comic books tell a story from panel to panel," Martinbrough says. "Film tells a story from frame to frame. That's a natural jump."

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.
 

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