Sean Murphy (artist)

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Sean Murphy
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Murphy at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010.
Born Sean Gordon Murphy
Nashua, New Hampshire
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Artist, Inker
Notable works
Batman/Scarecrow: Year One
Teen Titans
Hellblazer
Shaun of the Dead
Joe the Barbarian

Official website

Sean Gordon Murphy is an American animator and comic book creator known for work on books such as Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Teen Titans, Hellblazer: City of Demons, Shaun of the Dead, Joe the Barbarian, American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, and Punk Rock Jesus.

Early life[edit]

Sean Gordon Murphy was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1980. He showed an interest in comics during grade school. In Salem he apprenticed to local painter and cartoonist, Leslie Swank. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy high school in 1999, and attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and then Savannah College of Art and Design.[1]

Career[edit]

Murphy started working professionally before graduating, on titles such Star Wars and Noble Causes, before moving onto various projects for Dark Horse Comics.[1]

Murphy's comic book work includes the miniseries Batman/Scarecrow: Year One with writer Bruce Jones for DC Comics and the graphic novel Off Road for Oni Press.

He has also had a run on Hellblazer[2] and, also at Vertigo, he is the artist on Joe the Barbarian, with writer Grant Morrison.[3]

In 2005 he published his first original graphic novel, Off Road, which went on to win an American Library Association Award for young adults. His subsequent graphic novels include Outer Orbit and Punk Rock Jesus.[1]

In 2006 Murphy illustrated the Dark Horse miniseries Outer Orbit.[4]

Murphy worked on Joe the Barbarian, which was published in early 2010.

In 2012 Murphy wrote, penciled and inked the six-issue, black and white creator-owned Vertigo miniseries Punk Rock Jesus, which stars a clone of Jesus Christ who starred in his own reality television program as a child, and has grown into a rebellious young man.[4][5][6] The miniseries was described as Murphy's "passion project years in the making", and focuses on religion and the media in the United States as themes, more complicated issues than Murphy had previously addressed in his work. The series was inspired by Murphy's reaction to ascendance of Sarah Palin into the national spotlight. Murphy says, "Sarah Palin scared the shit out of me in 2007 -- I was floored that someone that ignorant could come so close to being President. And a lot of her comments were about religion, politics, and the media. It made me want to take action, but I was just a comic book artist and I wasn't sure what I could do. So I started addressing my concerns about these three topics in Punk Rock Jesus. And I felt I really had something, but then Obama was elected and suddenly the need for Punk Rock Jesus was gone. I was an Obama fan, and I'm glad that Palin isn't anywhere near the nuclear codes, but I felt that I'd missed a window where Punk Rock Jesus would be most relevant. But [the 2012 election] has brought up all my old concerns, so suddenly Punk Rock Jesus feels relevant again."[7] The first two issues of the miniseries received positive reviews by Comic Book Resources,[5][8] Weekly Comic Book Review,[9] Bleeding Cool[10] and IGN.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Murphy lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Colleen.[1] Murphy was raised a Catholic, but is now an atheist.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

Full-length comics[edit]

Animation[edit]

Short comics[edit]

  • Batman/Superman Annual as contributing artist
  • Angel Spotlight: Lindsey as contributing artist
  • Star Wars Tales #19 as contributing artist
  • Star Wars Tales #15 as contributing artist
  • Noble Causes: Extended Family as contributing artist

Covers and pin-ups[edit]

Illustration work[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bio". seangordonmurphy.com. Retrieved October 21, 2010
  2. ^ "Tracking a Rising Star: Talking to Sean Murphy". Newsarama. December 19, 2008
  3. ^ O'Shea, Tim (January 18, 2010). "Talking Comics with Tim: Sean Murphy". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Arrant, Chris (April 9, 2012). "Exclusive: Sean Murphy's PUNK ROCK JESUS Rises at Vertigo". Newsarama.
  5. ^ a b Hunt, James (July 16, 2012). "Punk Rock Jesus #1". Comic Book Resources.
  6. ^ "Punk Rock Jesus Comics". IGN. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Dueben, Alex (June 12, 2012). "Murphy Gets Passionate with 'Punk Rock Jesus'". Comic Book Resources.
  8. ^ Thompson, Kelly (August 13, 2012). "Punk Rock Jesus #2". Comic Book Resources.
  9. ^ Stell, Dean (July 14, 2012). "Punk Rock Jesus #1 – Review". Weekly Comic Book Review.
  10. ^ Johnston, Rich (August 11, 2012). "Review: Punk Rock Jesus #2". Bleeding Cool.
  11. ^ Bailey, Benjamin (August 8, 2012). "Punk Rock Jesus #2 Review". IGN.

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