Brian Haberlin

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Brian Haberlin
Haberlin at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010.
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Editor, Colourist
Notable works

Brian Haberlin is an American comic book artist, writer, editor and producer. He is best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art style.


Brian Haberlin earned his MA at Loyola Marymount University,[1] and started his career at Lorimar/Warner Brothers Television, but eventually gave up his job at Warner Brothers in order to pursue a career in comics[2] at Top Cow Productions, where he served as Vice President of Creative Affairs.[3] There he co-created Witchblade, prompted by the lack of realistic female superheroes in comics.[4] The Witchblade franchise has since expanded to include multiple spin-offs, a live action television series, an anime, and an upcoming film adaptation.

Haberlin formed his own studio in 1995, producing commercial illustrations and digitally coloring for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Image Comics. He then started Avalon Studios with Whilce Portacio in 1998. Avalon Studios published Stone, a fantasy series which incorporated elements of Filipino mythology,[5] Area 52, a science fiction title set to be adapted into a feature film, with a tentative release date of 2013,[6] and M-Rex, which has been adapted into the successful Cartoon Network series Generator Rex.

Haberlin became Editor in Chief for Todd McFarlane Productions in 2006, and penciled and inked its flagship title, Spawn, for two years during David Hine's run as writer.

Haberlin currently runs, where he produces art tutorials, teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is partner in Anomaly Productions, producing graphic novels and children's books.[citation needed] In February 2012 he will debut a 3D comic aimed at children called Captain Wonder.[7] Anomaly Productions is currently working on a 300 plus page graphic novel entitled Anomaly.[8] The book, co-written with Hollywood lawyer Skip Brittenham, utilizes augmented reality technology and interacts with iPad, iPhone, and Android mobile devices. The book is set for release in October 2012.[9]

Haberlin is also a co-author of the fantasy novel But...But...Barbarians? Collaborators of his include Gerry Alanguilan, Todd McFarlane, and the Wu-Tang Clan.[10] Haberlin currently runs a blog on the Digital Art Tutorials website. Haberlin counts among his influences Marko Djurdjevic, Egon Schiele, Katsuhiro Otomo, and TV series such as Lost.[citation needed]

Haberlin is a frequent contributor to both the 3D World and ImagineFX magazines.[11] His work has been added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.[1]

Haberlin is part of the Adjunct Faculty of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.[1]


Comics work[edit]

Non-comics work[edit]

  • But...But...Barbarians? (with co-author James Haberlin, Image Comics, 2005)
  • Neo Beauties: The Pin-Up Art of Brian Haberlin (Out of print, Image Comics, 2005)




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