Sean Phillips

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Sean Phillips
Sean Phillips.jpg
Born (1965-01-27) 27 January 1965 (age 52)
Nationality British
Notable works
Devlin Waugh
Marvel Zombies
Marvel Zombies 2

Sean Phillips (born 27 January 1965)[1] is a British comic book artist, known for his work on DC Comics' Sleeper, WildC.A.T.s, Batman and Hellblazer.[2]


Phillips began his career in British comics working with John Smith on New Statesmen and Straitgate, as well as Pat Mills on Third World War both at Crisis. He was part of the British Invasion, getting work on Hellblazer before returning to the UK. There he most notably worked on Devlin Waugh for the Judge Dredd Megazine but also provided the art on a number of series for 2000 AD including Judge Dredd.

He returned to the American comic book industry in 2000 when he inked Scene of the Crime written by Ed Brubaker, a writer he would collaborate with a number of times over the following years. He moved on to Wildstorm for a long run on WildC.A.T.s with Joe Casey before teaming up Brubaker on Sleeper.

Phillips went over to Marvel Comics in 2005 where he joined Brubaker on Criminal at the Marvel imprint Icon[3][4] and he also became the main artist on the first two instalments of the Marvel Zombies series with Robert Kirkman.

Recent work includes Incognito, another series with Brubaker at Icon[5] and a US reprint of 7 Psychopaths at Boom! Studios.[6]

Phillips has also provided the art for the Criterion Collection release of the 1961 noir film Blast of Silence, as well as the art for the Criterion release of the 1957 legal drama 12 Angry Men, based on a design by Eric Skillman.[7][8]

On 9 April 2011 Phillips was one of 62 comics creators who appeared at the IGN stage at the Kapow! convention in London to set two Guinness World Records, the Fastest Production of a Comic Book, and Most Contributors to a Comic Book. With Guinness officials on hand to monitor their progress, writer Mark Millar began work at 9am scripting a 20-page black and white Superior comic book, with Phillips and the other artists appearing on stage throughout the day to work on the pencils, inks, and lettering, including Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, John Romita Jr., Jock,[9] Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Olivier Coipel, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Furman, David Lafuente, John McCrea, and Liam Sharp,[10] who all drew a panel each, with regular Superior artist Leinil Yu creating the book's front cover. The book was completed in 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 38 seconds, and was published through Icon on 23 November 2011, with all royalties being donated to Yorkhill Children's Foundation.[9]

In 2012, Phillips was one of several artists to illustrate a variant cover for Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead No. 100, which was released 11 July at the San Diego Comic-Con.[11]



  • 2004 nominated for Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist for Sleeper
  • 2006 Winner of the Spike TV Scream Award for Best Artist
  • 2007 Winner of Eisner Award for Best New Series for Criminal
  • 2010 nominated for Eisner Award for Best Limited Series or Story Arc for Incognito (with Ed Brubaker)
  • 2015 nominated for Eisner Award for Best New Series for The Fade Out (with Ed Brubaker)


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008). "John Constantine Hellblazer". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 102–111. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015. 
  3. ^ Contino, Jennifer M. (8 August 2006). "Sean Phillips: Breaking The Law With The Criminal". The Pulse. 
  4. ^ Richards, Dave (27 February 2008). "CRIMES PAST: Phillips talks New "Criminal" #1". Comic Book Resources. 
  5. ^ Ed Brubaker on Incognito, Newsarama, 16 September 2008
  6. ^ Pepose, David (5 April 2010). "BOOM! Brings 7 PSYCHOPATHS to USA, Phillips Draws Tanks". Newsarama. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Smith, Zack (11 April 2008). "Sean Phillips on the Blast of Silence DVD". Newsarama. 
  8. ^ "12 Angry Men". The Criterion Collection. 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Kapow! '11: Comic History Rewritten On The IGN Stage". IGN. 14 April 2011
  10. ^ "Guinness World Records at Kapow! Comic Con". Guinness World Records. 9 April 2011
  11. ^ Logan, Michael (4 June 2012). "Exclusive First Look: The Walking Dead Comic Hits 100". TV Guide.


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