Last week, we had the opportunity to be a part of CrossLines, a pop-up culture lab on intersectionality presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. In addition to hosting a Reading Lounge/Book Swap and live mural by artist Matt Huyhn, The Nerds of Color was invited to conduct live recordings of Hard NOC Life. The first of these live podcasts featured comic book artist Shawn Martinbrough.

Shawn is no stranger to Hard NOC or the NOC, so it was an honor to have him be our inaugural live podcast guest. In this wide-ranging interview, Shawn and Keith discuss his career as an artist at DC and Marvel; getting his start at Milestone and working for his mentor Michael Davis; creating his own how-to-illustrate book; working with Robert Kirkman at Skybound; and the importance of being a person of color in the comics industry.

All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit “play,” and check this.

Special thanks to Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis and Adriel Luis from the Smithsonian APA for inviting us to be a part of CrossLines!


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2 thoughts on “Hard NOC Live at the Smithsonian #CrossLines: Shawn Martinbrough

  1. It was excellent to meet you there, Keith, even though I was late enough to miss all the festivities… and then see you quoted the next day in the Times magazine! Congratulations on your mainstream acknowledgement. Nerd on!

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