Comics Day Guest 2016: Comic Artist Sean Phillips

Sean Phillips
Sean Phillips

Sean Phillips has been a professional illustrator for over twenty-five years, mostly drawing comic books.

He 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 of US comics in the 1980s and 90s, getting work on Hellblazer before returning to the UK. There he most notably worked on Devlin Waugh for Judge Dredd Megazine but also provided the art on a number of series for 2000AD, including Judge Dredd.

He returned to the US 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 with Brubaker on Sleeper.

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

Recent work includes Incognito, Fatale and Fade Out with Brubaker.

Sean lives in Milnthorpe, Cumbria and is a Patron of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. In 2015, he curated an exhibition for the festival, Phono+Graphic at Kendal Museum, which has since started to tour the world.

• Sean’s official site is and he blogs about his work at Find him on Twitter @seanpphillips