Brian Haberlin is an award-winning American comic book artist, writer, editor, and producer. He is best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his innovative augmented reality and pioneering digital art style.
Haberlin started his career working at Lorimar/Warner Brothers Television, but eventually, he gave up his job at Warner Brothers in order to pursue a career in comics, his life-long passion.
Haberlin began his career in comics working at Top Cow Productions, where he headed their computer coloring department and developed most of the modern methods of comic book production used today. He rose to VP of Creative Affairs while there and ran the creative side of the company. While there he co-created Witchblade, prompted by the lack of realistic female superheroes in comics. The Witchblade franchise has since expanded to include multiple spin-offs, a live-action television series, and an anime series.
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. Through Avalon he published/created many successful fantasy and sci-fi titles, including Stone (highest selling independent comic the year released), a fantasy series which incorporated elements of Filipino mythology, Aria (#2 selling comic in the U.S. in it’s release) an urban fantasy, Area 52, a science fiction title, Nine Rings of the Wu-Tang, and M-Rex, which has been adapted into the successful Cartoon Network series Generator Rex. And many others.
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.
In 2012, Brian became the co-founder and primary talent of Anomaly Productions. Its debut title, ANOMALY, is the longest original full-color graphic novel ever published. It also introduced the first deep integration of AR (Augmented Reality) as an immersive device in the print world.
Subsequent graphic novels SHIFTER, ANOMALY: THE RUBICON and a young adult novel (written by co-founder Skip Brittenham) all include this technology as a free companion app for most Apple and Android devices. FASTER THAN LIGHT was an original comic series published through Image Comics.
In 2018, Brian worked with Todd again to pen a new MEDIEVAL SPAWN AND WITCHBLADE. Brian wrote and did art for the four-issue miniseries which reunited two new versions of his favorite characters.
Brian continues his creative publishing work through Anomaly Productions with several projects under development in partnership with Image. Upcoming titles include Fury Formula, Captain Wonder, The Compound, and Lighthouse at the End of the Universe, and The Marked to debut next year. June 2019 will mark the release of his first ever children’s book: Creative Creature Catcher.
When he’s not working on comics, Brian shares what he’s learned on Digitalarttutorials.com and Traditionalarttutorials.com. He teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and speaks around the country from All Things D, to USC and currently has 5 and a half hours of his own panels at San Diego Comic Con. His work is included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museum.