Alumni Spotlight recognizes a chosen Kubert School alum showcasing their work and journey after The Kubert School.
- Alumni Spotlight
- Shane Davis
- Garry Brown
- Brandon Vietti
- Eric Shanower
- Cliff Rathburn
- Anna-Maria Cool
- Rob Tornoe
- Dan Duncan
- Kevin Colden
- Warren Martineck
- Kevin Mellon
- Thomas Yeates
- Henrik Jonsson
- Tayo Fatunla
- Grant Miehm
- Carli Ihde
- Tamra Bonvillain
- Gary Fields
- Elisa Feliz
- Jerry Wilson
- Jeff Brennan
- Emi Yonemura - Brown
- Adam Pedrone
- Rian Miller
- Eric Schock
- Steven Pennella
- Jason Quinones
- Clayton Cowles
- Mark Gonyea
Talent from The Kubert School
Penciler under exclusive contract with DC Comics
Interview by Michael Kraiger
Shane Davis is a young star in the world of comic book illustration, currently under exclusive contract with DC Comics. Shane was the artist on last year’s best-selling original graphic novel, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE. Shane is a 2002 graduate of The Kubert School.
The Kubert School: Shane, what were your expectations of the school?
SHANE DAVIS: I really did not know what to expect after taking the tour of the school. I was a bit nervous about leaving home.
TKS: Is there anything with which you feel you struggled?
SHANE DAVIS: Rendering and placement of blacks; using tone to model a figure.
TKS: Is there any one aspect of attending the school that best prepared you for your current career?
SHANE DAVIS: It got me used to drawing everyday, which is important to growing as an artist.
TKS: What was your first job after graduation?
SHANE DAVIS: I was working at Blockbuster Video while I was submitting samples to publishers. I eventually started to get some work doing sketch cards. I worked on the Farscape trading cards series and then I found work with DC Comic’s licensing department.
TKS: Was there a moment when you felt like you had achieved what you’d set out to do by coming to the school?
SHANE DAVIS: I’m not sure there was any particular moment; I know I like to draw and I get paid to do that now.
TKS: About how many hours do you spend at the drawing board on a typical day?
SHANE DAVIS: It's different day-to-day, page to page, but I average about ten to twelve hours at the board on days I’m working.
TKS: Who are some of the artists that inspire you?
SHANE DAVIS: Art Adams, Winsor McCay, Moebius (Jean Giraud).
TKS: Last year you were acclaimed for your work on SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE. That was a big project. How many pages did it turn out to be?
SHANE DAVIS: That was 125 pages.
TKS: What was it like working on such a large project? How do you keep up your momentum?
SHANE DAVIS: It was an interesting project -- I just had to do it one page at a time.
TKS: Since the beginning your career you've drawn Green Lantern, Batman, and Superman. Are there any specific characters or books you'd like to draw?
SHANE DAVIS: There are tons of characters at both Marvel and DC I still want to draw. Capt. America, Batman, Thor….
TKS: What’s the best part of your job?
SHANE DAVIS: Drawing very realistic life moments.
TKS: What are you working on now?
SHANE DAVIS: I’m working on a second volume of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE.