Alumni Spotlight recognizes a chosen Kubert School alum showcasing their work and journey after The Kubert School.

    Talent from The Kubert School


    Shane Davis

    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?

    Rendering and placement of blacks; using tone to model a figure.

    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?

    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.

    Was there a moment when you felt like you had achieved what you’d set out to do by coming to the school?

    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?

    That was 125 pages.

    TKS: What was it like working on such a large project? How do you keep up your momentum?

    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.