Sean Gordon Murphy is an American comic book creator known for work on books such as with Joe the Barbarian Grant Morrison, with Chrononauts Mark Millar, and American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest The Wake with Scott Snyder, and with Tokyo Ghost Rick Remender. He has also written and drawn the miniseries , as well as Punk Rock Jesus and its sequel Batman: White Knight .
Curse of the White Knight
Sean Gordon Murphy was born in
Nashua, New Hampshire in 1980. He showed an interest in comics during grade school. In Salem he apprenticed to local painter and cartoonist, Leslie Swank. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy high school in 1999, and attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and then Savannah College of Art and Design. 
Murphy started working professionally before graduating, on titles such
and Star Wars , before moving onto various projects for Noble Causes Dark Horse Comics. 
Murphy's comic book work includes the miniseries
Batman/Scarecrow: Year One with writer Bruce Jones for DC Comics and the graphic novel for Off Road Oni Press.
He has also had a run on
Hellblazer and, also at  Vertigo, he is the artist on , with writer Joe the Barbarian Grant Morrison. 
In 2005 he published his first original graphic novel,
Off Road, which went on to win an American Library Association Award for young adults. 
In 2006 Murphy illustrated the Dark Horse miniseries
Outer Orbit. 
Murphy worked on
, which was published in early 2010.
Joe the Barbarian
In 2012 Murphy wrote, penciled and inked the six-issue, black and white creator-owned Vertigo miniseries
Punk Rock Jesus, which stars a clone of Jesus Christ who starred in his own reality television program as a child, and has grown into a rebellious young man.   The miniseries was described as Murphy's "passion project years in the making", and focuses on religion and the media in the United States as themes, more complicated issues than Murphy had previously addressed in his work. The series was inspired by Murphy's reaction to ascendance of  Sarah Palin into the national spotlight. Murphy says, "Sarah Palin scared the shit out of me in 2007 -- I was floored that someone that ignorant could come so close to being President. And a lot of her comments were about religion, politics, and the media. It made me want to take action, but I was just a comic book artist and I wasn't sure what I could do. So I started addressing my concerns about these three topics in Punk Rock Jesus. And I felt I really had something, but then Obama was elected and suddenly the need for Punk Rock Jesus was gone. I was an Obama fan, and I'm glad that Palin isn't anywhere near the nuclear codes, but I felt that I'd missed a window where Punk Rock Jesus would be most relevant. But [the 2012 election] has brought up all my old concerns, so suddenly Punk Rock Jesus feels relevant again." The series received positive reviews by  Comic Book Resources,   Weekly Comic Book Review,  Bleeding Cool and  IGN. 
Murphy lives in
Portland, Maine with his wife Colleen Katana, having moved there from Brooklyn in 2016. Murphy was raised a  Catholic, but is now an atheist. 
(with Crush Jason Hall, 4-issue mini-series and TPB, Dark Horse Comics, 2003)
Batman/Scarecrow: Year One (with Bruce Jones, 2-issue mini-series, DC Comics, 2005)
(script and art, graphic novel, Off Road Oni Press, 2005)
(co-writer/co-artist/colorist, with Outer Orbit Zach Howard, 4-issue mini-series, Dark Horse Comics, 2006 - 2007)
: #245-246: "Newcastle Calling" (with Hellblazer Jason Aaron, Vertigo, 2008)
(with Joe the Barbarian Grant Morrison, 8-issue limited series, Vertigo, March 2010 - present, hardcover, February 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2971-9)
(with Hellblazer: City of Demons Si Spencer, five-issue limited series, Vertigo, December 2010 - May 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3153-5)
(with American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest Scott Snyder, five-issue limited series, Vertigo, August 2011 - December 2011)
(script and art, six-issue limited series, Vertigo, July 2012 - January 2013) Punk Rock Jesus
The Wake (with Scott Snyder, ten-issue limited series, Vertigo, June 2013 - July 2014)
Chrononauts (with Mark Millar, four-issue limited series, Image Comics, March 2015 - June 2015)
(with Tokyo Ghost Rick Remender and Matt Hollingsworth, Image Comics, September 2015 - July 2016)  
(script and art, with Batman: White Knight Matt Hollingsworth, eight-issue limited series, DC Comics, October 2017 - May 2018)
(script, with Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze Klaus Janson and Matt Hollingsworth, spin-off to Batman: White Knight, one-shot, DC Comics, November 2019)
(script and art, with Batman: Curse of the White Knight Matt Hollingsworth, sequel to Batman: White Knight, eight-issue limited series, DC Comics, July 2019 - March 2020) : #23-24 (script and cover, with Catwoman (Vol 5) Blake Northcott, DC Comics, May 2020 - June 2020)
Batman/Superman Annual as contributing artist
Angel Spotlight: Lindsey as contributing artist
Star Wars Tales #19 as contributing artist
Star Wars Tales #15 as contributing artist
Noble Causes: Extended Family as contributing artist Absolute Zero (prequel to , written by Interstellar Christopher Nolan, published in ) Wired magazine
Covers and pin-ups
Illustration work Five-page comic for
Land Rover in Onelife magazine (UK) Advertising illustration for
Nike, Inc. Concept artwork Digilis with Peter Nelson
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O'Shea, Tim (January 18, 2010). "Talking Comics with Tim: Sean Murphy". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources . Retrieved 2010.
^ a b Arrant, Chris (April 9, 2012).
"Exclusive: Sean Murphy's PUNK ROCK JESUS Rises at Vertigo". Newsarama.
^ a b Hunt, James (July 16, 2012).
"Punk Rock Jesus #1". Comic Book Resources.
"Punk Rock Jesus Comics". IGN. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
^ a b Dueben, Alex (June 12, 2012).
"Murphy Gets Passionate with 'Punk Rock Jesus'". Comic Book Resources.
^ Thompson, Kelly (August 13, 2012).
"Punk Rock Jesus #2". Comic Book Resources.
^ Stell, Dean (July 14, 2012).
"Punk Rock Jesus #1 - Review". Weekly Comic Book Review.
Johnston, Rich (August 11, 2012). "Review: Punk Rock Jesus #2". Bleeding Cool.
^ Bailey, Benjamin (August 8, 2012).
"Punk Rock Jesus #2 Review". IGN.
"Artist draws on Portland for scenes in new Batman comic series". Press Herald. 2017-09-22 . Retrieved .
"Tokyo Ghost". Image Comics.
"Sean Gordon Murphy: Crafting Tokyo Ghost [Interview]". Image Comics. February 25, 2016.
Sean Murphy at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
Sean Murphy convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
Murphy's Law: Checking in With Sean Murphy, Newsarama, February 2, 2005
Sean Murphy Talks Off Road, Newsarama, September 15, 2005
Space, The Funny Frontier, Broken Frontier, October 20, 2006
Space Cadets: Howard And Murphy On Outer Orbit, Newsarama, November 9, 2006
Interview about , The Pulse, Comicon Outer Orbit
Tokyo Ghost: Image Comics Crafting Tokyo Ghost: Interview