About Brendan

I am an Eisner Award–nominated comic book editor with over a decade of experience in the field, now offering freelance editing services.

After graduating from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television in 2005, I returned to my home of Portland, OR, and to my first artistic love, comics. Over the next two years, I joined the planning committee of the Stumptown Comics Fest, interned with co-publisher Brett Warnock at Top Shelf Productions, studied comics theory under acclaimed editor Diana Schutz at Portland State University, started up a comics interview and review blog, and taught making comics to high schoolers.

Between 2008 and 2015 I was in the Editorial department at Dark Horse Comics, initially working for Diana as an assistant, and eventually becoming a full editor before leaving to go freelance. While at Dark Horse I edited MIND MGMTUsagi YojimboGrindhouseArchie vs. Predator, and several others (see the Clients and Resume page), innovated a digital-first strategy for promoting original graphic novels, developed the look of the Artist Edition line, and became a troubleshooter for difficult projects.

On September 1, 2015, I announced my departure from Dark Horse and new venture as a freelance story editor, pitch consultant, and crowdfunding manager. Fittingly, my first client was Dark Horse itself, for which I completed a few projects on a freelance basis. Since then I’ve edited a variety of comics and graphic novels for publishers and individuals, proofread series for Image creators, helped animation studio Starburns Industries develop its comics line, done project management at Amazon and New Arab Media, developed custom comics for corporate clients, and consulted on stories and pitches for creators looking to take their comics and pitches to the next level.

I wasn’t sure how it would go, but it turns out I’m having the time of my life.

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