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Highburn Studios

We are Highburn Studios, an independent comic book studio based out of Southwest Virginia. Formed by artist Michael Watkins, Highburn Studios is now a haven and workhorse for artists to work together and produce some of the best art and books in the industry as well as freelance out to various companies.

We have worked with companies such as Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Archie Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, First Comics, Digital Webbing, Ape Entertainment, and many more.

Our line up includes artists: Michael Watkins, Lyle Pollard, Kenny Keen, John Anderson, and public relations / merchadising manager Brynn Oliver.



Michael Watkins

Michael Watkins is the founder and owner of Highburn Studios, and the guy underneath that shiny cowboy hat you see at most cons. Michael received his first lucky break on FEMME-NOIR with Joe Staton and has since risen up among his peers in the comic community with work for Marvel, DC, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse , Upper Deck, as well as his creator owned project GUARDIANS. You've seen his work on titles such as SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, TRANSFORMERS, IRON MAN, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, PANTHA, VILLAINS SUPREME, and you can see him on film in the blockbuster movie THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Michael can also usually be found at a drawing board, a wacom tablet, or in a gym.

Outside of comics, Michael is an avid Martial Artist, studying Hak Dari Shon Hap Ki Do. After over 20 years he still hasn't learned important techniques such as "Wax on, and Wax off", but he knows with time he will get there. Michael also loves to collect vintage Transformers, he says "collect"..others say it's an addiction.

Michael is represented by COMIC ART HOUSE and BOB SHAW.




Lyle Pollard

   Lyle Pollard is the number two guy at Highburn Studios as well as a talented penciller who has been drawing for longer than he is willing to admit, and would have probably had a much wealthier existence if he had played basketball or baseball or something. Fortunately for the comics community, he sucked at all sports, and he is now working on his creation TRIBULATIONS.

    Lyle lives in Benson, NC (end of the world, and take a left) with his beautiful and supporting wife, Dana, their daughter Gwen, son Gavin, and Race Dog, who is cute, but can be a pain in the ass. Lyle is also proud of his former futon on which the late, great Michael Watkins once slept.
Wait a minute, Michael's not dead....yet.



Todd Davis

Legend tells of a man, born of a woman, raised by that same woman and a man. This man…the one of legend not the other man that raised him…rose him?...no, raised him…was schooled by mostly women, I mean it’s no secret that the field of education is dominated mostly by women, but that’s something for another biographical paragraph. Hmm…
Autobioparagraphical adj Describing something one has written about one’s self. CALL OXFORD!
What was I saying? Ahh! Yes. Legend! This man of legend would one day grow into the very same maUGH! HANG ON A SEC…Hello!...Yes, this is he…uh huh…uh huh…IF YOU ASK ME ABOUT THIS $#!+ AGAIN I SWEAR TO THE FLYING SPEGHETTI MONSTER THAT I’LL COME TO YOUR HOME AND/OR PLACE OF BUSINESS AND COLLECT A PINKY!!!...I love you too, bye.
OK OK, Man of Legend…blah blah blah…schooled in writing…yadda yadda…is now writing the very bio that you’re reading! DUM DUM DUUUUM!
My name is Todd Davis…I’ll be your author.
@MrToddADavis if you’re nasty.





  John Anderson

   John Anderson is a senior partner at Highburn Studios and an all around triple threat with pencils, inks, and colors.  After graduating from SCAD with a Masters in Art, which John considered his best day ever. He later joined Highburn Studios after meeting the gang and Heroes Con, John calls that his worst day ever. Johns work has been seen on the likes of the INFINITES, MANKIND, E-MAN, and various other properties for publishers such as Zenescope, Heroic, and several properties created in house.

Outside of comics John enjoys long walks at the beach, candlelight dinners, and ....oh wait wrong site....awkward.    




Brynn Oliver

    Brynn Oliver is the PR Manager and contact rep for the majority of the studio. Outside of dealing with all the boys in the group she also models the Sprite character from GUARDIANS and various other comic characters that suit her fancy. Brynn has also worked flatting books such as EXPULSE, E-MAN, BLACK ICE, and appeared in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Brynn spends most of her work time consulting on nifty merchandise to bring us one step closer to YOU!

       Outside of comics Brynn enjoys dancing, classic movies, and looking for any type of melee weapon she can hit Michael over the head with. She also has recently joined the Dark Side....they had cookies.




Kenny Keen

    Kenny Keen is the creator of SLAYER, EXPULSE, RUTHLESS and 100's of other unfinished ideas. He has contributed short stories, pin-ups, and covers to numerous small press publications over the years. Kenny is also the creator and owner of  Midnight Horizon Comics, a partner company along side Highburn. He is also the letterer for

     When Kenny is not working on a project he can be found studying the Korean Martial Art Hap Ki Do. If a lazy streak hits him you will find him playing the PlayStation, watching movies, or fighting with his kids over the last doughnut.  



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