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Highburn Studios

Highburn Studios is an independent comic book studio based out of Southwest Virginia. Formed by artist D. 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.


D. Michael Watkins

D. Michael Watkins is the founder and owner of Highburn Studios. He's also the guy underneath that shiny cowboy hat you see at most cons. Michael received his lucky break on FEMME-NOIR with Joe Staton and has since went on to work for Marvel,DC, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse , Upper Deck, as well as his creator owned project GUARDIANS.

Michael's work has been seen on: GUARDIANS, 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.

Outside of comics, Michael is a Voice Actor with roles for Marvel and Disney voicing the characters of: Venom, Scorpion, Mole Man, and Magneto.

Michael is also an avid Martial Artist, studying Hak Dari Shon Hap Ki Do, Kenpo. and several other styles for over 30 years.

Lyle Pollard

Lyle Pollard lives in the humble world of North Carolina with his wife and children. He goes to church, work, and the he draws stuff in his spare time......or when he's supposed to be doing other things. Either way, he gets drawing done. We don't really ask when around here, we mean he has to sleep sometime, right?


  John Anderson

   John Anderson is a senior partner at Highburn Studios John is 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.

John is also a voice actor with the role of J. JONAH JAMESON for Marvel and Disney.




Brynn Oliver-Watkins

    Brynn Oliver-Watkins was the PR Manager and contact rep for the studio. Outside of dealing with all the boys and girls in the group she also modeled the Sprite character from GUARDIANS and various other comic characters that suited her fancy. Brynn had also worked flatting books such as EXPULSE, E-MAN, BLACK ICE, and appeared in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.





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