Shane McDermott is a cartoonist, character designer, illustrator, and comics professor living and working in Memphis, Tennessee. He has a BFA in Design Arts with a Concentration in Illustration from Memphis College of Art and an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts.
After earning his BFA, Shane worked for seven years as the staff editorial illustrator at The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper in Memphis, where he created numerous illustrations, info-graphics, and even his own comic series titled Drawing from Life. He taught comics, digital painting, and illustration at Memphis College of Art for 12 years and has created numerous educational comics on a broad range of topics for a variety of clients.
He lives in a cozy little ranch-style house with his wife Ashley, their four rescue dogs, and a small army of rescue cats. He enjoys pizza, running around with his dogs, complaining about having to make home repairs, 80’s music, newer music that sounds a lot like 80’s music, pizza, motorcycles, and pizza. he prefers the name “comics” to “graphic novels” and is likely to get real preachy about it.
Shane is currently editing a comic anthology featuring himself and several of his former students as well as developing pitches for a few personal comic projects. He’s totally available for freelance in Comics as a penciler, inker, colorist, and/or letterer and also anything Illustration-related. Check out his work at or follow him on Instagram @cshanemcdermott.