Guy Davis (comics)

Guy Davis (born 1966) is an American creature designer, concept artist, illustrator and storyboard artist who has worked on film, television, comic book and video game projects. He is known for his collaborations with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, including the television series The Strain (2014–17) and the films Pacific Rim (2013), Crimson Peak (2015) and The Shape of Water (2017). Beforehand, Davis was the regular artist for the Hellboy spinoff comic B.P.R.D. (2003–2010), as well as the artist behind his own creator-owned comic The Marquis (2009).

Guy Davis
Notable works
B.P.R.D., The Marquis
Awards"Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team" Eisner Award (2009)



A self-taught illustrator, Guy Davis began his art career in 1985. Soon his independent work attracted the editors of Caliber Press, who published his first creator-owned series — the Harvey Award-nominated Baker Street. It was the success of Baker Street that got Davis work with DC Comics/Vertigo, illustrating Sandman Mystery Theatre. He illustrated Mike Mignola’s ongoing B.P.R.D. series, The Zombies That Ate the World for Métal Hurlant, and his creator-owned series The Marquis for Dark Horse Comics.[1][2] He has also provided illustration work for the White Wolf role-playing game series and TCM Underground, cover artwork for Criterion, and poster art for Mondo.

At the 2011 ECCC, Davis announced he would no longer be the ongoing B.P.R.D. artist. Since leaving comics, Davis has moved to a career in conceptual design, providing concept art, character design and storyboards for film, television and video games. He worked on Pacific Rim, designing the Kaiju Otachi and Slattern, various props and storyboards. Other conceptual design projects for director Guillermo del Toro include Crimson Peak, The Strain TV series and The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV opening. He has also provided concept for Steven Universe, ParaNorman, The Mill at Calder's End, Pinocchio, and video game projects including Evolve and InSane.

Personal lifeEdit

Davis currently resides in Michigan, with his partner, writer and artist Rosemary Van Deuren. He graduated from Clarkston High School in 1984.


Concept art / character design:

  • Crimson Peak (Legendary Pictures) Concept Art 2013–2014
  • The Strain TV Series (FX) Concept Art 2013–2014
  • Steven Universe TV Series (Cartoon Network) Additional Character Design / Additional Background Design Arcade Mania / Giant Woman, Tiger Millionaire / Steven's Lion 2013
  • The Mill at Calder’s End (Kevin McTurk / The Spirit Cabinet) Creature Concept 2013
  • Pinocchio (Guillermo del Toro / Jim Henson Co) Concept Art 2012
  • EVOLVE Video Game (Turtle Rock / THQ) Additional Creature Concept Design 2012
  • Pacific Rim (Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros) Concept Art 2011–2012
  • InSANE Video Game (THQ / Volition) Concept Art / Design 2010–2012
  • At The Mountains of Madness (Guillermo del Toro) Concept Art 2010
  • ParaNorman (Laika) Character Design 2008
  • Black Sky (Chamber Six Productions) Concept Art 2007
  • The Amazing Screw-On Head (KickStart Entertainment) Prop Design 2005
  • The Zombies That Ate the World pilot (Les Humanoides Associes) Character Design 2004


Comics work includes:

Other Projects:

  • Legacy by blues musician Guy Davis (cover and liner artwork)[6]


He won the Eisner Award in

  • 1997: Won "Best Serialized Story," for "Sand and Stars" (Starman #20–23) with James Robinson, Tony Harris, and Wade Von Grawbadger[7]
  • 2004: Won "Best Limited Series," for Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules with James Sturm[8]
  • 2009: Won "Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team," for BPRD



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