SHANNON MUIR started her career in animation as a Production Assistant on the first season of JUMANJI: THE ANIMATED SERIES for Sony Animation (at that time Columbia-Tristar Childrens TV). Soon, she moved on to being one of several Production Supervisors on EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS, also for the same studio. Later, she would become a Production Coordinator on the second season of the cult classic INVADER ZIM for Nickelodeon. After getting the opportunity to work on 100 animated interstitial pieces for SAY IT FOR NODDY with SD Entertainment as a Production Coordinator, Shannon received her first opportunity to write for animation by becoming one of two Western writers to script episodes of MIDNIGHT HORROR SCHOOL for the Japanese production company Milky Cartoon, Ltd. She’d also take her knowledge of animation in new directions, working for several years in production for NEOPETS and its now -closed sister virtual world PETPET PARK.
As part of her interest in mentoring and educating others, Shannon would also author several textbooks. These include the now out-of-print GARDNER’S GUIDE TO WRITING AND PRODUCING ANIMATION and GARDNER’S GUIDE TO PITCHING AND SELLING ANIMATION. As an animation fan, she’s also bridged the gap educating newer fans of the VOLTRON franchise by making regular guest appearances on the LET’S VOLTRON podcast.
Shannon holds a BA in Radio-TV and English from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, which she considers to be her hometown. She also holds an MA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, along with additional education in screenwriting, project management, library technician studies, and most recently a certificate earned with distinction in General Business with Emphasis in Marketing from UCLA Extension. She is married to FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY collaborator and fellow New Pulp and animation writer Kevin Paul Shaw Broden. They live in California in the United States.
She is a member of the Los Angeles and national chapters of Sisters in Crime, where in 2018 she began a two-year term on the local board, as well as an Affiliate member of the Mystery Writers of America and their Southern California chapter. Additionally, she belongs to the Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America, west; the Los Angeles chapter of Women in Animation; and ASIFA-Hollywood.
To learn more about her mystery and crime writing, check out her section on SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF.