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Comics Artist John Cassaday Joins Humanoids as Chief Creative Officer

The Eisner winner is known for 'Planetary' and 'Star Wars.'
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The Eisner winner is known for 'Planetary' and 'Star Wars.'

Humanoids, the comic book publisher famous for publishing iconic work by Moebius, Alejandro Jodorowsky and other European creators, is heralding a new push in the American market with a significant hire: fan-favorite artist John Cassaday has signed on as the company's chief creative officer.

"John Cassaday is one of the seminal artists of the comic book industry," Humanoids CEO and publisher Fabrice Giger said in a statement. "John created I Am Legion for Humanoids in 2004 and became part of the Humanoids family. From now on, he will play a major role in Humanoids' original content development that will have the industry talking."

Cassaday is known for his work on Planetary, which he co-created with Warren Ellis, as well as his best-selling run alongside Joss Whedon on Marvel's Astonishing X-Men, both of which earned him Eisner Awards for best penciller/inker. He's also worked on Captain America and Uncanny Avengers and was the launch artist for Marvel's hugely successful Star Wars comic book series.

The announcement of Cassaday's new role with the company comes in advance of an announcement at New York Comic Con, currently scheduled for the publisher's Oct. 5 panel, Humanoids 20th Anniversary in America. The official description of the panel — taking place in Room 1A02 at 1:30 p.m. — teases that the company is "about to make history again as it did in the past with legendary creators such as Moebius, Jodorowsky, Ladronn and Manara," promising "New projects! New heroes! Hot creators! A bold new direction ushering in a new era in comics."

"This is the first time I've taken on an executive role at a company," said Cassaday. "And that speaks to just how excited I am to be a part of a bold new chapter in their history. Fans who attend the New York Comic Con panel will be a part of it on Day One."

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