Originally brought in to oversee the Humanoids expansion into the capes and cowls business with their new shared superhero universe, H1, as Director of Creative Development, Mark Waid has now been promoted to Publisher at the LA based Humanoids offices.
Up until recently Humanoids was better known for its translation of European oversized bande dessinées, but last year Humanoids have struck out to find a new home in comic book stores alongside other super folk titles with their range of new titles aimed at a more American reading palette and with a heavy emphasis on diversity, with such titles as Ignited, Omni and Strange Lands.
As well as continuing to write for other comic book companies, Waid will be responsible for content strategy for Humanoids’ LA-based office as well as taking charge of the day-to-day creative lead for the company. He will also be responsible for overseeing editorial, sales and marketing; expanding Humanoids’ relationships within the creative community; and deepening its ties to retailers and librarians. Waid will report to Humanoids’ CEO Fabrice Giger, who was previously both Humanoids’ CEO and Publisher.
It’s a pretty big move and one that Humanoids CEO, Giger, announced with some gusto in an official statement put out by Humanoids:
With his passion for publishing, respect for the medium’s past, attention to today’s political and cultural landscapes, and keen eye for spotting talent, Mark Waid is perfectly suited to lead the Humanoids publishing team as the new Publisher of Humanoids English-language efforts. We are thrilled with the work that Mark has done and it was time to expand his responsibilities. It’s a significant passing of the baton.
Honouring the rich tradition of Humanoids to translate and present Europe’s best graphic novel while also forging ahead with an all-new contemporary superhero universe will be tough juggling act, but with Waid’s experience, I’m sure he’ll relish the challenge.
Congratulations, Mark, from all here at comicon.com.
We interviewed Mark Waid previously about his then new role as Director of Creative Development. Why not check it out and see what he had to say, originally, about H1 here.
And for all things H1 related, catch up here.