Humanoids has named Mark Waid as Publisher to oversee "creative, editorial, marketing and sales as well as making new inroads with retailers and librarians", per the announcement. Waid has worked with Humanoids since 2018, when he was hired as Director of Creative Development.
Waid replaces Fabrice Giger, who will remain as the company's CEO.
The move is part of a strategy by Humanoids, which specializes in reprinting European comics for North America, to continue pushing into the United States market.
“Fabrice Giger founded Humanoids in Los Angeles in 1998 with the goal of introducing American readers to the European masterworks by creators like Jodorowsky, Moebius, Gimenez and Manara and these classics remain the foundation of Humanoids,” Waid said in a statement. “As we look to the future, Humanoids’ publishing slate will honor the legacy of those iconic books, while continuing to innovate and experiment with new publishing initiatives like Life Drawn, BIG and H1.”
“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," added Giger himself. 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.”
Additionally, Waid will write Humanoid's Free Comic Book Day release, a new story celebrating the 40th anniversary of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius' The Incal. Stéphane Roux will draw the story for the FCBD release, titled We Are Humanoids Featuring the Incal. FCBD 2020 takes place May 2.
Further upcoming planned releases include reprints of several original Barbarella stories translated by Kelly Sue DeConnick, a reprint of The Incal, a selection of Metal Hurlant reprints, and two new OGNs titled Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen and MPLS Sound. A retrospective on Jodorowsky titled The Seven Lives of Alejandro Jodorowsky from Vincent Bernière & Nicolas Tellop is also in the works.
“Humanoids has a wildly ambitious lineup of releases for 2020,” said Waid. “And it’s not just a celebration of our past. No genre is off-limits, no audience left behind. We’ve got Nicniven and the Bloody Queen, a haunting and unsettling coming-of-age horror story by Helen Mullane, Dom Reardon, Matthew Dow Smith, Lee Loughridge and Jock. We’ve got MPLS Sound by writers Hannibal Tabu and Joseph Illidge, with art by Meredith Laxton, colors by Tan Shu, and a cover by Jen Bartel, an aspirational graphic novel about a fictional band inspired, and later guided by, Prince himself that was recently announced at the Apollo Theater."
"We’ve got some brilliant non-fiction on the slate. We’ve got a wide array of books in progress for young readers and the YA audience that we’ll be announcing soon. That range of storytelling and ambition illustrates where our focus is in 2020 - and where Humanoids goes from here.”
Waid has previously served in numerous editorial and publishing positions across comic books, including Publisher of Fantagraphics' Amazing Heroes Magazine, DC editor, Gorilla Comics co-founder, Thrillbent co-founder, CrossGen staff writer, BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer, and as an exclusive writer for, at different times, DC and Marvel Comics.
Waid has told Newsarama that this new position at Humanoids won't affect his freelance writing work.