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Press Release: Humanoids Introduces New Director of Sales & Marketing

Monday, December 4, 2017

Humanoids Introduces New Director of Sales & Marketing

Los Angeles, CA. Dec 5, 2017: Jud Meyers has joined Humanoids, Inc. as Director of Sales & Marketing.

Jud Meyers began his career in the comics industry behind the scenes at Titan Publishing in London. From 1989 through 1994, he managed and assisted in the launching of the some of the most prestigious comic book retail stores in the UK, including Forbidden Planet and Virgin Megastore. In 2003, Jud opened his first brick and mortar location in Sherman Oaks, California. In just under four years, Earth-2 Comics became the youngest store to ever receive the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award. In 2009, Meyers partnered with Geoff Johns and purchased the legendary San Fernando Valley Golden Apple Comics store. Blastoff Comics, his latest retail location in North Hollywood, California has been thriving since it opened in 2012, earning praise for its dedication to charitable works and the preservation of the vintage comic book market.

I’ve been a dedicated fan and committed retailer of Humanoids product since I was a boy, so this really is a dream for me. I’m looking forward to bringing all of my sales experience to the publishing side of our industry. With the initiatives Humanoids has planned for the English-language market, hiring a retailer shows their dedication to a strong partnership with the direct market. The next few years will be groundbreaking. And fun!” says Meyers.

After getting to know Jud through his fantastic stores and his continued passion for our catalog, we are thrilled to have him join our team and shepherd our sales and marketing efforts.” Says Alex Donoghue, Humanoids’ COO.

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Thoughts from a Humanoid: Adrift

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Growing up with the childhood narcissism of most kids, I couldn’t fathom the idea that my parents – and by extension my grandparents – had ever had lives, identities, that had nothing to do with me. That they had existed long before I ever did was hard to imagine. As I grew older, I come to terms with this and was even intrigued by the people my parents and grandparents were long ago when they were young themselves, something that Gregory Mardon taps into with sensitive, bittersweet precision in his portrait of his grandfather’s life as a seafaring youth, charting how he fell in love and made a home for his family in Adrift.

It made me think of my own grandparents and who they were before I met them, especially my maternal grandmother Rose Marie, or “Omi” as my sisters and I called her, a contraction of the Germanic “Oma”. During my childhood, Omi was the ultimate embodiment of home, comfort, warmth, unconditional love and classic femininity – she went to the hairdresser every week to have her silver curls set, she always wore lipstick on the rare occasions her homebody-self ventured out, and she always smelled of Chanel No. 5 perfume, even while she stood for hours at the stove cooking up elaborate breakfast spreads or her signature rich, deliciously Gruyere-laden dishes. But behind her demure ladylike demeanor, her shy, soft-spoken-ness, lay a spine forged of steel.

I knew there was a tragic darkness to her past – she was born in 1930 in a tiny Swiss village, her childhood shrouded in scandal when her mother abandoned her father and disappeared without a trace, unheard of at that time and place. She was left her to raise her younger brother until her father remarried. I remember asking her if she had a wicked stepmother, because I was only able to filter real life through literary and cinematic terms. In my romantic child-mind, Omi’s past self was a combination of Heidi frolicking through the Alps, Cinderella slaving away at the hearth, and Maria Von Trapp taming an unruly horde of wealthy children.  


But perhaps the life of her own scandalous mother hinted that Rose Marie would not be content to live and die in the same town where she was born like the other village girls. Instead, as a young woman she became the governess to a British family, leaving her painful past and native tongue of Swiss German behind her – more than daring for a woman of her day and age. 

Like Mardon’s grandfather “Dodo”, she sailed across the sea to escape, only her destination wasn’t Morocco but New York, an immigrant to America after WWII like so many others. She attended the Institute of Technology in upstate New York, a surprising choice of study given I knew her only as a consummate goddess of domesticity. There she met her husband Walter, my grandfather, a tall German doctor with a mischievous sense of humor. She and Walter were married in 1956 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York but only narrowly averted a Titanic-style tragedy when the ocean liner they were due to sail to Europe on for their honeymoon, the Andrea Doria, sunk the day before their departure, drowning dozens. Had they been superstitious, they could have seen it as a bad omen, but they sailed unscathed on another ship. 

They settled in Oklahoma City, where my grandfather was a professor of medicine. There they weathered the turbulent American ‘60s and ‘70s, with Rose Marie busy raising her family, rarely mentioning her long-lost birth mother – although she disliked her middle name, Agnes, as it was her mother’s first. 

It was only in the early 2000s when my grandparents had retired to the coastal Californian town of Carmel-by-the-sea that Walter, obsessed with tracing genealogy lines on both sides of the family, finally tracked Agnes down. My grandfather insisted the estranged mother and daughter meet after a lifetime apart. The reunion with the mother who abandoned her was a reluctant one on Rose Marie’s part, but proved to be enlightening as well as emotional -- Agnes had remarried and had another family, and had never told her new daughter Rita about the existence of her previous one. My grandmother handled the late in life news of an unknown half-sister with grace, as she always did. 

In the end, she lived to be the antithesis of her own mother – a woman whose utter selflessness put the needs and comfort of everyone else before her own, and who always seemed happy and fulfilled doing so. She was, without a doubt, the one who made so many of my childhood memories golden.

The stories of our parents and grandparents are powerful portals into the past, as Mardon so skillfully illustrates in Adrift. It’s a reminder that we can never really grasp the full scope of someone else’s life, no matter how close in bond and blood. But when we listen to their memories of places and people from long ago, we discover something of ourselves as well, apart from personal oral history – we find the strength to carve out our own paths into the future. 

Adrift is washes ashore on Wednesday with an MSRP of $14.95 / £12.99

Spotlight: Milan K. Softcover

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

MIlan K. - Softcover
Story by Sam Timel and Art by Corentin

He would become one of the world's wealthiest men, dedicated to fighting for the oppressed, the ones lacking voice or power. But his tactics would prove far different from that of the charities and other humanitarian organizations of his time. He was to wage a ruthless war, fraught with great victories and just as great defeats.

Quick Facts about Milan K.:
• Complete Series: the 3 volumes at once
• Now in affordable trade paperback edition!
• From the talented Sam Timel (Redhand: Twilight of the Gods)
• Official Selection at the 2010 the Angouleme International Comics Festival
• Appeals to fans of the Bourne and Alex Rider series

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Milan K. Softcover arrives in stores October 25, 2017 with an MSRP of $19.95/£14.99

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Thoughts from a Humanoid: Halloween

Friday, October 13, 2017


Ah, Halloween. That hallowed time of the year when the leaves begin to turn (at least outside of Los Angeles), pumpkins are carved, apples are dunked, cornfields are mazed, and TV features endless horror movie marathons. As Humanoids’ first Halloween-themed offering, what makes Halloween Tales so unique is that each of the three stories use Halloween as a jumping off point, with less a focus on the commercialized holiday itself than using it as a metaphor for coming of age and change in the lives of its young characters. 

It holds personal appeal for me as Halloween was my favorite holiday growing up, even more so than Christmas, which as a kid is a pretty big deal. But then as a little girl I was always more of a Wednesday Addams than a Shirley Temple. Something about having a special night each year exclusively allotted to the wicked and scary and transgressive was so delicious – and not just because of the annual tradition of stuffing yourself silly with sweets, candy corn, caramel apples and assorted teeth-rotting goodies.  

My health nut of an overprotective father insisted I never eat anything without an unopened manufactured wrapper, lest a razor blade be lurking inside some homemade treat. He also insisted that I trade my hard-earned candy haul from hours of trick ‘r treating for sugar-free gum, which of course only meant I either stuffed my face with candy on the car ride home or hid half my stash away for future late-night snacking, despite my poor dad’s best efforts. But it wasn’t my sugar addiction that swayed me from Christmas favoritism.  

No, it was the opportunity to be anybody else for an entire night of delightfully spooky shenanigans. Or at least to dress up as someone else for a few hours, the appeal of which is well-known by children and cosplayers the world over. Whoever you wanted to be, be it a famous real person or fictional character, a clown, a witch, a vampire, a samurai, a pumpkin… or every single Disney princess in existence for twelve years running (or maybe that was just me). Not only is it fun for any kid to pick out and sleeplessly plan their costume down to the last detail of hot-glue-gunned pompoms and sticky glitter face paint, but there is truly a magic about a holiday devoted to play-acting, dress-up and all things that go bump in the night.  

I grew up in a community of strictly Catholic homeschooled kids, some of the parents of whom thought Halloween was a sinful, Satanic holiday celebrating witchcraft and diabolical doings under the guise of innocent fun, so they weren’t allowed to dress up and go trick ‘r treating like the rest. Instead, they attended “All Saints’ Day” parties at the local parish church, dressed up not as ghosts or zombies but saints and martyrs, girls dressed as nuns and boys as monks or priests. Few were creative enough to depict the gruesome ways in which most martyrs met their end, in the jaws of lions or with their eyes plucked out. It was a pretty yawn-inducing event, with not much to gorge ourselves on but a divine Tres Leches cake made by a parish mother from Panama.  

As it was for me and so many other children throughout the generations, Halloween Tales reflects not just an annual tradition of make-believe and masquerade, a carnivalesque one-night escape from everyday life, but the opportunity to face our fears and explore the dark side in a rite of passage ushering us through the shadows of childhood and adolescence. 

Halloween Tales is available now with an MSRP of $24.95/£20.99

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Spotlight: The Metabarons Volume 4

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Metabarons: Volume 4 - Aghora & The Last Metabaron
Story by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Art by Juan Gimenez

A must-read cult spin-off of The Incal, by Mœbius and Jodorowsky, centering around the fascinating lineage of the ultimate warrior. This collection introduces the Metabaron's bloodline and reveals the origins of their deep-seated principles. Find out the source of the family's vast wealth, learn why every Metabaron has cybernetic implants, and why the only way to become the next Metabaron is for him to defeat his own father in a mortal combat. Follow each successive generation as it struggles to overcome the forces amassed against it in a galaxy corrupted by greed, power, and terror.

Quick Facts about The Metabarons: Volume 4 - Aghora & The Last Metabaron:
• Now in affordable trade paperback editions!
• The final volume in the series that makes up The Metabarons.
• Featured in the acclaimed documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, one of Entertainment Weekly's top ten films of 2014.
• Like The IncalThe Metabarons is also set in the same space opera fictional universe known as the Jodoverse, in which most of Alejandro Jodorowsky-created science fiction comics take place.

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The Metabarons: Volume 4 - Aghora & The Last Metabaron arrives in stores October 25, 2017 with an MSRP of $14.95/£11.99

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Spotlight: Deconstructing The Incal

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Deconstructing The Incal
Text by Christophe Quillien & Jean Annestay with collaborations by Alejandro JodorowskyMœbius, Ladrönn, and Zoran Janjetov  

Deconstructing The Incal lifts the veil on many of the mysteries and secrets surrounding the seminal science-fiction graphic novel, which has become the cornerstone of the Jodoverse.This encyclopedic reference book, is packed with fascinating insights from The Incal's creators, Jodorowsky and Mœbius, alongside revealing text, and rare and unseen preliminary illustrations.

Quick Facts about Deconstructing The Incal:
• The Incal trilogy of Before The Incal, The Incal, and Final Incal are international, and perennial, bestselling titles with combined sales of over 6 million copies.
• This book features insights from the original creators, Jodorowsky and Mœbius, and previously unseen and rare sketches and designs for the seminal graphic novel.
• Reveals and explains the hidden secrets behind the story, explaining and exploring the rich world and its complex characters.
Christophe Quillien is the author of numerous books about comics, including The Little Prince: A Visual Dictionary (Simon & Schuster, 2016)
Jean Annestay is a French writer, editor, and publisher who first published Mœbius' The World of Edena series in France.
• Available in English for the first time.

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Deconstructing The Incal arrives in stores October 25, 2017 with an MSRP of $24.95/£21.99

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Spotlight: Halloween Tales

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Halloween Tales

Story by Denis-Pierre Filippi & Olivier Boiscommun and Art by Olivier Boiscommun

In Halloween, immerse yourself in the great book of the night. And if, at a street corner, you meet a ghost, take a walk with him. You may just recognize him — and if melancholy torments you — he could be the one to make you smile again. 

Then, in The Book of Jack, braving a haunted house, young Jack discovers a mysterious book, a book that tells the story of his life. But what dark twists could others write into the blank pages that remain? 

Finally, in The Story of Joe, a solitary boy finds refuge with the creatures of the night. But consumed by his imagination, he loses touch with reality and undergoes a strange transformation…

Follow these young characters in stories that span from the dusk of childhood to the dawn of adolescence, as they explore the darkness and light in us all.

Quick Facts about Halloween Tales:
Halloween Tales in time for Halloween
• Art reminiscent of Tim Burton films.
• 3 stories in 1! Halloween, The Book of Jack, and The Story of Joe.
• Denis-Pierre Filippi is known YA work with the series Gregory & The Gargoyles.

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Halloween Tales arrives in stores September 13, 2017 with an MSRP of $24.95/£20.99

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Spotlight: The Retreat

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Retreat
Story by Pierre Wazem and Art by Tom Tirabosco

Two friends take off for a weekend getaway to a remote mountain area to reminisce about their third friend, now gone. From mundane conversations to intimate confidences, the two remaining pals remember their departed companion, their unique friendship, and all those things that are often left unsaid, but that remain floating in the silence.

Quick Facts about The Retreat:
• From the 2009 Angouleme award-winning team that created La Fin du Monde!
• Critically acclaimed Pierre Wazem is the author of Koma and Snow Day and has received the Töpffer Prize, Palmarès Prix International and Ecumenical Jury of Comics Prize at Angoulême.
• Both Pierre Wazem and Tom Tirabosco received the Töpffer Prize from the City of Geneva

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The Retreat arrives in stores September 6, 2017 with an MSRP of $14.95/£12.99

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