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American cartoonists’ untold European adventures

Although they may be at the top of the charts in American comics, some of the biggest artists today have some books out that most American have never seen. For years, artists working in the Anglophile comics market have moonlighted in European comics, probably most memorably with Travis Charest leaving for years to do a volume of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Metabarons.

But Charest isn’t the only one — John Cassaday did the series I Am Legion for Humanoids while working on Planetary and Astonishing X-Men, Geoff Johns and Red Star artist Christian Gossett did a story in Metal Hurlant, Terry Dodson worked on a graphic novel called Songes: Coraline, Kurt Busiek wrote a book called Redhand, and Fear Itself artist Stuart Immonen did a little-known book called Sebastian X which follows a surfer turned freedom fighter in the near future.

Yeah, I’d buy that.

And this isn’t past tense — Criminal and Incognito artist Sean Phillips spoke last month about a graphic novel he’s doing for France’s Delcourt called Void 01, which he describes as “a cat and mouse sci-fi story set on a prison ship in the depths of space”.

Yeah, I’d buy that too.

There’s no word  yet on any English — American or otherwise — release of these stories.



Actually, the Cassaday book, “I Am Legion,” is available (I have it):

And Travis Charest’s stuff from Metabarons is also available.

But I’d buy the others too!

Likewise, the Johns/Gossett story was published in Humanoids’ English edition of Metal Hurlant (issue #2) in 2002… it should be coming back into print in the Metal Hurlant Collection vol. 1, supposedly due sometime soon…

Martin Costello

April 14, 2011 at 11:24 am

Don’t forget Sean Philips worked on another French series that got picked up and released in English, 7 Psychopaths:

The Geoff Johns/Christian Gossett story appeared in the English Metal Hurlant and will be in this forthcoming collection :

Last I heard of Sebastian X Humanoids were looking for a new artist to continue the series.

This post and the previous makes me think the writer should have done a bit more research…

Martin Costello

April 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

Beat me to the punch Jog!

Augie De Blieck Jr.

April 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

Apropos of nothing: I want to see Guy Davis draw a Smurfs story.

And then let’s see a full collection of “The Zombies Who Ate The World”. Did Humanoids or Devil’s Due ever get to that?

That was Devil’s Due; I don’t recall if a trade paperback ever came out, but the eight issues they released should cover all of the French material.

The ‘Zombies That Ate the World’ Trade Paperback can be found on, and according to them released it was released 2009, but, as with most Humanoids books it is ‘Out of Print–Limited Availability’.

There is also another version of ‘I am Legion’ from Devil’s Due

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