Humanoids Publishing has recently named Sean Brice as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In his new role, Brice will oversee the sales, marketing, distribution, and consumer strategy for Humanoids English-language publications in Print and Digital.
Brice previously spent nearly a decade at Dark Horse Comics, most recently as their Director of Trade Sales and Book Marketing. During his time there, he was responsible for dealing with distribution partners and managing sales and marketing for all Dark Horse books. Brice has worked on top-selling series such as The Umbrella Academy, Berserk, The Witcher, and Plants vs. Zombies and with world-renowned authors such as Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, and Margaret Atwood, as well as with such licensors as Netflix, Nintendo, HBO, and Sony. His marketing and sales expertise led Dark Horse to numerous bestsellers on the New York Times and Amazon lists. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Oregon, most recently with a Master’s in Business.
“As we embark on a high growth chapter for Humanoids, Sean will be instrumental in harnessing the growing complexity of distribution and marketing in an increasingly fragmented world, “ said Humanoids CEO, Fabrice Giger.
“Humanoids is a company I have always had deep respect for, and I am happy to be joining their ranks at an exciting time in the company’s history. As we see a growing number of consumers of comic and graphic novel content in both digital and physical books as well as in media , I feel there is a bright future ahead. Humanoids strives to connect people through the shared experience that stories provide, which is something I am passionate about,” added Brice.
In editorial, Humanoids has appointed Marvel veteran Jake Thomas as Executive Editor. During his time at Marvel, Thomas worked on several high-profile series including The Punisher, Black Widow, Venom, and Alien. He has over a decade of experience in the industry pitching and developing projects, hiring talent, and guiding book production through all stages of development. Thomas is also an accomplished writer of both short stories and screenplays. “I am beyond thrilled to be part of the team at Humanoids!,” says Thomas. “The astonishing breadth and depth of their catalogue, along with their dedication to excellence in the stories they tell and the production of their material, is everything I love about comics as both a professional and a fan. They have an incredible legacy and a very exciting future that I am proud and honored to be joining.”
According to publisher Mark Waid, “With his experience and passion, Jake’s a dynamite choice to lead editorial in the months and years to come. We’re lucky to have him.”
Beth York has joined Humanoids as Development Director, Film and Television, leading creative endeavors and development in adapting the media company’s IP portfolio for film & TV. Prior to joining Humanoids, York was a development executive at Original Film working on such shows as Amazon’s Emmy-nominated The Boys, S.W.A.T. for CBS, Happy! for Syfy, and I Know What You Did Last Summer for Amazon, in addition to an extensive development slate. Before Original Film she worked at Sony Pictures Television in Drama Development and at Paradigm Talent Agency.
“What drew me to Humanoids,” says York, “was the vast and renowned catalog of IP that spans everything from science fiction to slice of life stories, all with a unique balance of edge and heart. It is a joy to work with the Humanoids team, particularly at this exciting time in beginning to adapt the library for film and TV.”
“We are thrilled to have Beth join our team,” said Matthieu Coppet, Humanoids Group COO. “Beth’s ability to identify and develop material from our vast IP library with around one thousand properties makes her a perfect match for our division.”
Finally, former Dark Horse employee Sandy Tanaka joins Humanoids’ Design Department with twenty years of design and marketing experience, starting in music and film and entering comics publishing nine years ago. Tanaka’s responsibilities include graphic design on its publications as well as assisting the media department with presentations. “I’m thrilled to join Humanoids and work with such an esteemed catalog as well as help expand their media presence,” says Tanaka. Adds Senior Art Director Jerry Frissen, “Sandy is the booster shot we needed and will add immeasurably to the look of our books going forward.”