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July 03 2012

John Cassaday to draw "Uncanny Avengers". The "Astonishing X-Men" artist and "Dollhouse" director is returning to Marvel to draw this new book launching in October.

June 01 2010

Cover art for the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted DVD. It's the iconic "we have to astonish them" scene from issue 1. The DVD will be out in the States on September 7th. More...

April 09 2010

John Cassaday and Laura Martin nominated for Eisner awards. Sadly, no Buffy nominations this time. More...

February 23 2010

American Cinematographer talks to John Cassaday. About, of course, helming the Dollhouse episode "The Attic". Includes his sketch for the tree.

February 12 2010

Comic book artists becoming Hollywood directors. Joss Whedon and John Cassaday comment on this current trend in Hollywood.

December 18 2009

(SPOILER) John Cassaday enters the Dollhouse. The comic book artist speaks about directing the second of tonight's episodes of Dollhouse. He says "if you're a fan of the show, you gonna love the episode".

October 29 2009

John Cassaday explains the Astonishing X-Men in motion. Artist John Cassaday explains to Marvel Spotlight the process that turned Astonishing X-Men: Gifted into a motion comic.

October 28 2009

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted episode 1 out now on iTunes. $1.99 will buy you 13:38 worth of Joss Whedon, John Cassaday and Laura Martin's superb X-tale in motion comic format. More...
The official Astonishing X-Men music video. Marvel are going all out to promote today's release of the motion comic.

October 20 2009

John Cassaday talks about directing Dollhouse. The acclaimed comic book artist reveals how he came to get the gig and what it's like directing episodic tv.

October 01 2009

Clip from Astonishing X-Men: Gifted episode one. This motion comic which adapts Joss' X-tale will be available for purchase on October 28th. It's directed by John Cassaday and Neal Adams.

September 01 2009

Trailer for the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic. The adaptation didn't exactly wow one reporter when it was unveiled at last weekend's Fan Expo.

August 11 2009

The 100 best comic book covers. The 1979 Semi-Finalist blog places Jo Chen's cover art for Buffy #5 and Buffy #18 at nos 97 and 73. John Cassaday comes in at no 34 and 23 for his Astonishing X-Men #12 and #2 covers.

August 09 2009

S.W.O.R.D. gets its own ongoing series. The interstellar intelligence agency, Agent Brand and Sydren - all created by Joss and John - get their own book (with Lockheed and Beast in tow). Covers by John Cassaday. More...

March 30 2009

The top 70 Marvel comics. Three issues from Joss' Astonishing X-Men run appear in this "greatest comics in Marvel history" list.

February 08 2009

Highlights from the Dark Horse panel at NYCC. The Buffyfest blog recaps the relevant Jossverse news (not much in terms of hard news but there's videos of the panel and who knew Twilight was really that person?). In related NYCC coverage, Marvel has announced that the first ten issues of Astonishing X-Men will be turned into Motion Comics. John Cassaday will be "directing" the animation.

December 02 2008

Second Astonishing X-Men hardcover out this week. This volume collects issues 13-24 and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1. More...

November 09 2008

John Cassaday hints at a possible new project with Joss. Something non-comic book? Intriguing. John also reveals that Joss did ask him to draw for Buffy season 8.

October 04 2008

John Cassaday at BICS in Birmingham, England this weekend. He'll be signing today and tomorrow.

June 04 2008

(SPOILER) Mondocomics chooses Astonishing X-Men as Book of the Month. Minor spoilage. The guys' big finale is very favorably reviewed.

May 29 2008

(SPOILER) Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men out today. Four years and twenty five issues later, Joss' run on Astonishing X-Men comes to an end. It's been one heck of a read.

May 27 2008

(SPOILER) Advance Giant Size Astonishing X-Men review. IGN gives three advance reviews for Joss and John's final X-Men issue. Largely (though not entirely) positive.

May 25 2008

Creative teams that revolutionized comic books in the last few years. Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Need we say more?

January 24 2008

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #24 review. IGN's VERY positive review of Astonishing X-Men #24. The word "classic" is used quite freely.

January 23 2008

(SPOILER) Cover art for Astonishing X-Men #24. The final part of Joss' Unstoppable arc comes out today. The variant cover can be seen here. More...

January 21 2008

(SPOILER) Wizard Universe's Celebration of Astonishing X-Men #24. Wizard interviews X-Men editor Nick Lowe regarding the release of Astonishing X-Men #24. More...

December 31 2007

The X-Axis Review of 2007: Astonishing X-Men. Comic reviewer Paul O'Brien does a 'year in review' of sorts, and starts with Joss' Astonishing X-Men. More...

November 20 2007

(SPOILER) Astonished one last time. ComicBookResources has an early look at the solicitation for Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1, wrapping up Joss's AXM run in February.

November 01 2007

(SPOILER) Five page preview for Astonishing X-Men #23. This issue will be out next week.

October 25 2007

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #23 Covers. They're finally here! The regular cover is one of my faves on Joss' run. You'll have to scroll down the page a bit to find them. More...

August 21 2007

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #22 reviewed one day early at IGN. Favorably, I might add. Whodathunkit?

July 28 2007

Warren Ellis to write Astonishing X-Men. Joss and John's successors get announced. And an interview with the new artist Simone Bianchi can be found here.

July 27 2007

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #22 covers revealed. The first one is very good indeed. This issue will be out on August 22nd. More...

July 16 2007

Vote in the 2007 Wizard Fan Awards. Joss Whedon, John Cassaday and Laura Martin all receive nominations in various categories for their work on Astonishing X-Men.

May 04 2007

(SPOILER) Silver Bullet Comics' review of Astonishing X-Men #21. It was an issue of many emotional layers and a great read to boot.

May 01 2007

(SPOILER) Cover art for tomorrow's release of Astonishing X-Men #21. The preview pages have already been seen but X-fans finally get a chance to view John Cassaday's artwork for the two covers.

April 27 2007

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men 21 Preview. IGN posts the first 6 pages (including the recap page) of the next Astonishing installment. More...

February 18 2007

Reviews for Astonishing X-Men #20. A mixed bag of opinions for this issue. Silver Bullet Comics liked it but said it's "more a series of moments than a strong story ". One reviewer at IGN.com went with "mutant brilliance". Though Comixfan wasn't too positive. However Comic Book Bin said "Whedon is at his best in space". More...

February 13 2007

(SPOILER) Preview for Astonishing X-Men #20. It's out tomorrow! Have a gander at the four page preview and the sumptuous covers.
(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #21 Solicitation. Bad news: Astonishing X-Men is getting delayed, with Issue #21 now coming out in May instead of March 07... also still no cover preview... More...

December 30 2006

Astonishing X-Men: the trailer. Marvel has created a trailer to promote Joss's final AXM arc, UNSTOPPABLE. More...

December 28 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishingly Lost in Space. As the Astonishing X-Men head off into the wide blue yonder, Wizard Magazine ponders upon (with input from Joss) on Blindfold's prediction made in the last panel of issue 18.

December 27 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #19 out this week. It's the final plot arc and just to whet your appetite, here's a sneak preview of the first four pages.

December 12 2006

An Astonishing X-Men primer. Marvel do their best to make sure everyone's up-to-speed for #19 (out on the 27th). And there's some lovely early designs from Cassaday to boot. There's also new solicitation info (including release dates) for #20 and #21. No cover art previews though - boo.

November 24 2006

"It's simply the best X-book in years". Wizard Magazine gets all gushy about Joss' Astonishing X-Men. And quite right too. More...

November 16 2006

Astonishing X-Men #18 reviewed. Couldn't get a hold of the last part of the Torn arc? Then catch up with this very detailed recap and review. More...

November 14 2006

(SPOILER) Preview for Astonishing X-Men #18. The cover art finally gets revealed and there's four pages of interior art and dialogue as well.

October 21 2006

Marvel explains those Astonishing X-Men delays. It's due to lots of little things. More...

September 28 2006

SBC reviews Astonishing X-Men Hardcover. Quite positive and also provides information on the extras. More...

September 25 2006

Mark Millar praises Astonishing X-Men. After reading #17, he writes "Mother of God. That was a good comic. God help whoever follows because this is my favourite run on X-Men ever".

September 22 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #17 review - "so good it will make your face explode". Yes it really was that good. The issue had thrills, spills and plenty of "Bloody hell. Did that really happen?" moments. More...

September 19 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #17 out this week. Preview pages (with dialogue!) over at PopCultureShock.

September 15 2006

(SPOILER) Preview for Astonishing X-Men #17. Cover and four-pages for the book, which will come out on September 20th.

September 07 2006

Brett Matthews gives an update on the new Serenity comic book 'Better Days' and what it's like working with Joss Whedon in this interview with The Pulse. There's also a lot of good stuff about Brett's new comic book series 'The Lone Ranger' with some top notch John Cassaday cover art.

September 01 2006

(SPOILER) Marvel announce variant cover for Astonishing X-Men #17. It's a black and white sketch version of the normal cover. Cynical sales move or a reward for the fans? Who knows. But at the end of the day, it is classic X-art.

August 25 2006

Mike Marts Leaves Marvel for DC. Mike Marts, editor on AXM, leaves Marvel for DC. And hot Joss update on Marts, projects, and sundry. More...

August 24 2006

(SPOILER) "Because no one makes fun of Wolverine like Whedon". Well that's how Brian K. Vaughan described Astonishing X-Men #16, so what you think of the issue? Post your thoughts in this Whedonesque review thread. ETA - See also the Wizard Thursday Morning Quarterback review of AXM16. More...

August 19 2006

(SPOILER) New Joe Fridays reveals solicitation copy for Astonishing X-Men #19. Joss's final AXM story arc begins, and it's "Unstoppable!" (Scroll all the way down to the bottom.) More...

August 05 2006

Astonishing X-Men wins Wizard Fan Awards. The fans spoke and Astonishing X-Men won 'Favorite Ongoing Series', John Cassaday 'Favorite Penciller', Laura Martin 'Favorite Colorist' and Kitty Pryde 'Best Female Hero'. More...

August 04 2006

John Cassaday to appear at Wizard World Chicago! John Cassaday, artist on Astonishing X-Men, will appear at Wizard World Chicago to sign books from 1:30 pm-2:30 pm tomorrow.

August 02 2006

Joss Whedon/John Cassaday podcast interview from San Diego Comic Con! Joss Whedon interview on Comic News Insider! (16.3mb download - interview starts at around 24:30). More...

July 22 2006

Astonishing X-Men wins Eisner Award for 'Best Continuing Series'. Joss, John and Laura get to take home the comic book equivalent of the Oscar. More...

July 19 2006

Joss will be at Comic-Con. He and John Cassaday will be signing at the Marvel booth on July 22nd at 4pm.

July 05 2006

Astonishing X-men nominated for the Wizard Fan Awards including Joss for 'Favorite Writer'. Voting for these awards is now open.

June 29 2006

AICN Lavishly Praises Astonishing X-Men #15. AICN reviewer "superhero" learns to love the X-Men again: "Whedon has done the impossible. He has brought the living, breathing heart back to the X-Men".

June 22 2006

A detailed Astonishing X-Men #15 review. Much praise for this issue coming from comic book bloggers. And did long term X-fans spot the homage on the final page?

June 20 2006

(SPOILER) Sneak peek at Astonishing X-Men #15. It's out in comic book shops tomorrow. So if you're thirsting for new Joss dialogue and story lines, go buy.

May 27 2006

Those top 25 greatest moments in X-Men comic book history. A certain scene from Astonishing X-Men #4 comes in at No. 21 in IGN's rundown of great X-moments. In some what related news, April's estimated comic book sales figures are out and both Astonishing X-Men #14 and the hardcover collection of the first 12 issues did very well indeed. More...

May 19 2006

Astonishing X-Men Hardcover Vol. 1 review. "A remarkable and monumental title that stands above anything X-related in the past 20 years" according to the reviewer at IGN.com. More...

May 17 2006

Astonishing X-Men #16 cover art. This issue should be out on August 23rd. More...

May 15 2006

X-Men Greats: Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. UGO.com explains why the Astonishing X-Men duo helped give the X-Verse "its heart and soul". Click on the pics to see the articles in full. More...

April 28 2006

Astonishing X-Men #14 review. If you didn't manage to get a hold of this comic book this week, you really missed out. It was superb. More...

April 25 2006

(SPOILER) Preview tomorrow's release of Astonishing X-Men #14. You've already seen John Cassaday's stellar art but now there's sparkling Joss Whedon dialogue as well.

April 11 2006

Out on Wednesday - Astonishing X-Men Vol 1 HC. A must have item for X-Fans, a collection of the first 12 issues in a shiny hardcover format. Also available is the Joss Whedon variant HC which has his name in really big yellow letters. Elsewhere in the X-Verse: John Byrne, comic book industry legend, volunteers to work with Joss and provides a Buffy sketch.

April 06 2006

(SPOILER) Marvel hypes Astonishing X-Men #14. We're promised that Joss' next issue "contains a historic X-Men moment, one that readers have literally been waiting years for." Here's a subtle hint, the cover may give the whole thing away.

April 05 2006

Astonishing X-Men nominated for 2006 Eisner Awards. It's up for 'Best Continuing Series', John Cassaday gets a nomination for 'Best Penciller/Inker'. More...

March 17 2006

Astonishing X-Men #13 takes number one sales slot for February. After a six month break, Joss' X-title returns and sweeps all before it. More...

March 11 2006

Astonishing X-men #15 info and cover art over at Joe Quesada's latest interview at Newsarama (stay away if you don't want to be spoiled for the cover of Ultimates 2 #12). This issue of Astonishing X-Men will come out in June. More...

February 27 2006

Good Astonishing X-men #13 review from Silver Bullet Comicbooks. Five stars.

February 25 2006

Astonishing X-Men news from NYCC. Good news as the comic book will only be bi-monthly through September and then it'll be monthly afterwards. And Marvel say AXM will continue after Joss and John finish their run. Joss said in a recent Wizard interview that his dream team successors would be Warren Ellis and Jaime Hernandez.

February 20 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #13 review. Major examination of the first issue of Joss Whedon's new plot arc for Astonishing X-Men. And as ever, the reviews range from disappointing to exceptional. This issue will be out on Wednesday.

January 19 2006

Joss Whedon/Astonishing X-Men press conference and preview pages from #13. Some of the highlights: a new Joss Marvel project is likely this year, Joss more open to Buffy/Kitty X-Men crossover than Firefly/Starjammers and most importantly of all, major discussion by Joss about the X-Men. Full transcript of Joss' chat at Comic Book Resources.

January 17 2006

It's Astonishing X-Men time in April! Not only will #14 be released (check out the cover art) but the deluxe hardcover collection of the first twelve issues will come out as well. More...

January 05 2006

Astonishing X-Men Saga #1 out today. It's a recap of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's first 12 issues in one handy (or pointless) one-shot. Think of the entire season of Firefly condensed into one episode and you've got an idea what it might be like. More...

December 12 2005

Hi Ho Silver Awayyyy! The Lone Ranger to ride again. Brett Matthews (Firefly's 'Heart of Gold' writer and co-writer of the Serenity comic book) and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men artist) are the creative team for the new Lone Ranger comic book series.

November 06 2005

First look at the Astonishing X-Men #13 cover. It'll be a long wait till this comes out in February.

October 18 2005

Astonishing X-Men Saga. As a taster for issue 13, Marvel are releasing a 48 page one-shot in January which recaps the first 12 issues. Pointless? Probably but the new cover by John Cassaday is very good indeed. More...

August 25 2005

Marvel releases alternate cover for Astonishing X-Men#12. You can still check for this issue's 5 page preview, it will be released in August 31st.

August 06 2005

Astonishing X-Men triumphs in Wizard Fan Awards. The comic book took home several awards voted for by the magazine's readers. Including Joss for Best Writer, John for Best Penciller and most important of all "Comic's Greatest Moment of 2004". More...

February 20 2005

Whedon & Cassaday on "X-Men" for 12 more issues. More...

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