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Personal Life

John Cassaday was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1971. A self-taught artist, he initially put himself through three years of film school and worked for a time directing TV news before leaving his home state. He was influenced early on by the Adam West Batman TV show and later, of course, he became a fan of Star Wars and G.I. Joe. His artistic influences include numerous artists and writers across a broad spectrum of different media, but his favorite is American artist and illustrator, N.C. Wyeth. Cassaday broke in to comics when he brought his art portfolio to the 1996 San Diego Comic Con. He now lives in New York City.

Career

Cassaday's first professional comics work was in 1995 with a story in Caliber's Negative Burn. In 1996, he did some work on Ghost for Dark Horse and eventually became lead artist on Desperadoes. By 1997, he was working on mainstream comics such as Alpha Flight, Union Jack and The Flash.

Cassaday soared to popularity as the artist on Planetary with Warren Ellis. Among his most critically acclaimed endeavors were his runs on Captain America and his highly successful work on Astonishing X-Men with Joss Whedon. Cassaday returned to illustrating Cap in an issue of Fallen Son: The Death Of Captain America in 2007. During his career, Cassaday has produced many stellar covers, including covers for Joss Whedon's Serenity: Those Left Behind for Dark Horse and Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper for Virgin Comics. He produced the variant covers for Zorro and Mark Waid's mega-hit Irredeemable. Additionally, he drew the covers for The Complete Dracula, Leah Moore and John Reppion's adaptation of Bram Stoker's original story. He also drew a fantastic run of covers for Dynamite's Lone Ranger series, also serving as art director.

Last but not least, he illustrated the graphic novels in the I Am Legion trilogy with Fabien Nury for Humanoids. The three books were eventually re-published in an eight-issue comic book series format by Devil's Due.

Awards

  • 2004 Eisner Award for Best Artist
  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series: Astonishing X-Men
  • 2007 Eagle Award Favorite Comics Artist: Pencils

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