Just in time for Comic-Con, we're excited to announce that Joe Hughes has joined AOL as the Editor-in-Chief of ComicsAlliance. At a time when the popularity of comics and comic book culture is at an all-time high, Hughes comes to our team with over 10 years of experience in the industry, having sold, reviewed, and edited comics over his career.

Hughes most recently served in an editorial role at the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, where he worked with and recruited several well-known writers, including Anthony Bourdain, China Miéville, Nnedi Okorafor, and Douglas Rushkoff. In his new role as Editor-in-Chief, Hughes will be supervising a small but talented and dedicated staff, covering conventions and other big events and recruiting new writers and artists to join the ComicsAlliance team as they continue to expand their coverage of movies, television, video games and other media related to the comic book industry.

Check out ComicsAlliance, where comics and things that are awesome team up and crossover to your FACE, for the latest comic industry news and for an extensive guide of San Diego Comic-Con 2012.