There are several comings and goings at Portland-area comic book publishers Oni Press and Dark Horse as two staffers leave and one is hired.
Oni Press has hired David Dissanayake to become the Portland company's new Sales Manager. Dissanayake replaces the outgoing Shy Allot, and comes to the company after serving as Chicago-based Magnetic Press' Director of Sales & Marketing for two years.
“We're very excited to have David on the team and I think retailers are going to be just as excited once they get to interact with him,” said Oni publisher Joe Nozemack. “David's hands-on experience in comic book retail gives him an incredible ability to relate to the challenges and opportunities facing our market.Oni Press has an incredibly diverse line of books and David is going to be able to work with each store to maximize their sales on the appropriate Oni Press titles.”
As Dissanayake joins the burdgeoning Portland comic book scene, Dark Horse Associate Editor Hannah Means-Shannon is leaving the publisher for personal reasons.
"I’ve been working as Associate Editor at Dark Horse for 9 months, having moved to Portland, Oregon, from New Jersey to take up that position," Means-Shannon said on Tumblr. "In that time, I’ve worked on over 30 projects, had many books come out onto the market that I’m very proud of, and worked with some wonderful people, from fellow editors to comic creators. It’s been a huge time of growth in my understanding of the publishing industry and the mechanics of comics storytelling."
Means-Shannon plans to return to the East Coast. She previously worked for Avatar Press as Bleeding Cool's Editor-In-Chief.