ONI PRESS Names New Publisher, More Staff Changes As It Looks Ahead to 2018

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Oni Press has kicked off its 2018 20th anniversary year with several promotions including a new publisher and new job titles. These changes come ahead of the company's planned switch from Diamond Books to Simon & Shuster as their book distributor.

Oni Press co-founder (and long-time publisher) Joe Nozemack has segued into the title of Chief Financial Officer/Founder.

“Twenty years ago the comics mainstream was limited to science fiction and superheroes,” said Nozemack in a statement. “Because of their increase in popularity, comics and graphic novels are the main growth category in bookstores and libraries, and now comic book shops have been able to attract a more diverse audience. That’s exactly what Oni Press set out to do - make a comic for every person.”

Former Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones has replaced Nozemack as Publisher, and remains a co-owner of the company.

Editor Charlie Chu has been promoted to VP of Creative and Business Development. Brad Rooks has been promoted to Director of Operations.

Ari Yarwood, former Managing Editor and current head of Limerence Press, is now Executive Editor of Oni Press, and editor Robin Herrera has been promoted to Senior Editor.

Graphic designer Hilary Thompson has been promoted to Senior Designer, and Angie Knowles has moved from Digital Prepress Technician to Digital Press Lead.

Rachel Reed has taken the job of Marketing Manager, and Melissa Meszaros (nee MacFadyen), former Dark Horse PR Manager, has taken the job of Publicity Manager.

Lastly, Dark Horse alum Desiree Wilson joined Oni last August as associate editor.

”On one hand, it doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been working with Joe and the Team Oni for the last 18 years, but at the same time, I can barely remember when this company wasn’t a huge part of my life,” added Jones. “While proud to have played a part in how the comic industry has evolved over the last 20 years, we’re even more excited to be a part of its continued growth and maturation over the next two decades.”
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story failed to mention Desiree Wilson's recent hiring.
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