Oni Press co-founder Joe Nozemack is stepping down from his role as company President following the merger of that company and Lion Forge under the new banner of Polarity. Publisher James Lucas Jones now moves up as President, in addition to his Publisher duties.
"Oni Press was started with the mission to publish comics and graphic novels that would appeal to a diverse group of readers and broaden the audience for the medium. 20 years later, I couldn't be prouder of the books we've published and the wide array of new readers and creators who have joined our community," said Nozemack. "It was obvious from our first meeting that the Polarity/Lion Forge team had these same passions and goals as the Oni Press team. And I have complete faith that the pairing of the two is going to continue that mission to make sure that there is an authentic and inspiring comic book for any and everyone who wants to join the comic-book faithful."
According to Polarity, Nozemack will be moved into an unspecfied "board and advisory" role.
"We wanted to respect the legacy of Joe’s efforts as founder, and we value his partnership," said Polarity President Edward Hamati.
Nozemack founded Oni Press in 1997 with Bob Schreck. Schreck left the company in 1999 for a DC editorial role.Jones and Charlie Chu later joined Oni Press and became co-owners of the company with Nozemack prior to the merger with Lion Forge.
According to Polarity, the Oni senior management team will lead the "creative and business operations" for the comics division wih Sarah Gaydos as Editor in Chief, Charlie Chu as Executive VP of Creative and Business Development, and Margot Wood as Director of Sales.
What role Lion Forge's editorial and business operations team will have post-merger hasn't been stated.