Oni Press Celebrates 20 Years Of Comics In 2018, Announces Personnel Updates

by Hannah Means Shannon

This year, Oni Press is celebrating 20 years of publishing, and they have plans for their “platinum anniversary”, including announcing changes and promotions among their personnel.  They are also setting up a “retrospective” including events in each season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) of 2018.

Here are some of those personnel announcements:

-Joe Nozemack, Publisher of Oni Press for more that 20 years, has taken on the title of Founder and Chief Financial Officer.

-James Lucas Jones, who started as a website freelancer for Oni Press in 1999, has replaced Nozemack as Publisher after acting as Editor in Chief.

-Charlie Chu has been promoted to VP of Creative and Business Development after 7 years in Oni Press editorial.

-Ari Yarwood, former Managing Editor and current head of Limerence Press, is now Executive Editor of Oni Press.

-Editor Robin Herrera has been promoted to Senior Editor.

-Associate Editor Desiree Wilson, who was previously an editorial intern at Dark Horse, joined Oni Press last August.

-Graphic Designer Hilary Thompson has been promoted to Senior Designer.

-Angie Knowles has moved from Digital Prepress Technician to Digital Press Lead.

-Kate Stone was hired in April as Junior Graphic Designer.

-Rachel Reed has been reassigned as Marketing Manager.

-Melissa Meszaros (Melissa MacFadyen), former Dark Horse PR Manager, is now Publicity Manager.

-Alissa Sallah was hired as Administrative Assistant in January of 2017.

Here are some of the company’s thoughts on their anniversary:

Joe Nozemack says:

Twenty years ago the comics mainstream was limited to science fiction and superheroes. 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.

James Lucas Jones adds:

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. 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.

Look out for more announcements about anniversary events coming up in 2018 from Oni Press!