It’s with a heavy-heart that Oni Press announces the resignation of their long time Managing Editor, Randal C. Jarrell, who is leaving the company to enlist in the United States Army Reserves where he will serve as a medic while attending nursing school.
“This was easily the hardest decision of my professional life,” stated Jarrell. “I love this company and the people I work with, and I am so incredibly proud of the work we’ve done over the last 6 years. I just feel I have a calling to serve not just this country, but the men and women in uniform who have already sacrificed so much.”
Jarrell joined the Oni family in 2003 and has been instrumental in helping Oni Press publish one of the most eclectic, varied, and acclaimed lines of comic books in the industry. Further proving that sequential art could be used to tell virtually any story, Randy has edited many noted Oni titles including: award winning historical fictions FIRST IN SPACE and NORTHWEST PASSAGE, fantasy-noir fan favorite THE DAMNED, and the all-age smile-inducing SALT WATER TAFFY series.
“I’m extremely grateful to Randy for his incredible dedication to this company,” added Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. “His hard work, intelligence, and taste have been absolutely essential in helping us grow into the company we are today. James, the rest of the Oni staff, and I would like to thank him for his years of service and wish him great luck in this exciting new endeavor. While there is sadness about his departure, there’s also much excitement about the future as we add two amazing new people to the Oni Press family.”
Randy will be succeeded by new hire George Rohac, who will be taking over his managerial duties as Oni’s Operations Director. Randy’s editorial workload will be divided amongst Oni’s editorial department run by editor in chief James Lucas Jones. That same department will be adding new associate editor Charlie Chu, formerly of 20th Century Fox, and promoting assistant editor Jill Beaton to associate editor.
“With the addition of George and Charlie and promotion of Jill, Oni Press embarks on a bold new era,” concluded Oni Press editor in chief James Lucas Jones. “These are three immensely talented, smart, and hard-working individuals who have already contributed to Oni’s success behind the scenes. In these new positions they will be given the opportunity to help push Oni Press in exciting new directions, an opportunity I’m confident they will all take full advantage of.”
Wish Randy farewell at the Oni Press Forums!