Comics Promotions and Hirings
There’s been a bunch of different job promotions and hirings announced over the past few weeks.
Alternative Comics has announced the appointment of David Nuss to the full-time position of Associate Publisher. Effective immediately, Nuss will serve as the co-head of the Alternative Comics production team. Nuss will be responsible for business development, management of distributor and retailer relationships, sales forecasting, and other functions key to leading Alternative Comics’ presence on the east coast.
Nuss made his initial foray into the comics publishing field in 2007 with his role in Tender Loving Empire, a Portland, Oregon-based music label and publisher. He subsequently began his own small press company Revival House in 2009 and has since published a number of independent comic luminaries, including Sacha Mardou, Ted May, Chris Cilla and Malachi Ward. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Oni Press has announced the hiring of Andrew McIntire as Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Rachel Reed as publicity coordinator, and the promotion of Ari Yarwood to Managing Editor.
Ari Yarwood, whose previous experience includes work for Bitch magazine and The Masters Review, joined Oni Press in 2014. Since then, she has edited projects such as The Life After by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo, Stumptown by Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, and the upcoming Another Castle by Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau. Her proudest moment, besides publishing a Rick and Morty one-shot called “The Ball Fondlers Special,” is introducing the entire Oni Press editorial staff to the Hamilton soundtrack.
Rachel Reed is a recent graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a concentration in Advertising. She previously studied Sequential Art at Savannah College of Art and Design and completed a marketing internship at the comic book publisher BOOM! Studios in Los Angeles, California. She previously worked at The Pop Culture Company, a comic book retailer in Houston, TX, for two years and served as the The Valkyries point-of-contact for publishers. Reed’s hire follows the departure of Oni Press Director of Publicity Fred Reckling.
Andrew McIntire joins Oni Press after seven years with retailer Things From Another World (TFAW), where he oversaw marketing, publicity, sales, and retail operations as Vice President, prior to resigning in 2014. He spent 2015 working as a consultant to multiple publishers with a focus on sales channel development and championing retailer incentive programs. Prior to his career in comics, he held leadership positions across a variety of industries including private security, printing, and aerospace. A lifelong nerd of many stripes, he will happily talk your ear off about comics, hip hop, military history, and tabletop games if given half a chance. You’ve been warned.
pAs part of Dynamite Entertainment‘s continued expansion, the publisher welcomes the longtime comics and graphic novel professional Alan Payne to its growing staff.
A veteran of more than 25 years as a comic book professional, Alan began his career at DreamHaven books in Minneapolis before moving to Malibu Comics in 1992. Most recently, Payne joins Dynamite after nearly ten years with IDW Publishing, where he built one of the most reputable graphic novel sales departments in the industry. Alan not only managed all sales and marketing into traditional brick and mortar and online retail, but placed IDW’s titles into the mass market, achieving unparalleled success. The company saw incredible sales growth under Payne’s watch, and initiated new category offerings in both children’s and prose books. Previously, he served as the National Sales Manager for TokyoPop and was integral part in their dominance of the manga industry, departing at the height of their success.