Lion Forge Announces New Editorial Hires

Lion Forge has announced four new hires in its editorial department, including Desiree Rodriguez, Erika Kuster, Hazel Newlevant, and Jasmine Amiri. These four editors join the rapidly growing publisher in advance of New York Comic Con, where the company will unveil multiple new titles and series.

Desiree Rodriguez has been an entertainment and comics journalist for eight years writing for sites such as: The Tempest, The Feminist Wire, Women Write About Comics, and The Nerds of Color. Boricua extraordinaire, Desiree has written and curated various Latinx centric discussion pieces and movements to discuss and educate on the Latinx experience in comics.

Erika Kuster has over twelve years of experience in the publishing industry and was previously Managing Editor for Andrews McMeel Publishing. During her time at AMP, she helped transform the company from a print-only publisher to a fully integrated print and digital publishing house. She has also acted as a children’s book author, editor, production editor, and all-around metadata guru.

Hazel Newlevant is the editor and publisher of the anthologies Comics for Choice and Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers and her work as a cartoonist has been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant, and Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. In addition to her editorial role, Hazel is the author of the graphic novel memoir No Ivy League, which Lion Forge will publish in late 2018.

Jasmine Amiri is a Los Angeles-based editor whose credits include the Eisner and Harvey nominated ​Giant Days​ by John Allison, 2017 GLAAD Award Winner ​The Woods​ by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas, and the critically-acclaimed series ​Grass Kings ​by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins among many others.