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Ari Yarwood Joins Silver Sprocket as Managing Editor

Ari Yarwood

Silver Sprocket has announced that Ari Yarwood will be joining as the publisher’s first managing editor. Yarwood has been working with Silver Sprocket since January 2021, and while she will continue to be available for freelance, both parties are working on a long-lasting creative partnership.

Formerly a senior editor at Portland comics publisher Oni Press, Ari Yarwood was responsible for the acquisition and development of many of their bestselling titles, including 2018 Eisner Award winner The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill. She also founded and managed the Limerence Press imprint, which publishes comics exploring gender and sexuality for a wide variety of audiences. Yarwood developed the breakout Quick & Easy series of nonfiction comics for the imprint, which guides readers through accessible explanation of concepts like they/them pronouns, queer and trans identities, and consent. She is currently a freelance editor, working with publishers and independent creators on a variety of projects.

Silver Sprocket is a radical indie publisher, art-crew, gallery, and comic shop, publishing some of comics’ best talent, including Ben Passmore, Benji Nate, and Jenn Woodall. While they have never had an editor on staff before, publisher Avi Ehrlich is looking forward to what that means for the future.

You can already check out books that Yarwood and Silver Sprocket have collaborated on, including Whit Taylor’s Montana Diary (available now), and Elizabeth Pich’s upcoming Fungirl, available for Free Comic Book Day and as a deluxe hardcover this October!

Review: The Long Con #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the longest con ever!

The Long Con #1 is by Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman, EA Denich, M. Victoria Robado, Aditya Bidikar, Leila Del Duca, Sara Richard, Keith Wood, Robin Herrera, and Ari Yarwood.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Rick and Morty #36

Rick and Morty #36

Story: Kyle Starks, Josh Trujillo
Art: Marc Ellerby, Rii Abrego
Color: Sarah Stern
Letterer: CRank!
Editor: Ari Yarwood
Design: Hilary Thompson
Cover: (Cover A) Marc Ellerby with Allison Strejlau, (Cover B) Mady G
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Kyle Starks and Marc Ellerby join forces to tell the story of Jerry’s very terrible, extremely bad, super sad day! Poor Jerry is having the worst of days—but it’s mostly his fault. How will he get bailed out this time? Plus: a new back-up comic story written by Josh Trujillo (Love is Love) and illustrated by Rii Abrego (Adventure Time)!

Love is for Everyone: Oni Press to Donate Valentine Proceeds to the True Colors Fund

Up to 1.6 million youth experience homelessness each year in America, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender homeless youth communities make up 40% of that statistic. This Valentine’s Day, Oni Press, Sarah Graley, and fans of Kim Reaper, will be donating to Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund as Oni’s 20th Anniversary winter season charity, which was chosen by Executive Editor Ari Yarwood.

Beginning today, the Oni Press Shopify store will have exclusive digital Kim Reaper valentines illustrated by creator Sarah Graley. This sheet of four adorable love notes are available for only $1, with the option for additional donation. All proceeds go to the True Colors Fund via Oni Press.

The True Colors Fund is working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth by creating systemic change. The organization uses a broad continuum of advocacy, training & education, and youth collaboration programs.

Oni Announces New Imprint Limerence Press, an Adult Line of Erotic and Sex Education Comics

Oni Press has announced Limerence Press, a new erotic and sex education comics imprint focused on positive, diverse, and approachable stories that reflect a wide variety of emotional and intimate experiences. Limerence Press is launching with printed editions of volumes 1–3 of Oh Joy Sex Toy, a popular sex education and sex toy review webcomic by creators by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan. Ari Yarwood will be the managing editor for the line.

As part of the deal, Limerence Press will be printing Moen and Nolan’s Oh Jo Sex Toy Volume 3 which was funded through Kickstarter. This helps decrease costs for the creative team.

Future titles will be announced this summer.

Oh Joy Sex Toy Volume 1 and Volume2 will come to comic shops October 5 for $29.99 and Oh Joy Sex Toy Volume 3 will hit shelves November 9.

Comics Promotions and Hirings

David NussThere’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.

Andrew McIntire Ari Yarwood Rachel Reed

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.

Oni Press Promotes Editorial Staff

Charlie ChuOni Press announced today promotions within its editorial department. Oni Press promoted Charlie Chu to Senior Editor, Robin Herrera to Editor, and Ari Yarwood to Associate Editor.

Formerly Editor, now Senior Editor, Charlie Chu has been with Oni Press since 2010 and has worked on critically acclaimed titles such as The Sixth Gun, Black Metal, Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, the upcoming Kaijumax and Junior Braves of the Apocalypse. “I couldn’t ask for a better editor on The Sixth Gun,” said Brian Hurtt, series artist and co-creator. “Charlie is smart, insightful, and has an innate sense of story, but most importantly he’s as passionate about the book as any of the creators.  He’s a great guy to have in your corner!”

Robin HerreraRobin Herrera has been with Oni Press since 2012 and, since becoming Associate Editor in 2014, has worked on Letter 44, Princess Ugg, The Bunker, I Was the Cat, and the highly anticipated Invader Zim series, featuring the return of the beloved cult hit from Jhonen Vasquez and Nickelodeon in comic form. Said writer Charles Soule, “I have had the pleasure of working with Robin Herrera on Letter 44 for a good while now, and her promotion to Editor is well deserved. She’s fantastic at managing the complex enterprise that is a monthly comic, she’s got great story sense, and she’s more than capable of providing the kick in the ass that all creators Ari Yarwoodneed (and deserve) from time to time. Well done!”

Ari Yarwood, whose previous experience includes an editorial internship at Bitch magazine, joined Oni Press last year as Administrative Assistant and has been performing editorial duties throughout her time at Oni Press. As Associate Editor, her projects include The Life After, Stumptown, and the upcoming comics based on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series Rick and Morty. “Ari Yarwood is one of the best editors I’ve ever worked with,” said Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer on The Life After. “Her ability to find and solve problems has been an absolute Potato-Godsend.”

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