David Dissanayake has joined Oni as Sales Manager. He fills the position held by Shy Allott, who left as Director of Sales several months ago. Dissanayake joins Oni following two years at Magnetic Press as Director of Sales & Marketing, and he was formerly manager of Mission: Comics & Art, in San Francisco. Statements from the PR show everyone is pleased:
“We’re very excited to have David on the team and I think retailers are going to be just as excited once they get to interact with him,” says Publisher Joe Nozemack. “David’s hands-on experience in comic book retail gives him an incredible ability to relate to the challenges and opportunities facing our market. Oni Press has an incredibly diverse line of books and David is going to be able to work with each store to maximize their sales on the appropriate Oni Press titles.” “David’s expertise and passion for comics will also benefit us in the bookstore and library market,” says Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones. “Through his work with Magnetic Press, David has built relationships in both those markets and we know those relationships will only grow as he works with VP of Marketing and Sales, Andrew McIntire, to increase Oni Press’s outreach to those critical markets. The comic book medium has a fantastic opportunity to attract new readers through public and school libraries. We’ve worked hard to cultivate a publishing line that ensures library patrons are able to find comic books that speak directly to them and we’re confident David will work hard to make those books available to librarians and schools everywhere.”
David Dissanayake, Sales Manager
“Oni Press is undeniably one of world’s best publishers,” says Dissanayake. “They have been consistently releasing some of the best comics I’ve ever read, and I can say that with 100% honesty. Their commitment to quality and diversity is spectacular, and their eclectic catalog of titles is unmatched. Being brought onto the Oni team in time for their twentieth anniversary is an honor, and it’s an absolute thrill to be working alongside the industry’s finest as we gear up to take things to the next level.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.