Oni has just announced the promotion of three of its editors in preparation for new creator owned and licensed titles. While all the promotions are well deserved, they might also serve as a preemptive hedge against DC’s talent raid on West Coast editorial offices. The short version: Charlie Chu has been promoted to Senior Editor, Robin Herrera to Editor, and Ari Yarwood to Associate Editor. And the books they will be working on include Kaijumax, Invader Zim and Rick and Morty. PLUS they got portraits by John Allison! It is a day of winning.
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 Herrera has bee
n 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 need (and deserve) from time to time. Well done!”
Ari Yarwood, whose previous experience includes an editorial internship at Bitchmagazine, 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.”
“Charlie, Robin, and Ari are some of the smartest, hard working people I know, and are capable of doing anything they set their minds to,” concluded Oni Press Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones. “The fact that they’ve chosen to put all their energies into helping our talented creators make their books a reality and their complete dedication to our creators’ visions and nuanced understanding of the comic book art form makes Oni Press a unique home for creator owned comics.”
“Oni Press and our creators are truly lucky to have them on our team,” concluded Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack.
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.