Rising industry star George Rohac, who has been Oni’s Director of Business Development, and founder of Benign Kingdom, is moving on to become Director of Business Development for What Pumpkin Studios, the merchandise end of fantastically popular webcomic Homestuck. Rohac was recently instrumental in running the $2.4 million Kickstarter for a Homestuck game, so you can see where he’d be handy to have around.
Homestuck creator Andrew Hussie has taken some time off from the webcomic MS Paint Adventures to work on the game and animation, so Rohac will be busy.
Rohac joined Oni in 2010, and was instrumental in helping them through Scott Pilgrim Mania and many other successes, including publishing Penny Arcade and Double Fine Action Comics. “George is going to be extremely missed. His ideas and work ethic helped further progress Oni Press as one the best independent publishers in the industry,” said president and publisher Joe Nozemack in a statement.
Oni Press Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones added, “We have had many successes because of George and for that we are grateful. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to hearing more about his endeavors.”
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