Oni Press-Lion Forge has announced that, effective immediately, Sarah Gaydos has stepped down as the publisher’s editor-in-chief, and that she and the publisher have “mutually agreed to part ways.” The news came via a post to social media.

The brief statement from Oni and Gaydos reads:

The Oni Press-Lion Forge Publishing Group and Sarah Gaydos have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately. We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Sarah for her time, passion, energy, and work during her tenure as Editor in Chief and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

“I’d like to take a minute to thank the entire Oni team, as well as the many incredible creators I had the pleasure of working with,” Gaydos said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity, and I look forward to what’s next.”

Oni Press will begin its search for a new Editor in Chief immediately. Publisher James Lucas Jones will oversee the day-to-day editorial operations on an interim basis with support from managing editor Chris Cerasi and associate publisher Michelle Nguyen.

Sarah Gaydos joined Oni Press in 2018 as the editorial director for licensed publishing, before being promoted to editor-in-chief in January of the following year, taking over the role from publisher Jones. This was all before Oni’s merger with Lion Forge, which took place in May of 2019 and resulted in a number of layoffs due to “redundancies.”

Gaydos is a much-loved figure in the comics community, and a talented editor. We here at The Beat wish her well and look forward to seeing what she does next.


  1. I’ll be curious to see if Oni shifts back to doing projects closer to what they were putting out in the mid-2010’s. Over the last year or 2 it seems they have really shifted away from going anything that isn’t Rick & Morty or is aimed at the Scholastic market. I don’t think that’s a bad strategy on their part at all, but I wouldn’t complain about Oni doing some more “adult” titles again like Queen & Country, Sixth Gun, etc.

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