Oni Press’s Sarah Gaydos has been promoted to Editor in Chief, the publisher announced today. Gaydos formerly held the title of Editorial Director of Licensed Publishing, and she previously worked at IDW as Group Editor, and at DC’s Wildstorm imprint, where she rose from receptionist. After leaving IDW early last year, Gaydos took on titles such as “Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty™” at Oni, to great success.
Gaydos fills the role formerly held by James Lucas Jones, who has served as Publisher since last January.
Social media has been awash in conrgatulations for the well liked Gayds. She tweeted:
Thanks, everyone!! And a special thank you for all of you who helped get me here, all the way from being the receptionist at WildStorm. I often say that I’m what happens when things go right for women in comics, and making it the norm, not the exception, is what I’m here to do. https://t.co/9pRiBMw5mu
— Sarah Gaydos (@sarahgaydos) January 3, 2019
“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to lead the stellar Oni Press editorial department into 2019 and beyond,” said Gaydos in a statement. “Since starting at Oni last year, I’ve been consistently impressed with the company’s deep love of the comic medium, and its dedication to reaching new fans. I can’t wait to lead the department to even greater heights!”
“In less than a year, Sarah has had a profound effect on Oni Press,” added publisher James Lucas Jones. “Her taste is impeccable and broad. Her network of colleagues both love and respect her. Her dedication to comics and the people who create them is virtually unmatched. There is no other person better suited to lead our editorial team and oversee the creation of amazing new comics for all types of readers.”
Gaydos started out an administration at Wildstorm and gradually worked her way up throuygh the ranks, workin on everything from Warcraft to Batman: Li’l Gotham and Jem and the Holograms. In 2016, she won the “Best of San Diego People” award for her work in lifting up women in comics.
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