The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group just took a major step in reorganizing by announcing Sierra Hahn has been hired as Editor-in-Chief. Most recently at Boom!, Hahn is a 15-year comics veteran who has also worked at DC/Vertigo and Dark Horse. The news was announced ahead of this week’s ComicsPRO meeting in Pittsburgh.
After a tumultuous 2022 that saw a near total staff turnover, Oni began rebuilding in December with the hire of Hunter Gorinson as publisher and president. Hahn joins to company to oversee the creative end of the publishing line and editorial team, which publishes more than 60 original graphic novels a year, along with periodical comics.
“For 25 years, Oni has defied convention by publishing comics and graphic novels for readers of all ages that subvert expectations and drive new readership,” said Hahn in a statement. “I’m ecstatic to collaborate with a passionate team of editors and storytellers to build on Oni-Lion Forge’s success and produce bold, groundbreaking, and inspirational stories for generations to come.”
“Sierra is an immense talent, and, without a doubt, the ideal choice to lead our editorial team as we reinforce and amplify Oni’s mandate to do what it does best: empower creators to harness the unrivaled power of the comics medium on each and every page,” said Gorinson. “With a career that’s been dedicated to making great books that resonate with fans around the globe, Sierra’s catalog of work speaks for itself – but I’m confident her best work is yet to be done here at Oni Press. She – alongside several other key hires soon to be announced – will be a foundational part of the leadership team that is strengthening Oni-Lion Forge for the future.”
“High-quality storytelling is at the center of everything we do at Oni-Lion Forge, and Sierra has a well-deserved reputation as one of the industry’s most respected editors with a gift for producing nuanced, wide-ranging, and critically revered comics for every kind of reader,” said David Steward II, Chairman of the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group. “Working hand in hand with our dedicated editorial team and Oni-Lion Forge’s immensely talented roster of creators, Sierra will be an integral part of building Oni’s next contributions to the canon of great comics and graphic novels.”
Hahn started out in DC’s publicity department before joining Dark Horse as editor, where her projects included the Eisner Award-winning Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen & Jonathan Case; Mesmo Delivery by Rafael Grampá; The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon & Becky Cloonan; and Two Brothers by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá; and licensed titles Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, and more.
Joining Boom! in 2015, she served as Executive Editor of the Archaia imprint, where she worked on Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca & Nick Dragotta; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin & Lee Bermejo; the Faithless trilogy by Brian Azzarello & Maria Llovet; and the Eisner Award-nominated adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five by Ryan North & Albert Monteys; among many dozens more.
Oni launched in 1997 as one of the most innovative independent comics publishers of the era, and made its mark over the years with seminal books like Scott Pilgrim, Whiteout, Courtney Crumrin, Invader Zim, Wasteland, Wet Moon, The Tea Dragon Society and more. In 2019, it merged with Lion Forge; as the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group it is a publishing subsidiary of Steward’s diversified global media company, Polarity. Their current list of of notable titles includes Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty™, Brenna Thummler’s Sheets and Delicates, Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer, Jarrett Melendez & Danica Brine’s Chef’s Kiss, Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Upgrade Soul, the Eisner award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong, and work by Cullen Bunn, Zander Cannon, Tyler Crook, Ray Fawkes, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Hester, Mike Huddleston, Brian Joines, Sam Keith, Jim Mahfood, Chris Samnee, Laura Samnee, Judd Winick, and many more.