The constructing course of at Oni Press continues with the announcement that business veteran Spencer Simpson has joined the writer as Vice President of Gross sales, the place he’ll oversee operations throughout the E book Market, Direct Market, and Digital platforms. He joins different latest hires, together with President & Writer Hunter Gorinson and Editor-in-Chief Sierra Hahn. And it’s one other robust rent: Simpson is a veteran of DC, Increase, and retailer Books a-Million, the place he innovated the Fried Pie unique program, and he has a large data of comics publishing and advertising on many ranges.
Extra quotes and BG beneath, however Simpsons is among the execs who was laid off from DC again within the March downsizing/reorganization, together with a number of different effectively revered executives. On the time insiders have been very shocked on the transfer, as a result of when you’re going to publish comics, you’re in all probability going to want Director of Gross sales and Advertising. Anyway, DC’s loss is Oni’s achieve — so let’s go to the PR!
“With a monitor report of remarkable efficiency at DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, and Books-A-Million, Spencer is among the most achieved comics publishing professionals of his technology,” mentioned Oni Press President & Writer Hunter Gorinson. “Spencer’s eager understanding of the comics market has been an instrumental a part of a few of our business’s greatest success tales of the trendy period – from BRZRKR and One thing is Killing the Youngsters to Batman/Fornite and Surprise Lady: Historia – and his appreciable abilities are a large boon to our formidable plans for the way forward for Oni Press.”
A local of Alabama, Simpson started his publishing profession because the Graphic Novel Purchaser for the Books-A-Million (BAM!) bookstore chain, rising the corporate’s in depth enterprise in graphic novels throughout stores in 32 states and main its growth into single situation gross sales and the founding of the primary Fried Pie unique program that spotlighted main releases from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Picture Comics, and lots of extra.
In 2018, Simpson joined BOOM! Studios as the corporate’s first head of gross sales, inaugurating the put up of Gross sales Supervisor in 2018 earlier than being appointed to the function of Director of Gross sales in 2020. Throughout his tenure, Simpson spearheaded a number of the most high-profile impartial comics and graphic novel launches of the twenty first century, together with James Tynion IV & Werther Dell’Edera’s One thing is Killing the Youngsters, Ryan North & Albert Monteys’ acclaimed adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-5, and BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney – the #1 best-selling impartial comics launch of the previous 30 years with greater than 600,000 models ordered.
Simpson subsequently moved to DC Comics, the place he served as Director of Advertising & Gross sales from 2021 onward and contributed to lots of the writer’s most notable successes lately with collection together with Batman/Fortnite, Beast Boy Loves Raven, The Human Goal, Supergirl: Lady of Tomorrow, Surprise Lady: Historia, and World’s Best: Batman/Superman, in addition to the best-selling reintroduction of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman to coincide with Netflix’s adaptation of the identical collection.
“I’m elated to be becoming a member of the crew at Oni Press, a writer that I’ve adopted intently throughout my time within the comics business,” mentioned Simpson. “Oni represents an important and obligatory voice within the medium with a incredible historical past of seminal and ground-breaking works – from Courtney Crumrin, The Sixth Gun, and Scott Pilgrim by way of new classics resembling Gender Queer, Mooncakes, Sheets, and The Tea Dragon Society. I’ve seen the thrilling slate of upcoming releases that the corporate might be unveiling within the months forward, and might’t wait to get began on furthering the lengthy and deep-rooted success Oni has established in bookstores, libraries, and comedian outlets.”