Oni Press sent out a news release today announcing that their current managing editor, Randal Jarrell, has resigned to enlist in the United States Army Reserves. He will serve as a medic while attending nursing school.
“This was easily the hardest decision of my professional life,” Jarrell said in the release. “I love this company and the people I work with, and I am so incredibly proud of the work we’ve done over the last six years. I just feel I have a calling to serve not just this country, but the men and women in uniform who have already sacrificed so much.”
He’s has been with Oni since 2003, where he edited such titles as The Damned, First in Space, Salt Water Taffy and Northwest Passage. Randy is one of several people I always tried to stop and say hi to at the Oni booth at various conventions, as he is a genuinely nice guy and has been very supportive of the blog. So best of luck to him in his new and noble endeavor.
Jarrell will be succeeded by new hire George Rohac, who will take over his managerial duties as Oni’s operations director. His editorial workload will be divided among Oni’s editorial department run by editor in chief James Lucas Jones. That same department will be adding new associate editor Charlie Chu, formerly of 20th Century Fox, and promoting assistant editor Jill Beaton to associate editor.