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Charlie Stickney exits as Scout Comics publisher in new shake up

Even more shake-ups in the business side of the comics industry are taking place this week, this time at Scout Comics.

Press Release

There’s been plenty of moving and shaking in the comics industry of late, and today we’ve learned publisher Charlie Stickney has left Scout Comics.

In a statement sent to AIPT, Stickney had this to say about his two years as publisher at Scout Comics:

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“I loved my time being part of the leadership group at Scout. When I brought White Ash there in 2019, taking a comic to the direct market seemed like such a daunting and bewildering task. Jim Pruett, then Publisher of Scout, led me through the process and helped me connect with stores all around the country. So when they offered me the opportunity to be Co-Publisher and to pay forward what I’d been taught, I jumped at the chance to help other creators develop and bring their stories to a larger audience—

Over the last couple of years Scout has grown from a small company putting out 6-10 titles a month to one that’s internationally known with a slate of offerings that can approach 25 books monthly. With several imprints, a toy line, a gaming division and multiple titles in development as films and television series—in all that growth I believe the time has come for me to pass the baton to the next person into what I’m sure will be a very successful future for Scout—

I’m truly grateful to James Haick and Brendan Deneen for appointing me Co-Publisher and entrusting me with the responsibility of growing the brand of Scout Comics. I worked with an incredible group during my time, including David Byrne, Richard Rivera, Lesa Miller and Don Handfield. I’m confident that going forward Scout will be in great hands, and the next generation of creators will be very well taken care of.”

Publisher Charlie Stickney exits as Scout Comics publisher

Charlie Stickney

Scout Comics has also announced a shift in management, revealing James Pruett has taken over the publishing role with Richard Rivera taking on the brand new role of Editor-in-Chief.

“While I was away, discovering new parts of the world and my own soul, I found myself missing Scout Comics. So, when James Haick and Brendan Deneen reached out to me, I was excited to discover that the timing was perfect for my re-entry into the world of comics. A world that is near and dear to my heart.”

Stickney is moving on from Scout to shift focus to writing his urban fantasy, White Ash.

Just yesterday, AfterShock revealed Senior Story Editor Brian Cunningham was taking over as editor-in-chief after Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts stepped down and moved his talents to Mad Cave Studios.

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

OCT. 5, 2022, (PITTSBURGH, PA) — Exciting horizons abound! Charlie Stickney, twenty-year veteran of the entertainment industry, beloved comics community member, and series creator of celebrated White Ash and more, has left Scout Comics.

During his two-year tenure at the publisher, Charlie brought on such great titles as Karl Kesel and David Hahn’s Impossible Jones, Pat Shand and Rio Burton’s Azza The Barbed, and Zack Kaplan and Arjuna Susini’s Forever Forward. He also ran point on Scout‘s distribution with Simon and Schuster, shepherding Solar Flare, Stabbity Bunny, The Mall, and White Ash to the book market, as they began generating expansion in both distribution and IPs. Charlie spoke of his role and relationship with Scout Comics:
“I loved my time being part of the leadership group at Scout. When I brought White Ash there in 2019, taking a comic to the direct market seemed like such a daunting and bewildering task. Jim Pruett, then Publisher of Scout, led me through the process and helped me connect with stores all around the country. So when they offered me the opportunity to be Co-Publisher and to pay forward what I’d been taught, I jumped at the chance to help other creators develop and bring their stories to a larger audience— 

Over the last couple of years Scout has grown from a small company putting out 6-10 titles a month to one that’s internationally known with a slate of offerings that can approach 25 books monthly. With several imprints, a toy line, a gaming division and multiple titles in development as films and television series—in all that growth I believe the time has come for me to pass the baton to the next person into what I’m sure will be a very successful future for Scout—

I’m truly grateful to James Haick and Brendan Deneen for appointing me Co-Publisher and entrusting me with the responsibility of growing the brand of Scout Comics. I worked with an incredible group during my time, including David Byrne, Richard Rivera, Lesa Miller and Don Handfield. I’m confident that going forward Scout will be in great hands, and the next generation of creators will be very well taken care of.”

Not only does this departure allow Charlie to shift focus to his fan-favorite urban fantasy, White Ash, but also, he will continue to celebrate the comics community; to support and cultivate relationships with other creators. Tenured in crowdfunding, with Glarien #1 as one of the largest single-issue Kickstarters of all-time, Charlie openly shares his experience and knowledge with a diverse community of writers, artists, colorers, and letterers, with the hope of expanding a positive and thriving industry, in creative projects as well as comics readership.

And this is only the beginning of what’s to come…

Charlie Stickney is the writer and co-creator of The Game, writer of The Adept for Immortal Studios, producer of the award-winning documentary The Entertainers, as well as helped create the animated series Horrible Histories and Cosmic Quantum Ray.

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