Scout Comics Expands With New Hire & Six New Imprints

by James Ferguson

Indie publisher Scout Comics is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year in a big way. It already teased twenty major announcements coming in 2020 and this is certainly one of them. Scout Comics has brought on producer and writer Don Handfield as a partner, co-owner, and board member. He’ll also serve as Chief Media Officer to help the publisher further expand into new media, film, and television.

Handfield says:

I grew up reading comic books and having worked for many years in film and TV, there is no purer or more satisfying medium for a creator. Publishing and creating IP goes hand in hand with what I do on the TV and film side as a writer/producer and I am honored to become a part of this exciting company and to be able to help continue to grow this incredible platform for storytelling.

But that’s not all! Scout Comics is also launching six new specialty imprints to further bolster its presence in the direct comic market and expand into the brick & mortar bookstore and e-tailer areas. Check out the details of each below:

Outsider Comics began as a physical retail space in Seattle, committed to showing that comics are for everyone. Run by Jill Taplin, the Outsider imprint will focus on celebrating creators and stories that are underrepresented in sequential storytelling today. “We’re excited to play a part in sharing these perspectives and helping to make comics more inclusive,” Taplin said.

Black Caravan will explore the darker side of creator-owned comics, high end art books, and collectibles. The horror imprint’s co-Publishers, Joseph Schmalke and Rich Woodall, are both veterans of independent publishing, including their current Scout book The Electric Black.

Scoot will be Scout’s all ages line that is launching in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day via the $1 Scoot Preview book. This preview will feature multiple Scoot launch titles.

Scout will delve into the young adult space with Lit, graphic novels that will appeal to teens of all interests and backgrounds.

The One-Shot imprint will publish approximately half a dozen self-contained one-shot comics by some of today’s most talented creators each year.  At the beginning of each subsequent year, Scout will collect all of these one-shots into a single trade paperback anthology.

Scout’s Nonstop! imprint caters to readers, collectors and retailers alike. First, a Nonstop! world premiere issue #1 is released to give fans a taste of the story, and then a few months later, the full story is released in full as a trade paperback.
These are certainly some exciting times for Scout Comics. Six imprints could seem a little excessive, however it shows that the publisher has something for everyone. It makes it easy to identify which books are right for you based on the logo. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Scout Comics this year.

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