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Mindbender is the latest Scout Title Box Tuesday Release!

Scout Comics has a new weekly imitative called Title Box Tuesdays! Every Tuesday for the foreseeable future, Scout will release a limited edition box set of one of the many amazing titles in their catalog. This week’s release is Mindbender!

At the tender age of seven, Alexander Oberman witnessed the gruesome deaths of his parents in a horrendous explosion caused by the explosive power of his own mind. How Alex survived has been a mystery. Physically he was fine, minus a few burns, but mentally he withdrew into himself…into his mind. For 16 years, Alex hadn’t uttered a solitary word or had a voluntary movement of his own, until now. Those that would use his destructive abilities have been awaiting Alex’s awakening. But will Alex be a vanguard for the world or will he be responsible for its annihilation?

Written by James Pruett with art by Federico De Luca, each deluxe title box will contain a complete set of comics! There’s a mystery element in each box offering that includes rare variants and out off print covers. There’s also extremely rare HOLOFOIL editions that can only be found within!

Along with the set of single issues you will also get a digital download/collectible card of each series in Scout’s new COMIC TAG format! These limited edition collectibles look just like a mini comic book with a collectible card attached!

Get yours now!

David Byrne and Charlie Stickney are Promoted to Co-Publishers of Scout Comics

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Scout Comics & Entertainment Inc. has announced that David Byrne and Charlie Stickney have been promoted to Co-Publishers as the company continues to expand its publishing program and multi-media presence.

James Pruett has shifted his focus to concentrate on his role as Chief Creative Officer and will work closely with CEO Brendan Deneen to expand the company’s presence in the bookstore market and to further exploit Scout’s foreign language, multimedia, and merchandising opportunities.

David Byrne began his Scout career as a production designer in 2019, bringing his film and business education and experience as an editor, writer, and retailer to the team. He has spent the better part of two decades in sales, and owned and operated independent publisher W.i.N. Pictures, producing the hit comic Stake and such well-received titles as Color Me YellowDaisy Gets a BrotherShady Place, and The Couch.

As Co-Publisher, Charlie Stickney emphasizes a creator-first approach, designed to empower writers and artists to help bring their vision to the marketplace. Stickney is the writer/co-creator of the comic book series White AshThe GameGlarien and The Adept. In addition, Charlie has spent the last twenty-plus years writing and producing animation, film and television.  After interning at Marvel Comics, Stickney moved to Los Angeles where he developed and ran the animated series Horrible Histories for Scholastic Entertainment, and Cosmic Quantum Ray for Mike Young Productions. Charlie has also produced content for Sony Pictures, ITV, Universal Pictures, Revolution Studios, and Hulu.

David and Charlie join Deneen and Pruett, as well as the rest of the Scout executive team, including James Haick (President), Tennessee Edwards (Chief Strategy Officer), and Don Handfield (Chief Media Officer), in expanding the publishing and multimedia company.

Scout Comics Announces a New Corporate Structure and Officers

Very few Indie publishers have had the explosive success that Scout Comics has enjoyed in 2018. With breakout hits like Stabbity Bunny, Long Lost, and The Mall, Scout has released an impressive lineup of comics for a new publisher. With this unprecedented growth, Scout Comics has unveiled the revolutionary new Scout Comics & Entertainment, Inc. The new structuring of Scout’s corporate landscape will include Brendan Deneen (CEO) and Tennessee Edwards (CCO), along with new additions James Pruett (COO & Publisher) and James Haick (President).

Scout Comics and Entertainment has strategically established their new corporate headquarters in one of Florida’s most charming and comic friendly cities, Fort Myers.

 

Scout Comics Announces the Summer of Scout

Scout Comics & Entertainment is kicking off The Summer of Scout, featuring the announcement of eight new upcoming Scout comic book properties each week during the summer of 2017!

Up first, Graveland, a supernatural thriller from the creative force behind Fish Eye!

And since this is the first week of the Summer of Scout, they’ve also announced Scout’s publishing deal in Italy with Weird Books, launching with Graveland and Scout’s hit series Mindbender!

Graveland #1 hits comic stores in September with the creative team of Massimo Rosi, Gabriel Nunez, Marco Pagnotta, and Simone Bertoni.

The San Andreas Fault finally has “the Big One”, but not from natural occurrences and either something or someone is responsible. From the depths of the fault something emerges. Something of myth and legend that was mentioned in hush tones by nearly every ancient culture- Giants, huge creatures from another time, are awakened from their slumber and seek to resume their conquest that has been delayed for a millennium as they lay buried within the earth and California is the first target. To help mount a counter-offensive, the US government creates super humans with an experimental serum. These four super-powered individuals could be the last chance for humanity as they all that stand between the end of civilization and the Giants.

Mindbender, written by James Pruett with art by Federico De Luca, and which has seen sold out of its first two issues, will see the release of issue #3 in July.

At the tender age of seven, Alexander Oberman witnessed the gruesome deaths of his parents in a horrendous explosion as a result of his own mind tapping into a previously unknown powerful force. How Alex survived has been a mystery. Physically he was fine, minus a few burns, but mentally he withdrew into himself, into his mind. For 16 years, Alex hadn’t uttered a solitary word or had a voluntary movement of his own, until now. Those that would use his destructive abilities have been awaiting Alex’s awakening. Now, that wait has ended, and the world will soon learn the true potential of mankind. But will Alex be a vanguard for the world or will he be responsible for its annihilation?

Scout Comics’ Mindbender #1 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing

Scout Comics and Entertainment has announced that Mindbender #1 by James Pruett and Federico De Luca, a reality-bending series blending elements of sci-fi and psychological thrillers, sold out of its print run of the first issue on its day of release and has back to a second printing.

Perfect for fans of Inception, Unbreakable, Legion and the OA, Mindbender is a thought-provoking journey through the realms of reality and madness exploring the potential power lying dormant in the human mind and the barriers that separate our world from the worlds between worlds both mentally and dimensionally.

Please use Diamond code MAR178791 to order Mindbender #1 2nd printing with a cover by Phil Hester coming to stores by the end of June 2017.

 

Mina Elwell talks InferNoct, Scout Comics

infernoctEarlier this year, publisher Scout Comics announced an impressive slate of new comics to be released throughout 2017. I talked to Mina Elwell, Media Director at Scout Comics and writer of InferNoct, an upcoming horror comic from Scout.

Graphic Policy: First, thank you for taking the time to talk to us! Could you please tell us a little about yourself?

Mina Elwell: Thank you! I think of myself as a research-based writer. I love hearing about bizarre things –history, mythology, biology, muttering on the subway. (InferNoct is mostly the last one.) Talking to me could go off in any direction.

GP: You’re writing InferNoct, which has been described as a “Lovecraftian” horror story. What can readers expect from this comic?

ME: There’s a kind of looming existential dread associated with Lovecraftian horror, going back to HP Lovecraft’s stories, that I wanted to capture with InferNoct. As horror fans, we’re a little desensitized to extreme gore. A lot of us grew up watching American slashers – we’re hard to shock. What makes Lovecraftian stories disturbing is the sense that we do not really understand each other, nothing we do really matters, and our sanity is fragile.

And tentacles. There will be tentacles.

GP: As a filmmaker, what is it like to switch between writing for film and writing for comics? Are there things that each allows you to do as a writer that you can’t do with the other?

ME: One of the things I really like about comics is how small our team is. Eli Powell and I are co-creators. Tristan Elwell is our color artist, Marshall Dillon is our letterer, and James Pruett is our editor. That’s it. I’m able to write for them and to them, with their specific styles in mind. My scripts have notes and suggestions for Eli, links to hats and sea creatures he might like to draw.

A film script, even for an indie film, is going to be seen by a lot more people. You’re writing for the lighting techs, and the PA’s, not just the director and the editor.

GP: How do these different genres and mediums allow you to explore different kinds of storytelling?

ME: Films (and TV of course) allow a wide variety of people to come together to create the same thing – it’s music, it’s cinematography, it’s costumes and props and makeup, it’s editing, it’s writing. It feels like you’re watching one vision, but you’re really watching the work of hundreds of people working for months.

Eli and I have always been on the same page. What you’re seeing is pretty close to what I first imagined.

GP: What were some of InferNoct’s influences? What drew you to the horror genre?

ME: Other than Lovecraft…

When I was creating the world of InferNoct, I thought a lot about the original 1973 Wickerman, and the way that our perceptions of the townspeople switch several times throughout. InferNoct is an American love letter to folk horror.

With Sam, the protagonist, thought about The Crying of Lot 49, my favorite Pynchon novel. She’s a very different kind of person than Oedipa, but they’re both trying to reinvent themselves, and struggling to face a new reality… or what reality means, depending on how you read it.

I really looked at Thomas Ligotti’s stories when I was thinking about fear. Nobody does fear better than Ligotti.

GP: Based on the description, InferNoct has a really intriguing and unique concept. It’s also not your first horror story. Do you find yourself trying to break or avoid horror tropes when conceptualizing new stories?

ME: In general, I try not to worry about it too much. If two people started out with the exact same concept, they’d probably end up with entirely different final projects. At the same time, most people are pretty familiar with the horror movie archetypes (thank you Scary Movie and Scream Queens) so there’s a danger that anything set in a cabin in the woods with several promiscuous teens will become a parody pretty quickly. Eli and I made the decision to take out a “Hello?” shouted into an empty house the other day… everyone knows that’s how you get killed.

GP: Though the comic isn’t out yet, you’ve been releasing Trauma Cleanup Reports on InferNoct’s Facebook page. This is a pretty awesome way to market the book, set the tone for the story, and show off Eli Powell’s art. How did idea for the trauma reports come about?

ME: I wrote the first Trauma Report as something to hand out at conventions – my first one was Flame Con. I was hoping it would be something to give people a taste of what the series would be like, through the eyes of a different protagonist. Once I started to actually meet people at the cons, and they were excited about the series, I realized I wanted to have something running until release that would help them remember us.

GP: Eli Powell’s art looks absolutely incredible in the previews I’ve seen. What does he bring to the story?

ME: Eli brings a lot of depth to the characters, especially Sam, who is the main character but doesn’t have a ton of dialogue. I think my favorite thing about Eli’s work on InferNoct though is that every time I look at it I find something new. He brings something so funny and twisted to it. I feel like I’m playing Where’s Waldo, except “Waldo” is the name of something slightly sticky with too many teeth.

GP: I was reading an article the other day that suggested humor is a necessary counterpoint to fear because it makes the fear more conquerable. For you, what role does humor play in InferNoct?

ME: Humor is a great way of dealing with fear. It’s probably the best way of exposing things for what they really are — though given our current political situation, it’s pretty clear that we can laugh at something and find it terrifying at the same time…

The humor in InferNoct is pretty dark. There are definitely a few “it’s funny because it’s so awful” moments. We meet a fairly absurd cast of characters who have some terrible things happen to them. Eli’s art is wonderful in that respect as well. In issue 1 I described our character Joey as distracted, and Eli did the most hilarious zoned out expression for him. Keep an eye out for that one…

GP: You’re also Scout Comics’ Media Director. As readers and comic fans, we get to see the final product rather than the behind-the-scenes. What are some of your responsibilities as Media Director? Is there anything that would surprise readers about your job?

ME: There are some really cool new series coming out of Scout at the moment, but since they’re brand new characters, you don’t necessarily know what to expect. I want to make sure it’s getting to the audience that’s going to fall in love with it. Michael Sanchez, our editorial director, is a real master of that as well.

GP: Last year, Scout announced an impressive slate of new comics. What Scout books are you looking forward to in 2017?

ME: There are so many good Scout books coming out this year. I’m really excited about Smoketown, which is coming out right now. Mindbender, written by our wonderful editor James Pruett, is available for preorder this month. If you’ve ever seen InferNoct at a convention, we’re often tabling with AC Medina, whose series Welcome to Paradise really developed alongside InferNoct. I’m looking forward to experiencing it as a reader.

GP: What are your favorite comics/comic-related movies or games?

ME: I grew up on Sandman. Is it surprising that I love horror and dark fantasy? For games, I’m all about Telltale right now. I love that style of episodic storytelling.

GP: I played through Telltale Batman about a month ago and am so ready for Season Two! I love comics because I find the episodic, interrupted narrative immerses you in the story and yanks you right back out. It’s really effective in building suspense between issues, and I was surprised how well that translated to video games.

ME: Absolutely, I think immersing the player in the world is something that Telltale does really well. They do a wonderful job expanding on existing universes. Wolf Among Us had some fantastic original characters that fleshed it out and made it feel real. Obviously, I love a strange cast in a strange world!

GP: Is there anything you’d like to discuss that I didn’t ask you?

ME: Most commonly asked question: Yes! The colorist Tristan Elwell is my father. I’ve been watching him make incredible pictures my whole life; it’s pretty exciting to have him working on something with me. Maybe someday I’ll be able to actually get him to come to a con.

GP: Having grown up with comics like Sandman and an artist/illustrator father, did you always know you wanted to enter the comics field in some capacity?

ME: I’d be happy to be telling stories in literally any medium you can think of, but I’m thrilled to be working on a comic with my dad, who introduced me to comics as a little kid. Does it get better than that?

GP: Thanks again!

Scout Comics Presents… Mindbender

Writer James Pruett and artist Federico De Luca join forces to introduce the reality warping psychological thriller Mindbender releasing this May from Scout Comics.

Mindbender follows Alex Oberman who at the age of seven witnessed the gruesome deaths of his parents in a horrendous explosion caused by his own hands-or to be more precise-his own mind. This tragedy caused him to slip into a catatonic state and withdraw into himself. For over 16 years, Alex doesn’t utter a single word or have a voluntary movement of his own until a young assistant is hired at the Branch Institute and he suddenly awakens and finds himself welding a god-like power and presence that his still young mind seems incapable of understanding. Possessing the physical form of a 23-year-old, but the mental capacity of a 7-year-old he isn’t sure how to properly harness his new-found abilities; thus he seeks sanctuary and wisdom from a small collected group of misfits and outcasts that seemed to be expecting his ascension. Alex finds many questions swirling through his mind, but none more poignant than whether his diagnosed insanity was, in actuality, his salvation from the madness that seems to run rampant through this new world he has awaken within. In fact, the more he discovers, the more he wonders that perhaps it is not him that suffers from insanity, but that the entire world itself has fallen into the realms of madness.

Mindbender is a thought-provoking journey through the realms of reality and madness exploring the potential power lying dormant in the mind and the barriers that separate our world from the worlds between worlds both dimensionally and mentally.

Mindbender is published monthly beginning in May 2017 by Scout Comics and is available to order with Diamond codes MAR171996 for the Federico De Luca cover and MAR171997 for the Matthew Dow Smith cover. The Phil Hester cover is available as a special retailer incentive cover.

Scout Comics Announces Four New Series at New York Comic Con

Kicking off Saturday at New York Comic Con, Scout Comics announced four brand new series coming to shelves in 2017.

WELCOME TO PARADISE

Written by A.C. Medina
Illustrated by Morgan Sawyer
Colored by Ross A. Campbell
Lettered by Micah Myers

Filled with deadly drag races for sport, routine mass killings called “the cleanings”, and where the common house is the size of a closet. Meet Manny, a fun loving, chop shop delivery boy, on the run and in possession of what may be humanity’s last hope. The only problem is Manny’s world is a bunker the size of California and just about everyone in it wants him dead.

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INFERNOCT

Written by Mina Elwell
Illustrated by Eli Powell
Colored by Tristan Elwell
Lettered by Rob Jones

As Sam attempts to discover the real reason the people of her town are being destroyed, she becomes aware of mind-redning creatures that feed off the sanity of their victims. It’s up to her to do something about it… if she can only keep her grip on reality.

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LITTLE GUARDIANS

Written by Ed Cho
Illustrated by Lee Cherolis

Little Guardians tells the story of two young people switched at birth and now unknowingly living each other’s lives. Subira was supposed to be the next Guardian of Yowza Village, but she was born a girl. Instead she lives a quiet life working at The Item Shop never knowing what should have been. Idem trains to be the next Guardian and tries his best to be the warrior he was never meant to be. How will the next generation survive the choices made for them as strange incidents start plaguing the village and demon attacks appear to be on the rise?

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MINDBENDER

Written by James Pruett
Illustrated by Federico De Luca

Alex was only 7 when he first awakened the power that left him comatose for nearly 16 years, an evolutionary power lying dormant in all mankind, bubbling within the unconscious mind waiting and yearning to be unleashed. Finally, a young child was able to touch this untapped force and the results were catastrophic. Those that would use his ability have been awaiting Alex’s awakening. Now, that wait has ended, and the world will soon learn the true potential of mankind. But will Alex be a vanguard for the world or will he be responsible for its annihilation?

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James Pruett is Named Publisher for Scout Comics

scout-logoScout Comics and Entertainment, just shy of its one-year anniversey, has announced that industry veteran James Pruett has joined the company as Publisher, effective immediately.

James brings extensive industry experience stretching over two decades. He began his career as one of the co-creators of the Eisner Award-nominated anthology series Negative Burn before becoming the Managing Editor/Associate Publisher of Caliber Comics. During his time there, he was instrumental in propelling Caliber to its height as a top ten comic publisher.

In addition to editing hundreds of titles, James also created and/or wrote the comic series The Apparition, Black Mist, Book of Angels, New Worlds Anthology, and Caliber Core, as well as co-scripting the fan-favorite Kaos Moon series and penning an issue of X-Men Unlimited with Mike Deodato for Marvel.

Scout Comics & Entertainment, the home of critically-acclaimed titles such as Henchgirl, Once Our Land, Solarman and other exciting series, develops, publishes and launches creator-owned comics. Solarman is in development as a feature film with producer Debra Martin Chase while Henchgirl is in active development as a network television series.

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