Exciting horizons abound! It was announced today that Charlie Stickney, a 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.
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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