To some, he is but a myth. To others, a source of immeasurable power and wealth. Commanding a mysterious energy known as The Light, he creates maps that give rise to new lands and the Great Age of Discovery. He is... the Mapmaker.
Scout Comics announces a new adventure title being released in February, 2021. Published under the all-ages Scoot! imprint, The Mapmaker brings high-seas adventure to the lineup. Imagine a parallel Earth during The Age of Discovery where The Pirates of the Caribbean are searching for a prize of fantastic power wielded by a mysterious individual known simply as "The Mapmaker". Any map he creates comes to life, a power highly desired by King Gus, who will stop at nothing to obtain it. The crew of the privateer ship ‘The Rogue Wave’, captained by courageous Lei Li, are the only ones standing in their way. Their mission is to deliver The Mapmaker’s successor before his power wanes and it is lost forever.
Creator and Writer: Ben Slabak
Ben Slabak is a writer/creator based in Sydney, Australia. Since 2014, he has written several original comic book series and graphic novels, including the hit six-issue sci-fi series Exilium, published by Alterna Comics. The collected Exilium graphic novel has become Australia's all-time highest crowdfunded graphic novel. Ben has another title slated for the Scoot! lineup that will be announced soon.
Illustrator and Colorist: Francesca Carità
Francesca is an Italian cartoonist and illustrator, having studied at the International School of Comics in Florence. The graphic novel Le due metà della Luna (The two halves of the Moon) was her debut work.
HdE is a UK-based comic book letterer. He's been lettering for a decade, and his work can be found in books printed by Darby Pop, Aspen Comics, Source Point Press, Alterna Comics, Big Dog Ink, and Attic Studios.
QUOTE FROM THE CREATOR:
Ben Slabak says, "The entire team behind The Mapmaker was absolutely thrilled when an opportunity recently arose to sign a publishing deal with Scout Comics, whom I have been following since their early days. I have been left impressed with the array of creative talent they have assembled as well as their growing library of some amazing books. I'm really excited to be joining the Scout Comics team and working with them in bringing The Mapmaker to a wider, global audience."
DIAMOND CODE - DEC201664
Imagine a parallel Earth during The Age of Discovery. Imagine The Pirates of the Caribbean where the prize is a fantastical power wielded by a mysterious individual known simply as "The Mapmaker." Any map he creates comes to life, a power highly desired by King Gus, who will stop at nothing to obtain it. The crew of the privateer ship The Rogue Wave, captained by the courageous Lei Li, are the only ones standing in their way with a mission to deliver The Mapmaker's successor before his power wanes and is lost forever. A fun tale for all ages! Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.
This second episode features Adam Barnhardt from Sh*tshow, coming soon from Scout!
There was once an Age of Heroes, a time Earth was protected by the demigod hero Legend and his band of heroes called Legend's Legion until one day, the three-headed demon Balam was summoned to the planet. In the ensuing fight, the powers were ripped away from any enabled beings on the planet — heroes and villains, alike. Battered, broken, and losing his entire Legion in the process, Legend was able to cobble together whatever remaining powered beings he could find but by that time, Balam was long gone.
To try coping with an all new world, the heroes banded together to form The Magnificent McCoys, a traveling circus where the performers use their powers to entertain the masses in a time where powers are rare. A god with a dying star for a heart, Legend has taken Balam’s destruction worse than anyone and has since become a crippling alcoholic. Then suddenly one day, Balam returns. Will Legend be able to stay sober long enough to use his powers and end this threat once and for all or will he give up only to doom humanity forever?
A very unlucky clean-up crew dealing with the aftermath of Black Friday discovers that years of pent-up negative energy has released something very evil and dark into their superstore, just the way corporate wanted.
Meet the Team:
There’s a demon infestation in Star-Mart, and it isn’t that day’s crazy shoppers, this has been building, waiting, and about to pounce on them in an onslaught of nonstop pure evil. Can anyone survive the day that puts them all in the black?
Set in an alternate reality where the social order of “white” and “black” is reversed, an elitist family, the Cottons, are rocked by a tragic shooting that begins to unravel long standing family secrets that could not only destroy the family but also divide the fragile social climate of the world.
Elijah Cotton, the modern patriarch of the Cotton family and business mogul of Black Cotton Ventures, tries to manage the public outrage and fallout from his police officer son, Zion Cotton’s, shooting of a young white woman. Meanwhile, Qia Cotton, the only daughter of Eljiah and the CEO of Black Cotton Ventures, attempts to assuage the situation by paying off the victim and her family; Xavier Cotton, the youngest Cotton and sophomore in high school, works on a history project that takes him down a rabbit hole of family history.
From Co-Creator/Co-Writer Brian Hawkins
“Black Cotton is a comic, but it’s also a mindset; it’s a mindset that’s being explored in a comic.
We kickoff the Scout Trailblazers podcast with and interview with SoulStream 16 year-old creator Saida Woolf!
Marie and Markus discover an alternate dimension known as the Mirror World where their entire city has been destroyed and replaced by a volcanic wasteland. Marie is contacted by the Mage Goddess who gives her a magical Ocean Bracelet that transforms Marie, allowing her to control water as the superhero Soulstream.
Grieving his son’s tragic death, a professor begins hearing his boy’s desperate cries. Recklessly, he enters the afterlife, seeking his son and exacting revenge on those responsible for the boy’s death.
Prof. Lawrence Miller falls into a dark vortex of guilt and anger after enduring the tragic death of his teenage son from a drug overdose. He cannot shake the sense that his son is now a lost soul, wandering between heaven and earth. Grieving and profoundly disturbed, he opts for suicide, pursuing his son into the afterlife. Once on the other side, he encounters his deceased father and is given a mystical pendant of great power. Unfortunately, in Lawrence’s hands it becomes a weapon that allows him to unleash his fury on those who brought the drugs to his son, leaving a trail of insanity and chaos in his wake. His existence becomes a terrifying conflict between his unchecked anger and his knowledge that he might have lost his way.
From Co-Creator/Co-Writer Andrea Lorenzo Molinari
The Shepherd team has been interacting with Scout Comics at conventions and in an editorial scope for some time now. We’ve always admired their exemplary energy and drive and it was the most natural thing to want to be a part of that team. We have a lot of faith in the leadership at Scout/Black Caravan to take not only our title, but a lot of other titles, to the next level. With regard to the The Shepherd series in particular, we look forward to building our universe together for years to come.
When an ancient vampire rips out her friend’s heart on national TV, an angsty teenager sets out on a quest to avenge her fallen friend.
Meet the Team:
Written by David A. Byrne (Spy-DeerMan, The Couch)
Illustrated by Francesca Fantini (Artemis and Assassin, .
Lettered by Joel Rodriguez (Vlad Dracul, Phantom Starkiller, and Dusk County Chronicles)
Three years ago, Vampires announced their presence to the world in grand fashion; in one instant, Angel lost her two best friends and her existence changed forever. Now, as a member of the Vampire Bounty Hunter Union, and with the help of her ancient vampiric mentor Jessamy, she's out to track down the bloodthirsty monsters who destroyed her life. She is... Stake.
From Creator/Writer David A. Byrne:
Stake has been a fantastic journey so far, from working with fantastic cover artists to Francesca’s awesome interiors. I couldn’t imagine anyone but Scout publishing this book and can’t wait for the world to get their hands on it!
Francesca Fantini Cover
Diamond Order Code - NOV201504
Derrick Chew Retailer Incentive Cover - Tell your store to order it!
Diamond Order Code - NOV201505
Scout Comics' HENCHGIRL by Kristen Gudsnuk is now in development as a live action television series at Freeform/Disney
November 1, 2020 -- Scout Comics & Entertainment Inc. is proud to announce that HENCHGIRL by Kristen Gudsnuk is now in development as a live action television series at Freeform/Disney with screenwriter Alex Ebel attached to adapt. The District (SUPERSTORE, STUMPTOWN) and Scout Comics are attached to produce. Lindsey Shockley is attached as showrunner.
Lindsey Shockley is onboard HENCHGIRL to EP and showrun. Shockley has been an executive producer on the ABC series Black-ish and Mixed-ish, has been nominated for three Emmy awards, and has developed multiple TV projects with ABC studios.
Ruben Fleischer & David Bernad (ZOMBIELAND, VENOM) are Executive Producing under their District banner. They currently serve as EPs on NBC's SUPERSTORE and Freeform's THE BOLD TYPE. ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios, is the studio. Elias Gertler brought the project to the company and will oversee for The District.