When the news breaks, someone needs to fix it. That’s where Sophie Cooper— redheaded Cuban-American, high school freshman, and intern at Miami’s worst TV news station — comes in. Maverick is pleased to announce its newest young adult crime thriller, SCOOP, by Richard Ashley Hamilton!
For the Miami-born Richard Ashley Hamilton, partnering with Miami-based Mad Cave Studios’ Maverick imprint represents a homecoming of sorts. “I can’t even begin to tell you how privileged and personally moved I feel to be bringing SCOOP to Maverick and my hometown of Miami — but I’ll sure try! SCOOP has always been a love letter to South Florida, and everyone at Maverick has put in just as much love in remastering, supporting, and expanding our supernatural sleuth series across several volumes.”
Hamilton continued, “Now we can present this story in an even deeper, more emotional way as Sophie, Hal, the WMIA 7 news team, and the rest of the cast investigate a vast paranormal conspiracy that touches them all. At its heart, SCOOP is about one girl’s quest for the truth (with a side of teen relationship drama and sci-fi spectacle, of course). So please believe me when I say that I truly cannot wait for readers to embrace our diverse characters, vibrant setting, and fun whodunit mystery the way Maverick has!”
SCOOP (Vol. 1)
Writer: Richard Ashley Hamilton – Artist: Joseph Cooper
Colorist: Simon Robins – Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Release Date: April 30th, 2024
Synopsis: When the news breaks, she fixes it! Sophie Cooper was just an average, Cuban-American high school freshman, until her dad got accused of a crime he didn’t commit. To prove his innocence, Sophie now interns at Miami’s worst TV news station, where she studies investigative journalism — and accidentally uncovers a vast supernatural conspiracy connected to her dad’s case. UFOs, Miccosukee ghost tribes, Chupacabras, alligator men, and time travel are real and can clear the Cooper name…if Sophie lives long enough to report about it!
Meet the Creators!
Writer/Creator, Richard Ashley Hamilton (He/Him)
Richard Ashley Hamilton is an award-winning Cuban-American (no, really) screenwriter and author best known for his storytelling across many DreamWorks Animation franchises including How To Train Your Dragon and Guillermo Del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia. He wrote on the Daytime Emmy-winning first season of Dragons: Race to the Edge and the Lumiere award-winning How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World Tour VR experience. But in his heart, Richard remains a lifelong comic book fan and has created titles for Dark Horse, Aftershock/Seismic Press, Papercutz, and more. He currently writes two YA graphic novel series, SCOOP and TECTIV, for Mad Cave/Maverick, and his middle-grade horror title, FEARBOOK CLUB, was named a 2022 Junior Library Guild Official Selection. Richard lives in Glendale, CA, with his wife, their two sons, and a Husky named Lulu.
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