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Indie Edge Creator Spotlight: Fred Perry

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Fred began his professional publishing career in 1989 by sending submissions to the Ninja High School Yearbook anthology, published by Antarctic Press. His very first published work appears in the very first NHS Yearbook.

After serving in the Marine Corps in Operation Desert Storm, Fred began working on his new series idea, Gold Digger. The first Gold Digger story was published in Mangazine in 1991, and after a four-issue miniseries, the regular monthly series began in 1993. In 2013, Comic Con International presented Fred with an Inkpot Award for reaching the milestone of 200 issues for a solo-created series. Including all black-and-white and color issues, Gold Digger is now fast approaching the 275-issue landmark and is still going strong.

This makes it one of perhaps three solo-creator comic book series to reach or exceed that point, and the second-longest-running female-lead comic book series (after Wonder Woman). For Gold Digger alone, Fred has produced over 6,000 pages of story — written, penciled, inked, and (since the series went to color) colored — and 30,000 frames of animation!

While described Hollywood-pitch style as "Indiana Jones meets Final Fantasy," Gold Digger is more like the vastest most entertaining omni-genre RPG in the universe. (Any series that includes a team of pirate-ninja leprechauns with their own transforming mini-giant robot, defies classification, really!) Fred's eclectic, always-entertaining blend of story elements includes fantasy, science fiction, slice of life, pro wrestling, quantum physics, pop culture references, and a healthy helping of heartwarming.

His other projects have included the New York Times best-seller Zombie Kid Diaries, Steam Wars, Legacy, Time Lincoln, Sherlock Ninja, Sky Sharks, Robotech, and key issues of Ninja High School, plus several web comics, one-man animation shorts, video games, and much more!

PREVIEWSworld: What are your favorite projects you’ve contributed to over the past decade?

Fred Perry: Ten years ago, I put the finishing touches on my very own animated Gold Digger Movie. I would dearly love to do another, and another. But I can't dedicate that much time to such a project these days. If I had one wish, it would be to be able to animate my stories as a full-time gig.

PREVIEWSworld: What are you currently working on?

Fred PerryThere are lots of back-burner projects I could talk about, but the most exciting is a new video game I am coding. It's an action role-playing game for Ninja High School. It's pretty simple to play, but I don't see enough offensive/defensive tower-defense role-playing games these days.

On the front-burner is the last of the Gold Digger story arcs. I intend to end Gina's journey with a galaxy-spanning expedition that calls back to the events from her very first adventure, all wrapped up with a nice bow on top!

PREVIEWSworld: What fun titles are you reading?

Fred PerryIsekai manga speaks to my imagination today, but it merely feeds my love of the original fantasy settings put forth by Edgar Rice Burroughs of John Carter... which I found only after I snuck into my Dad's collection of Heavy Metal and found Den of Earth. I wondered what inspired Richard Corben, and I found ERB. Isekai and my own fantasy stories owe a lot to ERB. And Tolkien. And Joe Bacal for Transformers and G.I. Joe... I've gotten off track.

Isekai manga is my current cup of tea. American-comic Isekai should be coming around the corner any day now.


EDGE ESSENTIALS

Pick up these books to learn more about Fred Perry's Indie Edge style!

ANTARCTIC PRESS
(W) Fred Perry (A/CA) Fred Perry
Madrid the Djinn reveals her Gina-disguise ruse to everyone just before escaping with Gina's toughest hurt-bot, Seven, who is still working for her. Gina's friends have to pursue her into the Djinn home-dimension of Yl'Dahjim before she gains the power of its Magic Sun - or before Gina tries to tackle Madrid all on her own! Cosmic concerns give way to more mundane ones as Brit's husband Stripe interviews for a job and her mother Julia has Brit' take Julia's martial arts students clothes-shopping.  Julia just prays something's left of her credit line afterward. Then mercenary pilot team Night Flight break their leader Dark Bird and raw recruit Skippy out of jail, and Gina's friend and transporter, super-pilot Kevin "Ace" Koss, goes up to bring them down.  But first he has to beat the mad skillz of Night Flight's new top gun, Skippy! Collects Gold Digger Volume 3 #31-36.
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $14.95
PREVIEWS Page #254
ANTARCTIC PRESS
(W) Fred Perry (A/CA) Fred Perry
The dragon Dreadwing raids an Enigma Temple, looking to claim its living magic artifact and doom some of his most powerful enemies at the same time.  As Gina and Brit' convince Jade's dragons to help hunt him down, T'Mat's obsession with vengeance leads her to desperate measures.  Meanwhile, Aljabra is left to teach Gina's class a lesson about dragons...one Gina didn't intend for the lesson plan!  And another criminal hunt begins when O'Mommah, Lulubell and Platinus escape Jade's Super Dungeon to wreak vengeance on Prince Lowtor!
In Shops: Feb 05, 2014
SRP: $14.99
PREVIEWS Page #240
ANTARCTIC PRESS
(W) Fred Perry (A/CA) David Hutchinson
Middle school is horrific enough for any 6th grader's first day. But for Bill Stokes, it's a festering, rotting, undead nightmare.  Since Bill's deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom's had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash.  Thankfully, Bill's still been able to train for is dream career: pro video gamer.  So this would be all fine if Mom hadn't brought home a mysterious zombie virus!  Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park!
In Shops: Jun 20, 2012
SRP: $10.99

 

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