Jailhouse Rot Not Perdy In Pink
Jun 10, 2018
Atypical westerns rule. Just ask the fans of HBO’s Westworld. Take a genre, mash it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck on steroids. That is close to where Kickliy’s head is on his new book Perdy (JUN180038) for Image Comics. He already has eight issues planned. Read our PREVIEWSworld Exclusive interview to learn more about the Cowgirl that soon will have you bawling like a baby!
Vince Brusio: Interesting angle you have for Perdy: “flowers, sex, robbery.” Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid this is not. But give us a hint as to the unique cosmetics for this book. How did you conceive of the original idea?
Kickliy: I love westerns, it is my favorite genre of storytelling. I also love strong women. So I wanted to create a great story that had both!
Vince Brusio: Perdy spent 15 years in prison. That has to have some bearing on her personality, and her moral compass.
Kickliy: Perdy is a very complex character, she is one of the best crooks of all time, she is very smart and deadly, she wouldn't have gotten caught... but if I tell you more, it might spoil the story. Haha. Let me just say that she isn't happy with how things went down, and she wants nothing more to get back at the one who helped put her away.
Vince Brusio: The solicitation of the book says a lot has changed since her incarceration, and that includes her looks. Why is this fact relevant to the story?
Kickliy: Getting old isn't fun, no matter who you are. Her name is Perdy, and that is cowboy talk for "Pretty." And Perdy uses that to her advantage in what she does. But her being in prison for those prime years has took its toll.
Vince Brusio: A few interior pages of the book are shown in the June PREVIEWS catalog, and the scene depicted shows Perdy leaving prison. Inmates are saying goodbye to her, and they’re bawling like babies. Can you tell us a bit about this scene, and how it may foreshadow some events later?
Kickliy: This prison was a real Prison in Yuma Territory (Arizona now.) Some say that it was the first Alcatraz, surrounding itself by three sides of the Colorado River. It is now a museum, and I got a private tour of it. I even had them lock me in the hole! I am the first person to use this location visually in a western story. I want people to visit and see what it was like to have been locked up in this place. The worst of the worst were sent here — women too! The women had to have their own special section, not to be protected from the men, but the other way around.
As for the men crying in my story, you will be balling like a baby too when you are waiting for the next volume of Perdy to come out. Perdy will grow on you, and she will make you love her! These prisoners reflect those sediments.
Eight volumes are planned.
Vince Brusio writes about comics, and writes comics. He is the long-serving Editor of PREVIEWSworld.com, the creator of PUSSYCATS, and encourages everyone to keep the faith...and keep reading comics.