Pronto Presents: Writer & Creator Derrick Charles
By David Rondinelli
Writer Derrick Charles grew up in the Bronx and studied Business Management at the borough’s Herbert H. Lehman College. As president of his college’s hobby club, Club Live, he realized that business studies weren’t for him and decided to pursue a career in comics. Charles’ premier title for Pronto Comics is Ninja Express. The story is an action-comedy that pokes fun at the tropes of manga (Japanese comics). The story follows an awkward student who desires to join his high schools ninja club, only to get stuck on the C-list version. The comical, lighthearted adventures have been a main feature in Pronto’s Manga Nation anthology. Being collected into its first full-length issue this winter, Ninja Express packs a lot of punches—and punch lines—making Charles a writer to watch out for.