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Michael Friedlander (born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American producer, publisher, artist, and writer for books, films, and trading cards.

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Michael Friedlander

A longtime admirer of authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, Friedlander always enjoyed reading what he calls, “epic fantasy.” That enjoyment led him to start the publishing company FPG, Inc. in 1990, which produced trading cards, art books, fine art prints, and posters, all centered on the science fiction and fantasy genres. Wonderful images of Conan, STAR WARS, Tarzan, and many others were proudly published under the FPG banner.

Later, Friedlander expanded his focus on publishing to include writing and producing children’s books, screenplays, and film endeavors on a full-time basis. Among Friedlander’s current projects are the fantasy works, GOLIATH, The Gillmans, Feral Planet, and Moby Slick: King of the Koi. His animated screenplay GOLIATH has also been adapted as a large format children's book illustrated by artist Michael Ploog. His science fiction novel FIFTY is Friedlander's first venture into non-animated storytelling.

FPG, Inc.[edit]

In publishing, Friedlander is best known for starting the publishing company FPG, Inc. in 1990. Under the auspices of FPG, Friedlander's many creations included:

TRADING CARDS[edit]

  • Chris Achilleos Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Chris Achilleos Fantasy Art Trading Cards Series Two: Angels and Amazons
  • Chris Achilleos Colossal Cards
  • John Berkey Science Fiction Ultraworks
  • John Berkey Fantasy Art Trading Cards Series 2
  • Brom Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • The Fantasy Art of Clyde Caldwell
  • Thomas Canty Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Paul Chadwick Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • David Cherry Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Colossal Cards
  • Colossal Cards Series Two
  • Roger Dean Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Joe DeVito Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Best of Dave Dorman Chromium Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • The Fantasy Art of Jeff Easley
  • Bob Eggleton Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • The Fantasy Art of Larry Elmore
  • Elmore Colossal Cards
  • Everway Companion Collector Cards
  • Femme Fatales Metallic Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Chris Foss Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • The Fantasy Art of Richard Hescox
  • Jeffrey Jones Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Jeffrey Jones Fantasy Art Trading Cards Series 2
  • Joe Jusko's Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection
  • Joe Jusko's Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection 2
  • Joe Jusko's Edgar Rice Burroughs Colossal Cards
  • Joe Jusko's Edgar Rice Burroughs Colossal Cards II
  • Michael Kaluta Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Michael Kaluta Fantasy Art Trading Cards Series 2
  • Ken Kelly Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Ken Kelly Collection 2 Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Ken Kelly Colossal Cards
  • Ken Kelly Stickers
  • Tom Kidd Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Don Maitz Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Don Maitz II Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Masters of Fantasy Metallic Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • David B. Mattingly Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Keith Parkinson Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Keith Parkinson Colossal Cards
  • Mike Ploog Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Mike Ploog Stickers
  • J. K. Potter Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Rowena Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Best of Rowena Chromium
  • Robh Ruppel Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • The Sanjulian Collection Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Barclay Shaw Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Steranko Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Art Suydam Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Darrell K. Sweet Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • The Art of TSR Colossal Cards
  • Charles Vess Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • James Warhola Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Tim White Fantasy Art Trading Cards
  • Bernie Wrightson: Master of the Macabre
  • Bernie Wrightson Series II: More Macabre
  • Bernie Wrightson Stickers
  • Janny Wurts Fantasy Art Trading Cards

ART BOOKS[edit]

CALENDARS[edit]

COLLECTIBLE CARD GAMES[edit]

  • GUARDIANS: Dagger Isle Western Expansion
  • GUARDIANS: Drifter's Nexus Expansion
  • GUARDIANS: Limited Edition Booster
  • GUARDIANS: Limited Edition Starter
  • GUARDIANS: Necropolis Park, The So Far Western It's Eastern Expansion
  • GUARDIANS: Revised Edition Starter
  • GUARDIANS: The Traveler's Guide to the Mid Realms


Additional Writing Credits[edit]


Resources[edit]

  • Butler, Don. "A Pellucidar Kind of Love: Joe Jusko tackles the Edgar Rice Burroughs universe," Cards Illustrated: The Number One Guide to Non-Sports Trading Cards. Issue 13, 1995, p. 42-47.
  • Conran, Mike. "Mangani Zugor: A Visit to FPG Cards," ERB-APA Mailing. Number 45, 1995, p. 1-10.
  • Mauro, Paul. "CCPG Interview with Joe Jusko,"Card Collector's Price Guide. Issue #32, 1994, p. 14-16.
  • McCarty, Tom. "Jusko Paints Burroughs: FPG Mints Fantasy 'Gold,'" Internal Correspondence: The Newsmagazine for Specialty Retailing. Volume XIV Number IX, 1994, p. 45-46.
  • McCarty, Tom. "FPG Pumps Up Colossal Cards," Internal Correspondence: The Newsmagazine for Specialty Retailing. Volume XIV Number IX, 1994, p. 48.
  • Reilly, Shawn. "Life's Just a Fantasy: Michael Friedlander takes fantasy art to new levels," Entertainment: Cards, Collectibles, Phone Cards & Price Guide. Supplement to August 1996 Issue, 1996, p. 12-14.
  • "Ken Kelly Fantasy Art Trading Cards," News, Views & Price Trends. Volume 1 Number 1, 1993, p. 55-56.
  • "Mike Ploog Fantastic Art Set," Card Collector's Price Guide. Issue #28, 1994, p. 14.
  • "New Name, Same Game: An interview with FPG's Michael Friedlander," Non-Sport Update. Volume 5 Number 3, 1994.
  • "On Our Cover: Chris Achilleos," News, Views & Price Trends. Volume 1 Number 1, 1993, p. 3.
  • "What's News...," News, Views & Price Trends. Volume 1 Number 1, 1993, p. 59.
  • Card Collector's Price Guide. Issue #28, 1994, p. 41-42, 44, 46, 50, 52, 57, 67.
  • Card Collector's Price Guide. Issue #32, 1994, p. 2, 6, 8, 22, 40, 42, 44, 46, 49-51, 55-56, 62-65.
  • Cards Illustrated: The Number One Guide to Non-Sports Trading Cards. Issue 13, 1995, p. 6, 15-16, 18, 20-22, 24, 34, 71, 73, 75-76, 78, 80.
  • Entertainment: Cards, Collectibles, Phone Cards & Price Guide. Supplement to August 1996 Issue, 1996, p. 20, 24-29, 32-34, 36-37.
  • Internal Correspondence: The Newsmagazine for Specialty Retailing. Volume XIV Number IX, 1994, p. 78-79.
  • News, Views & Price Trends. Volume 1 Number 1, 1993, p. 63.


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