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And here we go with another 25 issues reprinted as a massive brick of comicky goodness....

 

It's time to print and release the newest volume of the GOLD DIGGER COLOR GOLD BRICK SERIES, which collects issues 201 through 225 of the Gold Digger series.  (This is the point at which we merged the 50-issue black-and-white series into the overall numbering.) If you supported the previous color Gold Bricks, thank you very much, and we hope you support this campaign too. With a load of great standalone and continuity pickup stories, this collection makes a great jumping-on point for any new readers, as well as awesome reading for longtime fans. THESE ISSUES HAVE NEVER BEEN COLLECTED INTO ONE VOLUME BEFORE. Between its black-and-white and full-color issues, Gold Digger is fast approaching the 250-issue mark and is going strong!

If you're not familiar with us, my name is Joeming Dunn, and I run Antarctic Press, a small, independent comic company started in 1984. I have personally collected comics of almost every type and genre since 1974, and I can say that during the past 30 years, we have published some of the greatest and best independent comics out there. Our publishing history includes titles like Gold Digger and Ninja High School. The comic industry has changed over the years, so we have started this Kickstarter program to help introduce new projects from our talented group of creators.

Over the years, we have published a number of series. Prominent among these is Fred Perry's ingenious title, Gold Digger, which Fred describes as a mixture of Indiana Jones and Final Fantasy. The idea for Gold Digger was first conceived during Fred's tour of duty in the first Gulf War, and it debuted in Antarctic Press's anthology comic, Mangazine, in 1991. A four-issue miniseries followed in 1992, and a regular monthly black-and-white series followed starting in 1993. The current color series began in 1999 and has continued since then. It is the second-longest-running solo-created title in the industry. In 2013, Fred was honored at Comic Con International in San Diego, where he received an Inkpot Award for his work on Gold Digger.

Over the past years, we have released other Color Gold Bricks as Kickstarter projects. We are now releasing the seventh Color Gold Brick, which features issues 201 through 225 of the Gold Digger series. (This is actually the 9th Gold Brick. More on that below.) If you haven't seen or read Gold Digger, this is your chance to enjoy one of the best and longest-running ongoing series in comics. Like the other Bricks, this one lets new readers join in easily, so you don't have to be shy!

Some may ask, "Why skip offering Color Gold Bricks 3 and 4?" We're skipping ahead to print this book because, as noted above, its contents have NEVER PREVIOUSLY BEEN COLLECTED in one volume. Over the years, the run of Gold Digger has been printed in eight Gold Bricks to date. The earliest volumes, Gold Brick 1 and Gold Brick 2, were black and white. Then Fred began his color series, so Bricks 3-6 were printed in color. Gold Brick 3 was originally printed in limited quantities, and Fred's only reference copy became thoroughly destroyed from years of constant use. Kickstarter was used to make this out-of-print edition available again as Color Brick 1. By this time, the original stock of Brick 4 had sold out as well, so we offered a new printing of that through Kickstarter as Color Brick 2. However, since Bricks 5 and 6 were more recently printed, there are still copies available and reprinting is not such a necessity. We're thus skipping ahead, as we did for Gold Brick 7 (Color Brick 5) to collect the material not previously available in this format. The amount of material comes to nearly 200 PAGES MORE than previous volumes, rivaled only by Bricks 6 & 7. (We know this can still be confusing, so we have a numbering guide at the bottom of this page.)

Over the next few years, we'll go back to reprint the other volumes to match the new Kickstarter printings' format. We want everyone to have nice editions. In addition to reasons already mentioned, during previous campaigns, many backers have asked if we could skip ahead, since they had already purchased the earlier editions. Skipping ahead allows these backers to have a nice, new volume for their shelves. At the same time, we also help backers who missed the earlier Brick offerings way back in the day to catch up via the reprints.

You can actually read the whole series to date online at http://antarcticpresslibrary.com/ and see what you've been missing.

 

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Backers also gets a load of free .PDFs to download, including titles such as THE GOVERNATOR #1, Steambusters #1 and ROBOCOPPER...

 

There's also the new 'Chasing Gina' T-shirt.

 

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