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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1915262526/fred-perrys-gold-digger-frederal-reserve-gold-bric

 

 

 

 

 

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It's time to print and release the newest volume of the GOLD BRICK SERIES, the GOLD DIGGER FREDeral Reserve which compiles a multitude of the Gold Digger  spin-offs and ancillary series.   If you supported the previous 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, the main Gold Digger series is fast approaching the 300-issue mark and is going strong!  (Including material like that being compiled into the FREDeral ReserveGD is already well past that milestone!)

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.

Prominent among the many series we have published over the years 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. Among comic books with female leads, its run is second only to Wonder Woman.  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 Gold Bricks as Kickstarter projects. This Gold Brick is outside the numbering system of the main-series Bricks, so no potentially confusing volume numbers this time! 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!

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 us to collect these series, since many of these issues are difficult to find. 

So what is included in this Gold Brick?

A Science Affair A Science Affair
Asrial vs Cheetah Asrial vs Cheetah
GD Minus 18 GD Minus 18
Gina vs Penny (GvP) Gina vs Penny (GvP)
Gold Digger Dreadwing's Mymior Gold Digger Dreadwing's Mymior
Gold Digger Adventures Gold Digger Adventures
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WHEW...that's quite a line up.

What are we going to do with the Kickstarter money?

Plain and simple, we're going to print and ship the Gold Digger FREDeral Reserve Gold Brick.

The FREDeral Reserve Gold Brick is over 600 pages, many of which are in full color. Printing the actual books is the biggest single expense. The first print run of a typical Gold Brick is quite costly, as most printers require a minimum run to make it cost-effective. We are thus using Kickstarter to assist us with those costs. If the amount seems high, you must remember that we are printing at least a thousand copies of a 600+ page book. Another cost is shipping: First we will have to ship the books from the printer to our offices, and once we get them, send copies to all our supporters and distributors. Several thousand pounds of books represents a significant shipping expense.

Here is a breakdown of our expenses.

Printing: $12,500 (which includes hard and softcover)

Shipping: $3,000 (Sending a 600-page book is costly, especially overseas.  The cost for shipping just one copy overseas is now around $34.)

Fees: $1500 (Kickstarter takes their fees off the top)

Handling/Supplies: $1500 (We have to pay for boxes and pay people to pack those boxes.)

That does not include cost for sending the large PDF files to all the supporters and other miscellaneous costs.

Those basic expenses total $18,500.

So what do you get?

The brick is 6 x 9 inches and will contain AT LEAST the series we mentioned above.

 

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      "I have standing orders to start exactly zero wars."
      Cover art by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton. Design by Sandra Tayler, Howard Tayler, and K.B. Spangler.
      Captain  Alexia Murtaugh has a new ship, and a new contract to provide embassy  security. Sergeant Schlock has a new title, and a shiny new "get out of  jail free" card. Lieutenant Haley Sorlie has new friends, new implants  for spying on them, and a newfound distaste for the politics of  diplomacy.
            As Earth orbits its way into a new  century her people have new allies, new enemies, and that old, familiar  panic one gets upon discovering that there really is something new under  the sun. 
      This print collection will be 160 pages  long, perfect-bound in full color, with 9 pages all new story, and over 30 pieces of margin art.  
      WHY WE USE KICKSTARTER
      For years we handled our print runs by taking pre-orders in our online store. Last year we changed that, using Kickstarter for the pre-orders of Random Access Memorabilia: Schlock Mercenary Book 13. We were very pleased with the way it worked out.
      We like Kickstarter's system for communication between us and you, our backers.  Kickstarter delivers a great pre-order experience for backers, and with Backerkit we get very robust fulfillment tools, making the job of shipping thousands of books much easier on us than it's been in the past.  Kickstarting this print run lets us offer you more than we've been able to offer in the past. When we say "offer more," we don't mean "more pages." The books are finished, and we're all better served if we don't mess around with  that part. We'll be offering additional merchandise, both physical and digital, that we wouldn't otherwise be able to produce. You'll find those in the Stretch Goals.
      STRETCH GOALS
      $60,000 Desktop Backgrounds
      All backers at 1 book pdf level and above will get desktop backgrounds featuring the cover art for Broken Wind and Delegates & Delegation. 
      (Howard has finished a few of them already, and is trying them out.)
      Howard's over-the-drawing-table monitor, now with 100% more BROKEN WIND $70,000  Fleet coins 
      Three new ship coins, one each for Broken Wind, Neosynchronicity, and Cindercone. The coins will be available to purchase as add-ons for $10 each. We've cleared this goal, so we'll have some art to show you next week.
      $80,000 Maxim 70 Key chain
      Maxim 70 reads: "Failure isn't an option. It's mandatory. The option is whether or not to let failure be the last thing you do" Our M70 coin has been one of our most popular challenge coins. This time we want to reprint it as a key chain, so that you can more easily keep it close. The key chain will be available as an add-on for $10.
      $90,000 The Reprints
      Teraport Wars is almost out of stock, this is a problem for making up book sets, we'd like to do a second printing.
      Howard Tayler short story PDF. Howard has written some prose short stories that were sold to various anthologies. The rights have now reverted to us and we'd like to make these stories available to backers. There will be at least two stories, one previously printed in Shared Nightmares, the other in Shadows Beneath. This pdf will be given to all backers at 1 book PDF level and above. Expected delivery January 2019.
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