*** FINAL WEEK- We added the Gold Digger Chasing Amy Tee to the add-ons. if you just want the shirt select the $1 tier, and add $20 for the shirt and $5 for shipping. If you have a Reward tier you want just add the $20 for the tee to that Reward Tier. we'll send surveys out soon and you can tell us then you want the 20th Anniversary Chasing Amy tee.***
What is this Kickstarter for? It collects 25 issues of Gold Digger comics.
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.
What are we going to do with the Kickstarter money?
Plain and simple, we're going to print and ship the Gold Digger Color Gold Brick 7.
The Color Gold Brick is over 600 pages 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 issues 201 through 225 of the Gold Digger series. You can see the covers to all 25 issues below.
Here are the rewards we are offering. These include some EARLY BIRD SPECIALS, so please act fast. Some of you may ask why there are not any sketch editions with these rewards as in previous Kickstarters. Without going into details, Fred is a very busy man and has taken on more responsibilities, both family- and work-wise. At this time, we did not want to burden him with any further work. We hope you understand.
We've also decided to offer some Add-Ons! This time, we have a special treat...we will be printing a KICKSTARTER SPECIAL FRED PERRY SKETCHBOOK. Fred recently discovered a trove of sketches he had done in the past and wanted to share it with us. So now we will be offering a printed version of some never-before-seen sketches, and the higher above our goal we can make, the bigger the book we can print. Please make sure to check out some of the sketches Fred did in the past at the end of the Kickstarter.
Choose the pledge level of the highest-price item you would like. (E.g., if you want a hardcover, please choose the reward for the hardcover level.)
Increase your pledge level by the amount of the add-on you would like to add! For instance, if you pledged for the hardcover reward level and also want a print (or even two prints), just add the appropriate amount.
We hope to print other Gold Bricks, both earlier ones as they sell out and new ones never before collected. As you know, this volume will reprint 25 issues of the color series, but there are over 200 issues of Gold Digger, and this printing of 600+ pages only covers about 10% of the entire run. Many of the early issues are the ones that are most desperately out of print. Being a small, independent publisher, we are forced to try to keep our cost margins as narrow as possible, and the end result is many of our books sell out quickly and become unavailable. Hopefully, we can use Kickstarter to help us keep all of our books in print. This is especially important with Gold Digger, since new readers discover the comic every day. We hope to be able to include other items as push goals, which may include getting other Bricks out to you.
We appreciate you taking the time to look over this Kickstarter campaign, and we hope to earn your support. If we reach our goal, we will attempt to do some great stretch goals. As with many of our past projects we reward backers handsomely even before the project ends. Commit to your pledge early and reap rewards before the project is over. Watch this space and the updates through the month to see when we hit our goal. Once we do we'll let you know about exciting bonuses!
- Gold Brick #1 (B/W #1) - The first Gold Brick, which collects the first 25 issues of the black-and-white regular series. (Not offered on Kickstarter.)
- Gold Brick #2 (B/W #2) - The second Gold Brick, which collects issues #26 – 50 of the black-and-white regular series. (Not offered on Kickstarter.)
- Gold Brick #3 (COLOR BRICK #1) - The third Gold Brick, the first to collect the COLOR Gold Digger series issues #1 – 25. (New Printing on Kickstarter ended on January 1, 2014.)
- Gold Brick #4 (COLOR BRICK #2) - The fourth Gold Brick, but the second to collect the COLOR Gold Digger series, containing issues #26 – 50. (New Printing on Kickstarter ended on May 16, 2014.)
- Gold Brick #5 (COLOR BRICK #3) The fifth Gold Brick, collects issues #51 – #75 of the COLOR Gold Digger series. Original printings still available.
- Gold Brick #6 (COLOR BRICK #4) The sixth Gold Brick, collects issues #76 – #100 of the COLOR Gold Digger series. Original printings still available.
- Gold Brick #7 (COLOR BRICK #5) The seventh Gold Brick, collects issues #101 – #125 of the COLOR Gold Digger series. (First Printing! Kickstarter project ended on December 12, 2014.)
- Gold Brick #8 (COLOR BRICK #6) The eighth Gold Brick, collects issues #126 – #150 of the COLOR Gold Digger series. As of color issue #150, we integrated the 50 black-and-white issues into the numbering to emphasize Fred's landmark achievement. The 150th color issue was therefore published as Gold Digger #200, and the issue numbering proceeds from that point. (First Printing! Kickstarter project ended on August 2, 2016.)
- GOLD BRICK #9 (COLOR BRICK #7) The ninth Gold Brick, collects issues #201- #225. NEVER PRINTED BEFORE AND NOW AVAILABLE ON KICKSTARTER.
GOLD DIGGER- Publication History- In the beginning there was an issue of Mangazine, which introduced Gold Digger to the world, and the issue was good. Then there was a 4 issue mini-series that got this joint a poppin'. Lo, there came the regular Gold Digger (Black and White) issues #1-50. Then, when mankind was ready and their fingers grew tired of newsprint stains, Gold Digger (Color) issues #1-149 on the glossy paper. Many years passed while reading those amazing issues and the world was ready for re-numberification. There shall be a number, and the number shall be #150, NO Wait! it shall be... #200 and all the Gold Digger numbering was reintegrated. 50+150=200 And the world rejoiced and the numbering has continued ever since! (So, why didn't we include the 4 issue mini-series in the reintegrated numbering? ugh! Don't ask.)
Risks and challenges
There are always risks inherent in any project. This project has very few risks; the book is already done, and all we just need to do is raise the funds, pay the printer, and get it made. Our biggest risk is that we won't get the funding, and then the book won't be made.
We have been printing and releasing books for close to 30 years, so we have a good relationship with our printer and do not anticipate any hiccups.
There is always the risk that we won't be able to get the books in on time due to a variety of factors, but again, we do not anticipate that sort of problem.
We believe in full disclosure and we will make sure to keep you all updated on the progress of the book and all the incentives.
As you can see we have had positive responses to all our previous Kickstarters and have had no difficulty fulfilling our obligations. The printer we are using for this project is the same one that we have dealt with for many years so we do not anticipate any printing issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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