Gold Digger (comics)

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Gold Digger
Gina Diggers and Dreadwing
Publication information
Publisher Antarctic Press
Schedule (vol 1)
Bimonthly
(vol 2)
9 times a year (roughly)
(vol 3)
11 times a year (roughly)
Format (vol 1)
Limited Series
(vol 2&3)
Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date (vol 1)
September 1992 — March 1993
(vol 2)
July 1993 — June 1999
(vol 3)
July 1999 —
Number of issues (vol 1)
4
(vol 2)
50, 4 Annuals
(vol 3)
163+, 13+ Annuals, 7+ Xmas specials, 2+ Swimsuit/Annuals
Creative team
Colorist(s) Wes Hartman
Creator(s) Fred Perry

Gold Digger is a manga-style comic book series, written and drawn by Fred Perry, and published by Antarctic Press. Fred came up with the initial inspiration for Gold Digger during his tour of duty in the First Gulf War,[1] and released the debut oneshot in Antarctic Press' Mangazine, in 1991. A four-issue miniseries followed in 1992 and 1993, followed by a regular monthly black-and-white series, and finally the current colour series beginning in 1999.

If counting all the regular series issues, alongside all the connected miniseries, annuals, special issues, and handbooks produced by the author, it is the most extensive, long-running, entirely original creator-controlled, self-contained North American comicbook in history.

Fred himself describes the book as a mixture of Indiana Jones and Final Fantasy. He has recently been inspired by the way the current Doctor Who TV series develops storylines, and adapted the series to a similar consistently self-contained format from issue 101 and onwards, with each issue easily accessible and possible to enjoy for new readers.[2]

Summary[edit]

Gold Digger focuses on the adventures of Gina Babette Diggers, polymath superscientist, archeologist, teacher, adventurer, nerd, and idealist extraordinaire, accompanied by her colourful extended family, friends, students, and acquaintances, as she explores the strange and ancient hidden histories of the world, spanning a wide distinctive variety of characters, stories, environments, worlds, societies, times, species, and universes of magic and science fiction, in a world filled with possibilities.

The series features a wide selection of distinctive and compelling characters, with emphasis on equal treatment of both men and women.

Plot influences[edit]

Thanks to the author's very diverse interests, and personal experiences ranging from the U.S. Marine Corps to physics studies, the stories have included tongue-in-cheek references to a wide variety of popular culture, spanning anything from science, fantasy, science-fiction, television series, books, superheroes, computer games, animation, manga, or even internet memes.

Characters[edit]

See: List of Gold Digger characters

Collected Editions[edit]

  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 1 - Collects the original miniseries issues #1-4. - ISBN 1-932453-00-8
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 2 - Collects the first issues of the Gold Digger regular series. - ISBN 1-932453-07-5
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 3 - ISBN 1-932453-35-0
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 4 - ISBN 1-932453-61-X
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 5 - Collects vol. 2 #17-21. - ISBN 1-932453-71-7
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 6
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 7 - ISBN 1-932453-94-6
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 8 - Collects vol. 2 #32-35 plus Ninja High School #54-57. - ISBN 0-9768043-0-1
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 9 - Collects vol. 2 #36-40.
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 10 - Collects vol. 2 #41-45. - ISBN 0-9728978-7-9
  • Gold Digger Pocket Manga, vol. 11 - Collects vol. 2 #46-50.
  • Gold Digger Max Pocket Manga - Collects the Asrial vs. Cheetah and A Science Affair miniseries, plus the Gold Digger Beta and GD Minus 18 one-shots. - ISBN 0-9776424-1-0
  • Gold Brick, vol. 1 - Collects vol. 2 #1-25.
  • Gold Brick, vol. 2 - Collects vol. 2 #25-50.
  • Gold Brick, vol. 3 - Collects vol. 3 #1-25.
  • Gold Brick, vol. 4 - Collects vol. 3 #26-50.
  • Gold Brick, vol. 5 - Collects vol. 3 #51-75.
  • Gold Brick, vol. 6 - Collects vol. 3 #76-100.
  • Gold Digger Platinum, vol. 1 - Collects vol. 3 #101-105. Starring Gina and her new batch of supernatural archeology students. - ISBN 0-9843375-7-1
  • Gold Digger Platinum, vol. 2 - Collects vol. 3 #106-110.
  • Peebo Manga Vol. 1 - Starring Brianna, Peebri, and the Peebos.
  • Peebo Tales TPB - Collects "Gold Digger: Peebo Tales #1-6".
  • Tifanny & Charlotte Pocket Manga - Collects the first miniseries.
  • Tifanny & Charlotte, 2nd Semester Pocket Manga - Collects the second miniseries.
  • Throne of Shadows Pocket Manga - Collects "Throne of Shadows" #1-4, starring the wererats.
  • Maidens of Twilight Pocket Manga - Starring Gennadrid and Seance.
  • Gold Digger Tangent Pocket Manga - Starring Ayane and the Northern Edge Guard.
  • Gold Digger Sourcebook TPB - Collects the Gold Digger Sourcebook #1-17.
  • Gold Digger Tech Manual - Collects Gold Digger Tech Manual #1-9

DVDs[edit]

  • GD-ROM 1.0 - Collects Gold Digger vol.1: #1-4, vol.2: #1-50, vol.3: #1-75, and Ninja High School #54-57.
  • GD-ROM 2.0 - Collects Gold Digger vol.1: #1-4, vol.2: #1-50, vol.3: #1-100, and Ninja High School #54-57.
  • GD-ROM 3.0 - Collects Gold Digger vol.1: #1-4, vol.2: #1-50, vol.3: #1-125, and Ninja High School #54-57.
  • Gold Digger: Time Raft - A full length OVA movie.

External links[edit]

  • Fred's Deviantart profile page - Contains drawings, news, and comic strips.
  • Antarctic Press - Publisher of the Gold Digger series, collections and spinoffs, with an online store for ordering collections and back issues.
  • Antarctic Press Library - Official free online celebration preview of the 199 first Gold Digger issues.
  • GD Tangent - A webcomic by Fred Perry featuring drawings of various Gold Digger characters, Lvlup, set in Vana'diel (the world of Final Fantasy XI), and two Gold Digger subcomics, Ayane, set on Earth, and Northern Edge, set in the world of Jade.

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