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Do you know what's nice? 200 issue milestones!

Do you know what else is nice? 190+ issue free archives

You know how I talk about the comic Fred Perry's Gold Digger occasionally? Comic about a female adventure archeology and her werecheetah sister? Magic, SF, and so on?

It's reached a big milestone, the 200th issue (50 B&W and 150 color)

Big Fancy Splash Cover time!

And in celebration, Antarctic Press has decided to put up the entire archive of past issues, for free, online, in PDF format, 190+ issues worth.

Antarctic Press Gold Digger Library link

For a fun sample past the rougher art of the beginning, I'd recommend issues 27-28, or the first issues of the color series (51). For a place to jump on the current story arc, 189 is a good place.

I'll also open the floor to general GD questions, because what better time?

And I'll comment, I don't think I've seen any company do something like this before!

Date: 2013-02-25 12:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
Well, looks I got something to archive binge off of. I've never actually read Gold Digger, but I have heard good things of it.

Date: 2013-02-25 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] shadur
The creators of Elfquest did, as I recall. Although not quite as readily accessible (flash-based image galleries, ergh) but you can read the entire run online.

Date: 2013-02-25 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aravis
Wait, they have "updated" the EQ galleries to be Flash based? That wasn't the case when i read through them some years ago. :/

Date: 2013-02-25 08:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] suzene
They used to be Flash based, but they got so many complaints about the format that they switched to a JPG listing, IIRC.

Date: 2013-02-25 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hybrid2
I'm gona have a lot of reading to do.

Date: 2013-02-25 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hyperactivator
This is awesome!

Date: 2013-02-25 08:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] suzene

Fred's going to be a guest of honor at SDCC for hitting that 200 issues milestone. Here's hoping he chugs along for another 101...I'd like to have the 300 issues record broken by an artist I actually like.
Edited Date: 2013-02-25 08:27 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-02-25 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] suzene
Also, you know what makes me happy about Gold Digger? I'm looking at that 200th issue cover and reflecting on how much I adore these characters -- and how, in 200 issues, none of our core case has been raped, fridged, or killed off for cheap shock value. As much as I do sometimes get annoyed with the book going into uncomfortable territory with the cheesecake, it's nice to be able to say that.

Other things that makes me happy about this book: GD is finally getting some queer characters in the coming year, it looks like.
Edited Date: 2013-02-25 08:28 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-02-26 07:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] suzene
I tend to avoid the specials. There have been a few fan-contributed stories I've liked, but generally I don't find them worth the purchase price.

Ah, yes. Genn definitely had a fluid gender identity, but though I am glad zhe got hir heart's desire in the end, the character has been so problematically handled that I really have a hard time bringing hir up as positive queer portrayal, especially given that zhe was sidelined for so long after hooking up with Seance.

Date: 2013-02-26 08:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] suzene
With Genn, it was a combination of things. The first was having a backstory that implied, at the very least, coerced sex if not outright rape (and I guess now that I've remembered that bit, I may have to revise my above comments, because Genn was core cast for a while) combined with the "marathon sex" Genn had with Brianna, where zhe was shown as sometimes less than willing or trying to escape. It was being played for comedy, but that doesn't make the combination any less squicky when looked at in-context, especially if one takes the viewpoint that the only reason it could succeed as comedy is if the audience buys into the idea that women can't rape.

The second was the way Genn's romance with Seance finally went off -- Seance didn't return Genn's affections until Genn was locked into a female form. Not just assuming a female form to line up with Seance's sexual preferences, mind you, but stuck in a position of zero gender ambiguity. Not only did this make Genn a bit more dull than previous, IMO, but it also really soured me on a pairing I'd been rooting for because the subtext was that Seance couldn't accept Genn as a romantic partner and genderqueer. The retcon in Maidens of Twilight did help things go down a bit easier, though it still wasn't exactly smooth. That Genn's being locked into one form was a lie helped in that the choice of form never really been out of Genn's hands, but the fact that zhe felt she had to lie in order to gain Seance's affections still didn't make me want to wave my 'shipping banner.

I do like GD, but sometimes it steps over the line from fun, sexy hijnks into pretty gross territory. Fair play to Fred, though, I've never had him be dismissive when I've brought up my concerns and it's one of the reasons I stick with the book (even if I do need a hiatus now and again).


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