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That took a little bit, but I’ve finished adding DC books to my collection! Including Vertigo and Unplaced Books, I’ve got 1252 DC books on my shelves! What about you?

I’m psyched about this – I’ve been estimating the number for years, since I was too lazy to make a separate excel file for just owned (vs owned and looking for all in one file).. let alone count by hand.

Going through, I made a couple corrections:

Elseworlds: Superman: Speeding Bullets (Title was mispelled.)

DC Animated: Teen Titans Go! Vol. 4: Ready for Action! (Digest) (Accidentally placed very far from where it should have been.)

The Little Endless Storybook (Deleted two redundant entries – must have been a database upload error.)

Now that there are a ton of books on my collection listing, I’m able to see how it preforms with loading a huge list.

It’s not too fast, but not deadly slow either. Once in a while it can’t load the whole thing, so it messes up and the formatting collapses. Refreshing solves the problem.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with it! It’s cool to see the whole thing alphabetically too, I’ve never seen my collection listed in that way!

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  1. avatar tightsandcapes wrote on at July 12, 2010 1:48 am:

    Haha, this is great, another person crazy enough to collect all of the DC trades! :) Well I don’t have all of the archives, showcases or prestige editions but I know I have over 1000 books in my collection. I have read 450 so far with more arriving every month, it’s fun tryin to keep up. Wow, what an endeavor you have acheived here, I am sure I will discover books I don’t have yet. Thanks!


    avatar Ian replied on July 12th, 2010 at 3:08 pm:

    Awesome! I was reasonably sure that I wasn’t the only one out there, but I’m also pretty sure there are only a handful of us. It’s a pretty daunting task!

    Just showcase books is almost a whole bookshelf, by the way, so if you ever decide to add those to your collection make sure you have room! They’re not that expensive to collect, but they take up a healthy amount of space.

    I was doing ok, reading 4 or 5 books a day, but then I started making this website and now I’m INSANELY behind, haha. That’s ok though, once I’ve got the site going, the most important orders up, and am just doing reviews and fleshing out the content – I’ll be back to reading a lot again. And it’s given me time to fill in my pre-crisis gaps so I can really start from the beginning!

    Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have finished the public user pages and we’ll be able to share our collection lists! :D

    PS. Welcome! If you’re anywhere near as obsessive as I am, I’m sure you’ll be an extremely valuable addition to the site! :)


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  1. Marc
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 11:06 am:

    Holy cow, that’s a lot of books! This is one of those times where it would be great to be able to see other users’ collections. Personally, I probably only have about a dozen DC collections…I’ve traditionally put most of my money into Marvel hardcovers, and tried to borrow trades either from friends or the library. But lately I’ve come to realize that I should probably own quite a few more trades myself, both out of necessity (I’m moving away from my current awesome library soon) and for reference use.


  2. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 11:20 am:

    It’s coming, I promise! It won’t actually be that hard to do, I just have to look up some code and decide where it will be placed. The easiest would be to put it on the author’s profile/post listing page, but then I’m not sure where I’d put the “Posts by this author” stuff.

    Right now http://www.tradereadingorder.c…..hor/admin/ doesn’t really have a set layout, but it just shows whatever posts I’ve made. I’m gonna change it to display profile like information, and then maybe tabs or expand boxes for “My collection” and “posts by this author” and maybe even “forum posts by this author” and tie it into the forums here. Something like that?


  3. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 11:21 am:

    Maybe just change Author to User in that context.


  4. Gorblax
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 11:22 am:

    I don’t own all these yet, but I used the collection to map out the books I want to have… in total, 386.


  5. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 11:25 am:

    man, this really makes me want to be able to see em. I’ll try and work on that code today. We’ve got almost 30 users on the site too, now! I wonder how many of them are actively using this feature.


  6. Gorblax
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 1:16 pm:

    Down the road, it would be nice to be able to save multiple lists of books, for our own custom reading orders.


  7. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 2:24 pm:

    yeah, that’s one of my main desires as well. I really want to be able to have a “collection” and “wishlist” at least.
    Basically, right now the listing system works as a kind of toggle. A book is either checked or not checked. With that set of code, that’s all it’s capable of – there’s no way to say, decide what list it is checked on, rename the list, or whatever.

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for it to be a kind of dynamic list system, where you could make a list, then name the list, and then when you click the (+) a little drop down with all your lists would come up, it would add it to whatever list you select, and then reload the graphic without reloading the page (all those page loads put significant strain on the server). However, that’s way outside of my programming ability right now – I really need a full time programmer on this project! Maybe one will join eventually and offer to help me out, haha.

    I would also like to have “Custom Sort” and a drag and drop (or typing in a number) ordering system that you could share the results of, in addition to Alphabetical, Reading Order, and Chrono.

    For now though, I’m considering adding another copy of this plugin code with different variable names, so we can at least have My Collection and My Wishlist. There could be two buttons next to each book, a blue + and a green +, and the green one adds to your collection and the blue one adds to your wishlist. You could use these lists for whatever you want, but that’s probably what I’m gonna call them on the site. Does that sound good to you guys? It shouldn’t take too much work to get that going, just changing all the variables in the plugin code and uploading a second copy.

    One question: Would you want both lists to be available on a “My Lists” page, or seperate “My Collection” and “My Wishlist” pages.
    The first option is more convenient, you only have to go to one place. But loading all that info on one page might make it load slower and have a higher rate of load failure. So the second option would be more cumbersome, but each page would be quicker – and look a lot like the collection page looks right now.
    Penny for your thoughts?


  8. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 3:54 pm:

    Make that 1256 – I just picked up four starman omnibi. hehe


  9. Gorblax
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 3:59 pm:

    Hmm… can’t say which I like better. I’d put My Wishlist as a subcategory of My Collection.


  10. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 4:21 pm:

    hmm, like another tab there?

    I might put them inside expand boxes, kind of, so one is hidden when you are viewing the other, and then have tabs for each, since you’ll probably want options of sorting your wishlist as well as your collection, right?

    Do you think those two lists are enough for now? Would you prefer the second list to just be called “My List 2” or them both just be “List One” “List 2”

    I feel like they work for any purpose anyway, but “Collection” and “Wishlist” are probably the two main purposes, so misewell just leave them labeled like that as a suggestion to users.


  11. TheEnd
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 5:42 pm:

    I think having a separate list for “Collection” and “Wishlist” is the best route.

    As for the collection, I’m a mostly a Marvel fan so I have mostly Marvel trades. Most likely my whole total for trades is around 30-40, (measly, I know), and for DC probably 5. This site has really inspired me to actively hunt for deals on trades though, so hopefully my collection will grow with this site.


  12. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 7:11 pm:

    I personally can’t wait until Marvel is up. I really want to know the best places to start for Defenders and She-Hulk. Plus I’ve never quite got how a lot of the events worked so I will learn a lot while researching that, probably. Gonna take a lot of time though, I want to get at least one totally complete and TAGGED as well, so I’m gonna be working in DC for a WHILE. Damn shame – wish I had another me just to work on marvel, haha.

    The ones in the database right now are actually just the books I own.. so not that much, but a lot of ultimate marvel, lol.


  13. TheEnd
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 8:17 pm:

    Hey, if you can do DC like you’ve done, I’m sure doing Marvel will be a lot easier. You’ve definitely ironed out the process. Take your time though, there’s a lot of reading to be done lol. I’ve got to catch up on my DC, too!

    I see that you have the trades of Ellis’s Tbolts, which is one of the more phenomenal runs of a Marvel book in last few years. As for Ultimate U, I don’t care. Millar’s Ultimate X-Men and Bendis’s Ultimate Spider-Man stick out as really ushering in the 2000s for Marvel. I know that now the stuff is pretty crappy (I’m not reading it), but the early stuff is full of gems.

    I have a lot of Marvel back issues plus a few of the 40th anniversary CDs from a few years back, so I may be able to help out in terms of finding out where to place certain stories once you get there.


  14. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 8:53 pm:

    it’s true – I’ve learned a LOT from putting the DC together and I’ve got a general process already outlined for marvel that will make it a million times easier. Still, will be a good solid amount of work just to figure out how many books they’ve published and in what editions, etc, haha. I’m STILL finding oddball DC collections.

    I’m sure once we get heavy into marvel over here, you’ll be seeing lots of forum and blog posts where you can chime in with helpful advice.

    the offer is seriously appreciated. :D


  15. TheEnd
    wrote on at July 9, 2010 10:01 pm:

    What you’ve started here is a great and very useful thing. I’ve been trying to get firmly into DC for years. I’ve read most of the essential stuff, but I always hear about other smaller stories that fans praise. The Reading Order will definitely help me get a firm grasp on the happenings of DC.


  16. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 10, 2010 12:11 am:

    Hope it helps! :D


  17. Marc
    wrote on at July 10, 2010 11:34 am:

    Hopefully the Marvel stuff will go even more quickly than DC, since by the time you get to it I should have my own Marvel TPB timeline up. I’m actually mostly done with it right now, just need to figure out where a few more Essentials go. And like you’re doing with DC, I’m trying to find as many oddball ’90s trades and stuff like that as I can now, since it’ll be a bigger pain to add that once it’s been posted.

    But yeah, like you said I’ve learned tons about the Marvel Universe in making that reading order, and I already knew quite a bit. Before I was completely clueless about most of Marvel’s cosmic stuff, like Infinity War, Infinity Crusade, Infinity Watch, where Silver Surfer and Thanos fit in, etc. I also couldn’t keep the ’80s/’90s X-Men stuff in order mentally, what with similarly-titled crossovers like X-Tinction Agenda, X-Cutioner’s Song, Fall of the Mutants, Mutant Massacre, and so on. Even if no one else in the world is ever interested in seeing it, it’s still been worth the effort just for how much I’ve learned in the process.


  18. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 10, 2010 11:57 am:

    That’s really cool Marc, and I’m sure it will come in handy when we’re working on getting Marvel all dynamically databased.
    Out of curiousity, how many trades do you think you have on there right now? Has marvel published about the same amount of dc? Do they publish a lot more trades?


  19. Marc
    wrote on at July 10, 2010 12:53 pm:

    I would guess that there are about as many books on my list right now as there are on the DC list currently, possibly a couple hundred more. But (and this is a major “but”) my list only goes up to the beginning of 2005 right now. (That is, it has trade and hardcover that collects material published before 2005…so anything collecting comics from before that time, even if it just came out this month, is on there. Hopefully the way I worded that made sense.)

    Marvel has published an absolutely prolific number of trades collecting material published after the end of 2004. In fact, just about every single issue they’ve released since then has been collected. So I haven’t even bothered venturing past that point with the list yet, because I know that it will require I read everything on the list to get it anywhere near accurate. Even for certain months in 2003 or 2004, there are as many as nine or ten trades with material ending in that month. I’m pretty sure that number basically doubles after 2004.

    So overall, I think there are more Marvel trades out there than DC trades. But I just have a low-tech Word document right now, in pretty much exactly the same format as the DC TPB Timeline at collectededitions.blogspot.com, so to figure out the exact number I’d have to physically count them…and at 40-something pages, that doesn’t sound like a very fun prospect! I do have issue numbers and dates listed for almost every title as well, so that should be a huge help when it comes to putting them in order here. It’ll be interesting to see what other kinds of stats show up at that point too.


  20. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at July 10, 2010 3:22 pm:

    you know, if you’ve been putting in carriage returns (enter) I think you might be able to paste the whole thing into excel and it will automatically put each line in a new cell and it could count it that way?


  21. SDCC
    wrote on at September 7, 2010 12:28 pm:

    Blimey, this makes my 65 odd Batman TPB’s look rather silly!!

    I’ve got other books as well, such as The Walking Dead, Wathcmen and V for Vendetta.

    Well done though Ian. Kudos to you to Tightsand capes!


  22. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at September 8, 2010 12:13 am:

    Looks like you’ve got a pretty enjoyable little reading list there, though.

    This list count is a little behind for me, too. I’ll admit, even my current online collection is a little behind!


  23. lonefeather
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 8:02 pm:

    Slowly….very slowly working my way up from Crisis on Infinite Earths into Modern Age. However, I'm practically caught up in the trades of Ultimate Marvel and Buffy/Angel. It's a small achievement, but one I'm still proud of.


  24. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 2, 2011 8:04 pm:

    Not bad at all. I need to sit down and read all of Ex Machina at some point, now that I've got all of it. That's one I've been waiting to get a complete stack of for a long time.


  25. lonefeather
    wrote on at February 3, 2011 1:23 pm:

    Yeah, I've heard good things and it's one I want to check out, but I'm kind of in a DC stint right now :P


  26. duncanpr
    wrote on at February 27, 2011 6:44 pm:

    I've got 93 DC books, but as of right now, I'm only adding the main DCU books (including Morrison's Animal Man run, not including Watchmen), or book of the superhero genre.


    In addition, I have:

    • 32 Vertigo titles

    • 2 Wildstorm titles

    • 2 Marvel titles

    • 2 Dark Horse titles

    • 58 Star Wars titles


    As of right now, I'm going to stick to using this site more for the reading order aspect of the DCU than cataloguing my titles; I use Delicious Library for that. :)


    Keep up the great work!!


  27. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at February 27, 2011 6:51 pm:

    very cool. You can, of course, use it in any way you want :D

    Like, I put all my marvel books also under testy so I have a list of just those if I want. 


    I don't have a problem with people creating a second account to keep a wishlist or something. Eventually I hope to be able to let people add books to multiple lists under one account, but that's too complicated for me to do on my own. 


  28. Marc
    wrote on at February 27, 2011 8:23 pm:

    Yeah, eventually I think it would be useful for me to have a separate list where I could add everything I've read, rather than just the trades I own, since I've gotten a lot of stuff from the library over the years and own a couple thousand single issues that've been collected, but I haven't double-dipped and gotten the trades. For now, maybe I'll just do that with an alt account.


  29. duncanpr
    wrote on at April 2, 2011 12:12 pm:

    Is The Flash Vol. 1: The Dastardly Death Of The Rogues available to add to my collection? I searched and there's a blog update saying it's been added. I am sad that my DC count is inaccurate. :(


  30. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at April 3, 2011 9:32 am:



    looks like it's still in unplaced books. You can add it to your collection, but it will probably just be at the end of the list until properly placed.


  31. duncanpr
    wrote on at April 3, 2011 11:45 am:

    Sweet! Thanks, Ian! Now at least my numbers match, and that's my main concern at the moment; once the whole Brightest Day series and its tie-ins are released, that's when I'll need the reading order, but that won't be for a while yet. :)


  32. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at April 3, 2011 3:14 pm:

    no worries. Hopefully I'll get back to it soon – let me know if you see anything else weird!


  33. atgthatsme
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 4:26 pm:

    Ultimate Spider-Man, ultimate collections aren't up. Or I can't find them hahah


  34. Ian Aleksander Adams
    wrote on at April 28, 2011 5:29 pm:

    yeah, we're going to hit the ultimate marvel section soon, when the big two lists are getting to a good spot. I'd like to get the dc one caught up and the marvel covers up first, but then I can take a little to work on that one.


  35. atgthatsme
    wrote on at April 29, 2011 5:19 am:

    okay cool. sweet site


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