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By | Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 12:29 am | 5 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Alllllright! Now’s a good time to reuse this Herc image. The marvel database is ready to upload. It’s not super simple (as it requires making about 3000 new database entries and about doubling the size of this entire website.) Plus there are going to need to be some structural redesigns and redone code for you to actually have access to all that information.

Please bear with us while these changes move through. At the earliest, I hope to get it up and mostly accessible by tomorrow afternoon. At the worst, it might take a couple days if we run into some problems.

Here’s some specific stuff:

1. Expect the existing marvel books to disappear first.

2. A few of the DC categories are also going to go, or change, which means you might have to update some of your links.

A. For example, there will no longer be the “recommended reading order” – that’s basically just going to be the DCU list. Same for the other two lists… we’ll be implementing sorting in another way soon.

B. the ages will be changed to say “DC Golden Age” etc. And “Marvel Golden Age” would be the equivalent.

3. A million books will be going up so the site might be a little slow.

4. The front page will be shifted around a bit, with the marvel character tag list finally showing up, etc.

5. Same for the sidebar, the real-estate will be split. Soon I will have dedicated pages to view ALL the character, series, etc, tags in a list form (instead of just the drop downs) but we’ll concentrate on the more important stuff first.

That’s basically it. There are a few more things, but the first goal is just to get all the information online. We’ll worry about making the site a little more user friendly again after that main step. Feel free to keep an eye on the Marvel Progress forum thread for specific updates. But I’ll post another blog post when everything is up, of course!

I hope you guys are excited! I sure am – I can’t wait to finally sort my marvel books!! :D

Also, I figure I misewell use this post to announce the Green Arrow: Road To Jericho Giveaway Winner! It’s Tim from California, MD (TRO User timjoyce2828). Congrats, Tim!

For everyone else, make sure you enter the current giveaway. That is, if you like free stuff!

Update 1: The books are up! They were uploaded in 12 batches, with the site going slow for a little, but it seems to mostly have recovered. Feel free to browse around and start adding stuff to your collection. I’ll be working to get all the info on the sidebar, get some header images in, etc. I’ll keep you up to date!

Update 2: Marvel info is now showing on the front page! As we expected, the X-Men Family is pretty solidly at number 1. I’d like to get the counts working again, I’ll see if I can.

Update 3: Marvel info on the sidebar is in! Expect the Marvel Quick List to go up tomorrow and to see the categories added to the top navigation. I’ll keep tweaking the sidebars as well.

And keep up the advisory comments, that’s the best!

(and also tomorrow, maybe first thing, I’m gonna treat my self to putting in my collection and sorting my bookshelf!) Now I’m going to sleep! It’s been 11 hours straight sitting here this session!

Update 4: All the stuff talked about in this post is complete! I’m going to try to create some character/tag archives, but besides that, consider it live!

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By | Monday, February 21, 2011 | 8:03 pm | 6 Comments | Blog > Uncle Gorby's Corner Of Free Stuff

The most recent X-Men animated effort is now also available online!

Today’s Link:

Wolverine And The X-Men just ran one season.

Perhaps it should be obvious that Wolverine has been steadily gaining in popularity since his introduction, at least enough to headline this show!

Anyway, not all of it is up online. There’s 12 episodes there, about half of the 26 produced, along with some clips.

Check it out!

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By | Saturday, February 19, 2011 | 5:17 pm | 4 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

First, I’ve heard back from everyone and now can announce the winners for our January (and first week of February) giveaways!

You guys have been very patient while I’ve been working on the Marvel list, and I thank you for that. Without further ado:

Lex Luthor The Unauthorized Biography Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography

Ryan from Prospect, CT (TRO user Irishpanther)

The Batman Chronicles Volume 8

The Batman Chronicles Vol. 8

Jason from El Monte, CA (TRO user hellboy)

Final Crisis Aftermath DanceFinal Crisis Aftermath: Dance

Nate from Portland, OR (TRO user rageous)

Batman Holy TerrorBatman: Holy Terror

Michael from New Brockton, AL (TRO user Darth Davis)

Hardware The Man In The MachineHardware: The Man In The Machine

Sean from Hamilton, OH (TRO user Skleefeld)

Congrats everyone!

To those of you who didn’t win this time, don’t be discouraged!

We’ll keep doing giveaways every week and often there will be more than one winner. So statistically, as long as you hang around, you’ll get something eventually!

With Chris and a couple more of you offering to donate a couple of their spare books, it’s quickly becoming a little weekly bookswap. Pretty awesome.

I also wanted to note that the Skleefeld up there is Sean Kleefeld, who you may have seen elsewhere around the comics web. You should check out his writing at Kleefeld On Comics! Thanks for dropping by Sean and I hope you enjoy your lucky win!

Now Some Updates

Most of my time is spent working on the Marvel List right now, just a few days away from being online, I think. Marc also updated his annotated list, adding some stuff in the 1970s.

I also took some time to tweak the individual blog post layout. The title of the post is now bigger and spans the space above the top of the page (across the filing info and share links.)

The filing info now takes three lines with the subcategory centered on the second. The share links, on the other hand, are now spread out across one line.

I took out the Digg and Delicious buttons to make this possible – honestly, they’re kind of dying services and anyone who still uses them probably has an add-on for them already installed. Facebook, Stumbleupon, and Reddit and twitter all give a fair amount of traffic to this site, so I’m assuming that you guys still find these links to be useful.

Seriously, thanks for all the sharing – bringing this site to the attention of your friends is the number one way you can help the project. Try and get em in on the forum too, the more viewpoints we have on updates, reading orders, and what we should do next, the better the site will be in the long run.

I think that’s it for now. As always, let me know what you think!

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By | Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 3:01 pm | 17 Comments | Blog > Uncle Gorby's Corner Of Free Stuff

After the 1990s X-Men series, the next animated series was called X-Men Evolution

Today’s Link:

X-Men: Evolution had 4 seasons with 52 episodes total, now available online. The show features the first appearances of many X-Men characters in animated form along with some new additions to the cast, like Wolverine’s clone X-23. She’s since gone on to become a very popular character in the comics.

Evolution is the third longest running Marvel show, behind the 1990s X-Men and Spider-Man series.

I admit, I haven’t seen this one yet myself, but I’m pretty intrigued. According to wikipedia, it’s won several awards:

X-Men: Evolution won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Live Action and Animation at the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, on May 16, 2003.[2] It also won the Cover of the Year Award in 2004 for best animated figure for Beast. It was nominated for several Golden Reel Awards, as well as other Emmys. Steven E. Gordon, the director of this show, was nominated in the Production Design in an Animated Television Production category for X-Men: Evolution at the 2001 Annie Awards.

So check it out! After all, it’s free.

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By | Tuesday, February 15, 2011 | 4:28 am | 3 Comments | Blog > Features

Matt Seneca, who is fast becoming one of my favorite writers on Sequential Art and Visual Culture, posted an essay on Eisner’s Ebony White character over at his blog, Death To The Universe.

Here’s an excerpt:

Racism was a part of the world once upon a time, and as such it was a part of comics. And it’s hardly left the world, let alone America, let alone American comics — but at least there are certain things you can’t do in public anymore, and this is most definitely one of them.

Ebony White will always ensure that The Spirit isn’t presented in the grand fashion the work’s aesthetic value merits. In a way that’s poetic justice, a casual racism that no doubt endeared Eisner’s work to a populist audience in its day now preventing it from getting over to the world at large in ours. And there the story would end, if Ebony White wasn’t such a good character.

In full here.

It’s an excellent read and ties well into our discussion in the comments of the Milestone Comics feature posted earlier this month.

I’ll be getting into The Spirit in the reviews soon after we resume our daily review schedule with DC’s Golden Age. Until then, Seneca’s essay will give you a little to think about.

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