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By | Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 11:46 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

The modern Spirit series (the one that started off with that Batman crossover) has been added to the DCU reading order.

It consists of the following 5 books:

The Spirit Vol. 1

The Spirit Vol. 2

The Spirit Vol. 3

The Spirit Vol. 4

The Spirit Vol. 5

We’ve still got a fair amount of miscellaneous Spirit collections left to place. I’ll have to look up their contents tomorrow as they’re a bit more tricky.

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By | Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 4:16 am | 4 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Finally figured out how to get default post thumbnails working. Every book now comes with a little gray thumbnail by default, like this:

Not very exciting, I know, but it should make the reading order pages look a little more uniform (and is essential for some of the layout stuff I’m working on). Of course, the goal is that eventually every book will have an actual cover image!

Also working on the front page. Not much to look at yet.

Update: Well, it still could use a fair amount of tweaking, but I’m happy enough with it to reset the redirect from the blog. So when you visit the page, it should now go to the brand new dynamic homepage! Let me know what you think!

All this just goes to show that I can have work scheduled at 12pm the next day instead of 9am and still manage to get less than 4 hours sleep! I’m really good at that!

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By | Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 11:23 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

The last of the Spirit Archives have been added to the DCU reading order. The books from this update are as follows:

The Spirit Archives Vol. 8

The Spirit Archives Vol. 9

The Spirit Archives Vol. 10

The Spirit Archives Vol. 11

The Spirit Archives Vol. 12

The Spirit Archives Vol. 13

The Spirit Archives Vol. 14

The Spirit Archives Vol. 15

The Spirit Archives Vol. 16

The Spirit Archives Vol. 17

The Spirit Archives Vol. 18

The Spirit Archives Vol. 19

The Spirit Archives Vol. 20

The Spirit Archives Vol. 21

The Spirit Archives Vol. 22

The Spirit Archives Vol. 23

The Spirit Archives Vol. 24

The Spirit Archives Vol. 25

The Spirit Archives Vol. 26

The Spirit: The New Adventures Archives (Vol. 27 by Dark Horse)

Beth and I also just passed the 200 point in our Marvel work – that’s over 200 books already with full information. Less than ten percent of the total book we have partial info for, but it felt good to hit that mark.

I feel kind of in the mood to program, so I’ll see if I can’t make any headway on the dynamic front page.

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By | Monday, August 16, 2010 | 11:29 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Features

Site reader Matthew Moses sent me an email about his book, Proxies of Fate, published by Pill Hill Press. He figured that I might be interested in it based on the other things I write about.

Well, he’s right. The premise of the novel hits me right in a few weak spots:

– Love of alternate history
– Science-Fiction that doesn’t take itself too seriously
– The much under appreciated 1930s as a setting
– Golden Age Superheroics Revisited
– and, well, books with absolutely terrible cover art. (Sorry Matt, I mean this in the most positive way possible.)

Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

The world teeters on the brink of hope and despair during the worldwide Great Depression of the 1930s. Out of the darkness come the Krush, brutal warriors and destroyers of worlds. Drawn by the Earth’s glow, they seek death and conquest. Their genocidal invasion is halted in orbit by the last of the Theria, godlike protectors of the universe. Forced into an unsteady armistice, the two factions agree to a battle by proxy to settle the fate of Earth. Chris Donner, a jaded Great War veteran, is granted the divine powers of the Theria and strives to understand why he has been given such a gift. Li Chen, an idealistic Chinese peasant, is chosen by the Krush and becomes the fabled Dragon King. Both men irrevocably change history as they are drawn together in a final battle to decide the outcome of mankind.

After reading a few chapters, I couldn’t help thinking that this would be a great comic book itself. Maybe I’ve just been reading so many lately, but I can’t help seeing panel layouts in my head. The style of writing is classic pulp, with dialogue gasped and yelped while the action is quick and dirty.

You can check out the first six chapters over at a little site Moses set up. If that first sentence grabs you (“It hovered in the darkness of space like the gasp of some lost god in the cold night.”) you might prefer to pick it up in paperback from Amazon (They’ve also got a kindle version up.)

If any of you guys are creating your own works, feel free to send me a link! I’m always excited to see what everyone is working on.

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By | Monday, August 16, 2010 | 9:26 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

The following 5 Spirit books have now been placed in the reading order:

The Spirit Archives Vol. 3

The Spirit Archives Vol. 4

The Spirit Archives Vol. 5

The Spirit Archives Vol. 6

The Spirit Archives Vol. 7

Only these few for these update, but I should be able to get the rest of the archives in the next DB update, then on to the modern Spirit books!

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