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By | Friday, July 30, 2010 | 11:18 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

The site software has been updated to 3.0.1. I don’t think this should change any of my custom code (mostly in the functions file and plugins) so you shouldn’t see any large changes, but let me know if you run into anything weird!

I also updated the More Fields plugin (which makes it a bit easier to keep track of our custom fields – I was originally doing it just by coding it in directly, but the GUI for this plugin made things a little easier.) So, likewise, if you see anything weird related to field input or display, let me know.

That’s the only update for today – I’ve spent a big chunk of time adding new books to my offline database, about 250 of them so far.I’m gonna be doing that for a while and then update everything at once.

I’ll probably have some placements for books already in the database though, a few a day.

I’ve also been watching a bunch of Batman:TAS. I’m on Episode 11 right now, the second Two-Face one! Fun background noise.

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By | Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 5:49 pm | 3 Comments | Blog > Uncle Gorby's Corner Of Free Stuff

Have you heard? Superman and Lois Lane are finally getting married… and you’re invited!

Today’s Link:

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, the live action television series, ran for four seasons from 1993 to 1997 and is most famous as the catalyst, both on screen and in print, for the wedding of Clark and Lois Kent. Although you won’t be able to see the wedding itself without springing some cash, the first three seasons of this revolutionary series are completely free, courtesy of TheWB.

Maybe more importantly, Lois & Clark was the first mainstream medium to portray Clark Kent as a dominant personality and Superman as a persona – a trend which continues to this day. Even if the ticket to the big show isn’t available, though, seeing all the events which lead up to the proposal is a thrilling ride, and Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher are no slouches in their leading roles.

Of course, you’ll still get the usual good vs. evil, Action Comics sort of stuff – Luthor, Metallo, Toyman, the Intergang, The Prankster, and others all show up – and we also get some fun original characters like the fan-favorite Tempus (and even, at one point, a time-travelling H.G. Wells).

If you’ve never glanced at this important part of Superman lore, well, there’s no time like the present. Happy viewing!

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By | Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 2:26 pm | 6 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Sounds like I won an award or something.

Seriously though, it’s a cool little toplist for comic related blogs.

You’ll see their icon to the right in the sidebar. I’m in the middle of some reorganization so it may move around a bit, but it looks like this:

Comic Blog Elite

Go ahead and give it a click to check out all the other great sites posting about comics culture!

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By | Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 4:33 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Uncle Gorby's Corner Of Free Stuff

Read through 52 and the Heroes & Villains page? Watched all of the Wonder Woman, Batman, and Swamp Thing you can handle? Fret not freebie fans, as Uncle Gorby’s Corner of Free Stuff has returned!

After our visit to DC Beyond, I promised you a return to Kids WB… well, don’t say your favorite uncle doesn’t deliver.

Presenting the freebies of DC Kids!

Today’s Link:

DC Kids is basically the reason the aforementioned DC Beyond exists: to get your attention to the on-site store.

The mission statement of DC Kids, to be sure, is to sell you games, toys, DVDs, and comics, but it’s that last one we’re most interested in today: DC Kids makes select issues of their most prominent lines available for free.

Here’s a breakdown:

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 is the first issue of a series based on the sorely under-appreciated television show, which was recently revealed at Comic-Con to be Grant Morrison’s favorite currently running series.

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #1 introduces a miniseries that’s partly Archie Comics, partly Sailor Moon, and all Supergirl- read it to get a unique, middle school spin on the Superman mythos.

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #1 is a follow-up to 2007’s highly acclaimed miniseries Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil, creating a pleasing blend of the incorruptible forces of Johnny DC and Golden Age comics.

Super Friends #1 is the start of a long, long overdue series based on the DC cartoons of the 70s and 80s- if you’re one of those guys who get nostalgic every time you hear the “pong!” of Aquaman summoning his aquatic charges, this is for you.

Take a serious look at yourself. Do you have enough unrepentant adorableness in your life? If you have to ask, the answer is no. Read Tiny Titans #1.

Justice League Unlimited #1 is self explanatory. If you love the DCAU as much as I do, then this one’s at the top of your list.

Also, Looney Tunes #100, Scooby-Doo #1, and Cartoon Network Action Pack #27. But who cares? JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED.

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By | Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 11:40 am | 4 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

So, I’ve put in a bit of time here and there, but I’m starting to get pretty heavily into building the Marvel database. This post is for Marc and all you other Marvel fans out there – what are your favorite resources for finding lists of Marvel Collected Editions and Graphic Novels?

Ideally, I’m looking for lists of everything but I’m not sure if that exists (yet! We’d like our database here to be comprehensive as well as ordered.)

Here are some good resources I’ve found so far:

The Collected Comics Library Checklists

Kind of hidden under the “Release Schedule” link on the front page of Collected Comics Library there are some awesome checklists for Marvel Masterworks, Omnibus, Premiere Classic, and Essentials titles. At first glance, they seem to be very complete and some up to date even to upcoming releases! I wish I knew about this resource when I was building the DC list – he’s got listings of Archives and Showcase books as well!

Marvel Masterworks Resource Page

Detailed information on the Masterworks and awesome forums. Also some other listings, but seems kind of out of date. As much as I love this site, it’s not gonna help me keep up with modern trades.

Millarworld’s TP List

Good for looking by character or title, but also out of date.


I’ll be checking dates and going through here to see if there’s anything I’ve missed for certain characters, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for (say a one off trade for an obscure 90s character or title, like “Witchcraft” for DC) it’s really easy to never even know something exists.

Those are the few I’ve got earmarked so far. There’s the official Marvel Catalog, which seems search-able, but I’m not sure how to get it to display a long list of trades for me. And if it’s anything like the DC one, there will probably be a lot missing!

Any good resources you use to find trades? Especially rare releases – those are the ones I’m gonna have the most trouble finding (I’m still finding the odd DC book, though I’m sure that we’re 99% up to date in the database, just gotta keep placing and filling in info for the titles already in.)

I gotta get a head start on this Marvel thing so I can upload it all as soon as I’m done with DC!

(Remember, act like I’m a Marvel newbie here. Sure, I’ve got about 155 Marvel books in my collection and I’ve read 99% of them, but compared to the almost 2000 other books, that’s just a dent. So lets start from the top!)

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