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  1. A reminder to everybody to bring your "beverage of choice" to this Wednesday's ComicBase livestream session and to share what you're enjoying in the chat!
  2. I was getting the light blue loading screen with the HR superdude icon and "ComicBase Mobile" logo. That screen would hang for a while, then it would crash out. Not that I am complaining, but the problem mysteriously vanished at some point today. When the app is loading, I assume that it needs to call on the HR servers. Is it possible that there was a server issue of some sort going on yesterday at around the time that I posted the issue?
  3. I have recently started to encounter a problem where my ComicBase Mobile app will not open properly. I get the opening load screen and that hangs there for a time, and then crashes. I tried rebooting the phone as well as deleting and then re-downloading the app. I am running iOS 13.5.1 on an iPhone XS Max.
  4. Hi folks! Just in case you didn't know, Battlin' Pete Bickford has been running a livestream on the ComicBase YouTube channel each Wednesday at 4pm Central US Time. You can use this thread to make topic suggestions, request demos, or post questions for Pete to answer!
  5. Unless things have changed recently, The New Yorker was for quite some time handling things by cover date only. They do have an archive, but it is behind a paywall for subscribers. There might be other online resources for them, but I am not sure. I understand the volume/number approach, but is that a convention that collectors of those magazines routinely use? Or do they tend to use cover date? (I'm guessing that it is the latter -- but that is just a guess on my part.) The answer to that question is important since you want to encourage those collectors to use Atomic Avenue.
  6. As weekly magazines get added to the database, I wanted to ask this question before these titles are in the database for such a long time that people are afraid to make corrections "because it will mess up everybody's inventory." Many weekly magazines do not number their issues sequentially. Instead, they often have a volume and issue number. A few don't even do that. And in recent years, many magazines that are supposed to be weekly actually have occasional issues that count as two issues, i.e., the magazine has a "skip week." (Time and The New Yorker are good examples of this.) This situation increases the chances of a numbering mistake if the issues are all sequentially numbered in the database. Hypothetically, if the database includes Weekly Magazine issues #1 through #7562 and later on it is discovered that there actually was no #6451, then everything from #6452 on up needs to be corrected. I can imagine that magazines that change their frequency from weekly to biweekly (or vice versa) would be especially susceptible to these types of errors. In addition, I suspect collectors of these magazines don't normally think of them in sequential numbers, but instead think of them in terms of their cover date. Would it make more sense to enter weekly magazine issues into the database using an eight digit number? So the December 15, 2008 issue of New Yorker would be entered into the database as #20081215 (first four digits for the year, next two digits for the month, last two digits for the day). This would allow the database to list all of the issues chronologically and make it easier for a collector to zero in on a specific issue they are looking for when browsing on Atomic Avenue. For issues that list two dates (i.e., an issue that is covering two weeks instead of one), the convention could be to simply use the earliest date. This method also has the benefit of allowing users to submit random issues of weekly magazines that they know exist and/or have in their collection without having to try to do detective work (or guesswork) as to the prior publication history of that title. For some magazines this wouldn't be too hard, but for more obscure magazines the suggested approach should reduce the time spent by HC personnel on correcting errors in the database listings for magazine titles that have a large number of issues. This practice would also work well if ComicBase expands to include weekly (or even daily) newspapers. Thoughts on this?
  7. Pizzazz had a few pages of comic stories per issue, but otherwise was almost entirely articles, correct? If so, then that title should be moved from Comics to Magazines.
  8. This should be high on the list of features to put into CB2020 IMO. In addition to the reasons that Steven listed, it is also helpful for folks who were adding non-comics to their older versions of CB and then convert to CB2020. I was keeping track of a lot of art books in CB, and it is laborious to go through and figure out what needs to get moved to a new category. This aspect of my collection database shouldn't be a chore!
  9. Hi James -- Your best bet for a prompt reply would be to send an email to supprt@atomicavenue.com
  10. The following titles should be moved to a different media category: Spectrum Presents: Rough Work by Frank Frazetta (move from comics to books) Frank Frazetta (move from comics to books) Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta (move from comics to books) Frank Frazetta: The Living Legend (move from comics to books) Incidentally, there is some weirdness in how the database is handling the entries in the Frank Frazetta and Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta titles. Books #2 through #5 of the database's Frank Frazetta title are actually part of the same series as the Art of Frank Frazetta Book #1 entry. They were all published from 1977 through 1985. But only Book #1 in the series has "The Fantastic Art of..." in the title as the title was simplified starting with the second book. The item listed as Frank Frazetta #1 was published in 1996 but it has been lumped in with the older books, so it creates a weird situation where a #1 entry published in 1996 is listed as preceding a #2 entry published in 1977. Two solutions, take your pick: Move Frank Frazetta #2 through #5 over to the Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta title. Update the dates of both title descriptions. Or you can kick the 1996 Frank Frazetta book into its own title. (Don't forget to update the publication dates of the existing title) I recommend the first option but YMMV.
  11. Probably same kind of thing as what's going on at Marvel. They are sending very low-selling material that has already been made and paid for to digital b/c retailers don't have a whole lot of capital right now b/c of shutdowns and whatnot.
  12. In my database, Wizard X-Men Masterpiece Edition, Wizard Spider-Man Masterpiece Edition, and Wizard Wolverine Masterpiece Edition are all showing up as books. These are really collections of reprinted comic book stories, so they should be listed as comics instead of as books. (The Atomic Avenue pages make it tough for me to figure out if the book listing is something unique to my database or is a reflection of the master database.) Thanks!
  13. The original publication of God Loves, Man Kills was actually issue #5 of the Marvel Graphic Novel title.
  14. Looks like this change was implemented in today's update. 👍
  15. The standalone title should be revised then. AFAIK the original treasury size edition from the 1980's says "DC Special Series" in the indicia. The reprint from the mid-1990s was comic sized and its indicia matches the standalone title in the database. So my suggestion would be... • Delete the existing Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk #1 from the database as it is a duplication. • Change what is currently Batman vs. the Incredible Hulk #1 (2nd printing) to Batman vs. the Incredible Hulk #1. The question is where should the 1980s paperback edition go... I assume with DC Special Series as #27/A or something.
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