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Lance Fittro

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  1. Thanks Pete. Is there a way to force a content download other than Check For Updates in the drop-down menu? I'm happy to check, but keep getting the "you're already current" message:
  2. Out of curiosity this morning, I hit the Check For Updates again, and it downloaded another content update which included the Previews Catalog images again, but it dropped them in a different publisher's folder this time. Similarly the Playboy Magazine images jumped publisher folders as well: Going to the actual Previews Catalog title in ComicBase, it showed the entries for those issues, but without cover images. Highlighting the entries in the software and hitting Download Covers did bring down the images correctly though. I'm currently on build v. if that helps to identify the issue.
  3. Found a few more that went into title folders under the wrong publishers. Seems it may have been magazine cover images affected?
  4. Downloaded the latest content update today, and happened to notice that there were a ton of cover images for Previews Catalog that dumped in the Slave Labor publisher's directory rather than the Diamond Comic Distributors Inc directory where the other Previews Catalog cover images are housed. The first few examples:
  5. Fair enough. Thank you for clarifying.
  6. In the title Wizard: The Comics Magazine, there are listings for issues #167.2 and #187.2, both of which appear to coincide with the Wizard Mega Movie #3 (Spring/Summer 2007 issue) which is listed under its own separate title. Unfortunately, I do not have any of these in hand to be able to check the indicia for how these issues are titled.
  7. Looks like the images for the regular and Whitman variant issues are backward in CB (variant should be the one with the slash through the UPC). I submitted a correction through the program, but it only took the image for the regular edition as an upload.
  8. Having a similar need, I wound up using/dedicating one of the custom fields to add a publisher as I'm entering inventory, which can then be exported. I typically Ctrl+G for a quick change of the entire title. Requires a little more manual entry, but also helps with those titles that changed publishers mid-run such that some issues don't match up with the main publisher for that title.
  9. Having read through the old message board posts regarding Heavy Metal, and their shift to a sequential issue numbering rather than the previous annual volume/issue number method, I am understanding that their records and those of CB apparently differ by about 10 issues. Currently, the first series numbering stops at #258 in ComicBase and on AA, with those last few issues before the shift being absent from both Series 1 and Series 2. Presumably this was done to avoid confusion, but with the side effect being that those 10 issues or so are no longer indexed or available on AA in either series. Coincidentally, this shift in numbering happened at a time when I was winding down my new comics purchases and not frequenting my LCS as often, which resulted in some gaps in my long run right before the shift in numbering. I'm trying to figure out which issues I am missing, and create a usable want list, but in addition to the missing 10 issues, am having some difficulties reconciling the old volume/issue numbering Heavy Metal used with the sequential numbering shown for Series 1 in the database. With magazines now having their own category in the database and volume/issue numbering being more common, is there a possibility of seeing this applied to the Series 1 Heavy Metal issues? Or will I just need to rely on that information being in the "Notes" column and do the best I can with visual references of the covers when shopping off-AA to fill in those gaps?
  10. Heavy Metal #293/A is showing the incorrect cover, and lists 2 artists in the Notes section. The A cover should be the one attached below, by Flavio Greco Paglia. The cover currently shown in ComicBase is also correctly displayed for the C cover, and is by Wanjin Gim. I attempted to upload the correct cover via the Submit New Or Corrected Data link, but apparently the master database image is larger, because it did not ask me for my image.
  11. The title "Walt & Skeezix" has both a 1 and 1/HC which appear to be the same book (same UPC shown for both, but no cover image for 1). Looks like there is not a non-hardcover version of #1, and this item should be eliminated as a duplicate?
  12. A more in-depth discussion of UPC's, Alt-UPC's, ISBN's (including difference between ISBN-10 and ISBN-13) might help clear up some confusion. In addition to the newsstand vs direct market UPC differences for the same issue (perhaps not a universal thing for all publishers, but definitely there for post-"Spidey face box" Marvel for instance), it appears a large number of floppy comics in the database show ISBN's which I would expect to apply only to books, or at least comics bound in a book format. Are these auto-generated based on the UPC input? Also, it appears the ISBN-10 format is generally what is stored in the database, which is not necessarily the same as the ISBN-13 minus the first three characters. The more I'm typing, the more I'm thinking this may not be as much of a general-interest topic as I was originally thinking. But perhaps a simple discussion of how those fields are populated in the database, and how to use that information to find those items in the real world (when not in stock on Atomic Avenue, of course) might be useful. P.S. Thank you to Greg for the advice above.
  13. No it does not, or at least, the newsstand copy that I have neither mentions nor contains a mini poster. So that may be reason enough to maintain the newsstand edition as 1/A, but removing the "Special Justoys Collector's Edition" note currently showing for 1/A. And adding the red-bordered cover scan to 1/B should help to visually clarify the difference. Thanks!
  14. It appears that the cover image for #1/A on file is actually the newsstand edition of #1, and that the #1/A and 1/B issues which both have notes as being the Justoys Variant are referring to the same cover/printing. Unless there is some reason I'm overlooking to distinguish newsstand from direct market edition on this one, it appears there should just be a 1/A, and 1/B should be deleted. Judging by the images in the image folder, it appears that the direct market and newsstand covers for each issue in this 3-issue mini-series were at one time listed as # and #/A, but when the newsstand covers were dropped as variations, the #1 remained. I went ahead and submitted a cover image for the Justoys Variant through the software, but am attaching it here as well, along with the direct market and newsstand versions for comparison. Thanks!
  15. The database is showing a cover and description for the second print of this book as the later Boom! Studios Facsimile Edition, which appears to have been printed in 2011 and would have been at least the 7th printing. I don't have a cover scan of the 2nd printing, so don't know how it differs in appearance from the 1st or 3rd printing, but even if the Boom! printing states "Second Printing" in the indicia, there was an earlier second printing. I can submit the Boom! printing as a new 7th printing for the database, but will need some help from the team in removing the incorrect info from the existing 2nd printing. There were similar Boom! reprintings for issues #2 and 3 that appear to be listed and shown correctly in the chronological printing order.
  16. Came across this one this morning when logging in a collection I picked up. Noted in the indicia as being a second print, but I do not have any other printings of the 2003 series #1 to compare contents and verify it is the same. This one does not appear to be represented in the master database, unless I'm overlooking something?
  17. The cover shown in CB for the Battle Chasers Anthology basic paperback is actually the Spanish-language hardcover produced by Planeta DeAgostini. I don't have either in hand, so can't speak to whether the content is the same otherwise. My image folder has a "Bk 1" with the correct (but Preliminary) artwork for this issue. I'll let the CB team decide how best to represent these different issues in the database, but a higher-res cover image is attached below. Also for reference, this item currently listed on eBay gives a little more info for the Spanish-language version: https://www.ebay.com/itm/362438024547
  18. Ah, I see I've just been overlooking them. I'll see to it that I include any that I stumble across in my cataloging then. Thanks!
  19. As I've been going through and entering comics lately, I've been making a point of scanning and submitting the full layout of wraparound and gatefold covers so that they may be appreciated in all their glory rather than just seeing the one front cover panel as it appears when bagged and boarded. I'm wondering, is there similar value, and would the community like to see full "Flipbook" covers as well? I'm not referring to those where the back cover is just a pin-up, but those where there is a full separate cover with issue number and pricing that can be seen by "flipping" the book over. In some cases, these are for back-up stories, or in others (like the Archer and Armstrong / Eternal Warrior #8 below), each side of the flipbook is part of the regularly-numbered series, so that you would need two copies of the same book to complete runs of both titles. Bottom line: would anyone like to see both sides of a flipbook displayed as the image for that issue (when full front/back cover scans are available), or would it just confuse things further? Or is this already being done, and I have simply overlooked it?
  20. It would be interesting (to me at least) to have a better understanding of how database corrections are processed when they are submitted through CB via the "Submit New or Corrected Data" feature. Filling in an empty field seems pretty straightforward, but what if the correction is deleting duplicate or extraneous information? If someone thinks they have found a new title, is it appropriate to create an entry in CB first and submit it that way, or would that be better for the message board? How much headache do I cause when I upload a correction, immediately realize that I left something out or spelled something incorrectly, and then upload a corrected correction? What happens when I am trying to submit a corrected or larger cover image without any other data changes, and the CB software doesn't ask me for my cover? Did I just submit a "correction" that matches the master database 100%, and does that cause any confusion? Even if not, what is the best way then to get that cover-only correction to the team? I think having a better idea of how the corrections are processed or compared against the master database could help users decide whether it's best to submit something through CB, take it to the message board, or send a direct e-mail, and do so with the minimum amount of confusion for the CB team having to figure out the intent of the user while wading through multiple and duplicate submissions.
  21. Is there a way through the CB software to submit JUST a cover correction? I love the simplicity of filling in missing creator information, adding a cover image where there is none, and submitting it all with a couple of clicks of the mouse. However, if I am simply correcting a cover image (example: submitting a 1970s Gold Key cover for an issue where the Whitman edition is showing for the standard cover), the only way to get the CB software to send the image appears to be if the corrected image is larger than the current image on file. In most cases, this works out fine, as I can just scan the corrected cover image at a higher resolution. But there are some instances where the image on file must be huge (I am an Archive user, so may not be able to download the highest-res images that the 4k users get), because I cannot get the software to upload the corrected image through the "Submit New or Corrected Data" option. I could always send an e-mail with corrected images attached, but it would seem more straightforward (and might save the corrections team time? I don't know how that workflow operates, which might in itself be an interesting topic for Pete's livestream) if there were a simple "Submit New/Corrected Cover" option just below the "Submit New or Corrected Data" that would allow cover corrections to be uploaded on their own, regardless of whether any other data corrections are being made, or whether the corrected image is larger than the one on file. While I'm thinking of it, is there a way to see what the maximum resolution of the master database image on file is? Most of the Archive Edition cover images appear to be resized to be around 1000 pixels in height at most. There are times when I'm entering new comics that it would be relatively easy for me to scan and provide a 300 dpi cover to send and upgrade the master database image, but don't necessarily need a larger scan for my own purposes. If the image size that comes with my Archive Edition is only 500 pixels in height, it's obvious that a larger scan would benefit everyone, and is therefore worth the effort to scan and submit a higher-resolution cover image. If the master database already has a super-high-res image though, and I don't necessarily need one myself, I'd rather spend my time hunting other missing information or covers rather than duplicating efforts. Thanks!
  22. Am I correct that this is just the bare weight of the comic or book? Or is there some additional packaging estimate to get to a true shipping weight that should be added? And should I round up to the next even ounce? I rarely fill this in, but occasionally do when a book or comic is abnormally heavy so that sellers don't get hosed on shipping cost. I don't want to cause buyers to overpay either though by entering the wrong value. Than ks!
  23. The 3-issue series "Gantz: G" is currently showing as Bk 1, Bk 2 and Bk 3 under the "Gantz" title, but should have its own separate title. This is a separate story with different content, not a collection of any of the preceding Gantz issues or content.
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