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Comic Vine Redesign Coming Soon

We're working on the next version of Comic Vine. Here's what you need to know.

A peak at the new Comic Vine. Don't worry, we'll still support RPG colors. I'm working on that now!

Hey all. Since the acquisition of the site by CBS nearly a year ago the engineering team here has been working on a redesign and rebuild of Comic Vine. Most of the changes we're making are cosmetic and this is definitely more of a refresh than a rethink of what makes Comic Vine great. If you've been following my updates over on our sister-site Giant Bomb you may have a good idea of what's coming. If not, feel free to jump over to the beta web site, which logged in users (assuming they'd signed up before Thanksgiving) should be able to access. That site will launch fully next week and assuming all goes well, Comic Vine will get its relaunch sometime in the next month.

Here is a brief list of some of the features coming with the redesign.

  • A new, responsive design where every page looks great on mobile or tablet devices.
  • The ability to filter comics by who was in them, who created them and when they were made. (example: Give me all issues with Hulk, The Avengers and Spider-Man made in the 1970s).
  • Full wiki histories and rollback.
  • Better search (no more hunting through pagination for a specific issue number).
  • Better moderation tools.
  • Better API filtering and sorts.
  • Better forum tracking with the ability for watched topics.
  • Redesigned profiles with better activity streams.
  • A completely redesigned way to handle image gallery management.
  • Better wiki tools that allow you to create new pages as you edit existing ones.

Although I know sometimes change is hard, the feedback we've gotten on the designs from the Giant Bomb community has been extremely positive, and although I know each site has different needs, I'm hopeful the community here will have fun with it once we start showing it off. Expect a dedicated Comic Vine beta very soon.

To make the relaunch as smooth as possible we will however have to turn off some features on the live version of Comic Vine (the one you're reading this on!) during the next month so that we can keep the two sister sites, and their linked subscription services active and in-step. On Sunday February 10th the following changes will temporarily be made to Comic Vine till the new site launches. Expect this period to last no longer than a couple weeks.

  1. New signups will not be allowed.
  2. New premium memberships will not be sold.
  3. You will not be able to change or reset your password.

If you wish to do any of the following (I'm talking to you RPGers) in the next month before the new site launches you'll need to do so in the next couple days. Existing premium memberships will continue to run as normal, with no feature loss during this period. I know some of this seems a little drastic, but it's a necessary step to get Comic Vine on its new platform and have the redesign go well. Essentially, we're trying to make sure you'll still be able to log into the new site without issue once we relaunch.

Comic Vine is in a great place and we recently became the largest Comic Book site in the world. We take our job of collecting and organizing the data around Comic Books very seriously. This will continue with the new design as we fix a lot of the problems we just couldn't wrap our heads around when Ethan, Tony and I launched the in 2006. We'll have more to show off soon. Thank you for your patience as we transition over.

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Posted by tgoldberg

So, this redesign is supposed to make the site easier to browse on tablets? That's good, I'm getting a Kindle Fire for my b-day to replace my ancient laptop, so the more sites get optimized for tablet use the better it is for me.

Posted by xxxddd

@Captain Cascader: Does wiki history mean you view who edited a page?

@Mandrewgora said:

Its going to look so cool.

This.

Posted by Liko

Looks nice. I know I'm new here, but I enjoy this site very much. Community is very friendly.

Posted by AustinHasten

Looks awesome, guys!

Posted by Jokergeist

God I hate it when sites are redesigned. Hate it.

Posted by superman69

Hopefully this will be better than it has been in the last 2 years, but I aint expecting a whole lot to be different.......... Never get your hopes up.

Posted by _Zombie_

Tried out the design with the GB beta. It's pretty cool.

Posted by DonFelipe
@Fantasgasmic said:

Congrats on the site growth! I am really looking forward to some of those new features. I await the inevitable backlash! I just finally got used to the current layout.

@Captain Cascader said:

@MadeinBangladesh said:

Damn it I hate Changes! but I would like the Blackish Background. I hate White Backgrounds..

As you wish!

I prefer a white background. Dark ones make my eyes strain if I'm looking at a page too long. Just goes to show that you can't please everyone... unless you allow the choice, like Giant Bomb used to.

Can't wait for the new design and improved features. It would be great if the user will have the choice to switch between different backgrounds (white, black, or user-defined).
Posted by Sideslash

Ver' nice.

But I'll have to put off making alts :(

Posted by SaintG

This looks rather magnificent better than the old one.

Posted by Ren_

@Fantasgasmic said:

Congrats on the site growth! I am really looking forward to some of those new features. I await the inevitable backlash! I just finally got used to the current layout.

@Captain Cascader said:

@MadeinBangladesh said:

Damn it I hate Changes! but I would like the Blackish Background. I hate White Backgrounds..

As you wish!

I prefer a white background. Dark ones make my eyes strain if I'm looking at a page too long. Just goes to show that you can't please everyone... unless you allow the choice, like Giant Bomb used to.

If you look up at the corner next to the username, you'll see a white 'A' with black background and a black 'A' with white background. Those are the icons for choosing which background you use. If you go check out the beta site, you'll be able to see that you will have the choice.

Posted by The Umbra Sorcerer

Ah thank you jesus a black background for CV this white version is so painful on the eyes if you look for too long. All over this looks amazing can't wait to see it up and running!

Posted by ZombiePie

@sithfrog said:

@EdwardWindsor said:

PS more quests! lol

I would second this.

Thanks for all of the hard work CV team!

As someone has already stated, quests are unfortunately being retired.

Posted by CharlyR

Hoooot ! Bring it on.

Posted by CrashofRhinos

So is this a reboot or a relaunch? :)

Posted by Mediumflyer7

@CrashofRhinos said:

So is this a reboot or a relaunch? :)

It took me longer then I'm proud of to realize you were joking!!

Posted by Agent Buttons

Awww Yisss

Posted by wessaari

is the twitter sync up messed up or something

Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

The new site sounds awesome.

It doesn't look like it will take any getting used to at all.

Posted by YoungJustice

@ZombiePie said:

@sithfrog said:

@EdwardWindsor said:

PS more quests! lol

I would second this.

Thanks for all of the hard work CV team!

As someone has already stated, quests are unfortunately being retired.

Really? Is it like...official?

Posted by falcon10

well giantbomb looks like that already

Posted by Mr_Hudson

@falcon10 said:

well giantbomb looks like that already

The redesign went live on that site a few days ago.

Posted by feargalr

How did I not see this article until now!

New GB looks great, can't wait for the new comic vine!

Posted by Renchamp

Whoa. Image navigation looks cool.

Posted by Dragonborn_CT

When is the redesign coming again?

Posted by Ellie_Knightfall

@Dragonborn_CT: It'll go live sometime in the next month or so.

Posted by Dragonborn_CT

@Ellie_Knightfall said:

@Dragonborn_CT: It'll go live sometime in the next month or so.

Crap, that is such long time. I mean, GB already got it for days already.

Posted by TERMINATORFAN

What was the point in taking away the opportunity to make new accounts if they arent gonna release the new CV for a year. I mean GB didnt close their options to make accounts for that long. Only a few days.

Posted by danhimself

so is this going to be like Comic Vine 3.0?

Posted by jalvarez022

Can't wait to see the redesign to go through.

Posted by Thorcules

Nice updates.

Posted by Raw_Material

Any confirmed date the new site will be launched?

Posted by ordandrew

Cant wait, hopefully works better for seeing posted content on forums

Posted by JediXMan

Question:

Will the ability to choose dark / light website colors be restored? I liked that feature.

Posted by Mercy_
@JediXMan

Question:

Will the ability to choose dark / light website colors be restored? I liked that feature.

Yes.
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Posted by Blood1991

I still want my Block feature :/

Posted by Strafe Prower

@Mercy_ said:

@JediXMan

Question:

Will the ability to choose dark / light website colors be restored? I liked that feature.

Yes.

I concur

Posted by Xanni15

@Blood1991 said:

I still want my Block feature :/

You'll just have to be the adult and ignore others. :P

Posted by Queso6p4

@Captain Cascader: Sounds pretty sweet.

@knightofthechronicle: Glad to hear it as I have one as well.

Posted by DarthLydia

so the original post said "a couple of weeks" and the maintence message says "month of feb". Well it's march now, well past a "couple of weeks". I actually have friends who are actively boycotting CV because they have not allowed new accounts for so long. I fail to see how alienating new users is a good business plan

Posted by Raw_Material

@Captain Cascader: Do you know a specific date that they're gonna launch the new site?

Posted by michaelthemighty17

looks awesome

Posted by MrUnknown

I made a thread about this being well past February as it says when you click sign up but since the sticky. Any new information about this would be quite helpful.

Posted by GammaGirl

I can't tell what's more annoying... The complaints about the new site not being up yet or the deafening silence of the devs who won't respond.

Posted by YoungJustice

GB took more than a year, not to mention that building a website that doesn't crash duty hundreds of users online isn't a piece of cake.

Posted by TheMarvelFanboy

Is it updated yet? Cant tell im on a cell phone. I just hope they make it smoother for mobile phones

Posted by Mercy_

You guys should be seeing an update on this very soon.

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Posted by Raw_Material

It's almost the end of March, when is the new version gonna be launched! I've been meaning to change my username but can't seem to do so cause of the site maintenance. Really anxious to seeing how this new Comic Vine website turns out!

Posted by Xanni15

@ckuakini said:

It's almost the end of March, when is the new version gonna be launched! I've been meaning to change my username but can't seem to do so cause of the site maintenance. Really anxious to seeing how this new Comic Vine website turns out!

"Soon" ROFL

Posted by Ren_

@ckuakini: There will be an announcement very soon with exact details.

And only paid members have the ability to change usernames.

If you want to get an idea of what the new site will look like, you can give Giant Bomb a look :)