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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 Zeeguy91

The comments on the sneak peek are hilarious.

Posted by coolguyr99

Prefer this look but the new one might grow on me.

Posted by Alchemax_7

Looks awesome. The black background reminds me of Steam.

Posted by starrk_coyote

cant wait for it. it looks awesome!

Posted by sora_thekey

@Captain Cascader said:

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.
  • Better moderation tools.
  • Better forum tracking with the ability for watched topics.
  • A completely redesigned way to handle image gallery management.

Yay!!

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Posted by Bestostero

how exciting

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@Xwraith said:

Will we be getting a mobile version anytime soon?

I believe you must be a Premium Member for the official mobile version/app for Comic Vine.

Posted by jordanforeman

New design looks sick! Glad to see you guys are going responsive! It'll be cool to see the site on my phone/tablet when I wanna geek out away from my laptop :p

Posted by JDevil

@Captain Cascader: The design looks awesome! Especially if we get to decide between a light and dark theme like before.

A couple minor things I would say is I think it'd be cool if the elements in the top area weren't so rounded (the search area and avatar), and if the play button was green or black. But that may just be my personal preference.

It'd be awesome as well if we could decide if the background image on our profile pages were repeating or fixed, but it's not a big deal.

Looking forward to the new theme!

Posted by Danial79

Looks awesome. Can't wait!

P.S. I love the idea of better issue searching.

Posted by -The Renegade-

This sounds amazing !!! I was waiting impatiently for you guys to upgrade the mobile aspect of your site (you know at school with your phone when you don't want to listen to the teacher :p).

Posted by _jackbauer

@Captain Cascader: I think you missed the humor in my post.

Posted by Rumble Man

anyone got redirected to facebook?

Posted by Vaeternus

@Rumble Man: Yes, and it is annoying. I found log out of your FB and come back here, it worked for me lol.

I just hope CV brings back their OLDSCHOOL "forums" option on people's profiles where it showed you EVERY topic/thread you posted, instead of every post ever made...that is so annoying.

Just link me to the threads I've ever posted in please and I'll find my post...

Also, I hope they bring back the OLDSCHOOL search engine!! where you made a topic and every other topic using those characters popped up. Why they changed this I don't know but it blows now, I have to be uber specific in order for anything to pop up. I hate it..

Posted by RedOwl_1

It looks really nice :3

Posted by cbishop

Sounds great. Looking forward to it.

Posted by Mercy_

I'm (tentatively) excited.

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Posted by Mercy_

Alright I signed in on the GB beta earlier today and my username's automatically lowercase...I SINCERELY hope this doesn't happen on CV when the site goes live...

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Posted by fodigg
Full wiki histories and rollback.

Cool. I might actually start contributing more then.

Posted by Decoy Elite

@Mercy_ said:

Alright I signed in on the GB beta earlier today and my username's automatically lowercase...I SINCERELY hope this doesn't happen on CV when the site goes live...

Same. I also want to keep my space in between words.

Posted by turoksonofstone

The #1 Comic site. Respect.

Redesign sounds keen.

Posted by Sovereign91001

I'm not gonna lie I'm gonna miss this design but I'm also eagerly awaiting the new one, it looks so smooth and sleek. Can't wait!

Posted by csl316

New design is pretty neat, and an advanced search is cool.

Well, until the chat poll breaks everything.

Posted by Samimista

I've been waiting to hear an announcement on when this would happen. Looks real good.

Posted by LarryDavis

@Captain Cascader said:

@_jackbauer said:

You're alienating longtime fans of the current Comic Vine layout by introducing a new one.

Long time fans of Comic Vine know I've redesigned the entire site five times since its launch (that's almost once a year). This isn't anything new for them. Websites that don't redesign and adapt to new technology and techniques usually die off. The Internet is a graveyard of past-great websites that didn't modernize themselves every once in awhile.

please put rotating UNDER CONSTRUCTION gifs everywhere on the new site during the transition period, thanks in advance.

Also too bad CV doesn't have a beta site like The Bomb's, so we can have giant Drew heads everywhere here too.

Posted by Kal'smahboi

Suhweet. Can't wait to see it.

Posted by neiliusprime

definitely excited, can't wait!

Posted by zombietag

sawweeeeet

Posted by flxlourenco

Is Comic Vine going through Flashpoint??

Will all the posts now be free of continuity?

Are the posters getting younger versions as well?? lol

Posted by Xanni15

A couple of weeks without spam!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Nice! Wonder if it will finally take a true count of all my wiki points then with these upcoming changes? Truth be told I should have closer to over 8000 points (if Im not mistaken) than having only 3300 as it currently lists for me.

Posted by Ganthetsward20

Looks pretty damn sweet to me

Posted by kartron

Oh wow!

Posted by Manbehindthewires

@_jackbauer said:

You're alienating longtime fans of the current Comic Vine layout by introducing a new one.

whaat do you mean by that? if it makes the site easier to use and more accessible...surely that's a good thing for new and old?

Posted by KRYPTON

Captain Cascader blows away everyone's minds with these EPIC updates. I am looking forward to it.

Posted by SoA

but can it make me coffee?

Posted by Timotheus316

Do what you gotta do! I'm excited for the new site. Bring it on. Congratulations!

Posted by Dernman

I was hoping they would allow us to arrange the order of our lists. I guess there wasn't any demand for that. :/

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Posted by sheldipez

"Better Search" 'nuff said - bring it on

Posted by Owie

Those sound like some pretty useful changes, especially the first four.

Posted by karrob

@Icon said:

Looking forward to it.

Posted by Lvenger

Interesting. I go absent for a few days and the site redesign is announced? I've gotten used to this one but the new design doesn't look half bad. Kind of channeling some older designs.

Posted by mk111

A redesign? Well, why not...

Edited by jwalser3

We need a instant messanger!

Posted by Mercy_

Still want the ability to search through my PM box.

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Posted by Decoy Elite

Uh, I just realized will this break my account even more? Because I haven't used the email associated with it in forever and I don't want to lose all my points.

Posted by Captain Cascader

@_jackbauer said:

@Captain Cascader: I think you missed the humor in my post.

Internet sarcasm strikes again! Sorry.

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Posted by Grey56

Look forward to it, sounds innovative and stream lined. Many thanks!

Posted by Mezmero

I'm scared, but in a good way.

Posted by Ren_

A little surprised this isn't getting more attention.