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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 Xanni15

@Ren_ said:

: 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 :)

Does that include people who only pay for one month or is it just the yearly subs? :]

Posted by Eternelle

@Xanni15: It includes people who only pay for one month. I've seen people purchase a monthly sub just for the purpose of name-changing.

Posted by Xanni15

@Gadai: Thank you. :]

Posted by akbogert

@Ren_: Site's looking pretty smooth, though I did spend just long enough there to realize I never need to read another review again, haha.

Posted by etragedy

Hopefully user reviews will be put back on the front page instead of buried multiple clicks into the site.

Posted by Xanni15

It's nice looking.

Posted by etragedy

Damn that blows, now I can't even find user reviews anymore!!!

Posted by Lvenger

Does anyone know when the switch from this site to the beta takes place?

Posted by guttridgeb

@Lvenger: Hopefully Tuesday according to the article:

How long until we can add stuff?

The goal is Tuesday. The main indicator is you will notice a brand new site when you click on ComicVine.com.

Posted by Lvenger

@guttridgeb: Tuesday cool.

Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

It's here!

Posted by laflux

So it begins.

Posted by SlimJ87D

This new layout sucks.

Posted by PrinceAragorn1

omg it's here!!!

Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie
@slimj87d said:

This new layout sucks.

Give it a chance..

You might like it once you get used to it.

Edited by SlimJ87D

@slimj87d said:

This new layout sucks.

Give it a chance..

You might like it once you get used to it.

There's already problems with it. I used to be able to just paste images right into the text window. And you can't minimize the window either because there's no horizontal scrolling. I'm sure there's going to be more issues.

Edited by ImNemotheGemini

I've finally become a viner ! Been trying to sign up since January !!

Edited by Xwraith

I can't change my background, all my followers are gone, and the list of people I'm following is completely screwed up.

Update: I can't edit lists either.

Posted by etragedy

"The Comic Vine beta is under active construction. All data added is temporary, etc. etc." message is still at the bottom of the page.

Still true????

Edited by mk111

To be honest....the new layout will take awhile to get used to...

Edited by Mr. Kamikaze

Was hoping Valiant would be added in the filter list thing for that "new comics this week" page. It should have its own. Not a big deal though, just was hoping it would be...since I only read Marvel, DC, and Valiant. :P

In any case, love the new design. Already used to it from the Giant Bomb redesign, so its nice to have them on the same page again.

Posted by DonFelipe
@xwraith said:

I can't change my background, all my followers are gone, and the list of people I'm following is completely screwed up.

Update: I can't edit lists either.

Same here. All followers are gone and the one's I were following disappeared and have been replaced with others. Weird. Besides, the list of recent wiki submissions is completely empty (maybe that's supposed to be like that).

Inbox -- by default all messages are ordered by the date of the first message and not the most recent response, which is odd. At least, there should be an option.

Paging -- buttons to jump to "first" and "last" pages are missing which is inconvenient.

Light/Dark layout -- When choosing "light" the top and bottom frame (or header+main navigation/footer sections) still have the black background. Shouldn't it be white and perhaps a green navigation bar? I think that would look much nicer.

Posted by DonFelipe

One more thing, in my image gallery I can edit and attach tags but when clicking on tags it still shows all the images instead of tagged images only.

Posted by Mercy_

@donfelipe: This is all stuff that has either been reported (or should be reported) in the bug reporting forum.

Moderator
Edited by DonFelipe
@mercy_ said:

@donfelipe: This is all stuff that has either been reported (or should be reported) in the bug reporting forum.

Yes! I wanted to but couldn't find a dedicated thread like "Bugs after the layout switch" in the bug reporting forum. Then I left my feedback here and in response to the other user (xwraith) who posted the same problem with the followers.

Thanks.

Edited by drgnx

missing days worth of forums posts and updates, and subscriptions, hopes this gets merged...

FINALLY MOBILE FRIENDLY! Hope you can quote though and reply properly.

Posted by Ellie_Knightfall

@drgnx said:

missing days worth of forums posts and updates, and subscriptions, hopes this gets merged...

FINALLY MOBILE FRIENDLY! Hope you can quote though and reply properly.

If it was from after 5 PM EST on Friday, it didn't transfer over, as that's when the site went on lockdown.

Posted by drgnx
Edited by Jetshade

@slimj87d said:

This new layout sucks.

Word. The main wiki page layout for characters has a more professional look, which is nice, but the rest totally blows. The image galleries are the worst -- ponderous and almost unusable. All images I've added and all wiki edits I've done over the past few days have been completely erased.

Very disappointed.

Posted by Ellie_Knightfall
Posted by Jetshade
Posted by comicnoid

Do not see a way to create "Lists" anymore. Is that a thing of the past?

Posted by drgnx

Wow people, check out your old blogs and posts, some pictures got messed up bad. My side by side stacks were removed except 1 picture.

Edited by drgnx

The site looks flatter, I think people need to get used to it. I'm guessing it is less flash based? More HTML 5? It seems to run better on firefox than it did before.

Edited by Kal'smahboi

The site runs so much smoother than it did!

One thing though, I have like a third of the followers that I did. Oh, and I hate that the forums aren't loaded on the home page anymore :/

Edit: How do I view the forums like we used to be able to, as in, the most recently posted-in forums are listed first?

Edited by drgnx

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;ALERT! ALERT! WARNING! WARNING! : INCOMING RANT!!!!&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt; &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;So, if you have hundreds of images and you're trying to go back and find the untagged ones ... you know, the ones at the back of the list because you didn't care when you first joined comicvine because you didn't imagined you would ever need to sort through 600+ images to find them again? Yeah, those ones!&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Well normally I would go to the last pages, but I can't because there are no pages but, instead, this endless expansion of google-style-picture-reveal that will probably crash my browser long before I get to the end. Ignore the fact my computer has 12 GB ram, because it is firefox and and Firefox crashes because that what firefox does when it needs memory...&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt; &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Point being Fix the images section, at least give us an ability to search for untagged items (or single tagged items since everything has "all pictures")....&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

Edited by drgnx

Look at my previous post. Above is the fail that happens when you edit a post made on a PC on your non-supported IOS browser.

Posted by Shark_Repellent_Bat_Spray

Can we not add items to our lists from the actual wiki page anymore?

Posted by Dud317

Had trouble posting with iPad, but finally got it. I'm unable to sign on with Facebook and I don't stay logged on like before. I was hoping you would make it easier to reply or quote with an iPad but no dice. I thought this was improved for mobile devices???

Posted by Stronger

Well it's good overall,but the search function is pure sh!t.

I can't even find a single battle thread.

Posted by Mister_Viking

Small question, and apologies if it's already been asked but I haven't thoroughly read through all the comments.

I primarily used the New Comics page to see if the characters whose appearances I collect appeared in any new titles that week. Character information is now no longer on the top page for the titles (neither is creative). Is this a temporary omission, or is this no longer a feature?

Edited by BlackWind
  
Posted by YoungJustice

It's better than it used to be!

Makes it much better for Debators and Fan Fic Writers to post on the go.

Edited by Xanni15

@stronger said:

Well it's good overall,but the search function is pure sh!t.

I can't even find a single battle thread.

Have you tried Google?

Edited by Stronger

@xanni15 said:

@stronger said:

Well it's good overall,but the search function is pure sh!t.

I can't even find a single battle thread.

Have you tried Google?

Yes.

It is the only thing I can rely on now...

Posted by Xanni15

@stronger said:

@xanni15 said:

@stronger said:

Well it's good overall,but the search function is pure sh!t.

I can't even find a single battle thread.

Have you tried Google?

Yes.

It is the only thing I can rely on now...

I'm sure they'll fix it, but until then Google is a good alternative. :]

Posted by Stronger

@xanni15: I just hope they 'll do it soon.

Edited by drgnx

Still can't quote or reply on mobile... /sadface

Edited by The_Lunact_And_Manic

I'm still getting used to it..