Who doesn't love Wednesday - new comic book day! Want to add the new releases yourself? Here's how to do it.
New release issues are not to be added to the database until the day before they are released. This means Tuesday (12:01 AM, PST). No exceptions.
Preview images are not acceptable. A preview image is a clean cover that includes no title, issue number, publisher, etc. It's just a plain image. We do not want that.
Watermarked images are not acceptable. This includes print where the UPC should be, website addresses and logos.
Basically, if the cover doesn't look like the one you picked up from the comic shop, we don't want it. (This also applies to ALL issues, not just new releases).
Examples of what is not acceptable:
PLEASE SEARCH FIRST
For first issues, please search to see if the volume is already in the database. Actually hit the search key, do not rely on the top ten search results.
Which volume is this?
To make sure what volume you should add the issue to, check the indicia. The indicia is the fine print usually located in the very front or very back of your comic. It will include the volume name, volume number, date and year published and the publisher name, among many other legal mumbo jumbo.
Another thing that seems to confuse a lot of people is the release date, so no it is not the Wednesday the comic was released, every publisher does it differently but the release date can be found on the indicia and in many cases on the cover as well. As a general rule, the "day" space in the release date is unneeded unless it's a weekly book. Below is a list of the general release dates for different publishers:
- DC/Marvel: Two months in advance. So, say a comic came out May 19, 2010...the release date would be July 2010. Look at DC covers if you don't believe me.
- Dynamite: Doesn't actually have a month in the indicia, just a year, so go with the month it was released as a general rule.
- Most other publishers go by the month the comic was actually released but there are some exceptions where a cover date may be a few months earlier then the comic came out, etc. If you don't know the date and it's not on the cover, just try and follow the pattern of the previous issues or go with the month it came out.
How can I help?
First of all, by following these rules. Besides that, anywhere from 70 - 110 new issues are added each week, not including trades and mangas. There are no shortage of people who will rush to add a Spider-Man, Batman or Deadpool issue but very few who will add the less popular or indy titles. Just adding a few would help the site a lot, as very few of us add new issues.
Have any questions? Post below!