I’ve started editing information for a lot of comics that I have access to recently and I’ve noticed some things that I have questions about. I’ve seen some style guides and the videos on Comic Vine about style, but I haven’t seen any that talk about all the details of editing the information in an issue so I’m attempting to write a style guide and ask questions as well. A lot of this is probably self explanatory, but I was hoping to find some consensus on entering some kinds of information. The bolded parts staring with ?s below are questions or suggestions that I have for Comic Vine. I was hoping to get some feedback before I submit something to the “Ways and Ideas to improve Comicvine” Thread
I’m also writing this because I use the software ComicRack to catalog my collection and the Comic Vine Scraper plugin to automatically populate the metadata by pulling information from Comic Vine. By using this software, I can easily find issues that are missing information and add it to Comic Vine. So far, there is a lot of information that is styled differently and it would be nice to have a guide for style conformation
- Number of the issue
- If the issue is a one-shot, or a trade paperback with a unique volume and title, then it should be marked as #1 instead of being left blank
- The indica for the book usually has the most accurate information
- The title of the issue
- This is usually found on the inside of the of the book near where the credits are, or the title page
- Sometimes it can be found on the front cover
- Books with multiple titles should have titles separated by semicolons
- [Major Arc](, Part #): Title(, Part #)
-- e.g. --
The Hit List, Part 1: The Domino Effect
The Secrets of the Blood Dynasty, Part 1
- If an issue does not have a title at all, Untitled is an acceptable tile.
- I've always been a fan of putting words like “of”, “in”, “the” (in the middle of a title), etc in lowercase, but this is up to editor preference
- For miniseries with a subtitle, it is acceptable to add the sub-title as the title of the issue. (e.g. The title of issue 1 of Avengers: Prime could be Prime, Issue 1). This is up to the editor's discretion
- For trade paperbacks the name of the story arc of the trade paperback could be used as a title, but just by itself and not with a volume number. (e.g. The first Ultimate Spider-Man's trade paperback would be titled "Power and Responsibility" and not "Volume 1, Power and Responsibility")
- This is the the release date on the indica of the book. The indica is usually located on the bottom or side of the credits/title page near the beginning or end of the book
- For some companies like Marvel and DC, this date will not reflect the actual release date
- For the majority of American comics, there is no day specified on the indica and one should not be entered
- User written summary of what happens in the book
- If the summary is a copied solicitation from an official website, the entirety of the copied text should be in italics and void of extra formatting like bullets, bolds, etc
- Do not add a link to a solicitation. Copy the text over and italicize it
- Do not add links to items that can be added to the Creators, Story Arcs, etc, sections
- Covers should be of the highest quality/size attainable and should look the same as the cover on an issue picked up from a store
- Preview images, Cover art (not the actual cover itself), and any other kind of watermarked Cover are not valid.
- The default cover for an issue should the regular non-variant cover, or "Cover A" for comics that come with multiple covers. Newer covers that don't display which cover they are usually tell you with a code right over the barcode. (eg. 02913 means issue 29, Cover 1, 3rd Printing. You'll want to find one that has "XXX11")
- Unless you have 5000 Wiki Points, setting the default cover requires a request, which can be handled here
- Wraparound covers are valid, however, if a wraparound is also the regular cover, it is best to crop the cover to normal size and set that as the default image and also upload the full wraparound under it
- Digital covers are valid. However digital covers should never be the default cover for an issue unless they look exactly the same as the cover to a physical issue
? For some of these fields, if the creator’s studio is listed with the creator, the creator and not the studio should be listed right? I think most people enter it like this, but I wanted to be sure
- Writer(s) of the comic. Sometimes listed as Story or Plot
- Sometimes listed together with the penciler/artist as “Storytellers: [Writer] and [Aritst]”
- This creator should be the person(s) that actually wrote the book itself, and not just a part of the plot creation
- Editor of the comic. There can be multiple editors
- Includes Editor, Associate Editor, Editorial Assistant, Assistant Editor, Editor in Chief, etc.
- Artist of the issue. Sometimes referred to as Illustrator
- On ComicRack, an artist is listed as Penciler and Inker
? If the person listed as the artist only did pencils (there are no inks), wouldn’t it be more accurate to list the creator as just a Penciler?
- Penciler(s) of the comic. Sometimes referred to as Breakdowns or Layouts
- Letterer(s) of the comic.
- Inker(s) of the comic. Sometimes referred to as Finishes or Finished Work
- A creator that worked on the cover, from Penciler to Colorist
- Creators that worked on a cover should not have Artist, Penciler, Inker, or Colorist marked in addition unless they also worked on the interior art
- Creators that are not defined by any of the other category
- e.g. Character Creators. Designers, Logo, Chief Creative Officer, Publisher, etc.
- Not exactly sure what this is. I think I saw someone put a publisher in here once
- Producer(s) of the comic, Producer, Production, Executive Producer, etc.
- Colorist(s) of the Comic
? Sometimes there is a singular artist for an issue that does the Pencils, Inks, and Color or Pencils and Color, or all Color work, but in ComicRack, Artists are listed as Penciler and Inker. If the Creator does Pencils, Inks, and Colors, could we mark those Creators as Artist and Colorist or Penciler, Inker, and Colorist?
Characters, Teams, Locations, Concepts, Objects
- These are mostly self explanatory with the only note being that each entry here should have some kind of significant role in the issue’s story
- Major Story Arc that the comic is tied to such as Brightest Day or House of M
- On ComicRack, this appears as Alternate Series and is really useful for searching for all issues related big crossovers series like House of M for example
- Story arcs should not be added to Trade Paperbacks, Hardcovers, or Foreign Comics. Each Trade Paperback, Collected Edition, Hardcover, etc should be added and linked to on the appropriated Story Arc's page instead. This is to help keep the reading order clean
Hopefully this guide will help newer editors, and hopefully I can get some feedback on some of the points that I brought up. I'm still learning about all the information that the Comic Vine Scraper such as Alternate Numbering and can update this post when I do figure them out. Thanks for reading!