Posted by Captain Cascader (1284 posts) - - Show Bio
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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#1 Posted by knightofthechronicle (639 posts) - - Show Bio

The new sight looks awesome and the features look great. And thank you for making it better for tablet, it looked goofy whenever I got on the sight with my Kindle.

#2 Posted by Reignmaker (2227 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds cool. Keep up the good work!

#3 Posted by ReVamp (22863 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Better forum tracking with the ability for watched topics.

This now has the ReVamp Seal of Approval.

xP

#4 Posted by kennybaese (1093 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been futzing around with the Giant Bomb beta since it launched and it's pretty gosh darn rad. I'm really excited for both new sites to launch.

#5 Posted by _jackbauer (157 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#6 Posted by Mucklefluga (2509 posts) - - Show Bio

Arrgghh cannot wait for the fresh, new site. It's gonna be great! From the sneak peak it looks fantastic! Great job by the looks of things guys!

#7 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14400 posts) - - Show Bio

cool look forward to it,

PS more quests! lol

#8 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1161 posts) - - Show Bio

Sweet. Looking forward to the new changes.

#9 Posted by The Mast (773 posts) - - Show Bio

So, will my previous posts still have happened or will they just be alluded to as off-site events?

#10 Posted by slade_wilson (442 posts) - - Show Bio

Very exciting!

#11 Posted by NICKXH (220 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks great. I will keep an eye out for it.

#12 Posted by entee (54 posts) - - Show Bio

Excited for the new look! Change is never really that bad; it'll hopefully make the site more sleek!

#13 Posted by Fattony12000 (7 posts) - - Show Bio

Go go power engineers and designers!

#14 Posted by inferiorego (21217 posts) - - Show Bio

oh man... I've been waiting for this for a year!

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#15 Posted by Icon (2051 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking forward to it.

#16 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32637 posts) - - Show Bio

Dave Sniders username is Captain Cascader? lol I didn't know that.

#17 Posted by sithfrog (909 posts) - - Show Bio

@EdwardWindsor said:

PS more quests! lol

I would second this.

Thanks for all of the hard work CV team!

#18 Edited by Raw_Material (3209 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds good to me. Changes are always beneficial! Hoping to see Comic Vine and the community expand throughout the years. And now that site has been running for over 5-6 years, it's a great step into improving and expanding on the site even more. Jus one thing; will we be able to change our usernames after the new version is launched? lol.

#19 Posted by Mandrewgora (293 posts) - - Show Bio

Its going to look so cool.

#20 Posted by SavageDragon (2248 posts) - - Show Bio

Will be looking forward to this.

#21 Posted by bob808 (6756 posts) - - Show Bio

cool

#22 Posted by Captain Cascader (1284 posts) - - Show Bio

@_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.

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#23 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (6001 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#24 Posted by Captain Cascader (1284 posts) - - Show Bio

@MadeinBangladesh said:

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

As you wish!

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#25 Posted by batkevin74 (10411 posts) - - Show Bio

So when is the best time to sign up for a paid account? Now or when the new improved CV arrives in a few weeks?

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#26 Posted by Billy Batson (57747 posts) - - Show Bio

He's alive :o
BB

#27 Posted by LordRequiem (1309 posts) - - Show Bio

This can only be good news. Although I would like to mention that considering how many comic fans there are on here for those of us that live in the UK and don't pick up every title I would like to see more updates of stories so I can see what's going on with characters. Lots of the time wikipedia is more reliable for very recent events, which is quite annoying.

#28 Posted by Strider92 (16080 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks nice.

#29 Posted by Captain Cascader (1284 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74 said:

So when is the best time to sign up for a paid account? Now or when the new improved CV arrives in a few weeks?

It won't matter.

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#30 Posted by Outside_85 (8087 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds good, hope we can avoid breaking video's.

#31 Posted by dondave (34278 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks good

#32 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4521 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice

#33 Edited by batkevin74 (10411 posts) - - Show Bio

@Captain Cascader said:

@batkevin74 said:

So when is the best time to sign up for a paid account? Now or when the new improved CV arrives in a few weeks?

It won't matter.

Another question about signing up: I only use CV. It's great you've got the other stuff but I don't really want to pay for stuff I don't use. Is there just a CV membership fee or is it one size fits all?

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#34 Posted by guttridgeb (4831 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds good :)

#35 Posted by Decept-O (7274 posts) - - Show Bio

This is great news. Comic Vine continues to improve in many ways, esp the design and function aspects. Certainly, a few things may be slightly annoying to a small degree but overall, damn good site. I look forward to see what is in store yet again for the site! Keep up the good work.

#36 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19908 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks really epic, sleek, new, and a lot better.

However, are they going to make the entire website black like Anime Vice? Because I like the white, organic feel of Comic Vine more (although all other redesigns are good).

#37 Posted by Grim (2079 posts) - - Show Bio

Thats crazy. Ive been here since CV was just a bunch of weirdos yelling at each other about feats and continuity... cool beans!

#38 Posted by Fantasgasmic (1071 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#39 Posted by Decoy Elite (30041 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice all I ask is that we get to keep the ability to keep the white background, the other one is too dark and hurts my eyes for some reason.

#40 Posted by Captain Cascader (1284 posts) - - Show Bio

@Decoy Elite said:

Nice all I ask is that we get to keep the ability to keep the white background, the other one is too dark and hurts my eyes for some reason.

Don't worry. White will continue to be the default.

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#41 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3656 posts) - - Show Bio

Alright then

#42 Posted by ragdollpurps (15572 posts) - - Show Bio

@Captain Cascader said:

@Decoy Elite said:

Nice all I ask is that we get to keep the ability to keep the white background, the other one is too dark and hurts my eyes for some reason.

Don't worry. White will continue to be the default.

Will the dark bg still work? I have the same problem as him, but opposite.

#43 Posted by Xwraith (15176 posts) - - Show Bio

Will we be getting a mobile version anytime soon?

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#44 Posted by Decoy Elite (30041 posts) - - Show Bio

@Captain Cascader said:

@Decoy Elite said:

Nice all I ask is that we get to keep the ability to keep the white background, the other one is too dark and hurts my eyes for some reason.

Don't worry. White will continue to be the default.

Good to hear, I'm looking forward to this!

#45 Posted by Renchamp (2285 posts) - - Show Bio

This update looks Elfring sexy. The ability to filter comic appearances in a search, wiki histories and rollbacks, and image gallery updates have me very, very optimistic.

#46 Posted by pikahyper (11478 posts) - - Show Bio

@Captain Cascader: my offer still stands from before Dave, if you want a dedicated tester I'm ready and able, if there is any bugs I'll find 'em :D

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#47 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (8865 posts) - - Show Bio

It seems like you guys are working really hard, and congrats on being the biggest comic site in the world!

#48 Posted by Stoneybe (4 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks like a load of hard work went into the new look. Thank you

#49 Posted by lifeboy (1675 posts) - - Show Bio

You need to do is filter out people who cuss and use tge Lords name in vain

#50 Posted by LordAndrew (146 posts) - - Show Bio

@sithfrog said:

@EdwardWindsor said:

PS more quests! lol

I would second this.

Thanks for all of the hard work CV team!

Quests are dead.