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November 29th, 2005

Attack of the Strange Harvey Comics

Mark Arnold, one of our regular writers, and a huge Harvey fan, did us the kindness of loaning us two long boxes of fairly obscure Harvey comics, so that we can scan and index them. It’s sort of a win all ’round: he gets us to do all his indexing for him, and we get to fill in quite a few odds and ends in our Harvey coverage. And of course, as soon as it’s done, everyone wins, since it’ll get pushed out in the weekly update.

I haven’t had a chance to look through it all properly yet, but it looks like we’re going to be the most complete source of New Kids on the Block comics, by the time it’s all over. We’ll keep you all posted...

November 24th, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

We spent a long night at it yesterday, but this week’s update did indeed go out on time. (If you click on the Info Box at the top of the ComicBase News Page, you’ll also be able to get a detailed list of everything that’s new each week.)

The offices will be closed until Monday so our hard-working folks can enjoy the holidays with their families.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

Wow.

While Carolyn was prepping the turkey today, Neil and I saw a news story on Operation Gratitude (www.opgratitude.com). After seeing what it meant for the servicemen to get letters from home, Neil decided to write a letter himself:

Neil Card

In a move that made me go all misty-eyed, he then decided to get out his big Coca Cola bottle bank and fished out $5.27, which he sent along with the card.

I’m thankful for a lot of things this Thanksgiving: my family, my customers… Dell 2405FPW monitors… but I’m especially thankful for my very wonderful and kind-hearted son.



November 22nd, 2005

Menu Makeover and ComicBase.com “To Do”s

We’re in the process of making over the navigation on the ComicBase.com site. Yesterday, we threw up our first shot at DHTML menus to allow quicker navigation to the sub-areas of the site, as well as to make it easier to figure out what’s where.

We may tweak out the design a bit more in the next few days, but for now the main organizational differences are the move of our Columnists under the News menu, as well as a first shot at doing second-level navigation for the ComicBase pages under the Products menu. (We’ve got a fair amount of work to do here yet, so please regard the pages you’re seeing now as preliminary until we give them a long-overdue polishing up).

Other things on the ComicBase.com “to do” list:

But of course, the next deadline is to get this week's update out as smoothly as possible-hopefully before Thursday and Friday's Thanksgiving break. (UPS guy: if you're reading this, please get us our books early tomorrow!)



November 19th, 2005

The ComicBase Info Box

We’ve added a new feature to the top of the ComicBase news page: the ComicBase 10 Info box. This serves as a real-time ticker to tell you the most recent version of ComicBase, when the last content update was posted, as well as several statistics about how incredibly big ComicBase is getting. It also includes quick links to the full list of titles in ComicBase, as well as the change notes for the most recent ComicBase update notes.


November 18th, 2005

Back to the Blog

Back when I was a college DJ, the first commandment they drummed into our head was “Thou Shall Avoid Dead Air At All Costs”. “Dead Air” is when the radio’s on, and nothing’s happening. It only takes a moment of dead air for listeners to wonder what’s up; a few seconds more and they start fiddling with their radios to make sure they’re working. Everyone in radio pretty much figures that if you go dead for fifteen seconds or more, you’ve kissed the bulk of your audience goodbye.

I think I’ve started to suss that there’s a similar force at work for blogs: go away for too long, and your readers will lose interest, or even assume that some horrible fate has befallen you. As a novice blogger, one thing I’m really struggling with is how to keep up the blog when I’m buried up to my gills in my main work. As difficult as it may be, I really think I’ve got to avoid “dead air” here. I’ll try to do better on this score in the future, and I hope you can forgive my “going dark” for the past few weeks…

ComicBase.com Site Renovations

Much of the past several weeks has been spent doing back-end work on the ComicBase.Com and AtomicAvenue.Com sites. In particular, we’ve rewritten the entire online ordering system to use a more flexible, database-driven design. This lets us not only show off lots of different products better, but it also handles tasks like figuring out what shipping options are available to Ulan Bator, or how much it would cost to send 14 Cosmic Ray Guns to Australia.

As if that wasn’t thrilling enough, we’re also laying the groundwork for folks to be able to get the status of their orders online, as well looking up registration data and subscription information. We should also be able to let you log in to the site to get customized content depending on what version of ComicBase you’re using, such as data on the latest updates or technical notes for your version. Stay tuned for more details on these, and if you run into any glitches while using the system, please don’t hesitate to contact us at support@comicbase.com

 

Coming (Very) Soon: ComicBase Update Status

I need to do just a tad more work on it, but I think we’ve got most of the pieces together now to start automatically updating a portion of the web site to let folks known when a new ComicBase content update is available, as well as what’s new in the week’s update. We’ll also be answering another user request to automatically supply a list of all the titles in ComicBase, updated each time we update ComicBase. If I can get a few hours tomorrow to finish it off, we should be able to bring all this up live with this week’s update.

 

Happy Birthday Shiaw-Ling (and Kelly!)

ComicBase Editor Extraordinaire Shiaw-Ling Lai has her birthday today, along with my daughter (and resident office menace) Kelly. I’ve been baking up a storm tonight, and we may have some birthday-blogging pictures tomorrow.

 

Legomania

Another thing we’ve all been up to this past weekend was taking a trip down to Lego Land near San Diego. I always have a blast down there, although supposedly the trip was mostly for the benefit of Neil and Kelly. Neil even got a chance to attend a session with some of the Lego Master Builders, where he constructed a very cool miniature Eiffel Tower.

Star Destroyer
As for me, I took the chance to use Neil’s discount card and pick up the Lego Set to End All Lego Sets: The Imperial Star Destroyer. I’ve been drooling over this 3,100 piece überset since I first saw it a couple of years back, and I decided this was my chance to really go nuts. Neil and I are still working on the construction crane set he got for his birthday, but as soon as we finish that one up, I really look forward to assembling the coolest piece of hardware ever to capture a Rebel Blockade Runner. Time lapse photos may follow...


November 2nd, 2005

Clearing the Decks

We’re working like crazy to push the last of the boxes out from the flood of last-minute Archive Upgrade orders we’ve gotten in these past few days. Thanks to everyone who ordered, and I appreciate your patience as we clear out the backlog in the next day or two.

Our next flood of boxes is due in a couple of hours when UPS drops off the week’s comics. We’re already a bit nervous, as Diamond sent notice that we’re getting four--count’em--four boxes of new books this week. Good heavens! What did we order? (I know, I know, “one of everything.” But who knew “one of everything” would amount to four huge boxes of books for a single week?

Something tells me there’s going to be a lot of overtime this week…