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New Uploads / Re: Darkmark's uploads
« Last post by Yoc on September 20, 2017, 02:16:41 PM »
Now up, thanks very much for the new additions DM!
New Uploads / Re: Darkmark's uploads
« Last post by darkmark on September 19, 2017, 07:40:37 PM »
Another Spirit Section uploaded. Go ye and do likewise.
News and Announcements / Re: Grand Comic Database Information Integration
« Last post by Drusilla lives! on September 19, 2017, 12:34:54 PM »
Meh, the situation here at DCM is now much clearer to me... thanks Yoc.
News and Announcements / Re: Grand Comic Database Information Integration
« Last post by Yoc on September 19, 2017, 12:05:19 PM »
Hi DL,
Thanks for the suggestions. 
Several were tossed around by the staff years ago on the old GAC site.  I think the biggest reason some are not likely to happen is time and money.  Nobody on staff is paid for their time.  Personally helping with DCM and the creation of new scans already takes up a big chunk of my daily life.  I'm not complaining, I do LOVE DCM and all we've created here together but I'm in no hurry to add to the time DCM demands from me.

Any suggestions that would result in the loss or restriction of free access to the site is rejected immediately.  Nobody on the staff wants to lose that.  The costs involved in becoming a 'real museum' as well as time needed, whatever they might be, was more than the staff of DCM wants to take on. While I may have no life the others surely do.  The site is still a hobby done for the love of comics and the desire to preserve them for posterity before they are all lost to time or plastic coffins never to be read again.

DCM is a community success story and without everyone including very much yourself DL, we would be a ghost town or completely gone in short order.  We exist on the goodwill of the staff, scanners and donors out there that share in our goals.

Many small and some larger sites and institutions have approached DCM trying to sell their services or out right buy DCM.  Perhaps there is some way to turn DCM into a money maker.  But how many times have you seen greed ruining a good thing?  We've got a great thing going and nobody wants to see that threatened.

Selling T-shirts and other googas has been suggested once every year or two.  I don't think there's a huge demand.  Rangerhouse designed and had printed his own for conventions.  If you see a guy in a DCM shirt at one it's likely RH.  Say 'hi' and make his day.

I'm not part of the GCD crowd or aware of any behind the scenes intrigues.  We are just glad they do share their data and I'm personally excited about the addition of data and possibly improvements we can make to DCM.

Take care,
New Uploads / Re: freddyfly's Uploads
« Last post by Yoc on September 19, 2017, 10:54:30 AM »
Thanks Len!
News and Announcements / Re: Grand Comic Database Information Integration
« Last post by Drusilla lives! on September 19, 2017, 09:52:27 AM »
I'll just make a few suggestions...

Get their latest "dump" and build a small sub-dataset pertaining to the comic books available here on DCM, there's no need to build a long term relationship with them... that's an ongoing, open-ended project over at the GCD, dealing with the use of current material (still under copyright), with all sorts of potential (actual?) entanglements with/to the existing comic industry.  It has very little to do with what is being done here... although they benefit greatly from that effort. 

Perhaps you folks should give up the ghost, get a real address (or at least a P.O. Box), take the leap and become a real (albeit virtual, cyberspace) museum... and modify the .com to a .org... stop living with this haunt of the fear of being set-after by the copyright infringement monster. 

Start selling T-shirts... someone will, why not you folks... to keep the lights on and perhaps pay all these "volunteers" for their time.  Hey, GCD is benefitting why not you folks?...  As long as the accounting is kept as transparent as possible.
News and Announcements / Re: Grand Comic Database Information Integration
« Last post by Kracalactaka on September 19, 2017, 08:59:09 AM »
Sigh... Obviously DL has a personal problem with GCD.

They do their best and frankly aside from the occasional nerd with a special interest in a particular title or publisher, no one else is doing it. And certainly no one else is doing it on the same scale (the scale being trying to eventually index EVERY COMIC EVER PRINTED!). They are not perfect, but GCD and it's indexers are to be commended for their efforts. Their contributions to the hobby far outstrip yours DL.
News and Announcements / Re: Grand Comic Database Information addition
« Last post by SuperScrounge on September 19, 2017, 12:45:48 AM »
Wow, you mean they're finally letting folks do this? 

I recall CB+ doing something like this... for a while that is... but then it seemed to me they were running into sporadic problems and eventually, for a time there, I think they suspended the feature.  I think it's back now... somewhat.

Personally I haven't really used the GCD for a few years now.  It's a great concept I suppose and the folks over there should be commended for their accomplishments... and I'm sure many of them are well meaning and sincere in their efforts.  But I had gotten the impression that they really weren't interested in sharing the information they had amassed as openly and freely as they seemed to project to the public at large... for whatever reasons they might have had.

I am an indexer at the GCD and this is the first I've heard about them not letting people use the data.

As far as I know CB+ never suspended the feature. I know Mark has occasionally had technical problems with it, but I hadn't heard about any problems between CB+ & the GCD about it.

A few years ago on their email list they were wondering who was using their data & I pointed out CB+ to them and they seemed to be fine with it.

The only time I recall seeing any annoyance with others using the data was a copycat site that had a different name, but otherwise looked pretty much the same as the GCD.

For that matter, many indexers use DCM and CB+ in indexing. I've even used both sites when trying to track down artwork used for a reprint cover that appeared in an internal story.
New Uploads / Re: freddyfly's Uploads
« Last post by freddyfly on September 18, 2017, 11:36:03 PM »
And tonight, my final (for now) Tim Holt early-issue upgrade: #10! ; a new upload, and I dumped the old one.
News and Announcements / Re: Grand Comic Database Information Integration
« Last post by Drusilla lives! on September 18, 2017, 12:56:25 PM »
I'll assume you're referring to "bandwidth issues" when you mention hearing "the same kind of thing" about DCM... but there's a big difference between DCM's problems and those of the GCD as far as a limited bandwidth argument goes. 

Their problem has never been bandwidth, but one of ducking copyright issues... as the text that your link points to makes clear.  And as far as the "data" they offer, well that belongs to "them," not "us."   Again, as the text you've linked to states.

My opinion is to let those who are interested seek "them" out, as they can and have always done.  Again, just one persons opinion here.
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