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Offline Steeves

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Newbie wondering how these books are edited
« on: January 01, 2024, 09:21:52 PM »

Are these all original comic books or have some been edited?  If so, how can I tell which are authentic?  I've noticed different fonts in some. 

Also, what do these mean:

Different Version

Thanks for helping me understand.

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Newbie wondering how these books are edited
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Offline OtherEric

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Re: Newbie wondering how these books are edited
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2024, 10:16:14 PM »

The books are generally edited to some degree by the scanner, to trim & straighten pages, or correct color, or in some cases repair damage.  Generally the books are not edited for content, other than sometimes removing pages that are not verified public domain in books that are otherwise usable.  Early on it was also common to remove ad pages to save bandwidth, that has become less common as time has gone on.

Different version:  This is another scan of the same issue.  It is normally a new scanner doing their version, but occasionally somebody rescans a book they had done before that they're now unhappy with as their scanning skills and equipment improve.  It's most commonly used when, for one reason or another, we keep the earlier version available.  Some people like different scanning or editing styles, so in many cases we keep multiple versions.  There have also been several cases where two scanners happened to locate and scan a missing book nearly simultaneously.

C2C:  The book is Cover To Cover complete.  Most commonly used to notate a scan that was previously incomplete, when the missing pages have been located somewhere, or where the original scanner has added pages that were deliberately or accidentally omitted originally.  C2C normally implies there was an incomplete version previously, it may or may not be a complete rescan.  We've sourced missing pages from any number of places over the years.

Upgrade:  The scan has in some manner been improved, but is not completely new and in most cases is not now C2C unless this is specifically mentioned.  This is something of a catch all description.

JVJ:  The book scanned was originally provided by Jim Vadeboncouer Jr.  He had an enormous collection of comics that he wanted to share, but no time to scan them, so he sent out his books to a large number of scanners to scan and then return to him.  It's pretty much impossible to overstate his generosity and how much we have here because of him, literally thousands of books are here because he loaned them to people who generally did some slight damage scanning them, no matter how careful they were. 

Hope that helps!

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Re: Newbie wondering how these books are edited
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2024, 05:38:48 AM »
OtherEric's explanation is very good, but I wanted to add a few words to clarify the "scanned by" and "edited by" comments that are listed for a number of books.

As mentioned above, there is a process for creating scans that are present here. When a book is scanned, each scanned page (generally called the "raw scan") needs to be cropped, straightened and sometimes repaired, color corrected and/or sharpened to create the final image. This is called "editing". Usually a book is scanned and edited by the same person, but sometimes there are separate scanners and editors, so each are credited in the description. And there are frequently benefactors who loan or donate books to be scanned, so those people are also credited in the description. To add further confusion, DCM lists an uploader for each scan, who may or may not be one of the people who worked on the scan.