Comic Guidelines

Volume

Enter the series volume, as found in the indicia.

Only numbers are permitted in this field.

A series volume references one ongoing. A change in series volume can refer to a reboot or relaunch of the series This field is used to differentiate multiple series which share the same series title and are about the same character or characters. Volume numbers represent the chronological sequence of issue, and are usually found in the indicia.

For example, Marvel published Daredevil consecutively from 1964 through to 1998 without renumbering or rebooting. Issues #1-#380 printed over this time are Volume 1 in the series. Volume 2 of Daredevil started in 1998, after the series was cancelled and started over.

This is as opposed to the Collected Volume, which refers to a book or volume containing several issues of the same series. E.g. In 2011, Daredevil was up to Volume 3, but Marvel also released the first six issues as Daredevil Volume 1, and the next 6 as Volume 2. They then reprinted the same series in hardback of 10 issues, which were also termed Volume 1.

Publisher

Enter the name of the publisher.

Language

Enter the language of the comic or book you're submitting. Please note, this does not refer to the original language the comic or book was published in.

Format

Select the format that best fits your comic: trade paperback, hardcover (as in a hardcover book, most often seen with graphic novels. This does not include cardstock comic covers, though this may soon be added as an option), oversized hardback, or Softcover.

Series

Enter the title of the series exactly as it appears on the cover and indicia.

If a series has a change of title, as given in the indicia, over the course of its issuance, the original series title should be used and the new title added as a name variation using the tab provided. For example, the original US X-Men series began as The X-Men, then became X-Men, and later was The Uncanny X-Men.

Notes

Use this free text field to add any additional details about the book that don't fit in any of the above fields. This includes distinguishing features of the book, or secondary sources consulted for the submission.

Don't use this field for data that belongs in another field.

Please do not include subjective opinions, reviews, promotional language or hype, or condition notes.

Page Count

The number of pages printed in the book. Use the number printed on the last page (not including covers).

Collection Volume

Enter the series volume number, as found in the comic indicia.

A book that contains two or more individual issues of a series, often a trade (TPB or trade paperback - though this can also refer to a hardcover edition). A trade is generally 6 issues of a series printed together and referred to as a volume.

For example, Daredevil was up to Volume 3 in 2011, but Marvel released the first six issues as Daredevil Volume 1, and the next 6 as Volume 2. They then reprinted the same series in hardback of 10 issues, which were also termed Volume 1.

As opposed to the series volume, which is the ongoing story. A change in series volume can refer to a reboot or relaunch of the series (e.g. Marvel published Daredevil consecutively from 1964 through to 1998 without renumbering or rebooting. Issues #1-#380 printed over this time are Volume 1 in the series. Volume 2 of Daredevil started in 1998, after the series was cancelled and started over.)

Date

Enter the date the comic or book was published the the format YYYY-MM-DD. Only add up to the amount of detail that’s known (e.g. if no month or day is written, only enter YYYY).

Where available, usually, the latest copyright date that appears on the release is the one to use. If there is any doubt, consult other sources, and use common sense. Re-issues or reprints of older objects sometimes do not have updated copyright dates on the indicia, but you should do your best to find the actual date of that object, not of the original.

Type

  • EAN: International Article Number, also known as the European Article Number. Generally 13 digits long, but has been adapted to different lengths to accomodate smaller packaging sizes.
  • ISBN: International Standard Book Number, a unique book identifying number. Introduced in 1970 it has been published as international standard ISO 2108.
  • ISSN: International Standard Serial Number, a unique identifying number for a serial publication. Introduced in 1975 it has been published as international standard ISO 2108.
  • LCCN: Library of Congress Catalog Card Number, should only be added if printed inside the book, usually on the verso of the title page.
  • SBN: Standard Book Numbering, a 9 digit unique book identifying number, introduced in 1966 and discontinued in 1974.
  • UPC: Universal Product Code widely used in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, in Europe and other countries. Usually a 12 digits barcode.

Collects

If submitting an anthology made up of previously published comics, enter the title of each comic in the anthology on a new line.

Please link a Discogs artist, release, or label page where there is a commonality with the data or it makes sense to do so.

We don't accept links to review pages, email addresses, shops or online stores, poor quality fan pages, or pages that are not directly accessible (e.g. require a log in or payment to view).

Characters

Enter any notable characters who appear in the comic or book, one per line.

Adding the names of notable characters that appear in the comic or item you’re submitting can help with recognizing story arcs, or provide more context and insight into the story or item.

Location of Publication

Enter the city and/or country where this comic or book was published.

Genre

Select the genre of the comic or book you're submitting from the dropdown menu.

Title

Enter the story title, usually found on the first or second interior page.

Follow best practices for capitalization.

For comics containing more than one story, use the title of the first.

Do not enter the series name and issue number as this will be duplicated by other fields in the form.

Do not enter the series title, volume, or issue number here. An exception to this is when there is no story title. Use the notes to state this.

Subtitles should be added into the this field using a colon as a separator (e.g. Title: Subtitle).

If the object has no obvious story title (you've checked the indicia, and external sources), and there is no explicit evidence of it being untitled or given a title externally, use the name of the series and the issue number.

Subtitles

Subtitles should be entered into the title field. If the release doesn't have its own separators, please use a colon (Title: Subtitle). If there is doubt as to whether text on the release is a subtitle or not, try referring to other objects, the official website, etc.

No Obvious Title

If the comic has no obvious story title (you've checked the indicia, and external sources), and there is no explicit evidence of it being untitled or given a title externally, use the name of the series and the issue number.

If the object has constituent part/s and is commonly referred to using those name/s, use the main part as the title for the object. Do not add two or more part names as the title unless there is proof it was officially referred to as this.

If there is good evidence of an external title being given to the release, use that title with an explanation in the notes as to its source.

If there is no information, or other source of a title, or if other sources point to the object being untitled, use Untitled.

Identifying Codes

We strongly recommend adding every identifying code on the comic or book to your submission as this is the best differentiator for physical items.

Enter codes exactly as they appear on the book: use dashes or spaces between numbers if that's how it's printed on the book.

Refer to the general Identifying Code Guidelines.

Credits

Credit roles listed in the pull-down menu may not match what is shown in the comic. Use your judgment to come as close as possible. Some credits may show only the artist's last name, or a nickname. Search the database and enter the artist's full name if possible, and enter the credit shown in the comic as a name variation.

Issue

This number identifies the sequential order of issue of a series. Found on front cover and also in the indicia.

Type

Select the type of comic or book you're submitting from the dropdown menu:

  • Comic fanzine: a non-professional and non-official publication produced by enthusiasts of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre).
  • Comic strips: A compilation of comic strips is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions.
  • Graphic novel: a fictional story that is presented in comic-strip format and published as a book (as defined by Merriam-Webster.
  • Manga: Japanese comic books - originated in Japan in the 18th century as woodblock-printed booklets. Manga has traditionally held a more important place in Japanese culture than comics in the West.
  • Manfra: Franco-Belgian comics inspired by manga, in terms of art style, format, story, and references.
  • Manhua: Chinese comics produced in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Literally translates to ‘impromptu sketches’.
  • Manhwa: Korean comics. In the past manhwa was marketed overseas as manga to ensure they would sell, however since Korean culture has become more popular and well-known abroad, this practice has been dropped.
  • Original graphic novel: In 2013, Marvel started publishing a new line of graphic novels titled Marvel Original Graphic Novel or Marvel OGN.

Story Location

Enter the name of the place (city and/or country; real or fictional) where the story is set.