The purpose of these guidelines is to encourage uniformity in various users' contributions in order to build a database that will allow other users to easily search for information. This guidelines aims to give more clarity and specificity in what it required of each field. Please also refer to the ‘Generic Guidelines for all Databases’ for a higher level overview.
The primary source for data entries in several of the most important fields is the “indicia”. This is the publishing and copyright information usually found at the bottom of the first interior page. More recent comics may have the indicia at bottom of the last interior page.
As with Discogs and our other databases, we appreciate data submissions being as complete and thorough as possible. Title is currently the only mandatory requirement, but each field plays an important part in identifying the exact version of the comic, graphic novel or manga. Please also see the Comicogs Rules and Guidelines for further information.
As the Comicogs submission form is made to catalog comic books, graphic novels, and manga, there are some fields that may be more suitable for one or the other, with some of the options in the dropdown not being applicable to your submission. While we appreciate submissions being as detailed and complete as possible, it’s also totally acceptable to leave a field blank if it does not apply to your submission or you struggle to find the correct data. Any field you leave blank won’t appear on the final page.
Thanks to contributor, arbakol for the help with putting these guidelines together!
[Please note this document is subject to change as refinements are made to the database and submission form.]
This is a story title, usually found on the first or second interior page. A title entry may also be combined with a continuing or crossover storyline. For example: “The Fall Of The Mutants – Story Title”. For comics containing two or more separate stories, the title of the first may be used, or alternately the series title may be entered. Please do not include the volume or series number here as there are separate fields for this information. If the title of the comic you're entering is already in the database, it will be flagged as a duplicate just below this field.
This is the title of a continuing series, and is the most important data for grouping related comics together. The series title should be entered exactly as it appears in the indicia. However, 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. For example, the original US X-Men series began as “The X-Men”, then became “X-Men”, and later was “The Uncanny X-Men”. As you type the name of the series into the field, if If two or more series have the same title, but are about unrelated subject matter, they should be entered as XXXX, and XXXX (2) as described in the Naming Conventions section of the General Generic Guidelines For All Databases As you type the series name into this field, all similar series titles with appear in a drop-down menu beneath. If the series title you're entering isn't in the database yet, click 'Create'.
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.
This number identifies the sequential order of issue of a series. Found on front cover and also in the indicia.
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. Click 'Add Item' then type the name of the person in the left box. A drop-down of similar names will appear. Click the name of the correct person (you can check by clicking 'View Credit' and ensure it's the same one), or click 'Create' at the bottom of the menu. Type their role in the right box and select it from the drop-down menu beneath.
Date of publish, as shown in indicia. Date should be structured 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).
Enter the city and country in as much detail as possible. Just the country is fine if that's the information available.
Select the genre your comic or graphic novel best fits into from the dropmenu of 30 genres. Genre is one of the grouping/filtering options for the database.
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.
Select the type of item you’re submitting from the dropmenu: comic book, fanzine, comic strip book, graphic novel, manga, manhua, manfra, manhwa, or Original Graphic Novel (this is as opposed to a graphic novel composed of previously published comic issues). See the description for each listed type here.
The number of pages printed in the book. Use the number printed on the last page (not including covers).
This is the language of the item you are submitting - not the original language it was printed in if it differs from the edition you have.
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.
The fictional or real place where the story takes place (e.g. the story for Black Panther occurs in Wakanda, Batman presides over Gotham, etc).
These are very useful in identifying a specific version or edition of a comic, graphic novel or manga. Add one or more of these unique identifying codes if possible. See the full list and description of codes here.
This free text field is for you to add any additional notes you’d like other users to know about the version of your book, or submission. It’s acceptable to leave this field blank.