Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Grand Comics Database project was started as a web based project in fall 2021 with the intention of producing a comprehensive database of comics worldwide. We are currently in the early stages of planning a number of enhancements to the data base. In this article we will discuss some of the issues we have encountered so far. These issues are discussed to assist you as you plan your submissions.
Many people have asked whether the Grand Comics Database site is compatible with regular HTML servers or not. The answer is it is not. As it turns out there is a requirement for the database to be accessed via the WebRTC. This feature is currently being tested by the W3C. As of this writing, the WebRTC technology is considered a draft standard meaning that it has not been approved for inclusion in the HTML standard.
In connection with this issue, many people have requested indexing of unformatted comics in the Grand Comics Database. I can assure you that we have a number of formats in which you may insert these unformatted comics: we sell standard six-issue minis; we offer the all-original graphic novel volumes as PDF e-mail attachments; we occasionally offer scanned backups of pages in some of our older comic books; and we occasionally provide links to fan websites where you may be able to find unformatted copies. Currently, we are working on creating indexing procedures that will allow you to add these additional features. Once these indexing procedures are complete, we will provide a more thorough explanation in the near future.
One issue that has come up is about using the Grand Comics Database to list scanned scans from web sites. Some people have asked us not to include scanned pages from blogs or web sites where they did not get permission from the original artists. Others have asked if there is any way to upload a comic in our database that has not been published online. My response to those questions is that, although we cannot provide an online indexing policy for all of our comics, we have been consistent in terms of listing scanned material from authorized online sources.
A couple of years ago, we had a request from a gentleman who wanted to publish a collection of works from the late George Lucas. His request was denied by two of the three major Google search services: Google Books and Google Webmaster Central. We told the man that because Google was the owner of the copyright to many of these works, we would not be able to list them in our online indexing. He later changed his mind and decided to publish the series anyway, using our information.
Another question that we frequently receive is about whether or not we are allowed to include published work from online article authors. The truth is that we have always listed published work whenever possible. However, we do not list all published work from every single online article author. Some creators simply disappear after awhile, never to be found again.
Many people also wonder if they can access the online comics database from various different locations. This is a legitimate concern, but not one that we have resolved. As we mention before, we maintain ownership of all rights to the information in our database. There is no need to post this information across the globe.
The simple truth is that we cannot provide a detailed comic books information search from our site. There simply is not enough information available for such a search. The good news is that we are pleased with our online comic art gallery. You can browse through thousands of different artists' works and even purchase prints of some of your favorite pieces. If you would like, you can even register as an artist and earn some money from selling some of your works. As you can see, there are many reasons why you should look into the world of a worldwide network of web site called Grand Comics Database.