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Jan 30, 2007, 11:23am

Just curious what people think about using LT for cataloging ones Comic books. I think I have around 1200 comics and I've been debating wether or not I should take the time to add them to the rest of my books. Other than the record for insurance purposes, do people think it is flexible enough to reasonably catalog ones collection? It would take quit a while for me to enter in all the data and scan them only to have to go through them all agian if some 'important' cataloging tool is unavailable now.

Jan 30, 2007, 11:28am

Sounds like a big job, but it may be worth it in the end, just to be able to look at and examine your catalogue without having to delve through 1200 individual issues. I'm sure there will be some merit to doing this, from a personal perspective, I guess you'll never know unless you try?

Jan 31, 2007, 11:47am

There's several comic book DB programs out there, the good ones cost, and the cadillac of them costs about $300+ if I remember correctly. Making original entries for 1200 comic books on LT versus paying $300. . I think I'd pay the $300.

Or, like me, hope that someday someone will make a librarything-type application for comics. (Wouldn't it be nice if someone came up with an application where you typed in "Spider-Man" and it threw covers at you, and you just clicked on covers to add them to your collection?)

Jan 31, 2007, 12:02pm

There's a website that BlueTyson recommended a while back ( which is a lot like LT for comics. It's free and very useful if the comics are already in the database. The main drawback I'm encountering is the time required to enter all of the data for my comics that aren't in the system (mostly indy's and manga).

The online community there is just as passionate about their comics as LTers are here.

Jan 31, 2007, 12:31pm

Thanks I'm checking out comicbookdb. It seems to be a bit more involved in some ways. I think it will take a LOT longer to get everything added in there. it records cost and condition and other things. I'll give that a try. Thanks for the responses.

Feb 5, 2007, 11:28am

Thanks Trollsdotter for the recommendation for Comicbookdb. I've been playing with it a few days and looks like it's going to inspire me to finally organize my collection. From my wife, "You mean you've got 10 of these big boxes you've been collecting for 20 years and you have no idea where anything is??"

Feb 5, 2007, 7:58pm

You of course don't have to fill everything in on comicbookdb. Whatever you add, others can edit, if they are really keen on letterers or whatever. :)

8Drew_Blood First Message
Feb 9, 2007, 2:14pm

At one time Wizard had a really nice online collection tracker but some lawsuit shut it down and all that work everyone had put into updating the database was just gone so that experience has always haunted me when it comes to online library sites. In fact the first thing I checked on LT was if I could backup my collection.

I recently tried a demo version of Comic Collector which is not web based, and it was pretty nice. There's an auto-add feature that downloads covers and book info for all the issues you check from a series. The demo is limited to 100 books and it costs $40. I'm not sure if I really want to pay at this point since I'm not all that serious about my comics anymore but it's something to look into.

Edited: Apr 2, 2007, 6:22pm

Hey, thanks for the tip on comic book db. Looks good. But I don´t know if I want to work on two sites. For one thing is clear: I will add my comics!

Mata ne

Apr 2, 2007, 9:44pm

You can export from comicdb, too, so even if they go away, you will still have your list you can put into somewhere else, or your own database.

Edited: Apr 3, 2007, 1:33pm

I have my own database. But most of the comics don´t have an isbn so I couldnt import them directly. ;)
All with an isbn are listed, for the most part I hope. Still have to check. :)
So do you have some experience with the comicdb site?

Mata ne

Apr 4, 2007, 4:17am

Yeah, I put stuff in there - it was started by a guy on the comicgeekspeak forum. Although now I have a few recent ones not in there, not many though.

Apr 4, 2007, 9:45am

Yeah, looks good.

But what do you think of it??
Is working with it as easy as with LT?

Apr 4, 2007, 10:00am

The site was a bit slower when I did it, so don't know now.

For comics, easier in a lot of ways if the comic is already there. I did mine quite a while ago, so will be a lot more in then.

Apr 4, 2007, 3:01pm

I will try it in the near future.

Jun 23, 2007, 10:33pm

For my manga I just typed in the "about me" section of my profile the name of the series and which volumes I have. Such as:

Naruto 1-33
Samurai Deeper Kyo 1-34
Shaman King (complete series)
Oretachi no fiirudo (complete series)

That way you can know what you have without typing in every single individual comic book.

Another thing you could do is look up the first volume of each comic series you have and put tags on them. So if you own every Spiderman comic (it's been a while since I've read American comics so I don't know what is or not finished) you could enter the first Spiderman comic and tag is as 'comic' and 'complete series'. And then, say you have only the first 34 comics, you could place the first volume and tag it as 'incomplete' and then place the number of the lastest volume you have as a new tag 'volume 34'. And then update as you add more comics. Otherwise for incompleted series you could put the first volume of the series for reference and then look up the last volume you have (as in my example, volume 34) and put that up in your catalog as well. And once you get volume 35, you'd replace the volume 34 pic with volume 35.

Just a thought.

Jun 24, 2007, 1:01pm

If I ever start putting comics in, I might group them by collections - like if the first Fables trade collects issues #1-6, then I would list Fables #1-6 as one book and on the author works page, merge it with the trade.

Yes, this would require a lot of work, but I think it might be worth it.

Jun 24, 2007, 1:09pm

I usually buy trade paperbacks for this very reason. Still, it would definitely be worthwhile.

19willdevine First Message
Jul 4, 2007, 10:07am

I've pretty much used my LibraryThing account exclusively for cataloging my ever-growing collection of comics trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and graphic novels.

Jul 4, 2007, 10:24am

Hi everyone, I'm new to the group. I thought I'd jump in and add my experience of just cataloging and grading 20, 000 comics. I am almost finished with this! I did not use LT for this for the simple reason that it does not track and automatically update newly issued comics AND a much more important one, it doesn't track value over time. I use Comicbase which is linked to It is a very extensive comic database which allows you to enter using a barcode (for those that have barcodes, that is...since they were only implemented around 1993). The program is updated once a week to include the new issues and price updates. Additionally, it allows you to grade your comics to give some sense of value. It also includes a number of reports you can run against your db to give you an idea what you have, which is very useful. You can add you own graphic novels to the database, as well. There are several versions available and I think one is an on-line version, but the others are local as they include cover art work. So, my recommendation would be for anyone with a large comic collection to get a dedicated db for it. I've been working at this for the last 6 mos and also cataloged my LT library of 2700 books.

Jul 4, 2007, 10:25am

The only problem is that I can't put single comics on LT. I tried to add Hitman #1, and it only suggested the TPB, which unfortunately I do not own. Very frustrating.

Jul 4, 2007, 11:52am

You could always enter them manually, which is what I've done so far. But that's a very labor-intensive process.

I wish there was a way to import data from Comicbase or cbdb directly into LT that also included cover scans and creator credits.

Jul 9, 2007, 4:20pm

That would be a real treat but I think its manual entry for now.

I hope to get mine into LT sometime soon but you know how life is.
The last days I was so stressed out from work that I stayed offline.

Ah but holidays are coming. ;)

Jul 18, 2007, 12:32am

Hmm, I've been using Shall have to compare it to comicbookdb.

Jul 20, 2007, 11:31am

I just thought I'd come back here with some suggestions.

I decided to add my comics here at LT (It's going to take a while). But I have a concurrent collection I am adding to comicbooksDB. Overall this is actually making it faster to catalog on LT because for most of my comics all the details are available including a scanned cover for the comics. I'm not real impressed with the user interface on the ComicBooksDb and it doesn't let me look at things how I would like easily (it might be there but I haven't run across it). So I'm getting the best of both worlds. There are some things on CBdb that are worth the time as well. It would be nice if they were combined so I don't have to duplicate but I can live with this.

Jul 27, 2007, 12:36pm

I'm rather leery of adding 1000+ comics to LibraryThing. Seems like it would water down the whole author tracking info. What I have been doing, as far as LT goes, is to add the trades of my individual issues whenever possible, and tag each one "singles". Somebody else suggested it originally in the Comics group, but it's definitely been working out for me. My LT collection stays neat and ordered, and I have a better record of what I own.

For individual issues I've started using comicbookdb, but it's so damn labor intensive that I haven't gotten past 1.5 short boxes. That said, it's only so labor intensive because I like it, I'm a packrat for data.

Jul 29, 2007, 9:15am

Yea, using LT for Comics does water down the author tracking info. The site is not set up for comics for a reason. Comics are Comics, Books are Books.

May 20, 2008, 9:37am

I've been limiting any non-book entries in LT to exceptions like obscure magazines, signed stuff and fanzines. I may input complete or near runs with missing issues in the comments section or something but I haven't decided. I like having access to my collection from anywhere that has web access - it makes it easier to figure out if I have somthing I may come across "in the field" without carring around a lot of files or lists.

May 20, 2008, 7:30pm

The best example of the horrors entering single issues of comics wrecks on LibraryThing is right here:

IMNSHO, it makes the series page completely unusable. But I can't really complain because no-one's using the feature in a way it wasn't intended. Just no-one foresaw what would happen with single issues of comics.

May 21, 2008, 10:10am

the X-Men series is a super series catch-all. on the right is a list of the different sub-series. I don't consider it a train wreck nor unusable, maybe because I did a large part of the work.

I've been meaning to add a useful description on for it just haven't had time.

Jun 11, 2008, 10:53am

The X-Men page is not very useful to me at all. But it's not all that different from the Star Wars superseries. However, I do wish the entries on the X-Men page were ordered.

In other news, I entered The Authority: Revolution issues #7-12 as its own entry and then combined it with the appropriate trade, and I'm quite happy with the results.

The Authority: Revolution

Sep 12, 2008, 2:18pm

a friend of mine has a collection that's probably close to 3,000 singles (he's been collecting since the 60s and inherited his dad's collection that dates back to the 40s). he had them professionally catologued several years ago for insurance purposes, but still wanted to put them on librarything. rather than try to enter as singles or even trades, he only adds the first single that he has in each series and then makes a note in the comments section about which others he has. it's working for him

Sep 12, 2008, 7:39pm

Most of my comics are european, for which no adequate DB program exists. So I entered most (6100) of them (8100) manually.

Edited: Sep 13, 2008, 7:57am

I personally only list comics (entered manually) that are really important to me personally, (usually some outstanding art effort), trade PB collections and graphic novels.
Oh, and REAL underground comix that are now a finite group of publications,and don't really have any true modern counterpart, and I put more on a level in my mind with actual books, than the latest cheesewhiz product from Marvel or DC.
The Essentials and the Showcases cover most of my comic needs with regard to comics that matter from those two publishers.

There are a few runs by some writers that I like a lot, (like Tom Peyer), that I would consider listing, but I think the comicbookdb might be a better place for that.

Sep 14, 2008, 1:12am

#33 Actually, I can recommend ComicBase version 12.0 which contains a huge database of international comics with cover art (but it is optionally installed to save space). I entered over 20 000 comics last year using it, many manually (no barcodes prior to the 90's) and the ones after I was able to barcode, which speeds up things considerably.

Nov 2, 2008, 3:41pm

I'll eventually end up with Comicbase in the future, but I really like comicbook.db's tree structure and GUI.

I also have a lot of obscure things that would require manual entry on LT.