Today I'm going to review something practical and potentially useful to you, dear readers.
going out on a limb here and thinking a few of you reading this
actually collect printed comics. Yes? Okay, I see those five hands.
Awesome. Well, if you're like me, you like keeping them organized. And
sometimes you might try to make a database spreadsheet chronicling your
collection of comic goodness.
What kind of columns and rows do you create? Where do I start? Argh I'm already frustrated thinking about numbers!
Well, fret no more. The folks over at Collectorz.com
have made it relatively painless to catalog your collection. They have a few options that you can choose from.
1: CLZ Comics Mobile App
2: Comic Collector Connect
3: Comic Collector Free, Standard or Pro Software Editions
1. The Mobile App:
This was the first piece of the resource I used. Within a
few days of getting my iPhone (about a month ago) I downloaded this and
started cataloging my collection. It does cost $9.99 (at least for
iPhone.) It is available for Android phones as well.
The App is great. It's fairly easy to use and navigate.
There is a lot more potential with what you can do with it than what I
will use it for. You can add comics to your "Collection" or "Wish
List." The app allows you to scan barcodes, search by title, or enter
manually all the info.
If scanning or searching, the program fills in all
but personalized info. Issue #, Publisher, issue title, creative team,
characters in the issue and more! For those who are after Variants, it
even lets you choose which variant(s) you have, or want to find.
If you don't have a monumental collection in the 10s of thousands, this option could suit you for all your cataloging needs.
use this for entering my weekly haul. Get them scanned before bagging
and boarding, then just sort them into their respective box.
#2 Comic Collector ConnectI've
only had this for about a week now. I'm still playing with it. It
works pretty much the same as the app, but with a 'cloud' concept. It's
your collection; online. As long as you can get on the web, and access
the website, you can get into your collection. This will set you back
just under $20 a year, or less if you pay for more in advance.
Enter Manually, or by Title. It has most of the same features as the app, only with out the barcode scanning.
I find this a lot easier for entering my older
comics that are in my 20 short boxes. Say you have a run of 30 issues
of Spawn, simply search for "Spawn" and expand the title like you would a
folder on a desktop. Then go through the list and check the boxes for
the issues you have. You can click "Add" individually, or "Add all
Selected" at the bottom of that title.
With either option you might want to check the cover art, or just confirm you have what the database tells you that you have.
Both allow you to personalize each entry. You can add notes
and data about when, where, and from who you purchased. Or where you
found a copy so you can go back and pick it up if it's a pricey one.
Say you're like me and you might have a few copies of the
same issue(s). One set is signed by artist and writer, the other is
not. You can add duplicates and make notes/comments to that effect.
The Wish List is great for when at your local shop, flea markets,
or conventions combing through the back issues trying to fill in gaps,
or find that first appearance issue that you've always wanted. Well,
that one you probably have memorized, Next Men #21 (first appearance of Hellboy!)
nice thing about using both of these, as that you can sync them. Say
you added 25 issues via your phone, you can sync up to the on-line
version of your database. The same goes the other way, that you can add
stuff on-line, then pull it down into your phone.
I haven't used either version of the
software. And there is lots to still explore in the 2 pieces I do
have. There are even social networking functions, graphs and charts,
Bottom Line: It keeps track of what you have, and what you want.
were a few Free options from other companies, but I've liked this one
the best. I think the price for the app is a little high. Especially
considering Collectorz.com also offers the same thing for: Music,
Movies, Books, Games and more. I may break down and get the app for the
movies and books though. It helps keep things organized.
I will say this however: they do offer bundling options.
So, don't be like me and dive head first into what you think you want.
Browse the site, explore, and most importantly: READ! There are some
great combo options that may be worth the couple extra moments of
reading and discovery.
So, until next time: good luck, and godspeed.
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.
-Jesse "the Closer" Arnold