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Support for migrating text credits to creator links!

We deployed new functionalities for creator credits and features. There is now support for migrating existing text entries to matching creator records (or feature records). The way we record signatures also changed after we gained experience with creator records. Signatures are now separate database objects.

On the display side, we added lists of creators who worked on a series or feature, as well as an issue list for features. For both of course more of our data needs to be migrated from text entries to linked records. If you ever wondered to help with the content of the database, now is a good time.


Uploading Milestone!

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We reached 975,000 cover scans !

We reached 975,000 comic covers. The milestone issue was Lady S. #5 - Une taupe à Washington from the French adventure series by Jean Van Hamme and Philippe Aymond.

Volunteers Wanted For Adding New Comics

Each week, a small number of GCD volunteers add listings to our database for the new comics released that week in North America. These are just the basic listings, not full indexes. This makes it easier for other volunteers who upload covers and for indexers, as well as for people using my.comics.org.

Each volunteer covers one publisher or a small group of publishers ("D publishers except DC", for example). From public sources such as ComicsList and Diamond Previews online, they add the issues and make note of the prices and a few other details. We are looking for additional volunteers for this weekly task.

Follow this link for a description of the process and a list of which publishers are currently covered.

GCD Comics Timeline


Martin Hirchak (b. ????)

????? September 20
Creator and publisher of the comic book Pop Art Funnies (MPH, 2004 Series), also did some comic work in 1999 for the Detroit News (Detroit, Michigan).

Duncan MacPherson (b. 1924)

1924 September 20 - 1993 month? day?
First cartoonist to become a member of the Order of Canada.

Jay Ward (b. 1920)

1920 September 20 - 1989 October 12
Jay Ward was an American creator and producer of animated TV cartoon shows. He produced animated series based on such characters as Crusader Rabbit, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Peabody and Sherman, Hoppity Hooper, George of the Jungle, Tom Slick, and Super Chicken. His company, Jay Ward Productions, designed the trademark characters for the Cap'n Crunch, Quisp, and Quake breakfast cereals and it made TV commercials for those products, and the company also made a Drive-in Theater intermission in 1963, which later remastered in the 2010s. Ward produced the non-animated series Fractured Flickers that featured comedy redubbing of silent films.

Lloyd DeMause (b. 1931)

1931 September 19 - 2020 April 23
Founder of The Journal of Psychohistory.

Carla Hansen (b. 1906)

1906 September 19 - 2001 December 6
Vilhelm Hansen and Carla Hansen were an artistic couple. He was a trained lithographist, while she was a writer. Vilhelm worked mainly as an advertising artist between the two World Wars, and only started making comics and illustrating the tales written by Carla in the 1940s.

Their collaborative comic Rasmus Klump, about the adventures of a bear, a pelican, a penguin, and some other animals, debuted in Denmark on November 17, 1951, as a daily comic strip. It soon became one of the most popular European children comics, being translated and distributed into many languages and countries, mainly by the publishing houses Carlsen Comics and Casterman. While they no longer wrote or drew the stories after 1965, it was their names that stayed on the albums.

Garry Leach (b. 1954)

1954 September 19
Garry Leach is best known for his artwork on Marvelman and for co-founding Atomeka Press.

He also did support work as a letterer in British comic books during the 1980s. Leach also did support work for Quality Communications as an art director from 1981 to an unknown date and for Atomeka Press as an editor from 1988 to 1990.

Along with Garth Ennis and John McCrea, Leach won the Eisner Award "Best Single Issue" for Hitman (DC, 1996 Series) #34 (February 1999).

Cynthia Martin (b. 1961)

1961 September 19
Additional biographical information in Women and the Comics, 1985; Amazing Heroes #141, 1988.

Stephen Segovia (b. ????)

????? September 19
Stephen Segovia is largely self-taught before he was able to break into industry for comics. His professional career began at age sixteen. He worked with several publishers, including Tomas en Kulas of Funny Komiks, CAST of Nautilus Comics in his native Philippines and Shadowmance for U.K. publisher Markosia. In the United States, he has contributed to such titles as Tokyo Knights and M.I.T.H., Red Sonja, Battlestar Gallactica, Witchblade, Vampirella, Countdown to Mystery, Wolverine Origins, Wolverine Manifest Destiny, Mighty Avengers, Dark Wolverine, Silver Surfer.

Yasmin Sheikh (b. 1982)

1982 September 19
Yasmin Sheikh is an illustrator and concept artist from the Netherlands.

Cheyenne Wright (b. 1971)

1971 September 19
Cheyenne Wright is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and concept artist. He was born in Hawaii and lives in Seattle with his wife, Eli Danger, and their daughter.

Since 2005 he has been the color artist of Phil and Kaja Foglio's "Girl Genius" comic. He is the creator of the comic "ArcaneTimes: The adventures of Alan Arcane".

He has worked as an illustrator and character designer for various role-playing games including "Savage Worlds" and also narrates short stories for fiction podcasts like PodCastle and DrabbleCast.

How to Help

There are several ways in which you can help us to improve our site and its content.

  • You can provide missing data, update existing data, or upload cover scans. Just register an account with us, and you can start contributing.
  • Donate for our ongoing costs, e.g. the server infrastructure. We are a non-profit organization and any funds will be used for our goal of documenting and indexing all comics.
  • We need volunteer web designers and programmers! Please contact the gcd-tech group or visit our technical documentation if you can help with any of these roles:
    • Web designer / front-end developer (HTML / CSS / JavaScript)
    • Python / Django programming
    • ElasticSearch search server
    • Web Services API
    • Database Performance (MySQL)
Disclaimer
The Grand Comics Database Project (GCD) is a volunteer project with the goal of documenting and indexing all comics for the free use of scholars, historians, researchers, and fans.
The GCD acknowledges that the all-encompassing research nature of the project may result in the posting of cover scans for comics with images that some may find objectionable.
Viewer discretion is advised.
The Grand Comics Database Team
Statistics
14,436 publishers
50,481 creators
168,270 series
1,776,046 issues
145,776 variant issues
393,074 issue indexes
987,735 covers
3,229,138 stories