Posted by BeachThunder (11849 posts) 6 months, 26 days ago

Poll: Do you visit Comic Vine? (236 votes)

On a regular basis 6%
Occasionally 21%
Never/almost never 73%

I was just checking out Comic Vine - the new Giant Bomb site changes made me curious about what's going on over at the other site. Certainly not a place I would normally visit, but it's interesting checking out a parallel universe of Giant Bomb every now and then.

Anyway, I'm interested to see if there's much of an overlap between Giant Bomb and Comic Vine users. I briefly looked over the forums and I barely saw any familiar names. Also, battles, lots of battles.

#1 Edited by GunstarRed (5125 posts) -

I used to a lot more when there was a link to it on the front page.

#2 Posted by Gatehouse (610 posts) -

I visit it if I feel the need to read up a bit more on a specific character (usually to do with if they have a film coming up or something like that) but I've never really browsed there.

#3 Posted by billymagnum (801 posts) -

no and i honestly forget it exists. i think i went there once to look up a girl that was on an unprofessional fridays episode, but she had since left the site. i like comics and all. i own quite a few graphic novels. i just dont need to be up to date on that stuff and i dont think i know enough have anything to contribute to that community.

#4 Posted by Coafi (1483 posts) -

comics are for jerks

#5 Posted by believer258 (11808 posts) -

I have no interest in comics whatsoever, so no.

I mean, I've been there once or twice just to see what's up, but I didn't stick around for long. I think there's someone there with over 100,000 posts, which makes me feel better about myself.

#6 Edited by Yummylee (21546 posts) -

Nope. Even if I were into comics, I don't think I'd find their forums appealing either, given that they're mostly swarmed with battle-threads or inane junk ''what are you thinking about xDDDD'' threads, which is why you've got users with about 100K posts on there...

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#7 Edited by TheHT (11155 posts) -

I don't actually. I used to back in the Whiskey days but I just sort of forgot about it. I did always enjoy going there when a new comic book movie was coming out and they'd run a feature on a trailer or whatever, trying to suss out what they can from their knowledge of comics. There were other features I liked as well, but yeah, I just sort of forget about it.

It used to be when you'd scroll down here, all (or a couple) of the affiliated websites were linked there, and Gamespot still is (which is how I end up at Gamespot most of the time). But hey, there are a bunch of comic book movies coming out and the name's back in my head, so maybe I'll remember to check em out more often. I do remember no swearing being allowed, which I found slightly off-putting.

#8 Edited by SMTDante89 (2567 posts) -

I went there a lot late 2012 into sometime in the summer last year, but haven't been there since. Main reason was to get some information on The Dark Knight Returns and the entire Flashpoint stuff (the former just because, the latter to understand it a bit more and so I wouldn't be too confused if I saw that animated movie that came out last year)

I went there for the wiki though, and I occasionally watched the features they had up too, but I never touched the forums.

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#9 Edited by Humanity (9062 posts) -

When it was linked on the front page I'd check it out once in a while if the artwork interested me. With no link to remind me it even exists I have little reason to go yonder.

#10 Edited by Kidavenger (3533 posts) -

I like comics quite a bit, but I don't really care too much about comic book news and the community over there is probably the least interesting online community I've ever come across.

#11 Edited by Tennmuerti (8073 posts) -

I've actually visited the sister sites quite frequently when the entire Whiskey media team all worked together in the same basement. There was a lot of crossover going on and complimentary features. It was fun hearing something about a new movie or comic trivia on a live show (and Ryan was into that as well) and then going to check out some piece of lore on Comicvine or movie reviews on Screened or some cool tech on Tested. When everyone worked together it was both easy and incentivised. After the split of the sites there rapidly became no point and no hooks to do that. It also made all the their individual communities more diverse by cross pollination.

Maybe the move was good for GB and Tested overall. And maybe that was always the plan of the head business dude, fine. But that doesn't mean that something unique and interesting didn't die that day.

Sadface.

#12 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Never.

#13 Edited by probablytuna (3621 posts) -

I check it out occasionally, but not very often after they split from Whiskey Media.

#14 Posted by psylah (2170 posts) -

I hate comic books.

#15 Posted by Humanity (9062 posts) -

Also as a male I can't deny that part of me visited Comic Vine because of Sara Lima.

#16 Posted by HistoryInRust (6293 posts) -

Totally. Probably my favorite comic book resource on the internet. Not active on the forums or anything, but as someone who consumes a lot of comics on a monthly basis, it's nice to have a go-to solution for questions I might have about release dates or writing team changes. So on and so forth.

Regular basis.

#17 Posted by Mezmero (1871 posts) -

Yeah I go there fairly regularly. I may not like comics as much as video games but I'm always down for a good story with some great art. I truly disliked comics in the 90s simply because of where they were creatively but they have been markedly improved since then. It wasn't until getting into The Walking Dead and Preacher trade paperbacks in the late 2000's that I jumped back into comics and Comicvine has been an invaluable resource in my current reading habits. Obviously you can't read everything (or play everything for that matter) so it's nice to have a review site with a good podcast to keep me abreast of recent shake ups for the iconic characters in the mainstream universes. The community is certainly a bit insufferable sure but it's become easy to just ignore them.

#18 Edited by ZolRoyce (672 posts) -

No but I do subscribe to their (and Tested's) YouTube channel, I enjoy watching/re-watching the old Happy Hours where they have the segments they were on, that was fun, but I'm just not enough into their personalities or comics in general to go to that website, occasionally though they put up a video that peaks my interest and that's nice.

#19 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1572 posts) -

@coafi said:

comics are for jerks

#20 Posted by falserelic (5412 posts) -

not at all.

#21 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (1062 posts) -

I used to when Sara was still there. I liked it a lot more when there was more than one personality there.

#22 Posted by BisonHero (6452 posts) -

I've actually visited the sister sites quite frequently when the entire Whiskey media team all worked together in the same basement. There was a lot of crossover going on and complimentary features. It was fun hearing something about a new movie or comic trivia on a live show (and Ryan was into that as well) and then going to check out some piece of lore on Comicvine or movie reviews on Screened or some cool tech on Tested. When everyone worked together it was both easy and incentivised. After the split of the sites there rapidly became no point and no hooks to do that. It also made all the their individual communities more diverse by cross pollination.

Maybe the move was good for GB and Tested overall. And maybe that was always the plan of the head business dude, fine. But that doesn't mean that something unique and interesting didn't die that day.

Sadface.

I agree with the overall sentiment about the loss of Whiskey Media, but I never got the sense that the communities cross-pollinated that much. Anime Vice and Comic Vine especially seemed to be off doing their own thing. There did seem to be some crossover of users/readers between Giant Bomb and Tested.

#23 Posted by 49th (2734 posts) -

Almost never, although I do enjoy reading comics occasionally. The few times I've been there are to look up info about characters or see how many volumes there if I have started reading a comic. I'm glad the site exists though, I'm sure it's great for comic fans.

#24 Posted by jaycrockett (442 posts) -

Like many have said, losing the cross-link on the bottom ended my occasional visits.

#25 Edited by Aetheldod (3555 posts) -

Not since Whiskeypocalypse

:( what a sad day indeed

#26 Edited by LTSmash (619 posts) -

I've got nothing against Comic Vine, but I get my comics info from other sites (Bleeding Cool, Comic Geek Speak, etc.).

#27 Posted by joshwent (2172 posts) -

I wasn't that active there, way more with adding to the wiki than the forums, at least, but I pretty much left when Sara did like a lot of other folks here, apparently. Tony seems like a really nice and knowledgeable dude, but he's just a bit too camera awkward and dull (this sounds more offensive than I mean it to!) to hold my interest.

Also, after I was really disappointed by DC's new 52, I lost a ton of interest in mainstream comics in general. That part probably wasn't CV's fault.

#28 Posted by Tennmuerti (8073 posts) -

@bisonhero: Yeah for sure it was mostly between Tested and GB, but there was at least some between the other sites too and imo any diversity is better then none.

#29 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11636 posts) -

They have a really detailed wiki, so if I ever want to spoil the plots of comic book movies I can read up on the various storylines that they're drawing inspiration from, or if I want to learn about embarrassing D-tier X-Men (the D stands for Dazzler) I'll give it a look. Otherwise no. Even back in the Whiskey days I thought that Tony and Sara weren't super great in front of a camera.

Also: I think comic books are sort of dumb.

#30 Posted by HatKing (5896 posts) -

I visit it if I feel the need to read up a bit more on a specific character (usually to do with if they have a film coming up or something like that) but I've never really browsed there.

Exactly what I do. Seems like it's a pretty regular occurrence with the plethora of comic book movies coming out these days.

#31 Posted by ajamafalous (11963 posts) -

I think I've been there a number of times that I can count on one hand, and it was to look up the plot of a specific comic each time. The wiki looks okay from the small amount I've seen, but the forums seem completely awful and I'm not interested in keeping up with THE LATEST SCOOPZ on new comics.

#32 Edited by HeinrichS_3000 (2 posts) -

I used too Myself. And I still use it for comic character info. It's a great site But I left the forums. The people on that site just argue with each other even if they're in agreement.

Too sad of a life to live in a basement and argue with other nerds. The Video Game crowd has it's bad spots but the community is much better than the Comic community.

Anyways the worst of them are the Star Wars nerds. Now I love Star Wars but dude...Go in the battle forums. Some of those guys are so serious they will debate You for weeks on end and go to great lengths to prove that You're wrong. They can't possibly have full time jobs.

#33 Edited by NMC2008 (1237 posts) -

Nope, never, i'm not into comics or manga or Anime outside of about 5.

#34 Edited by Pr1mus (3873 posts) -

Well sometimes i google something about a comic book character and if the 2nd or 3rd link is Comic Vine i occasionally click on it.

That would be almost never.

#35 Posted by BIGJEFFREY (4971 posts) -

Nope

#36 Edited by TobbRobb (4603 posts) -

I've been there twice. Both times to look at Ryan's Spaderman account's biography.

#37 Posted by TooWalrus (13173 posts) -

I visit Comic Vine for all of my comic-related needs.

...which are actually few and far between. I think I was there last when the Dark Knight Rises was coming out to answer the question "Who the fuck is Bane?"

#38 Posted by Rorie (2858 posts) -

CV's an interesting site. Those guys use their forums in ways that I've never seen any other site come close to.

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#39 Posted by crithon (3138 posts) -

they still have that beautiful wiki, and I'm a comic book nerd, so yes I visit them occasionally.

#40 Posted by mikethekilla (328 posts) -

CV fell off hard.

#41 Posted by Hunter5024 (5635 posts) -

In that year and a half where I got really into comics I regularly visted Comic Vine. I like the stuff Tony does with artists, and the podcast is alright too (especially when Tony gets cool creators like Scott Snyder on the other podcast.) Eventually I soured on comic books though, and since I don't read them any more I no longer have much of a reason to visit. Now I only go there when they link to an article I'm interested in on Facebook.

#42 Posted by Gamer_152 (14072 posts) -

I haven't been there in a very long time. I might check in on them soon.

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#43 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Not at all.

#44 Posted by Juzie (168 posts) -

I like comics a lot but talking about battles doesn't interest me in the slightest and that is 99% of the discussion over there.

#45 Posted by tomobedlam (23 posts) -

I´m really into comics again, Saga is pretty great, Fatale too, love me some Brubaker- Phillips comic, image has some pretty good comics going on right now, i´m about to star reading Lazarus too, and for my dose of over the top comics witch doctor is pretty fun, not many super heroes lately i maybe start reading the new hawkeye series, and i read some good things about rucka´s punisher and waid´s daredevil, but i don´t really visit comic vine too much or any other comic book realted webs, except the colums from comic book resources pretty good reading material there