The new layout is nice & shiney (if not a little.... grey).
That said, I really reeeeaaaally don't like the way that the 'never-ending quiz' questions and 'comics by cover' are at the top of the wiki pages. It looks messy. It looks like it's all been squashed in. I'd rather read the description of the character/team than see a list of badly written questions. That stuff should be hidden down the bottom.
I feel sorry Captain Crusader, Red LAMP & everyone else who's going to be working for hours on fixing the kinks, bugs, and annoying little problems. I don't envy you guys... good luck!!
My administrative retentive side has been polishing off the Women in Refrigerators over the last few days. The main 'description' content just looked messy, so I've just formatted it all to look uniform & aesthetically pleasing. Not much in the way of new information; mainly formatting.
The images, however... What a mess!! Seriously, what muppet thinks that any random fight scene of someone with boobs deserves to be in WiR?! Particularly when those characters weren't even on the list? There was even a sub-gallery called WiR on TV... TV? This is comics! The list is comics, not TV! Talk about Fail!
Seriously, Domino fighting for the freedom of The 198 during Civil War does NOT deserve to be in WiR! Domino is on the original WiR list, but that was because she'd been kidnapped & replaced for a year (and later had her powers dampened). But during Civil War?!? She's fighting, not dying. Not being beaten to a bloody pulp. Not being abused. Not being shoved into a kitchen appliance... Fail, fail, FAIL!! Now please die!!
I removed all the pointless images, and those of characters who weren't even in the list. I removed so many images that the gallery was virtually empty!! Scary! So I was in the slow process of going through the list, and trying to find pertinent scenes to be moved into the WiR gallery. But, I can't finish it now. Not until the CV3 bumps have been ironed out.
Don't get me wrong, I know the guys will fix it, I just feel kinda powerless in the meantime... It's only a silly little thing, and I doubt anyone will even notice. But I know!! I know it's only half done. I know that it's half unfinished!!
And yes... I was tempted to add Boom Boom... but decided against it, or I'd have to add all the New Mutants ;)
I couldn't help it. All I wanted was the latest issues of X-Force. That's all I'd bought. I was nearly out the door when I saw them... the 50p bargain boxes.
'Why not?', I thought. 'After all, I'm not likely to find anything I want. Nothing new from the few years I haven't been reading'.
£16 later... Oopsie!
They were sequential! Well, mostly. But more importantly... they're cheap! And it good nick. You don't get cheap quality like that on eBay!!
I've been reading them too... I didn't expect to enjoy them as much as I have done. So, now I just need to know where to get more issues of New X-Men from (eBay has virtually nothing. Boo!) and more cheap issues of X-Factor :p
It's not as if I'm giving my eyes or typing fingers a rest, since I've been scanning old comics instead. It is surprisingly difficult to find decent quality images of Boom Boom pre-1992... and those post-1992 will have your eyes out with ma-hoosive gazungas! Although I've discovered a few old & cheesy characters in need of an update. It's going to be a weekend of no social life & rapturous geekery :D
I used to love comics. 24/7 comics. Non-stop comics. For countless years they would swim around inside my head because it was better than studying, or worrying about work. Pure escapism, as simple as it gets... and so much more entertaining than all the soap-operas & reality crap they stick on TV. Of course, it didn't last forever and I found other things to spend my money on.
A few weeks ago I wondered why they've slowly been creeping back in to that place in the back of my head. Upon reflection, it isn't that much of a mystery. Giving up work to study full time. The inability to find a part-time job in this current recession. No money. Increasing fuel costs. One remaining grand-parent in hospital and now... the other passed away.
It is just a little more easier to bear when I can turn my brain off from reality for 5-10 minutes at a time. I've not been able to read anything since Nanny passed away though. Probably because it feels like I'm walking around in a horrible numb dream anyway...
I just want to escape here for a little bit. To feel a little bit like I did as a kid, if only for 5 minutes. But it doesn't really seem to work.