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Updating Champion Material

BattlerockX

Welcome to October (almost November).

With the recent focus on the world of Champions Online MMO through the pages of "The Crucible" and the upcoming resumption of "Future's Guardian" issues, there's a new look at all entries based in that MMO.

The most obvious update is on your left with the "Game Resources". The original Wiki for Champions Online was shuttered a few years ago, so a new link had to be found. But there were actually two: the "official" Wiki site according to the official Champions Online website and the "PRIMUS" Wiki. They're still not as helpful as, say, the Paragon Wiki when City of Heroes was still operating, but they do provide some background information and images.

In addition, you'll see a few of our entries be updated with images and relevant information, getting you caught up with what is going on in the world of the Champions as seen through our various comics.

We hope you enjoy the new content and the new issues.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 18:21, 1 February 2018 (PST) )





BattlerockX 18:21, 1 February 2018

Keeping It Simple for 2018

BattlerockX

Hey everyone! Welcome to 2018!

Your not-so-friendly-neighborhood admin (just ask the forum spammers) is here just to give you a hint as to what to expect from us this year.

You've probably noticed that our news hasn't been very fresh. There've been a few gaps. Sadly, those can't be helped. Things happen outside of the CCC that we can't control. Family emergencies, workplace issues, lack-of-workplace issues, that sort of stuff.

We used to have many contributors. Now we are lucky if we can get one new comic per month. And I don't blame them either, because things do happen that we have no control over.

Our forum has basically become a clogged cesspool of spambots trying to get in and me continually denying them and banning their illegal IP addresses and trying not to ban legitimate IP addresses. And I have to tell you, this is very trying on me. I hate these people! There is no torment on this planet that could be given to these people that would be enough for the torment they dish out.

So for this year, we're going to be keeping it simple. Our custom banners here on the front page will be simple. Very simple. Painfully simple.

We'll have news every so often, when there's something worth saying. And on occasion we'll have a feature article. But please don't expect something new every month.

I wish we could do more... but for right now, that's all we can do with so few people getting involved and way too much to do.

So if there's nothing else between now and next January, enjoy the rest of the year, folks.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 18:21, 1 February 2018 (PST) )

BattlerockX 01:34, 14 May 2017 (PDT)

Quick Update

BattlerockX

Funny how time flies.

One minute we're talking about the new year and the new president, and the next we're almost halfway into the year.

There's a quick update with our forum and our persistent spammers. Although they still cannot get in without administrative approval, they haven't stopped trying, sending requests using different IP addresses. But we have tool that let us identify the co-opted IP addresses of those spammers. And some spammers are so notorious that they send multiple requests using the same username. No matter how many times we ban their accounts and their IP addresses, they keep using the same username over and over and over again.

However we have tools to cut those down as well. One in particular lets us "reserve" certain names like "Admin" or "Administrator" so that people can't choose them or some derivation of them. Now we're adding the notorious usernames of the spammers to those "reserved" names. So now spammers will no longer be able to use their unique names, and the more of them that try, the more names that will be added to the "reserved" list.

So the forum is ready for those of us that still want to use it for discussions.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 01:34, 14 May 2017 (PDT) )

BattlerockX 02:14, 16 February 2017 (PST)

New Year, New President, New Rules!

BattlerockX

And now we're back... hope everyone had a great vacation.

Few bits of news to catch us up. Apparently the spammers haven't gone away even though they are beaten. They keep trying, we keep banning and blocking when they try.

We've had to make one more adjustment because they found a way to get in by using a dummy email to confirm their IP. So until further notice, all forum applications must be approved by the admins before they can get in, and that includes valid applications from real people. Sorry, but you can thank the Internet's criminal scum for that change.

Another change is we've found a way to get rid of those annoying automatic Table of Contents frames. It's a little command that we've started to include in all Comic Box, Character Box, and Storyline Box frames. Those pages that currently use those features don't have to do anything because it's part of the code now so it's already in there. It doesn't affect the content that you put in, only removes the table of contents box that can take up a huge chunk of web space when you have a big series to list.

Hope everyone have survived the winter and the wrath of our new president.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 02:14, 16 February 2017 (PST) )

BattlerockX 04:33, 19 November 2016 (PST)

Happy Holidays from the City of Comic Creators!

BattlerockX

This will most likely be the last news update for the year. With the holidays fast approaching, essential time is being placed on stories and family, with more on the latter and less on the former.

The spambot challenge continues, even in a very limited capacity. Every so often a spammer will sneak in a user account that they have to personally confirm and put up their spam posts, but this does lead to them being deleted, their IP address, host service, and email account blocked forever, and the post wiped. It's a one-and-done deal for them, and that is not how a typical spammer likes to do things. It's a losing battle for them even before they try it.

So with the exception of the filthy spammers, who deserve nothing more than fire-roasted coal-and-reindeer-dropping enemas for the rest of their pathetic lives, I'd like to wish everyone the best in this Holiday Season!

Oh, and just because the updates will be paused for the holidays, that doesn't mean the admins will be taking a break from the site. Sorry, spammers, you still lose.

See you all in 2017.



Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 04:33, 19 November 2016 (PST) )

BattlerockX 04:12, 4 September 2016 (PDT)

The Spambots Have Fallen!

BattlerockX

Well we've gone a whole month (plus) with the new measures put in place in our forum and the attacks on our forum by those dirty, filthy, amoral spammers and their spambots have decreased dramatically. All we are getting now are the ones whose IPs have been banned, and I suspect some of those are automated. They check in, they hit the ban wall, lather, rinse, repeat 2 more times, then check in a few hours later. The rest seemed to have learned that now that they can no longer use phony email addresses to register, they don't even bother trying anymore.

Chalk that up as a win to this admin, who has been spending considerable amounts of time checking the forum and playing whack-a-spambot with these goat-humpers.

In other news... Sin Stalker, our real admin (since I've been busy slaying spambots), has been finding these great video clips on YouTube focusing on elements that go into great comic books.

His most recent find has to do with how lettering helps the reader catch the eye on the artwork.

Check it out yourself!

And for City of Comic Creators members, we have a Help Request section in our forum that you're more than welcome to use should you need help or feedback with your comic series. I know from experience that Sin Stalker and some of the other comic creators are great sounding boards to help make your comics the best they can be!



Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 04:12, 4 September 2016 (PDT) )

BattlerockX 17:46, 2 August 2016 (PDT)

Shoving A Stake Into The Heart Of The Spambots

BattlerockX

Those of you who have been keeping track of the news know about our endless battle against the dirty, filthy, amoral spammers and their bots. They have made life for us struggling admins very miserable for too many months. They forced us to invoke the nuclear option when it came to our MediaWiki resource, and then, when we launched our forum, they made life miserable for this admin there as well.

But at least we have a few tools at our disposal with the forum. We can blanket-ban their stolen IP addresses. Whole IP ranges have been blocked and several thousand phony accounts created by the disgusting spammers have been purged from our rolls.

But they continued to plague us. Just when we would think they got the message and would leave us alone, they'd carpet bomb us again with new waves of enrollments.

Then something funny happened. One little change in the options slammed on the brakes.

Now all new user registrations have to actually confirm their registration through their email. And since spammers don't use their real email addresses, there is no way they can get around this!

Game over.

Yes, they continue to try, but they can't automate their way past this hurdle.

Hopefully they will finally get the hint. Their filthy kind are not wanted or welcomed here.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 17:46, 2 August 2016 (PDT) )

BattlerockX 09:41, 12 June 2016 (PDT)

June Heat

BattlerockX

Well apparently the dirty filthy spammers felt a little left out here, because they decided to hit our forum with a vengeance these past few days. While it has been very frustrating for your hard-working admin, I have to remind myself that they're actually doing me a favor, because when they bombard us, they're also letting us know which IP addresses to block, and we don't just block one or two IP addresses at a time. We block whole segments!

So every time they hit us, we know which more IP addresses have been infested with their garbage, and those IP ranges get added to our block list.

It also helps that we have a resource called CleanTalk that lets us identify which IP addresses have been used by the filthy spammers. So those that have been previously flagged as spammers in other Wiki resources are listed there, and we can then block those IP ranges accordingly. They even tell us who owns those IP ranges, so we know they come from China, Japan, and Russia.

Sorry spammers, but this resource is for US, not for you!

Speaking of the forum, it appears last month's news article about the faux comic covers struck a cord with at least one forum member. Well, at the very least we welcome the feedback, even if they have some disagreement with what is being said. If you want to check out the discussion, feel free to do so here, and maybe if you want to join in the conversation you can sign up and add your thoughts to the subject.

Just as long as you're not a dirty filthy spammer, that is.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 09:41, 12 June 2016 (PDT) )

BattlerockX 15:20, 18 May 2016 (PDT)

Faux Cover vs Fan-Made Comics

BattlerockX

Sometimes a creative MMO player will come up with what looks like the start of a really nice fan-made comic.

And you say to yourself "Hey, this looks interesting! Can't wait to read it!"

Only you can't, because no such comic really exists.

The creative player only came up with a faux comic cover instead of a full-blown comic.

While coming up with a faux cover looks nice and shows creativity, it doesn't even begin to compare with the work that goes into a complete publication.

But rather than knock the creative player for only doing a cover, encourage them to take it to the next level. Let them know that you like what you see and that you can't wait to read the finished product.

And if they need help coming up with a full-blown comic, you can always point them here and to our unique "How To" section.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 15:20, 18 May 2016 (PDT) )

BattlerockX 18:36, 5 April 2016 (PDT)

Membership Has Its Privileges

BattlerockX

One of the things about being a member of the City of Comic Creators is that you have access to things that most people don't have.

For starters, members have editing rights to the Wiki. This allows members to create pages to help promote their comics and to expand on their characters. Of course, they still have to register an account and request access.

Then there's the forum. Most people can access the forum (unless they're flagged as a spammer) and post comments and ask questions, but CCC members have access to a special section. There they can talk part in discussions concerning policy and even ask for and get help from other comic creators.

Our resources are valuable tools for comic creators, and we do our best to protect them from spammers.

Of course, if you're just a fan of our comics, you're still welcome to take part in most of other discussions... including talking about this very article.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 18:36, 5 April 2016 (PDT) )

BattlerockX 16:23, 8 March 2016 (PST)

A Break? Or Did They Get The Hint?

BattlerockX

Just a quick update...

Things are starting to quiet down with the spammers over on the forum. There have been a few days where it seems like the spammers have gotten the point that they are not welcomed here. Either that or they've ran out of IP addresses that haven't already been blocked.

I really hope that's the case. It's very tiring to keep coming back and blocking the spammers and their IP addresses. I'd rather be spending that time doing a few dozen other more interesting and more beneficial things. Like doing my taxes. Or cleaning the bathroom. Or working on my comics.

Seriously. Spammers and their spam-bots are not wanted, needed, or welcomed here. This is not their forum. It's ours. It's that simple.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 16:23, 8 March 2016 (PST) )


BattlerockX 16:00, 5 February 2016 (PST)

Changes Ahead!!!

BattlerockX

There are going to be a few modest changes to some of the features here on the Wiki Resource.

First of all, the discussion threads will now point to our forum instead of the "Talk" section. The chief reason is because we had to neuter editing the Wiki because of the spammers, and since we have a forum with greater control over neutering the spammers, this is a better option for everyone. Except for the spammers, of course. They can rot in hell.

Second, you may have noticed that the Featured Article section has been a little stagnant. Actually it's been stagnant for most of last year. Back when we had several comics being released at any given time and a whole plethora of Archive Project releases, it was good to highlight the best of these comics. But then real world issues popped up with a lot of creators, and ideas got pushed back, and the segment got forgotten.

So instead of focusing on comic articles, we're going to be including tips and terminology related to both MMORPGS and comics. And, again, this will have its own discussion thread in the forum, so you can relay your thoughts and suggestions there.

And, of course, feel free to chime in on some of the other discussions there.

Unless you're a spammer. Then you can rot in hell.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 16:00, 5 February 2016 (PST) )


BattlerockX 13:23, 16 January 2016 (PST)

Welcome to the New Year!

BattlerockX

Just wanted to drop off a quick note saying welcome to 2016! Hope everyone had a good holiday season.



Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 13:23, 16 January 2016 (PST) )

BattlerockX 05:35, 6 December 2015 (PST)

'Tis The Season Again

BattlerockX

Well here it is, December. The holidays are here, the stores are getting busy, and the stress factor goes into the stratosphere for many people.

We here at the City of Comic Creators want to wish everyone a joyful Holiday Season. We hope you're able to enjoy some time with family and... if possible... enjoy some of the fan-made comics you can find here in our resource.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 05:35, 6 December 2015 (PST) )

BattlerockX 19:35, 2 November 2015 (PST)

Forum Tested, Spammers Blocked

BattlerockX

Not too long ago we launched our new forum, which allows you to take part in discussions and gives us the means to give CCC members write and edit powers in the Wiki.

Then, of course, the spammers and their spam-bots discovered the forum, and they attacked it mercilessly.

Unfortunately for them, our forum has a few tools that the Wiki doesn't. Such as being able to trace back the IP address the spammers use and find out where they are from, and blocking not only their accounts, but also their IP addresses. And not just one IP address at a time, but a whole range of IP numbers. And then we delete their accounts and their spam messages.

So now the spammers from Russia are finding out the hard way when they try to visit this site that their IP addresses are blocked, and they get the following message back in Russian:

THIS IS OUR FORUM, NOT YOURS!

Yes, it seems harsh, but these are the folks that made running a resource like ours a nightmare. It's a relief to finally be able to lock them out without locking everyone else out.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 19:35, 2 November 2015 (PST) )


BattlerockX 17:26, 3 September 2015 (PDT)

Annoying Ads In Comics

BattlerockX

There is an interesting question concerning comics over at our forum. Only this time it's not about fan-made comics. Instead we're talking about mainstream comic publishers and the recent decision by DC Comics to run half-page ads along with their story panels.

Of course the decision to place ads in fan-made comics is entirely up to the creators themselves, and this resource has plenty of special ads to help, but, again, we're talking about one of the "Big Two" comic publishers. A publisher owned by a major multi-conglomerate corporation, no less!

So, what do you think on the subject? For or against? Cast your vote in the poll and leave your thoughts in the forum. We even have an example of one of the ads there in case you've been either getting them digitally or if you don't normally read comics.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 17:26, 3 September 2015 (PDT) )


BattlerockX 19:12, 10 August 2015 (PDT)

Some Site Updates

BattlerockX

Well some serious changes have been going on behind the scenes here at this humble little resource of ours.

We've transitioned over to the new server and everything seems to be working okay. We've also straightened out some of the links, especially for the Champions Online Wiki. There are still some of the older links that point to the old COH Comic Index site, but we're slowly moving those. Give us time on these, okay?

You may have noticed that we've included a forum. Not everyone in the City of Comic Creators have (or want) access to Facebook, so they've been missing out on our updates there. Plus, remember how we had locked away all the access to create and edit our resource for most of you? Well now we have a means for you to request access so you can contribute to our resource. (That part is still something we are hammering the details out.)

But even if you don't qualify for access, the forum will still be a great place for you to ask questions and offer suggestions and even give feedback on the comics found here.

Keep in mind that we will still go after spammers just like we are doing with the Wiki resource, and we do monitor the forums. So behave!

Oh, and this is still in "Beta", so there may be some changes later on that will affect the content in the forums.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 19:12, 10 August 2015 (PDT) )


BattlerockX 15:28, 15 July 2015 (PDT)

HOT News For July - Part 2!

BattlerockX

Following our HOT News for the month, we have two updates.

First, the transition to the new server is now complete. You should notice a few minor changes, but most of the big changes will be on our end as admins. A few more toys to play with, and more ways to make things better for us.

The old anti-SPAM safeguards are still in effect, though, so only verified comic creators have creation and editing powers. Sorry, but we need to keep the spammers and their bots at bay, and this is the only way to do it right now.

The other big news... Paragon Chat, aka SOON(TM), is now online!

Yes, you can now return to Paragon City and hang out with your friends, both real and NPC. You can create your character just like you did with Titan Icon and you can keep those characters, which was something you really couldn't do with Icon unless you saved the file and then re-loaded it. (Trust me, it was very frustrating.)

Now... few things.

You need to have a Titan Network account to use Paragon Chat. It's not that hard to do, and it's free, but if you don't have one already, then it could take some time before it translates into a Paragon Chat account.

Second... right now your choice of travel is restricted to running and... running. Be patient and hopefully you'll be able to fly around like you could with Titan Icon.

Third, you will need either i23 or i24Beta version of the game. If you look hard enough over at Titan Network, you should find the means to download it.

And fourth, to make things clear... this is not the MMO! The City of Heroes MMO is still dead. "The City" still exists thanks to Paragon Chat... and, of course, the City of Comic Creators. But Paragon Chat is a chat program. You can't fight bad guys. You can't save the day. You can, however, dress the part and show off your creation skills with others. And maybe later on there might be something more, but for now you can revel in the camaraderie of your friends and maybe even take part in a costume contest or two just out of nostalgia.

For more information about Paragon Chat, check out this FAAQ from Titan Network.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 15:28, 15 July 2015 (PDT) )

BattlerockX 13:35, 4 July 2015 (MDT)

HOT News For July

BattlerockX

Welcome to July, the second-half of 2015!

July is pretty hot, but not because of comic news.

We have two important things to talk about.

First of all, you may remember we talked about transitioning over to a new server. That will happen later this month, so things may get a little hairy because of it. There's a lot that will be going on behind-the-scenes that the admins (including yours truly) have to worry about during the transition.

Please bear with us during that time, and check back here for updates when they are available.

But, more importantly, is the debut of something rather big, especially for those of us from "The City".

It's no secret that most of the City of Comic Creators members used to be from the City of Heroes MMO before it was shut down in December of 2012. Since then, some of us have been getting by either by focusing on other MMO games like Champions Online or through a little magic involving Titan Icon and Demorecording. The latter has helped us continue those stories from "The City", but it hasn't been easy, because the people that used to enjoy our comics have felt left out.

That will come to an end soon. And by "soon", I mean "Soon(TM)".

Paragon Chat, aka "Soon(TM)", is a way for former "City" residents to once again connect with their friends in Paragon City. Much like Titan Icon, Paragon Chat uses the last available version of the MMO (Issue 24 Beta) installed on your computer, but connects to a separate XMPP system. In other words, it turns the MMO into a virtual chat program.

The MMO is still "dead". Your characters will just be chat avatars, being able to move about and converse with anyone else logged in, but there will be no combat, no missions, no lives to save or ruin.

But you can still create a hero or villain, with all of the costume pieces you used to enjoy. You can visit all of the places you used to go to, even some of the places that were new to I24. You'll be able to meet up with your friends and meet new ones.

And for comic creators such as myself, it's an opportunity to get new material and bring attention back to what we are good at doing... fan-made comics!

Paragon Chat is supposed to go live on 7/7, and for more information on this, you can check out the folks at the Titan Network, home of the Paragon Wiki.

Hopefully we'll see you back in "The City"!


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 13:35, 4 July 2015 (MDT) )

BattlerockX 15:38, 4 June 2015 (MDT)

Quick Update On Our Friends At The Cape Radio

BattlerockX

Our apologies for not keeping up with the news. Normally we have at least one news report per month, and we accidentally let May go by quietly. We'll try to do better in the future.

We have a quick update concerning our friends over at The Cape Radio. Once upon a time they were the premiere player-run radio station for City of Heroes players, especially those on the Virtue Server. But with our beloved "City" gone as an MMO (but still alive thanks to our comics), The Cape Radio had to expand to other MMO universes. First two universes, then three.

And now they're all over the place.

Yes, The Cape Radio is no longer just dedicated to a couple of MMO games. Now they're into everything.

So now it doesn't matter if you're playing Star Trek Online or Champions Online or Minecraft or DC Universe Online or World of Warcraft or even testing the Pre-Alpha Valiance Online. The Cape Radio has something for you.

The Cape Radio has your back.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 15:38, 4 June 2015 (MDT) )


BattlerockX 19:14, 3 April 2015 (MDT)

Short But Sweet Update

BattlerockX

The update this month will be somewhat short but sweet.

The spammers still try to worm their way into our resource, but thanks to our "nuclear" option, they can only continue to generate accounts and nothing more. Of course it means our "username" list grows larger and larger every day.

But... that may also be going away.

We are in the process of switching providers. This is a long and protracted process for us for many reasons, with the biggest being the difficulty in transferring the wiki material over to the new provider.

What we may end up having to do is starting the resource from scratch and then porting over as much content as possible. What that means is that those thousand and thousands of bot-generated usernames would all disappear... along with the few valid users that use this resource as it is meant to. That means re-enrolling with new passwords and getting the new user categories re-established so people can go back to contributing to the resource. It's not something we want to do, but that is something that may happen with this transition.

Keep checking this section for updates when they become available.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 19:14, 3 April 2015 (MDT) )

BattlerockX 19:49, 5 March 2015 (MST)

"Nuclear" Update And More

BattlerockX

It's been almost a month since we used the "nuclear" option against the spammers and their bots, locking out all editing and creating rights to non-comic creators.

As one of the admins that spent countless hours having to continually watch this resource and try to play whack-a-bot with the spammers (and losing), it is a breath of fresh air to not have to worry anymore about them perverting our resource.

The spammers haven't stopped trying, though. They are still trying to take over this resource. Only this time they are on the losing side.

At some point we will set up a method for us to recognize new comic creators and give them the means to contribute to this resource, but for now it's still on a case-by-case basis.

With that, let's get back to comics...

Southern California Public Radio recently did an article about the resurrected Valiant Comics and their new CEO, Dinesh Shamdasani. Valiant was originally created by former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and they were a serious challenger against the "Big Two" of Marvel and DC in the 90's. But then they got swept up in the comic bubble and eventually went broke. Shamdasani bought the rights and resurrected the comics in 2012, starting their well-known characters from scratch.

There was something that Shamdasani said in the article that stood out that I want to share with you.

"We have the freedom to not have to follow in the wake of an upcoming media tie-in, like a big movie or video game, and we don't have to serve larger licensing goals. We can simply just make great comics."

That's something that we, the fan-made comic creators, have in common with the folks at Valiant. Sure, our comics can help promote an MMO like we did with City of Heroes, or like we would for Champions Online, or DC Universe Online, or Star Trek Online. But we're not there just to be commercials. We're not in this to promote a toy line or hype up some major motion picture. We're in this because we like making comics, and we hope you're here because you like to read comics.

Click here to check out the SCPR article.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 19:49, 5 March 2015 (MST) )

BattlerockX 20:45, 13 February 2015 (MST)

We Went Nuclear

BattlerockX

It is said that Friday the 13th was first considered an "unlucky day" because it was the day that the Knights Templar were taken down by the heavy-hand of King Phillip of France. Scores of Knights Templar were arrested, tortured, tried, and executed for made-up crimes.

Well, the self-appointed "knights" of spam that have besieged this resource are discovering that this is an unlucky day for them too.

We, the administrators of this resource, have invoked the "nuclear" option when it comes to new members and their ability to create and edit entries here.

Spammers have had a field day hiding behind fake proxys and concealed IP addresses, using bots to create dozens of member accounts every hour on the hour and then bombarding us with spam posts. And this administrator has been waging a losing war trying to take down every spam post that is put up and trying to block and ban every spammer account that applies.

Today, Friday the 13th, that ends.

From now on, regular users will no longer be able to create or edit entries, including their own user pages. They also will not be able to take part in discussions. Only those we (the administrators) have verified to be legitimate comic creators will have this ability.

We are currently working on a way to formalize this process for future members, so for right now the verification will be on a case-by-case basis. Every current comic creator that has an account here is being moved to "Verified" status so they can continue to contribute to the resource. Operative words being "comic creator". If you have an account here and you haven't come up with a fan-made comic in the past, you better do so.

We did not want to go this route. We wanted this resource to be open for all to enjoy. But the spammers really have left us with no choice. This is our resource, not theirs. This is a resource for creators and readers of fan-made comics, not a dumping ground for mass-marketers.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 20:45, 13 February 2015 (MST) )

BattlerockX 15:08, 25 January 2015 (MST)

Welcome to the New Year!

BattlerockX

Welcome to 2015, everyone!

Sorry this entry is a little late, but this humble creator and admin has been busy here with the holidays and also with the pending debut of the new series "Furia and the Guardians", as well as a few other projects that I hope we can talk about soon.

First things first... I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. I hope my fellow creators used this opportunity to recharge your mental batteries so you can come up with new comics for the rest of us to enjoy.

One of the things we've started doing is a special PNN News Break series for those comics that are based in the world of the City of Heroes MMO. These are two-page teasers which set the stage for an up-coming comic series. Although these have been running under the radar since the summer, we will start to include them in the New Releases section.

That brings us to our third issue... the ugly stench of spammers.

As mentioned in our Spam Policy, we have no tolerance for Spam, which we define as being "the use of this website's resources either to advertise for third-party merchant services that do not involve the stated goal of this website or to use the resources as a reference page for unsolicited electronic advertisement through other services (i.e. electronic mail)." This resource is monitored regularly for new registered users and for all additions and changes made to it, and recently we have been besieged by spammers attempting to co-opt this resource for their own purposes.

To that end, we (the admins) have made a few changes on the back-end that should hopefully make it difficult for spammers to continue to operate here. That includes extending the length we block IP addresses from 24-hours to a whole year.

What that means is that if a spammer used that IP address to violate our Spam Policy, that IP address and the subsequent IP addresses connected to it are blocked from registration or making any kind of changes to the resource for a whole year. This can be reversed on our end, but hopefully we won't have to do that too often.

This does seem a bit extreme, granted, but if you were the one having to go through entry after entry of Spam posts to remove them every other hour for every single day, you'd understand the kind of frustration we have had to deal with on this.

Hopefully we won't have to make any other kinds of changes, but if we have to, we will let you know here.

Remember, this resource is for MMO-based fan-generated comics and related reference information, and it is monitored.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 15:08, 25 January 2015 (MST)

BattlerockX 03:08, 13 December 2014 (MST)

Happy Holidays!

BattlerockX

With the holiday season upon us, there is much for us to reflect upon and give thanks.

We are certainly grateful for the fan-made comics that have been made and shared through this resource. From "Future's Guardian" in the world of Champions Online to the 3D renderings of "The Crucible" in the world of the now-defunct City of Heroes.

Even though "The City" was taken away from us two years ago this past December 1st, stories from "The City" continue through 3D renderings and through special programs like Titan Icon that allow us to use the last Beta version of the game program. And, thankfully, more stories from "The City" will continue to come forward as we await the development and release of the so-called "Spiritual Successors".

Of course this would not be possible without both creators and readers, so we here at the City of Comic Creators extend our thanks to both the fan-made comic creators who keep the stories going, and also to the readers who have come to enjoy our tales and hopefully will look forward to what 2015 will bring.

Thank you, everyone, for making 2014 a year of stories worth telling!


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (BattlerockX (talk) 03:08, 13 December 2014 (MST))

BattlerockX 22:26, 2 October 2014 (MDT)

How Good Are Your Villains?

BattlerockX

With this being the month of October, the traditional month of villains and all things "evil", I thought I'd give a few tips about villains.

The old saying is that a hero is only as good as their villains. Unfortunately that hasn't always been the case.

If you take a look at some of the old animated cartoons of DC and Marvel heroes, you'll notice that most of the villains were genetic. Outer space aliens or mobsters that pretty much are only there to be punching bags for the heroes.

Did you know that the original Lex Luthor was just a bald overweight guy named "Luthor"? There was no complex backstory for "Luthor". He was simply a "scientist" (which, at the time, were considered "evil") that wanted to stop Superman before the Man of Steel could "thwart his plans". Eventually the character was developed into an arch-villain, complete with a rather complex backstory that linked him to Superman when they were both teens, and then gave him a reason to hate and despise Superman.

Of course, for animated videos or even for live-action serials, you didn't have time to come up with complex backstories to explain why a villain did what they did. So the writers would simply use generic villains and plainer-than-bottled-water plots. Master-villains wouldn't be robbing the banks all the time, but your common criminal would. There's "always" some intergalactic conqueror looking to take over the planet that somehow could be thwarted by one superhero and a sidekick.

And even when you had some "rogues gallery" of villains to choose from, the villain-of-the-episode had something rather obvious about them that was connected to their name. Remember Dick Tracy's criminals? "Noodle-nose" would have a long and thin nose. "Flat-head" actually had either a flattened head or a flat-top haircut. "Elephant ears" would have really big ears. But that's really all that differentiated them, wasn't it?

Remember that villains are characters too. They don't always do "evil" things just because they're villains. What motivates them to do what they do? Do they have a grudge against the hero? If so, why? Who do they work for? Why do they work for them? What do they do when they're not doing "the wrong things"?

You don't have to come up with full bios for every henchmen or every low-level criminal, but certainly the "Big Bad Boss" (or "B3") and some of the villains you think should be more memorable deserve more than just a designation as "villain".

In fact, the major comic publishers even go so far as to focus their attention on villains, especially around the month of October. In doing so, the readers get to see things from the villain's perspective and also understand a little about why do what they do.

So the question is... are your villains ready for their solo series? Or are they just there to be token punching bags? It's all up to you as creators to answer those questions.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 22:26, 2 October 2014 (MDT) )

BattlerockX 17:16, 2 September 2014 (MDT)

The Deletion Policy

BattlerockX

Just a quick update on last month's announced Deletion Policy.

We will be deleting the files that had been previously requested but were on hold pending the new policy.

We ask that all new requests comply with the policy. If you don't know what it is, then take the time and go over it.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 17:16, 2 September 2014 (MDT) )


BattlerockX 18:17, 3 August 2014 (MDT)

Changing the “Delete” policy

BattlerockX

Not too long ago there was a bit of an issue regarding the request to delete pages. A request was submitted to delete a page and then that person later protested its deletion and demanded its restoration, only to later request that we once again delete the page.

As administrators of this MediaWiki resource, it is our responsibility to make sure that the resource is used properly. That means no SPAM, and it also means keeping the information relevant to the various MMO games and how they apply to the comics that are based in those MMO games.

Wiki pages and other media information such as images and templates are meant to be available and referenced for as long as the resource exists. They should not be considered temporary posts or some rough draft before being used by some other resource.

Unless we are dealing with SPAM, the deletion of a page should only be considered a matter of last resort. The person requesting it should also provide a specific reason why they are deleting it and should not expect to have it later restored.

With this in mind, we are updating our deletion policy to be as follows:

1. If a resource page (including user pages), is considered to be in violation of the resource’s SPAM policy, then the page will be immediately deleted and the user’s account will be blocked. The determination of whether such page violates the resource’s SPAM policy and the subsequent deletion are made by the administrators.

2. Other than the above-mentioned reason, the request to delete a page should only be a matter of last resort. Do not request a deletion if you intend to re-edit a page or change the name of the page. There are mechanisms in place to make changes or to rename the page in question.

3. To request a deletion, one must put the following template at the top of the page: {{Delete}} You do not have to remove the rest of the information on the page. In fact it would be best if you left the remaining data as is.

4. The person requesting the deletion must then provide a specific reason why they are making this request. The request reason must be made in the page’s Discussion section and include the username of the person requesting it and the reason why they are requesting it. Ideally the only person requesting the deletion of that page should be the original author; however special considerations may be taken into account.

Failure to provide a reason will result in the page continuing to exist on the server and may even be reverted to the most recent entry prior to the request.

5. The determination of the validity of the deletion request and when it will be carried out is solely at the discretion of the administrators. Ideally, deletion can occur within one-to-seven days of a valid request.

6. Deletion of a page by the administrators will include in the name and time/date stamp of the person requesting the deletion, as well as the reason provided.

7. Requesting the restoration of a page or content that has been previously deleted should be equally rare. Restoration is solely at the discretion of the administrators and should take into consideration the reason why the content was originally deleted. Restoring content previously deleted for reasons that would be considered by most to be trivial (i.e. “I want to show this off to a friend and then you can delete it again”) will not be acceptable.

8. Multiple deletion and/or restoration requests within a small time frame can be considered an abuse of the resource. The user can be suspended from activity if such abuse continues.

Again, we reiterate that content on this MediaWiki resource is meant to be available for the duration of the resource itself. While we appreciate the continued participation of our members to expand on this resource, it must also adhere to the ultimate goal of the resource itself, which is to provide information for all readers.


Now that we have the formalized Deletion Policy set down, we are giving content creators time to review the policy before enacting it.

We will not begin deleting requested pages until September 1st. (With the obvious exception of SPAM pages, which will be deleted on sight.)



Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 18:17, 3 August 2014 (MDT) )

BattlerockX 18:37, 3 July 2014 (MDT)

It's Getting HOT In Here!

BattlerockX

It's July already! The year is half-over with.

We're proud to announce that we have launched the MMO Comic Index Content Ratings System or MCICRS.

The MCICRS is a voluntary ratings system for comic creators to provide a guide for readers as to what kind of material is in their publications. Similar to the ratings systems used by major comic publishers, the MCICRS uses easy-to-understand designations for content that would be ideal for all audiences, for teens, for older teens and young adults, and clearly for adults.

Battlerock Comics is the first of the fan-made publishers to implement the MCICRS in their first issue of Guardians of the Dawn GRADUATION, but other CCC members and publishers have also expressed interest in using the system in their future publications.

Again, we point out that the ratings system is purely voluntary. There will not be any positive or negative encouragement for publishers to use the system. It's there to help them if they so wish.

Next on the to-do list should be the much-promised Deletion policy.



Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 18:37, 3 July 2014 (MDT) )

BattlerockX 10:03, 1 June 2014‎ (MST)

Welcome To The Summer!

BattlerockX

It's June, the actual start of the summer!

We've been going over some of the proposed changes for the resource.

The deletion policy is still being hammered out, so all non-SPAM deletions are still on hold until then. We appreciate the contributions being made to this resource, and hopefully we'll see some fan-made comics being made from them.

There are several projects in the works right now, some of which are new comics, but some will also be helpful for all comic creators.

One of the projects we are working on is developing our own MMO Comic Index Content Ratings System.

Short history: Once upon a time, comic content was regulated by an industry-run group called the Comics Code Authority. This all-powerful organization came as a way to ward off crippling McCarthy-style government regulations during the repressive and fascistic 1950's. Basically the big publishers came to the agreement that their comics would be approved by the CCA in order for them to get a special stamp of approval. This is why the comics back then in the "Silver Age" had almost child-like stories to them. Starting in the 1980's, though, the big publishers began abandoning the CCA for their own ratings systems. Eventually nobody used the CCA, and now the CCA is owned by a free-speech group specifically so that it will never ever be used again.

Well, we're going through with coming up with our own ratings system for fan-made MMO-based comics.

We will have more about this in the future, but the important part is that this will be completely voluntary. We won't require you to adhere to the content ratings to have your comics posted here. This is just a little "CYA" measure that will give the readers some idea who the targeted audience is, and it will allow you the comic creator to be free with using the content that you feel comfortable with.

Stay tuned here for more details when they become available.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 10:03, 1 June 2014‎ (MST) )


BattlerockX 15:59, 3 March 2014 (MST)

Changes Ahead

BattlerockX

It's been a while since we've done a news update, and I have to apologize for that.

Normally we would have at least one news update each month, however things have been getting in the way for us administrators.

We are making some changes regarding the use of this MediaWiki resource in light of how it has been used of late. Until we can formalize policy, we are suspending the deletion of pages with the obvious exception of SPAM. Hopefully we will have something up soon that will reflect the best use of this resource and still encourage content contributions.

Cape Radio News

Our friends at The Cape Radio have recently changed their format to reflect what they see is a shift in MMO trends, and that trend actually helps MMO players.

Previously, The Cape was focused on the City of Heroes MMO. But when that MMO was unjustly discontinued in 2012, the people at The Cape have decided to split their focus between Champions Online and The Secret World.

Well back in November, the folks at TCR saw that The Secret World was dwindling in interest and could possibly join COH in MMO oblivion. But rather than concentrate only on one MMO, TCR decided to expand their focus to ALL of the Perfect World MMO games.

So if you are a fan of Champions, Star Trek Online, Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter, or any of the other PW games, you now have an online radio station for you to enjoy! And maybe that will help inspire you to come up with some new fan-made comics.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 15:59, 3 March 2014 (MST) )

BattlerockX 05:49, 5 January 2014 (MST)

Welcome to 2014

BattlerockX

Another year has come and gone, and we welcome 2014 with the hope that things will be better for both comic creators and comic fans.

While things have been bleak with the loss of the City of Heroes MMO, comic creators have managed to keep the spirit going with continuing stories done with the help of archived content and demorecording. Comics such as "The Justice-Knights", "The Crucible" and "New Allied Fighters" prove that while the game itself may be gone, the stories are able to continue.

And more are on the way...

In related news...

It appears that the Champions Online Wiki resource is down[1].

Like the MMO Comic Index, the CO Wiki is fan-made and user-supported. These Wiki resources are done with the tacit approval of the MMO companies, but they are not a part of the MMO. I know some of these people and I can tell you for a fact that the people behind these Wiki resources pay for these out of their own pockets, and they do it because they really love the MMO and they want to do everything they can to make the experience enjoyable for everyone.

And it is sad when a content creator is so discouraged by the thing they have dedicated so much of their time doing - without pay I should add - that they decide to just give up. It doesn't matter if it's a Wiki resource, fan-made videos, or fan-made comics. This is something that MMO companies seem to fail to grasp and just take for granted that there would be this unending love and support. That love needs to be appreciated and reciprocated for it to go on, otherwise people will just give up. That's just human nature.

Hopefully someone else will pick up where the original admin left off and resume the Champions Wiki. In the meantime, we will adjust the link to point to an archive site so you will still be able to get game-related information.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 05:49, 5 January 2014 (MST) )


BattlerockX 10:32, 1 December 2013 (MST)

It's Been A Year...

BattlerockX

On December 1st, 2012, the corporate entity that is NC Soft managed to do what gods, demigods, and even Lord Recluse and Nemesis were never able to accomplish. They utterly destroyed the universe known as City of Heroes.

They assumed that the millions that made Paragon City and the Rogue Isles their homes for over eight years would simply move to another of their MMOs. They assumed that the heroes that have spent eight years sacrificing everything to save the city would simply accept fate and let it die. They assumed that the villains that have spent almost eight years trying to take over the city would simply settle for watching someone else destroy it.

They were WRONG!

We made noise. We held protests. We let NC Soft know that we were not going to give up without a fight. And the company suffered financially because of it. NC Soft prevailed, but we made sure that it was a phyrric victory for them.

Even though the MMO has been gone for a year, "The City" remains in Facebook groups and message boards... It survives in groups scattered through various other MMOs.

And it survives through our stories. Time, energy, and effort goes into these stories, to remind people that "The City" still goes on even if the MMO cannot.

And more stories are coming.

The Game may be done... but the stories go on!

Behave!

As one of the administrators of this resource, I first have to give a hearty welcome to those that have taken the time to contribute content and information. Particiapation helps encourage more people to check out this resource and possibly even enjoy the content that we spend countless amounts of time, effort, and energy on.

Having said that, though, I must remind those that are new to a few things.

First, we have no tolerance for SPAM. Period. Obviously the vast majority of spammers that try to infest our resource are bot-generated programs that cannot get past our modest barrier, but there are a few that manage to manually post junk. I say this to those of you determined to turn this resource into your own spam-revenue service: YOU ARE NOT WELCOMED HERE! You will be banned and your IP will be blocked. OUR resource, OUR rules. Not yours!

Second, I must remind people that this resources is for fan-made MMO content. This is not a substitute for PRIMUS or other gamer-based role-playing resources. New content is good, but hopefully there's a fan-made comic book involved with it, or at the very least a reference to one. (And bear in mind that as one of the administrators, I DO research these things!) I'm not saying this to discourage people particiapting, but rather as an encouragement to come up with some fan-made comics, or otherwise work with people that do.

And third, I'm asking that people please behave when it comes to comments on the content of others. We have no desire to be den mother forum monitors (cripes, the top two admins are libertarians!), so please spare us all some grief and keep your comments constructive, instructive, informative, or otherwise beneficial. We have a hard enough time dealing with the bottom-feeding spammers.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 10:32, 1 December 2013 (MST) )


BattlerockX 05:05, 5 October 2013 (MDT)

Catching Up for October

BattlerockX

You've probably noticed that our monthly updates have been getting a little anemic.

Part of the reason why has to do with the workload we creators have to deal with that go beyond our work.

This isn't a job for us. We all work or go to school. We create comics because we have stories to tell and we want to share them with you, but these things don't pay our bills. In fact, because these are fan-based comics, we legally cannot make any money off them, even though we will dedicate our time, effort, and talent into them. So we have to work. We have to make money so we can pay to keep our computers going and to play the MMO games to inspire us and to come up with these great comics for you to enjoy.

This is truly a labor of love for us. We love doing this.

By the way, this is also why some of our stories are better than our mainstream comic counterparts. When you are your own writer, creator, editor, and publisher, you don't have to worry about "editorial mandate" messing things up.

It may take a little longer for some of our work to come out, but I'm sure you'll find that we make the wait worth it!

Besides, it's not like you're having to pay for them, right?


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 05:05, 5 October 2013 (MDT) )


BattlerockX 06:14, 1 August 2013 (MDT)

August is SMOKING HOT!

BattlerockX

As you probably have noticed, we've been making plenty of changes to our little modest MediaWiki resource.

The most visible one is the New Releases section, which you can see with the banner at the top of the Main Page. Since our various member-creators have different release schedules, we've to come up with a way for you to see which new comics have been published. It's also been very helpful that the mighty Ra has been coming up with some promotional ads for some of these new releases, and whenever possible we will share them in the New Releases section for that month.

Another feature which we brought over from the original CoH Comic Index site is the "How To Create A Comic" feature which includes tips and tricks on how to create your own fan-made comic book or comic book series. This "How To" special includes help on layout, cover design, the various page elements, and some particular legal issues surrounding comic book creations. The series uses the City of Heroes MMO as its base, but pretty much every element can apply to other MMOs.

We've also been coming up with more ads for our member-creators to use in their publications, including some for our friends at The Cape Radio. After all, we MMO supporters have to help each other, right? Right now many of the ads are for the Champions Online MMO, but there will be others soon.

And be sure to keep checking back here for more news when it breaks!


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 06:14, 1 August 2013 (MDT) )


BattlerockX 11:27, 30 June 2013 (MDT)

Welcome New Readers!

BattlerockX

This is just a quick message to welcome the new and returning viewers of our MediaWiki Resource, especially to those coming to us through the various Facebook groups.

We also want to remind newly-registered users that we do not tolerate the use of this resource for SPAM. We already have some measures in place, but we have seen some questionable user entries as well.

This MediaWiki resource is designed for the purpose of providing information for MMO-based fan-made comics. This does not include third-party websites that promote products outside of that purpose. We have a strong no-SPAM policy in place and much like our previous website we have no qualms banning users and their IPs that violate that policy.

For the others, I hope you will enjoy visiting this resource as we bring in more and more fan-made comics.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 11:27, 30 June 2013 (MDT) )


BattlerockX 09:06, 31 January 2013 (MST)

Welcome!

BattlerockX

Welcome to the next stage of fan-made comic resources.

Our original wiki resource is still around, but with the corporate-dictated demise of the City of Heroes, our creators have spread out to other realms, coming up with new fan-made stories to tell. Some will continue to tell stories within the "City", but now we are not limited to just one MMORPG.

This new Wiki resource is still in the construction phase, so there are still plenty of things to work on. I hope you will bear with us as we mold and shape this resource into one that will be on par with all of the game resources out there.

In the meantime, the City of Comic Creators also has a presence on Facebook.

All comic creators past and present are welcome to join our CCC Group on Facebook so we will still be able to keep in touch with the various projects.

Click HERE to access the City of Comic Creators Facebook Group.


Thoughts? Ideas? Feedback? Questions? Any tips you would like to share? Let us know!


(Submitted by BattlerockX (talk) 09:06, 31 January 2013 (MST) )


Just FYI

When we replace news article, place them just under the "Recent News" line from the most recent on back.