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Minor Keys vs Major Keys and Key Categories

January 12th, 2022

The “Automatic key comic info” feature, introduced early November, has proven to be enormously popular… BUT it is also easily THE most controversial feature that we have ever introduced to any of our software titles!
Most users are loving the extra little trivia about their comics. But others are annoyed by too many comics being “key” for reasons that are not important enough in their opinion.

Soo… let’s see if we can improve this feature, so that we can remove most of the annoyance and make it useful for a larger part of our audience.
Today, we introduce the following improvements to the key comics feature:

  • Distinction between Minor Keys (blue icon) and Major Keys (yellow icon)
  • New “Key Category” field, automatically delivered from Core, e.g. “First appearance”, “Death”, “Cameo appearance”, “Iconic cover”, etc..
  • New “Update Key Info” tool in the CLZ Core, that is fully configurable (Minor/Major Keys, Allow Overwrite/Clear). No more need to use Update from Core.
  • Key icons now also show in issue lists in Add Comics screen.
  • New charts in Statistics screen, for Key Comics and Key Category.

Distinction between Minor Keys and Major Keys

In our Core online comic database, we are now making the distinction between Minor Keys and Major Keys.

  • Major Keys: all comics for which there is a general consensus that they are key. In other words, the ones virtually no one will dispute. For example: ASM300, NM98, Hulk 181, Amazing Fantasy 15, etc… you get the drift.

    The list of major keys is meant to be a pretty exclusive list.

  • Minor Keys: everything else. Since we are keeping major keys pretty exclusive, we will be very “inclusive” with minor keys, any first appearance, cameo appearance, 2nd appearance, death, iconic cover, etc.. Any interesting trivia that is worth mentioning about a comic, of course within certain limits (no 5th appearances of secondary characters 🙂 ).

For the Comic Connect, this means:

  • Two different icons, yellow for Major keys, blue for Minor keys
  • The current “Key Comic” Yes/No” field in the Edit screen, is now a “No / Minor / Major” picklist. Fully editable, so that you can change the “key level” if you don’t agree with Core.
  • When Updating Keys, you can now opt to download info for Minor+Major Keys OR for Major Keys only. Read on below for info about the new Update Key Info tool.

After updating to version 22.1, all your existing key entries will be marked as Minor Key (blue key icons)! Here’s how to update your comics with the new Minor/Major key info from Core (and the new Key Categories):

  • Click the menu top left and choose “Update Key Info”
  • In the screen that appears, select “Major & Minor Keys” and set it to allow “Replace”
  • Then tap “Update Keys” to start the update process

Our key comic database is still a work in progress, especially the distinction between minor and major keys. If you find that some Major Keys are missing (that is, not flagged as major) or some are flagged as Major in error… please let us know!
The best place to report things like this is our “CLZ Comics” group on Facebook. We will create a special “Major Keys” topic there, especially for this purpose. Alternatively, just contact us directly through help.clz.com.

New “Key Category” field

Also new in our Core key database (and your Comic Connect): the Key Category field.
This field indicates which type of key it is. We are currently working with the following categories:

  • 1st appearance
  • 1st cameo appearance
  • 1st cover appearance
  • 1st full appearance
  • 1st mention
  • 1st team appearance
  • 2nd appearance
  • 3rd appearance
  • Battle
  • Cover
  • Death
  • New costume
  • Origin
  • Wedding
  • Artwork/Writing
  • Story event (kind of a catch-all for other story-related events)

This Key Category field is a pick list field, so you will be able to use it as a folder field. Also the field is of course full editable on the Value tab of the Edit screen, so you are free to create your own categories if you wish to do so.

New “Update Key Info” tool

Also new in this version, a special “Update Key Info” tool in the menu for updating your key comic info from Core. So no need to use Update from Core anymore (that is, not for keys).

The new tool is fully configurable. When you choose Update Key Info (either from the menu or from the Action menu on a selection), a new popup will appear with two settings:

  • Download Key Information: use this to select whether you want:
    • No Key Info at all
      Tip: use this in combination with the Clear option to remove all key info from your web app.

    • Major Keys only
      Again, use this in combination with the Clear option to remove all Minor Key info from your web app.

    • Minor & Major Keys
      Get all information available for both major and minor keys (recommended).
  • Allow replace/clear:
    • No : only add key info to comics that do not have key info yet.
    • Replace: allow the replacing/overwriting of existing key info.
    • Replace and Clear: also allow the clearing of existing key info in your web app.

With great power comes great responsibility. So use the Replace option and especially the “Replace and Clear” option with care, as these will OVERWRITE and possible REMOVE existing key data. So if you like to manually enter or modify key information, make sure to leave that 2nd setting set to “NO”.

Key icons now also show in Add Comics screen

You asked, we deliver: the key icons are now also shown in any issue listings in the Add Comics screen:

New key-related charts in Statistics screen

And finally, to complete this huge update, we added 2 nice new key-related charts to the Statistics screen.

  • A “Key comics” pie chart, showing the distribution between non-keys, minor keys and major keys in your collection.
  • A “Comic by key category” bar chart, showing the popularity in your app of each key category.

Recent changes

Value Totals for any issue list April 17th, 2024 Improved managing and editing of pick list fields April 8th, 2024 Connect is now available in Swedish! February 21st, 2024 Connect is now available in Danish! January 30th, 2024 Improvements to the Collections and Edit Multiple features November 20th, 2023 Add Comics : better “In Collection” indicators when using Hide Variants mode October 31st, 2023 Complete re-design of Edit Multiple feature October 30th, 2023 Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 30th, 2023 Filter your Series list by Completed status October 25th, 2023 Improved search results in the Link with Core screen October 12th, 2023 Connect is now available in French, Spanish and Hungarian! September 29th, 2023 Modify the Creators and Character lists of your comic entries! August 17th, 2023 Improved Import from CSV/TXT screen August 16th, 2023 Printing / Exporting a selection is now much easier August 10th, 2023 Connect is now available in German! July 4th, 2023 Re-designed collection tab-bar May 4th, 2023 New look for the Series folders May 2nd, 2023 Connect is now available in Dutch! April 27th, 2023 Three new slab-related fields, plus a new look for slabs! March 1st, 2023 New report after Updating Key Info January 30th, 2023 View Last “Update Values” Report November 2nd, 2022 CovrPrice Values: Export to CSV or Print to PDF October 28th, 2022 Two improvements to the CovrPrice integration October 24th, 2022 Get comic values from CovrPrice! October 4th, 2022 ReLink Core Variant + Improved Card View August 5th, 2022