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Below are a list of CCL approved terms to be used when making Change Requests or additions to the database. This list will be added to as needed, but not until the Approvers and CCL have had time to discuss the new additions. Suggestions are welcome.
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COMICS-MAGAZINES-TRADES-HARD COVERS TERMINOLOGY
Terms used by publishers to describe their variants (such as Auxiliary) would be used as Auxiliary Cover, however words like Exclusive, Limited and Variant should be avoided except in the case of Price Variants. Publisher designations of A, B, C are not used because CCL establishes it's own lettering as books are entered in the database.
Standard Cover used to differentiate between the regular comic and the Variants. Should only be used on books with Variants
20 Cent Price Cover used for cover price variants
Whitman Cover used for Whitman logo variants
UK Price Cover used for items priced in Pence or other British prices
Orange Logo (2nd Printing) used for later printings whose only change is the color of the logo.
Alex Ross 1:10 Cover used for incentive variants
Frank Quitely "Right Side" Cover used for covers that form a larger picture when combined
Wraparound Cover used for covers that continue around to the back cover
Gatefold Cover used for covers that fold out to form a larger picture
Cardstock Cover used for covers that are printed on a thicker cardboard type paper
Die-cut Cover used for covers that have designed cut-outs
Sketch Cover used to describe covers drawn in rough pencils as opposed to finished inks
Photo Cover used for covers that have a photograph as all or part of the cover
Acetate Overlay used for covers with a secondary plastic cover designed to change or hide parts of the original cover
Hologram Cover used for covers with a hologram attached to the cover
Newsstand Edition/Price Variant used for newsstand books that are priced differently than the direct market copy
Dynamic Forces Edition (Signed by Alex Ross) 1/1000 used for limited variants published by recognized companies
Mini Comic used for comics sized at half a normal comic or smaller, usually about the size of a dollar bill
Oversized Treasury used for newspaper sized comics
Digest Sized used for smaller thicker comics
Embossed Cover used for a comic with a pattern or shape pressed into the cover
Foil Cover used for covers with a thin metallic foil stamped on them. A descriptive term (Chromium, Prism, Gold etc) may be added in front of the word Foil
Lenticular Cover used for covers that have a rigid plastic attached with an image that appears to move when held at different angles
3-D Cover used for covers that when viewed with special glasses appear to be in 3-D
Dust Jacket used for books with a removable outer cover
Virgin Cover used for covers with no Logo, writing or price on the cover
Flipbook used for books with an alternate cover on the back
Prestige Format a comic with a higher grade paper stock, square bound and using glue instead of staples.
Black and White Cover a cover with no color that is fully inked, unlike a sketch cover that has not been inked.
Black and White Edition a comic that is released in black and white in addition to a color version
Polybagged a sealed factory bagged comic. If the book comes with a promotional item in the bag it should be mentioned. For example: Polybagged with Trading Card
Unbagged a comic that originally came Polybagged but has since been removed from the bag
2007 Wizard World Texas Cover used to describe a variant given away at a comic convention
Special note on abbreviations: Abbreviations should only be used if there's not enough room to spell out the entire word. For example use Dynamic Forces before using DF. Use with before using w/. The same holds true for vs, &, or etc. If you need to abbreviate due to limited space you may do so, but it should only be done if there's no other option.
ACTION FIGURE TERMINOLOGY
Clark Kent (Mailaway) used for incentive figures available only through the mail
Wolverine and Doop (2-Pack) used for action figures packed more than one per pack
9 Piece Build-a-Figure used for figures that are built by assembling pieces from different packages
For Variants of the same figure:
Spider-Man (Black Costume)
Spider-Man (Red Costume)
For Non-Us Packaging
For Action Figures of a character that has had multiple people wear the mantle:
Robin (Dick Grayson)
Robin (Tim Drake)
TRADING CARD TERMINOLOGY
[Color/Description] Foil - Any card with a foil. Typical colors include Gold, Silver, Bronze and Rainbow for when it is multiple colored. Etched, Mirrored, Refractor, or Chromium are examples of descriptions.
Hologram - Any card with a holographic image as a main item, not as a authenticity mark on the reverse of the card (i.e. Upper Deck cards, where the UD logo is a hologram)
Lenticular - Cards with a lenticular lens and when viewed at different angles, create a "motion" effect.
(Animation) Cel - Plastic cards that provide a see-thru portion (all or some) of the card. Some may be reproductions of Animation cels from animated cartoons or movies.
Die-Cut – Card has either holes cut in it or is cut in a shape other than a standard card.
Case Topper/Case Loader – Card is included with the purchase of a case of cards. Topper is preferred and Loader should be used if the item reflects that, either printed on item, or by checklist/advert produced by manufacturer.
Box Topper/Box Loader – Card is included with the purchase of a box of cards. Topper is preferred and Loader should be used if the item reflects that, either printed on item, or by checklist/advert produced by manufacturer.
Parallel - May have description of color or type in front of the term Parallel. Cards are exact images of the standard set/subset, but have an addition to them. They may have a foil stamp on them, be numbered, or be a different color foil. Examples are: First Day of Issue Parallel, Blue Foil Parallel, Refractor Chromium Foil Parallel.