As most of you have already seen, we pushed out some big design upgrades to the site today. While I’d love to report it went without incident, those of you who visit the site multiple times in one day (and thank you for that!) know we had our troubles. When we launched at 9:00 AM Pacific, we ran in to serious performance issues. So after 75 minutes of kicking things, we reverted back to the old site and went to work. We found some areas where we could cut down on server load and around 3:00 PM Pacific we pushed out the changes and here we are!
Some of you have reported problems with the new layout looking seriously funky in your browser. This is due to how your browser caches the style sheets on the site. In order to fix that problem, you’ll need to “force refresh” your browser or clear your cache. Simply pressing reload won’t do it. For instance, Mac users using Firefox should press Command-R to force the page to reload everything, which will solve any display issues you may have. And if the reports we’ve received are any indication, it appears that Chrome seems to have the biggest issues – trust us, the site does look normal in Chrome, but you may need to seriously kick your browser in order to get it to refresh its cache properly.
Now that the changes are live, we know there are some performance and minor display issues (especially on Windows using IE) that must be addressed. Load times on the home page are too long right now and we’ll have a solution for that in the coming days. We beg your patience and understanding as we move forward with this next phase of CBR!
We’ve actually been working on this redesign for about two months now and the primary reason behind this change was to present more information on the home page. The old home page was designed back in early 2008 when CBR had one blog and we published 5-8 stories a day. Here we are in June, 2011 and now we have three active blogs (and a fourth one, this one, that’s a bit less active), publish about 20 stories a day, 5+ reviews and 5+ previews daily. That’s a lot of content and we needed to find a better way to show it to our readers.
Thanks again for your continued support and as I have updates on our progress I’ll post them here. Thanks again and more details to come.
Jonah Weiland, @jonahweiland
Executive Producer, ComicBookResources.com
UPDATE: After talking with Chrome users who’ve experienced problems with the new home page, we’ve found that a force refresh generally doesn’t do the trick and a clearing of cache does. So, if you’re still having issues in Chrome, try that.
Also, we’ve received a number of reports from IE users about blue background with red type on the home page, which absolutely shouldn’t be that way. If you’re an IE user on XP and things are looking fine, let us know. This may be a browser compatibility issue and we’re looking in to this.
Those of you that are more sports inclined know full well that this year’s NBA Champions are the Dallas Mavericks, who dispatched the Miami Heat in six games (it really wasn’t even that close). It was a stunning upset for a team that was expected to go all-the-way when they added Chris Bosh and LeBron James along side superstar Dwayne Wade to the team last off-season, but Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and the gang proved too damn strong for them and, well, basically ruined their summer vacation. Marvel’s not making the Heat’s break any easier.
Sorry, Hulk — you backed the wrong team.
Thanks to Farhan for letting us reprint his photo and to Kate Stanton for the bringing it to our attention!
Signing happening now. Good turn out. Lots of folks taking lunch off to meet these two.
Our good buddy and CBR video director Lincoln Morrison is down in Bolivia shooting a feature and wandered through an outdoor market the other day. While he was shopping, he was surprised to see some American comics characters for sale in one stall. First up, are two blankets which may or may not be officially licensed.
Really not so weird or bizarre other than knowing Batman & Spider-Man register in a Bolivian market in the middle of no where, but this next picture paints an entirely different picture.
That’s a clearly NOT licensed Spider-Man backpack … excuse me, El Hombre Arana backpack (I love that it gives itself four stars!) next to “stylish” Che Guevara backpacks. This may be the only place in the world where you’ll see Spidey merchandise sold alongside Che.
I’ve been telling people for years that comics and comics characters are driving pop culture and here’s proof of that fact — even in Bolivia!
Quite appropriately, Ziggy Marley’s “Marijuanaman” graphic novel from Image Comics sees release on April 20th, 2011, or 420 as it’s known to the more “bud” inclined. There’s a fun event going on at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles with Ziggy, Joe Casey & Jim Mahfood that day and part of the promotion includes these very appropriate and very cool Marijuanaman match books! There’s only one other product I can think of that would be more appropriate, but you’d need a special medical license to buy it — who knows, maybe they’ve already set that up! Anyway you look at it, these match books are a great promotional item. Nicely done!
Writer/Producer Michael Jelenic and voice thespian Larry Kenney, the voice of the original Lion-O, bring the thunder to the CBR Tiki Room.
The Walking Dead that is. Robert Kirkman joins Jonah Weiland to talk zombies, LA and beards.
Great fun. Interviewed a bunch of cast from the new Fox comedy “Breaking In” (April 6th at 9:30 PM). The outtakes are great!
Storyteller Nate Cosby talks his time at Marvel and his upcoming work at Archaia & Image.
Or is it Jon Favreau and Bob Orci in the CBR Tiki Room?
Saturday has been busyyyyyy! This is one row of artists alley.
Voice director Andrea Romano and actor Wade Williams (Deegan) take a break from patrolling Sector 2814 at the CBR Tiki Room
Executive producer Bruce Timm and co-producer/writer Alan Burnett make the trek from Oa to the CBR Tiki Room to talk about all things Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.
Berkeley Breathed joins Jonah Weiland in the CBR Tiki Room where, while there is no penguins, there are parrots and flamingos.
Kiel Phegley takes the helm from Jonah Weiland as CBR TV sits down with Amy Reeder to talk about Batwoman, drawing horses and figuring out how to seige a castle.
Legion and Adventure Comics writer Paul Levitz visits the CBR Tiki Room.
Kiel Phegley handling the interviewing duties.
CBR News Editor Kiel Phegley talks with James Robinson in te CBR Tiki Room!
Why is Greg Goldstein, the COO of IDW publishing, wearing a Thor T-Shirt? We’re told you’ll find out this weekend.