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BASIC SITE/CONTACT QUESTIONS
APPEARANCE DATABASE QUESTIONS
GALLERY, FAN FICTION & FAN ART QUESTIONS
OTHER SITE QUESTIONS
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BASIC SITE QUESTIONS
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WHO RUNS THIS PLACE?
    Well, there is not a huge crew or anything. I have been the only "webmaster" since the beginning and I am still the only one. Of course, I have had help from other people and other sites over time and could have not done it without them. Overall, I am the only one that does updates, graphics, layout, and supplies the funds for lediableblanc.com / remylebeau.com.
HOW LONG HAS LEDIABLEBLANC.COM BEEN AROUND?
    The original domain itself has been around over 8 years, but the site has been around for much longer. LDB began in the early/mid 1990's, before the internet became the monster it is. It began as a small "shrine" on a BBS (Bulletin Board System) with images scanned from comics with a hand held scanner. For those of you that have no idea of what a BBS is...Basically a WWW page that only 1-2 local people could log on to at a time and it only had ANSI graphics. Soon after that it evolved into a www page called Gambit's Gambit Shrine. It moved from free site to free site for several years until it finally got it's own domain. All together it has been on the internet in it's many forms for well over 10 years.
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE CREATOR?
    If you have discovered an error or have a question about the site, please contact me in one of the following ways:
      Email: remylebeau@yahoo.com
      Facebook: Lediableblanc.com (personal page is under Court Biggerstaff)
WHERE DO YOU GET ALL THE INFORMATION?
    Research. Research. Research. I have been through my comic collection so many times I literally have them memorized. I have set down with my many boxes of comics and sifted through every page pulling out as much information as I can. What I have missed others have pulled out for me. It also helps to be OCD and have a photographic memory to all things useless to real society. I have several websites and programs I use to seek out the issues that may contain Gambit. UncannyXmen.net, Comicvine.com and the program Collectorz (for comics) have all been very useful tools in the search.
HOW WAS THIS PLACE MADE?
    Well, lets just say that I learned HTML back in the day when it was all done through Word Pad and Netscape Gold...once things started getting all program based I lost interest in learning the new stuff. So it is still all Word Pad and basic HTML for me, along with good ol' Adobe Photoshop for the graphics. Sad isn't it? As I like to put it....I break out the virtual duct tape and Tim Gunn it!
WHY IS ROGUE NOT ON THE SITE?
    First off, this is a Gambit site, NOT a Rogue site. I don't think Gambit needs to share half of his site with another character. She is around the site enough without focusing on her. If you want background info on Rogue....go to a Rogue site. Secondly, I cannot stand her as a character! Over time I found that there are a lot of people out there that feel the same way about the character and her "relationship" with Remy. So, I decided that I was going to remove her from the page as much as possible and give people like me a place to go to learn about Gambit without being bombarded with the Rogue character. We don't outright bad mouth the character, I just feel Gambit does not need to share every website with her.
HOW DO I KNOW ABOUT UPDATES ON THE SITE?
    There are several ways to keep up with updates. First, all updates are posted on the front page of lediableblanc.com, you just have to scroll down below the "click to enter" box. You can also join the Facebook Fanpage. Updates an news are posted on both as well.
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APPEARANCE DATABASE QUESTIONS
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WHAT COMICS ARE LISTED IN THE DATABASE?
    Any comic that features Gambit in any way shape or form. Even if it is just another character speaking about him. It can be just a cover cameo to the whole comic featuring the character and his storyline. If the comic, book or item is proven to feature Gambit I put it in there. Please note that ALL comics and books listed in the database ARE CONFIRMED appearances. This means I have held that comic or book in my hands and personally seen Gambit within it's pages.
WHY ARE THERE SOME COMIC APPEARANCES THAT ARE MISSING ON THIS SITE THAT ARE LISTED ON OTHER SITES?
    There is this universal appearance list that seems to appear on every Gambit site. Somewhere this comic list was made and then copied by all the other sites, including the original versions of LDB. When I began seeking out the more uncommon comics on the "master" list I found that over half of them didn't ever feature Gambit at all! Frustrated by this, I decided on the LDB database I would not add a comic until I have personally held the comic in my hand and seen that Gambit is in the comic itself. I don't want someone going into a comic shop and spending hundreds of dollars on back issues only to find 1/3 of them feature actual appearances by Gambit, like I did. I still have that master list and I still use it as a buying guide and I am always adding to that list, but I will not add the remaining comics on that list until I have found the back issues and flipped through them myself to make sure they deserve to be on the database. If you see a comic on another list and it is not featured in the LDB database that may mean one of two things....Either he does not appear in it after all or I have yet to purchase the comic and confirm it. If you would like to know the reason, email me or note me on Facebook and I will be more then happy to explain.
WHAT DO THE RATINGS REALLY MEAN?
    If you venture down to the bottom of the appearance menu page you will find a nifty little graphic that looks much like a thermometer. It basically tells you what the importance rating. It basically tells you just how much Gambit is featured in the comic. Say you are a new fan to the comics and want to get the basics of Gambit down with a minimal investment, then you just want to grab up the comics listed as 8-10s. Those well get you just the most important appearances without all the filler. Now say you are an avid collector that must have every single comic that Gambit appears in, but you are not OCD enough to get comics that feature no storyline. You would grab up all of the listed comics except for the 1-3s which that feature Gambit, but not as anything but a drawing on a page. Now if you are OCD, like me, you will get all of them listed.
WHAT IF I WANT TO KNOW IF A COMIC HAS GAMBIT IN IT, BUT IT IS NOT LISTED IN THE DATABASE?
    Just ask. If I currently own the comic and it is not listed on the site then it doesn't have an appearance by Gambit. If I don't have it I will try to help you out. I make a trip to my local shop at least once a week and they usually have all the back issues I am looking for. I can flip through it and let you know before you run out and buy it. Just email me or page me, which can be found on the contact area of the site.
WHAT IF I WANT TO ADD INFORMATION OR A COMIC TO THE DATABASE?
    It is as simple as emailing or paging me. If you have information to add, just let me know what it is, what comic is about, and I will see about adding it. As long as it is actual information, not a rumor or personal opinion, I should have no problem adding it on the next update. As for a comic to add. I would LOVE any information on a possible issue that has been left off the database. Just contact me from the contacts page and let me know what I am missing.
WHAT IS A DOUJINSHI?
    A doujinshi is a "comic book" released in Japan by non-published artists and writers. In Japan copyright laws are different then in the US. The creators, commonly known as a circle, can take characters from an already existing genre and write and draw there own stories, print them and release them to the public. It is very similar to fan-fiction only in comic book form. There are doujinshi based on movies, anime, comics even music groups. There are standard doujinshi (g-rated), Ecchi (R-rated adult situation, slight nudity), X-Rated (graphic adult situation, sexual situations), and Yaoi (homosexual situations). These can also vary from action, parody and romantic storylines. X-Men doujinshi are very rare to find, but they were found more commonly in the mid-1990's when the Street Fighter vs. X-Men game was released and the animated cartoon was released in Japan. The X-Men are commonly mixed in with other genres, like Street Fighter doujinshi, as well.
WHAT IS A JAPANESE MANGA?
    Manga is the Japanese version of US comic books, only they are a different format. The Japanese release their manga in more of a small book form. They are commonly called graphic novels in the US. Some US companies have actually changed some series to this format, for exaple the Marvel Comic Runaways series is released in the standard Japanese Manga format. Each book is roughly 150-200 pages long. The book is smaller novel book size as well. Japanese manga is also printed in a different reading format then US released comics. It takes a little practice to learn the order of the comic boxes. The book is read from right to left instead of the US standard of left to right. It is like reading from the back of the book to the front. The Japanese also print their manga in black and white, not color. Some feature 1-2 special pages in color, but the story itself is black and white only. A lot of the books also feature dust covers and added fun stuff like stickers or bookmarks.
WHAT IS A VIDEO GAME FLYER?
    Video Game Flyers are advertisement flyers that are used by the coin-operated amusement industry to promote the sales of its games. Flyers are still used today and over time they represent much more than a printed brochure. They always feature cabinet designs, attractive artwork and screenshots, all of which represent the visual language of coin-op games make flyers effective research tools for collectors who seek to restore them to their original factory specifications to inform the buyer of the merchandise. Some also feature sketch art of characters, mini-comics, special art and more. They are released in the US, but are more common in Japan and Europe. In these contries they are collectors items to many.
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GALLERY, FAN FICTION & FAN ART QUESTIONS
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HOW ARE THE EDITS IN THE EDITS GALLERY MADE?
    All of them are done in different ways. I do all of them using Adobe Photoshop. Some are easier. It is just a matter of scanning the image and cutting out background and speech bubbles, others take A LOT more work then that.
WHY IS THERE NOT AN ARCHIVE OF FAN FICTION OF LDB?
    It comes down to time. I do not have time to re-format and add all the new fiction that comes out. I have the space and bandwidth to support an archive. I have offered it to anyone that does have the time to go back and archive all the fiction out there. I just have one rule to anyone that wants the job...no ROMY. Yep, thats right, no ROMY fiction. That seems to be a hang up for some people, I personally don't see why. Until a person takes the 'job' or I lose my day job I can only make a list of links.
CAN I POST MY FAN FICTION SOMEWHERE ON LDB?
    You can send my a link to your site or the place you posted it to, if it is not already in the fan fiction links list. If there is NO HEAVY ROMY with in the fiction you may join the LeDiableBlanc Yahoo! group and post it there.
HOW CAN I POST MY FANART OR MANIPULATIONS ON LDB?
    If you have any Gambit (minus romantic Rogue situations) fanart or manipulations (images changed to look like Gambit) that you would like to add to LDB just email them to me with all the information needed to add them to the site and I will get tehm up on the next update. You may also post them to the LDB Yahoo! group if you like.
CAN I SELL MY FAN ART ON LDB?

    No. Sorry, nothing can be sold directly on the site.

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OTHER SITE QUESTIONS
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ARE THE ITEMS ON THE MERCHANDISE PAGE FOR SALE?

    No. They are things that are from my personal collection. Just there for show.

CAN I ADD MY EBAY STORE TO THE LINKS PAGE?

    Nope! No Ebay links can be added to the site. I DO NOT support any other auctions either. So any auction that says anything about lediableblanc.com or links from it is doing it without my knowledge.

CAN I USE THE IMAGES FROM THE PAGE?

    Yes. I prefer you download them from the page and upload them onto your own site or onto a free site and link from there, but in this day in age that never happens, now does it?. I would prefer that you do not take credit for any of the edits or graphics. You CANNOT use anyone elses' fan art pieces without their permission.

HOW CAN I HELP LEDIABLEBLANC.COM?

    Just give me the heads up if you see something I am missing comic wise or information wise. Let me know if there are any errors so I can fix them. Also let people know about the site. That is pretty much all I ask for.

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