How do I enter Multi-Title Trade Paperback Issues?
Realms allows you to enter multi-title trade paperback (one where the issues included come from several different titles) in several ways, varying by the amount of detail you wish to enter for the issues contained in the TPB.
Below is an explanation of what I call the Detail Version of the TPB Entry process (most detailed entry, where TPB contents are entered just like regular issues, with some minor differences to insure data accuracy of your collection). You also have the option of using use the No Detail version (least amount of entry, but no issue specific info), or the Summary Version (intermediate level of detail - allows for tracking of TPB contents, but no detail beyond that).
TPB Entry - Detail Version:
Let's use, as an example, the Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past TPB from Marvel.
As always, you must enter the actual TPB first, as a title (Title Maintenance window). Important: You must turn on the "Add to TPB List" check box so the TPB shows up in the TPB drop down list on the Issue Detail window.
Then, enter it as it's own record on the Issue Detail window. When entering the TPB as an issue, be sure to include the correct cost, condition, issue date, etc. of the TPB itself, but not anything about the issues contained within.
Now, we are going to enter each of the issues that are contained in the TPB as an individual issue. However, I strongly suggest you make some changes to key fields so the total information about your collection (total cost, value, # of issues, etc.) remains accurate.
Using our example, bring up Uncanny X-Men using the Find button on the Issue Detail window (or however you normally do it). I suggest selecting the closest issue to the one being entered, and Dup that. So, if you have issue 140, select it, then click Dup.
Either way, enter or Dup issue 141. Important: You must select the Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past from the TPB drop down list. This is how Realms knows it is a TPB content issue, and also how Realms connects them together.
Enter the TPB part number, and Total Parts fields (there are actually only two parts in this TPB, not 10, as listed above).
Now, here are some important considerations:
I strongly suggest you enter a quantity of 0 for the TPB content issues. Otherwise, it will artificially inflate the number of issues in your collection. You actually only have 1 issue here - the TPB itself. If you leave the quantity as 1 for each of the TPB contents, it would appear that you have 3 issues in our example - the 1 TPB plus 1 for each of the issues it contains.
I also suggest you set the both Owner Status and Issue Type fields to "TPB Contents", or something like that. This makes it very easy to break out "real" issues from the TPB contents. If you do change the Owner Status, don't forget to include that status on the Find window, so the TPB contents show up when you switch titles on the Issue Detail window.
The issue date is an interesting question. I suppose as long as you have the issue labeled as a TPB content issue, entering the original issue date probably makes the most sense.
Use the sequence number to have this issue show up where you want, whether that's in the correct numerical order, or if you put all the TPB contents together at the end; whatever makes the most sense to you.
On the Cost/Value tab, I suggest you set the Purchase Price and the Book Value of each of the TPB contents to 0 or blank, or it will inflate the value and cost of your collection. Set the Condition to the condition of the TPB itself.
NOTE: The Missing Issues report has a check box on it where you can choose to include these issues or not at the time that you run the report. This is different than how it works for the TPB Summary entry, but it makes more sense for the Detail Entry to do it this way. You can include or leave out individual issues by using the Owner Status field here, and then including or excluding various values on the Print window when you run the report.