Who doesn’t love a good comic book? Granted, comics these days are a far-cry from the cheap, pulpy titles such as G.I. Combat, Sgt. Rock and Richie Rich that I used to read, but in the end all comics do is entertain, no matter what style or story you like!
But flashing forward to the present day, has the thought of reading or re-reading your favorites on on your e-reader ever crossed your mind? Whether you have a smart phone, Kindle, Sony or some other reading device, the chances are good that you can once again enjoy Superman, Batman or your other favorite superhero once again!
In all actuality, with the endless storage and fan sites on the Internet of all types of comics, there are tons more available than ever before. Some are public domain comics, others are current publisher subscriptions, and there are even new comics online.
Great idea, Tony, how do we get started?
Before we talk software, it’s important that we talk first about format. What format are comics found in and where can you find them? Since comics are primarily image based, a lot of the comics available on the Internet are scanned in issues either in jpg format or PDF format. Used this way, it’s possible to download single pages or even whole issues, depending upon how they have been created.
The downside, however, is that some of the issues or stories you may find are huge files. Because of this, comics are very often in a compressed format. Some of the most popular formats you will run across are: CBZ, CBR, CBT and others. These make downloading whole issues quite easy, and these formats “roughly” can be thought of in the same sense as RAR, ZIP and others. For more background on this, make sure you visit Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Book_Archive_file.
Special formatting aside, once you’ve been able to locate a few copies of your old favorites, you’ll need to figure some way of viewing them. If your format is PDF, then it’s a simple matter of making sure that your device supports that, and then just start reading. If your device has issues with PDF size or the comic you’ve found is in a different format, then you will need some software. Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) is always a good choice for conversion options and does support the popular formats mentioned above. For dedicated software, I’ve had great luck with ComicRack (http://comicrack.cyolito.com/) although there are other options such as Comical (http://comical.sourceforge.net/) and others.
I’ll leave you today with a few links to places where you can find comics online as well as a great exhibition of comic information from the Library of Congress online exhibit: Cartoon America. Have a thought? Comic link? Give us a shout in the comments below! Happy Reading!
(Now back to my Sgt. Rock!)
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