In my never-ending search for a paperless existence, I am tempted to digitize more and more printed matter that is languishing on my bookshelves. This includes the vast majority of comic books that I seem to have collected over the years.
There are many free comic book readers available for your computer and tablet. So when you have the time, it makes sense to scan your comic books and read them on your device instead.
But how do you make your comic books device – are you ready? That’s what we’re going to be today.
Always The Pages In The Right Image Format
Scanning your comic books can get a bit boring depending on how many you have and how many pages are in each. But once you get into a rhythm, it will be done before you know it.
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Obviously you need a scanner and you just need to browse the
page. You can either save each individual page as an image file or scan two pages
side-by-side like an image file (as in the screenshot above). I tend to only
one page at a time to get the resolution as high as possible.
After the page is scanned, crop the edges to take out any
unwanted areas and usually smart it up. I would not recommend resizing the
image. Leave it full size for easy reading.
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When you have your scanned pages, name the images in the order
they come in the comic book. So 01.jpg, 02.jpg and so on. This makes sure they
are all in the correct order.
Rotate Your Pages To The Correct File Format For The Reading App
Once you’ve scanned all of the pages and they’re all
numbered in the correct order, it’s time to get the file that is loaded
into the comic book reader. This file format is either CBR (Comic Book Reader)
or CBZ (Comic Book Zip).
It doesn’t matter which one you use, but as the name of the CBZ
clearly shows, the file itself is a zip file. The images are compressed inside
the zip file and load into the comic book reader. The reader then loads the
pages in the order you gave on each page.
There are several tools you can use to zip files. Paid
tools include Winzip and WinRAR. A good free tool for Windows is 7-Zip. But for
Windows and macOS, there’s a hissing feature built right into the
All scanned page numbers in a separate folder
and give the folder the name of the comic book. Then on macOS, right-click on
the folder and choose “Compress.”
On Windows, right-click the folder and go to Send To–> Zip Compressed Folder ” .
Your zip file with your pictures will now be generated.
You can now delete the folders containing the original comic scans if you want.
Now change the file format from zip to either CBR or CBZ. It
honestly doesn’t matter which one you use. I’ve always done CBR, but that’s
just because I like the sound of it. Yeah i know i’m weird that way.
Free comic book reader
If you do a simple Google search, you will be spoiled for choice as to
what readers to use. But here are the ones that are generally considered to be the best
of all of you.
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In all cases, the app will tell you upon opening how to
load the CBR file or CBZ file that you just created. If you have a
tablet app, it will likely steer your cloud storage account to where you
should have your comic files ready to be uploaded.
- MComix (PC)
- YACReader (Windows, MacOS, Linux)
- Nanits (iOS)
- iComix (iOS)
- ComicFlow (iOS)
If the idea of scanning comic books is just too tedious for
you to look at, you can find plenty of places to find legal free comic
books to download.
- Comixology – owned by Amazon, they always have freebies on sale.
- org – lots of the older ones here, but I’m not entirely convinced they’re all legal. So be careful here.
- Digital Comic Museum – one of my favorites. All of these are in the Public Domain and contain a lot of “pulp” comics from 1920-1950. I think the cut-off point for public domain status. December 1959.
- Comic Book Plus – another website focusing on public domain comic books dating back to the early 20th century. There are some real gems here if you have been looking for a while.