With ereaders and tablets blooming, more and more comic books are moving into digital formats. This week I wanted to share a comic book viewer with you. I recently started messing around in the world of Linux, and discovered a comic book reader called Comix that allows comic book lovers to view .cbr and .cbz files. I haven’t been able to use it extensively, but the software does have some very useful features. One of the features that could come in handy is the “Manga” mode that turns pages right to left. This would be very beneficial since manga is a growing style of comic here in the U.S. Below is a picture of some of the different viewer settings, including the “Manga” setting (second from right):
The software is also very intuitive to use, and provides an immersive reading experience. Although I do not have a picture of it here, Comix does allow readers to enter full screen so that all of the menus are hidden and don’t distract from the reading experience.
In the coming weeks I plan to test comic readers for Windows and write up a report on those since I know most people don’t run Linux. Do you have a comic reader that you use? If so, let me know which one.
- Comic Book used in screenshots: Insufferable by Mark Waid (I am not promoting anything on the Thrillbent website. Not all of the comics are child or teen appropriate. Visit at your own risk).
- Software: http://comix.sourceforge.net/
A few weeks ago I wrote an article (here) about Dave Coverly’s comic strip Speed Bump, in which I mentioned another comic strip called The Far Side. While The Far Side is no longer being actively produced by its creator Gary Larson, the strip’s magnificence has been well documented in multiple book collections for those of us (like me) who are too young to have ever read it in the newspapers.
Larson uses role reversals between animals and humans, science, as well as a keen knowledge of the English language to create humorous situations. I have always gotten a kick out of reading the collections of The Far Side comics, and would highly recommend them. You won’t be able to find any of The Far Side comics available on the internet, but check at your local library or buy a volume or two for your own collection.
Note to Parents: The Far Side contains an evolutionary worldview in many of the strips. However, while possibly being a negative, it could also generate good discussions about science. Also, some of the jokes can be crude and are not suitable for younger readers.