Comic book reader

Discussion in 'iPad' started by aduteau, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. aduteau macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    What would be the best comic book reader to make the jump to the ipad ?
    I am talking about sync with personal library .. able to read the most file type or directory ....

    I mean with all this screen place on the ipad ... this thing is going to rock the house for those readers ! :)

    So what do you guys think, what would be the best one ?
  2. Totty macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2006
    ComicZeal ( looks pretty good to me.
    I know that this is one of the uses I am planning for my iPad, so I hope someone makes a nice viewer for iPad soon after release.
  3. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    Comic reader mobi.
    You don't have to reconvert all of the CBR's and CBZ's they are releasing an ipad version as well.
  4. aduteau thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    Sweet ... no conversion of CBR files .... oh man ....
    My Spawn collection is going to look Gorgeous on that Screen :)
  5. Juventuz macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2002
    ComicBookLover does the same thing and best of all it's free, and yes they're releasing an iPad version as well.

    If you also have the ComicBookLover Mac desktop app then it sync's flawlessly.
  6. aduteau thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    Wow ... this is great !!!Sir you have made my day. :)
    The interface for Mac OSX is like having an iTunes for comics, keeps all comics organized ... and syncs them to the ipad ...

    I'm sold for this one ... I cant believe its free !!!
  7. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    Thanks! I just downloaded and installed it for my iPhone :cool:
  8. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
  9. s1m macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2008
    Just doing some testing on the iphone for some paper comics that I have to see how readable they will be in CBR format on the iPhone.

    The answer is - not easily readable. But I can see the iPad being a great way to view comics when I am travelling an don't want to take 4KG of comics with me (as I did recently).

    I just need to find a source of legal DC comics so as I buy them in the comic book store, I can then get them for reading on the iPad.
  10. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2010
    Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm checking these out now on my iPod, but can't wait to see how much better they look on my iPad.
  11. aduteau thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    Well this is off topic ... but ... what comics do you guys plan on reading on the iPad ? :)
  12. shk718 macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2007
    i've been using comics on the iPhone - i think the transitions when flipping pages are really well done. you don't have to do any panning out to read the page - occassionally you have to flip the iphone to the side to see wide pages - but its kind of cool.
  13. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    I honestly can't wait to read comics on an iPad.. It'll look amazing! My favorite graphic novel, Watchmen, is obviously done in comic form, so I can't wait to re-read it!
  14. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Comicbook Mobi is the one to use on the Phone, but it does cost money, it allows a special zoom lens to go over the text bubbles so you can ready them without having to scroll the comic. I like it alot. With alot more Screen real estate on the Ipad we'll have to wait and see what is best.
  15. GadgetX macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2010
    DC :D
    Agreed. Comicbook Mobi has definitely ben my first choice for my iPhone. But at $15 it is pretty expensive and the iPad's bigger screen should make the zoom function pretty worthless. i guess we'll find out in 9 days which works best!
  16. Damitri macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2007
    New York, NY
    I am new to digital comic books but I was hoping the iPad would be a great way to start.

    I see nobody mentioned Panelfly or Comics (by ComiXology). I only tried these two apps briefly but really liked how they automatically jump between panels. No need for pinching or scrolling. How would they compare to the other readers mentioned in this thread? Maybe they don't support CBRs? What are CBRs exactly and where do you buy them? I know for Panelfly and Comics those apps have built in stores.

    As I said I am a noob so any input on this would be interesting!
  17. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    If I understand properly--and I might not--CBR is an 'open' format. It's basically just a collection of images. If it's CBZ that just means it's compressed. "Most" comic reader programs will read these files, it's kind of a universal. However, I believe PanelFly at least does not read this format, you are locked into content that can be purchased from them only. (Someone jump in here if I've got this wrong.)

    To be honest, I am not aware of any 'legit' sources of CBR comics, I only know of...uh...homebrew sources.

    I'm looking forward to reading the comic-based continuations of my favorite Joss Whedon shows (Buffy, Angel and Firefly) on the iPad. I have digitized copies but laptop reading sucks.

    I own the whole Sandman (Vertigo) run in 'real' comics, that would be pretty awesome to re-read digitally, if I could find it.

    Re-reading serial webcomics like Sluggy Freelance also sounds like it will be a joy on the iPad.

    Other than that...I am not too comically-inclined.
  18. s1m macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2008

    In a collection of about 9000 comics I have 20 Marvel Comics (Howard the Duck, the Awesome Slapstick and the T2 Adaptation).

    In testing CBL yesterday I really struggled reading Fall of Green Arrow as I had to zoom in a lot to read the speech bubbles and that then made the page by page transitions harder :(
  19. aduteau thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    Holly cow .... 9000 comics !!! wow:eek:

    I am trying to build my own comic collection ... and I am in need of advice to find ...... legen ......... wait for it ............ dary comics !

    What would be the essential comics that I need to find ?

    Anyone just tell me your all time favorite comic :cool:
  20. PlayHard macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Raleigh, NC

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