October 7th, 2003

run the fuck away

Why my harddrive hates me...

So, I discovered a few things recently, starting with the .cbz/.cbr format. All it is, a collection of zipped or rarred jpegs, which is meant to store comic books. James d/led the Ultimates and Red Son, which I muchly enjoyed reading. But I wanted more. What about Sandman? Transmetropolitan? New stuff from the Ultimate line? Which, might I note, the Ultimate Spiderman is awesome, and the Ultimate X-Men is disturbing (like when the entire crowd of X-Men is caught and "employed" by Weapon X).

That's when I discovered DC++, which is a client for the Direct Connect file sharing service. The entire sharing service is laid out as hubs- each hub is like an IRC channel, except every user has a shared folder, and all you have to do is go through the shared folder and find what you want. The hub I spend time in is rpgmadhouse.no-ip.org, which is, as the name implies, full of roleplaying books. Of course, most of the people also have comics shared.

Like the chap with 1.25GB of Conan the Barbarian, which is slowly transferring to my computer. Or the entirety of Chiaroscura, the Private Lives of Leonardo DaVinci. Things like the Ultimate X-Men, Avengers, Spiderman; or things I want, but could never get ahold of, like the Uncanny X-Men #1. Which is on my computer. Yes, the internet has turned me into a comic book geek. These file sharing apps will never prove a threat to the comic industry like it can to the music industry. I don't particularlly want to live off downloaded copies, because let me tell you, nothing beats actually holding the comic and feeling that fake newsprint. But there's a convience to this, and I love the capacity to track down things that would be exceedingly rare and expensive. Amusingly, I've found most comic scanning groups won't scan or trade scans that are less than two or three months old. Another reason that one doesn't need to fear for the well being of the comic industry.

Hell, look at it this way, up to this point, the only comics I've ever purchased were some JTHM. Now... well, I'll be spending some money- when I have some money.