“Is it possible to read comics on my new iPhone 3G?” was the first question on my mind after I finally got my hands on my new geeky gadget. I bet with all the new iPhone apps, somebody makes a .cbr reader for iPhone, right?

I got the iPhone 3G because it’s a tiny little Internet browser (I hardly ever use it as an actual phone). I’m kind of addicted to reading the various , and I love the idea of being able to while waiting in line or during bumper-to-bumper traffic. Kidding on that last one. For now.

Using my iPhone as a Comic Book Reader

iPhone Comic Book Reader

I decided to see if I could find out how to read comic book scans on my iPhone. First stop: see if there is a comic book reader iPhone app that does the trick…hopefully an iPhone app that can read cbr cbz and pdf comic book scans. A Google search brought up a couple candidates, but they’re hacks that require you to (in other words, hacking the iPhone software and reprogramming it yourself). Look…I just spent a good chunk of change on this pretty gizmo…I’m not interested in “cracking” it!

Nope…not going THAT route.

The iPhone’s built-in Photo viewer application seemed to work pretty well, so the first thing I did was create a folder containing some jpegs. I created that comic folder by unzipping a into separate jpegs. I do that by changing the .cbr extension to .rar and then them. Then I synced that image folder with my iPhone…

You CAN read comics on the iPhone

Good idea, but when I viewed the comic pages on the iPhone, I found them to have been magically degraded in resolution…so much that images were too blurry to comfortably read. What gives? Turns out that the iPhone automatically “optimizes” (= ruins) the images when you import them. No workaround for this yet.

Reading Comic Books on the iPhone

PDF files don’t get degraded when you import them into your iPhone, but the iPhone needs a native PDF reader even more than it needs a comic book reader application. Right now the only way to get a PDF file into my iPhone is to email it to myself and read it as an attachment. I don’t want to wait for a 35Mb download over the iPhone’s bandwidth. Not a viable solution IMHO. Direct file transfer is what’s needed here. I’ve heard good things about (for Mac only), but even uses wifi to transfer files.

An app I’m really looking forward to is , which promises to transfer files through the computer. It’s not been approved by Apple yet, so we have to wait a bit. Believe me…when it’s available, I will post a review!

Lastly, I used screen-capture software to take screen-caps of the individual panels of a comic story. I used SnagIt (which I love dearly…it’s like Photoshop for screengrabs) to capture and compile a folder full of single-panel — or sometimes single-tier — images which I then put in a folder and synced to the iPhone. This approach actually produced a nice readable iPhone comic!

The only problem with this method was that it was extremely tedious

and time-consuming to make individual captures of all those panels.

Sigh.

There are some promising apps I’ll be looking at in the next few days. Until then, please let me know what’s been working for you, and enjoy these links to more iPhone comic book reader news:

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    1. Hi all-

      just wanted to let you know that our native iPhone app will be released this Friday, December 5th!

      Check it out:

      Thanks

    2. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Contact: Juan Carlos Quattordio
      Email: jcq7601@yahoo.com.ar

      Download “Boy Meets Girl”:
      Press Preview:

      “The Art And Story are GREAT!” – Artist Peter Bagge

      Free Comics for Your iPhone – Download “Boy Meets Girl”
      from Argentinian Cartoonist J.C. Quattordio Today!

      Artist and Writer Quattordio Offers Comic Strip as a Free App For the iPhone.

      “The Art And Story are GREAT!” – Artist Peter Bagge

      (MAR DEL PLATA, ARGENTINA) September 23, 2009: “Boy Meets Girl” – a basic idea in storytelling – gets twisted around backwards and sideways by writer and artist J.C. Quattordio in his humorous new comic strip. BOY MEETS GIRL is Quattordio’s semi-autobiographical take on surviving relationships in the 21st Century.

      John is literally left at the altar by his fiance – let the hilarity begin? When life kicks you in the teeth, you give up or you find the funny and move on, laughing instead of crying.

      You’ll be laughing with… and occasionally AT John as you read BOY MEETS GIRL, as he deals with the aftermath of his Wedding Disaster, his crazy friends, unstable relatives, and ex-girlfriends. BOY MEETS GIRL is available as a FREE app for the iPhone – download the first chapter of BOY MEETS GIRL here:

      Members of the media can preview the comic strip here:

      J.C. Quattordio is available for interviews. Email requests to jcq7601@yahoo.com.ar.

      English dialog for BOY MEETS GIRL is by Mike Luoma. Quattordio and Luoma collaborated on the graphic novel PANTHEA OBSCURA: DEIFORNICATION, released earlier this year. Luoma is also available for interviews at glowinthedarkradio@gmail.com.

      JC Quattordio is a leading Argentine comic book artist with more than 25 years of industry experience. He has developed content for Fierro,Humor of Argentina,Zona 84 and Makoki from Spain ,Don Martin and Magnum of Sweden,and he is currently works for american comic writers like Mike Luoma (Panthea Obscura) ,Nathan Patton (Mirrors) and Jeffrey Earls (Robin Sisterhhod) ,among others.

    3. Hi all-

      iGoMatiK is a company editing and publishing comic books, comic strips, manga and other artwork on the iPhone and mobile devices. The first comics published is “The True Story, Lesson #1″ it’s very funny, the apps is well done and the author keep half of the money.
      The apps:
      The site:

      Thanks

    4. oups, sorry, the link for the US version is this one :

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