Comixology: Comparing Digital Comic Readers

David Hawkins at What Culture! asks Can Marvel Digital Comics Conquer The Comic Readers of the World?

The Marvel Comics apps for Chrome, iOS and PSP let you read a large swath of the Marvel back-catalogue online or on your Apple/Sony devices. You can subscribe for $60US a year, and read a lot of classic Marvel comics, as well as a selection of the new stuff.

"You wouldn't like me on a tiny screen"

David has been collecting printed comics for 20 years, and says he was spending hundreds of dollars on comics in a month before trying out the Marvel Digital route.

I too have been going digital, but I've been coming at it from a different direction. As an Android user, I discovered the Comixoligy comic store before I discovered the Marvel store. For the uninitiated, the Comixology store offers comics from a range of publishers (*except* Marvel) on iOS devices and Android, as well as through your browser. For the first time in my life, I've been enjoying comics the way I imagine most of my comic-loving peers used to when they were younger.

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Comic Book Hero Theme

I've been searching for a new theme, and nothing out there really said "me". My other themes have been fairly modest and simple and this time I wanted something with big bold bright colours and some pop out graphics. Hopefully the comic book inspiration is evident and makes you feel a bit like you're reading something equally as entertaining.

Comic Book Hero Screenshot
Isn't it beautiful?

: I've noticed a lot of searches for "comic book theme wordpress" coming in. I haven't made this theme available for download, as I like that it's unique to The Geekorium, but I'll happily make it available in the theme directory if there's any demand for it. So if you've come here looking for a theme like this, let me know by commenting or +1'ing and I'll look into getting it out there for people to use. You'd have to be patient though, it's not ready to go as it is.

About this theme

This theme is a two column, fluid wordpress theme. It supports threaded comments, the WP-Footnotes Plugin and the Author Exposed Plugin out of the box.
It supports the WordPress image/caption combo, but I prefer using my own style: <figure><img src="//the.geekorium.com.au/wp-content/themes/comic-book-hero/screenshot.png"/> <figcaption>This is a clever caption</figcaption><figure> So it supports this too.

Credits and Thanks

Colour Scheme

The colour scheme is based on one of the "Pop Art" palates from the Adobe Suite.

Layout

Firstly I'd like to thank Andy Taylor for his astonishing and excellent CSS Grid. The grid resizes fluidly from a 1140px width down to iPhone size and took almost no effort to implement. Go ahead and try it!

Fonts

Kilogram is the chunky title graphic you see up there.
Hetilica Bold gave the pop-out graphics a bit of a comic hand-lettered feel.
Quicksand is the stylish little rounded font that peppers the site.
Code Bold by Fontfabric is the font in the post headings and main menu.
Beyond that, I'm using the default typography of the CSS Grid I mentioned earlier! All embedded fonts are free for use and distribution as far as I've been able to determine. If you disagree, please let me know so I can investigate further.

Graphics

All pop-out graphics used are from a Vectorstock set by Kraska. Thank you Kraska - they're beautiful.

Comments

Thank you to Chris Coyier for his "Custom Comments HTML Output" that helped me get the comments looking just the way I wanted them (now hidden by Disqus...)

Everyone else

There are a million tutorials out there that I use every time I make a new theme that I don't even remember the next day. Thank you all.

Disclaimer

I've done my best to cover all my bases, but I can't guarantee I've missed something. If you find something wonky, let me know and I'll sort it out.

Updates


Fixed some issues in IE 7-8:
  1. Picked some fonts from the basic windows kit to display instead of the custom fonts. IE8 can use @font-face, but needs separate .eot files to make them display, when most come naturally in ttf/otf format. Typical Microsoft. As punishment, you get a smattering of Comic Sans MS instead of Hetilica.
  2. Fixed the display of pictures. Apparently IE needs a width on the figure element or it disappears the whole thing. I've given images a default width of 100% to fix this.
Removed a closing tag that shouldn't have been there.
I footnotes