Comic books — in their art and storytelling — have inspired countless people across every demographic for decades. Whether the inspired are action fans who follow every exploit of their favorite costumed supervillain and the numerous ways they’re foiled by their even more favorite superhero, or bookworm types who loved every issue of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and its intellectual delvings when it was printed in the ’90s, comic books fans can be famously rabid with their obsession. Over 100,000 people make their way to San Diego annually to attend the Comic-Con there, which has expanded to include not only comic books, but virtually every aspect of sci-fi and fantasy geek culture including movies and television shows.
Do you enjoy reading comic books? I’ve never been into them, but there’s a passionate comic book community out there that still goes to local comic stores to get the latest releases and talk comics with fellow readers. It’s pretty geeky, but you have to admire their dedication. In fact, to be perfectly honest, comic books have become somewhat cool in a geeky pop culture way, and part of the reason for this is because of online availability and distribution. You don’t even have to go to your local comic book store because Graphicly connects you with the comics that you want to read.
Whether you’re looking for a desktop, mobile, or Web browser experience, Graphicly has you covered. There are over 1,000 comics to check out, and after you’ve previewed the first few pages of an issue, you can decide if you want to buy the full version. The viewer that’s used fits the comic book reading experience very well, and I like the flow mode that takes you through each panel in order. There are even social features that help to keep parts of the comic book store social experience alive online.