LBRY Comic Book Fans Can Do it Too!
Superhero comics have a dedicated following of super fans who love nothing more than to read their favourite comics on their devices, such as Teenage Mutant Turtles, Batman, Captain Marvel, and Superman
. Indeed, many folks in LBRY’s community love their comics too — none moreso than @VGMGeekPortal
, who takes it to the next level. And now, everyone (and we mean everyone) gets a shot at producing their own comics and having their LBRY fans read them using the built-in comic book reader.
Any File Format
One of the things I like best about LBRY
is that you can publish any file with it. Most of the content is videos, but the protocol lets you publish/sell any kind of file. For example, yesterday I noticed a poet was selling her poetry,
in a Microsoft Word file. While not all files can be viewed directly in the app or on lbry.tv
, many can (including some games
), and more are always being added or proposed.
The Comic Book Format
A more obscure file format that works in-app, thanks to community member btzr
, is the comic book (.cbz)
format. It sounds complex, but a cbz
file is secretly just a bunch of images, compressed with ZIP into a single file. Comic-book
reading applications, and the LBRY app
, then present the images in order, as pages of the comic book
, along with navigation features.
Bad Arguments Impressively Slick
The experience feels impressively slick. Check out my screenshot below, which shows An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
, as viewed in the LBRY app, along with the comic book reader’s navigation bar.
Of course, many things other than comics can be represented as a sequence of images. I’ve put up a scientific talk of mine
, which works rather well on LBRY if I may say so myself. Photo albums seem like another natural application — perhaps we will see Patty and Selma’s holiday snaps on LBRY one day soon…
This could even be a way to have poems or other written work (such as e-books
) displayed in a visually appealing format. There are many possibilities here, and if you can think of any cool ones, let us know in the comment section below!