My new graphic novel for sale and as a free, remixable, shareable download


19 Responses to “My new graphic novel for sale and as a free, remixable, shareable download”

  1. ChuckEye says:

    Kudos on the shift to Share Alike licensing. I always thought the ND licenses on your earlier books were a bit hypocritical from someone who supports fan art/fiction/etc as much as you do.

    Thank you for explicitly giving us permission to play in your world.

  2. randyqx says:

    so where can i paypal?

  3. Cefeida says:

    Downloaded. Reading. Forwarding.( I get a curious satisfaction from sending my extremely piratey friends comic pdfs that are actually legal. :P)

  4. lo says:


    I made a first try at 29,5 Mb, that I find quite readable, but it is a personal advice.
    I just send you a link to it at your craphound’s address.
    If you fell it is ok, you can just add it to your post.

  5. Jed Alexander says:

    I downloaded the CBR–I thought if I got the big one the resolution would be of a higher quality but it’s not so great and it takes a long time to load on my G3. I suppose now I’ll have to buy the book…

    It might be nice if this thing were broken up into several, rather than one CBR.

    It looks great though. I especially like the Paul Pope cover. Very Kirby. Wish he’d drawn one of the stories. He would have been a good fit for Anda’s Game.

  6. Kieran O'Neill says:

    @#16: Paul, you just volunteered to be the first seeder, I think?

  7. scottfree says:

    Cheers, Cory! Saw this on the ‘new this week’ list, but only had time to run into my local for the new Buffy and run out. Will spread the word. Comics are definitely the most impressive format…to me.

  8. Cory Doctorow says:

    Jed@10: “It might be nice if this thing were broken up into several, rather than one CBR.”

    Luckily it’s CC licensed — send me the URL once you’ve uploaded it and I’ll add it to the post!

  9. insect_hooves says:

    Holy flaming w00t balls, that’s awesome.

  10. Cory Doctorow says:

    Lo@14 — look forward to seeing the files! No, there aren’t any with the CC baked in, though you’re welcome to make one!

  11. arkizzle says:

    Cory Doctorow: The gift that keeps on giving.

    Bravo Sir!

  12. Agent 86 says:

    Wow, yet another reason to take the weekend off. Anything added/subtracted from the stories (did they make ‘em their own) or is it a literal translation?

  13. Egypt Urnash says:

    So how do you manage taking something done in this compartmentalized a fashion and getting the appropriate permissions from everyone to CC it? Did the initial contract you signed with the comics company (before any artists or other writers were even involved) say “I WILL BE GIVING THIS AWAY ON THE NET WHEN IT’S DONE UNDER THIS CC LICENSE”?

  14. ifireball says:

    Now we know where to obscure technical question from a few days ago came from…

    Am I right in assuming the CBR file was generated from the PDF file and does not contain additional information or higher resolutions? The size difference is quite substantial…

  15. Cory Doctorow says:

    Ifireball — correct, sir. The filesize really ratcheted up when I ripped the PDF into PNGs. I imagine that a lot of that was rasterizing the type-pages, the rest just inefficiencies in the process. I’d love for someone to produce a smaller k-size version that retained the resolution and quality.

  16. arkizzle says:

    OK, I just had a quick once-over of the book, and it’s beautiful!

    The artists are all top notch, and it looks great! (Craphound especially).

    Thanks again to all involved :)

  17. Robbo says:

    Many thanks, Cory.


  18. lo says:


    just looking at the images included in the pdf, they seem to never be bigger than 680×1020.
    So any rendition of the pdf with a greater resolution than that is complete overkill, at least for the graphic pages. Further more, it will generate graphical artifacts.
    For the “vectorial” part of the pdf, I think one should target a similar resolution, even if most comic book reader programs are happy with resolution changing page from page (as long as one read in one page mode, and not in two page mode).
    I’m currently looking at what I can do with my automated scripts, but I think the best result will be obtained by manually selecting the best possible rendition for each page.
    But one thing is sure : even if some part of the pdf is vectorial, the cbr is way to big.

    PS : if I succeed in producing a nice comic archive, it will be a cbz, not a cbr.

    PPS : Is there a version of the pdf mentioning the CC status of the book, instead of : All rights reserved ?

  19. paul567 says:

    I think it’s pretty cool that this is put up on the Internet Archive, but with a file size of 205MB why not distribute via BitTorrent?

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