A brief note on webcomics

The concept of the webcomic, namely the idea of a comic strip on the internet, is one that can be exploited to great effect. No-one need ever miss an issue, because the archive is just sitting on the website. Artists are no longer bound by the restrictions of paper and ink. The infinite canvas awaits.

A brief note on Wget 

Wget is a wonderful little UNIX GNU utility that allows you to download any files on an HTTP, HTTPS or FTP server. The option we'll be using is the -r or recursive option, which downloads any file in any directory.

Alright, now for the webcomics.

Step 1: Open a bash session on any Linux box connected to the internet. If you don't have wget installed, you can either get the package(on Debian-based systems) or just download the source from http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/#downloading or http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/wget/.

Then, follow these instructions.

Penny Arcade

Tycho and Gabe store the comic images in the http://www.penny-arcade.com/images directory. Within, there lie folders for particular years, from 1999 to 2007. To save time, we want to limit the file type to .jpg, which is what all PA comics are. To wget all of the comics, type this at the command line:

wget -r -A jpg http://www.penny-arcade.com/images/


Tim stores the comics images as jpegs in the http://cad-comic.com/comics/ directory. To download all of them, type this:

wget -r -A jpg http://cad-comic.com/comics/


If you like xkcd(and who doesn't?), you might like the xkcd rippers the forum members have written. But if you just want the raw images, here's how. Randall Munroe stores all the xkcd comics on a separate server, http://imgs.xkcd.com. The comic .png files themselves are stored in the /comics subdirectory. To get your xkcd collection, type this:

wget -r -A png http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/


Sam stores the comic images as jpegs in the http://stickman.qntm.org/comics/ directory. To gather yourself 35 funny megabytes of stickmen, type this:

wget -r -A jpg http://stickman.qntm.org/comics/ 


Hawk and Ananth store their comic .jpg files in http://www.applegeeks.com/comics/. Let's download all of them and see what happens to the server!

wget -r -A jpg http://www.applegeeks.com/comics/ 


Ah, a tricky one. Steph keeps all here comics in the root directory, but they have weird filenames. Still,

wget -r -A jpg http://www.bristled-comic.com/

Little Gamers 

Christian and Madsen keep their comics in (you guessed it) the http://www.little-gamers.com/comics/ directory.  To download the whole bloody lot of them, type this:

wget -r -A gif http://www.little-gamers.com/comics/


Have fun overloading other people's servers! 


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