The ilovecomix Archiveis creating an Online Archive of Vintage Newspaper Comics
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The ilovecomix archive is dedicated to the preservation of vintage newspaper comic strips printed before 1990. Since the launch of the Archive began in early 2007, we have been scanning and archiving vintage comic strip from collectors and contributors. The founder, Steven Cottle Jr. stated, "This is a collaborative effort to save and digitize old newspaper comics". Filling in the gaps in runs of strips with a variety of contributors, the ilovecomix Archive already stands as a major online database displaying both familiar and obscure newspaper comic strips of the 20th century. By constantly adding comic strips by the end of 2018, the Archive has acquired more than 500,000+ images including Sunday strips, daily strips, and various newspaper clippings.
About the Founder
Steven Cottle Jr. founded the ilovecomix Archive in late 2007. Being a huge comic strip enthusiast, he currently has a collection of 7 tons of newsprint. Currently In his spare time he is scanning and preserving these old newspaper comics for your enjoyment. (Click to view the collection)
The Archives Mission
"Digital Newspaper comics should always be FREE to access". Did you know that most comic strips created before 1990 are only available in a newspaper? Almost every time you read a newspaper comic strip online before 1990 the person that digitized that comic content was not paid. Unless an individual is selling actual newsprint of their collection, digitizing newspaper comics is not a paid profession. Keep in mind that most of your money used in collection newspaper comics is probably gonna end up in some eBay auction sellers pocket. So understand this, the ilovecomix Archives goal is very simple, every time we release a batch of scanned comics, you will be supporting the work of the individual scanners and by giving us a few bucks, you get access to content that may never be seen again. We take the funds provided and apply them back into the project. We are always needing to upgrading equipment, purchasing more items to scan, pay for operation costs and cloud hosting fees. We believe this hobby is much more than a few pages of newsprint for one single individual and it should be available to the whole world.
Again the content is only being preserved, so as usual you DO NOT have permission to use it wherever you want. This project is all about saving and sharing historical newspaper comics by scans. Because of this it may contain copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of cultural and historical issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on our sites is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest and included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from the ilovecomix Archive for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owners.
The ilovecomix Archive is a digital platform hosted in the cloud. In early 2016 we upgraded to a new cloud system. We switched to the very powerful cloud system called Box. Box is an enterprise content management platform that solves simple and complex challenges, from sharing and accessing files on mobile devices to sophisticated business processes like data governance and retention. Box has provided the archive with an opportunity to collaborate on our hobby and share our scans in real time. Here is a short video on what box can do for your cloud needs.
For the future
Our biggest dream is to run and host the largest online archive of all digital newspaper comics. For that, we need your help and support. Every dollar given will support the archive project. All funds will be invested to support the longevity of this hobby. This will ensure there are future scans and more digital content. If you don't have a buck or two, please continue to share our ideas and the digital newspaper comic images with your friends and family! So I ask you this, would you like to become our patron? Please consider becoming one and let's save even more history and preserve this disappearing pastime. 500,000+ images is an awesome number, but saving even more is always better. This is why we will always need your help!
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Our monthly budget is now around $200 a MONTH to host the ilovecomix Archive and storage fees of the unscanned newspaper comics. Please considering supporting this project. This will allow us to keep scanning and archiving newspaper comics so that future generations will have access to this wonderful pastime.
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