A tiny Windows program for pleasant and enhanced reading and browsing of comics and other images
Listening To 11.975 MHz
One Over Zero
Pictures For Sad Children
Apr 10 2019: mr_teal_1.9.3.zip (1.32 MB)
A small, fast Windows program for reading webcomics (or any set of sequential images) with annotations. Written in QB64. Unlicensed, source code is available in the archive.
1.9.3 (April 10, 2019): Bug fixes: resizing the window no longer makes the program use all of the ram. An unneeded bookmark file will no longer be generated in the main directory. The main menu key is now correctly listed as
Esc on the help screen. Help screen will now break into 2 pages if the window is too small for everything. Various optimizations.
PgDn keys now scroll a user-definable amount. The default is 100% of the screen height, and it can be changed to any value from 10-100% by pressing
P. The program now generates an options.txt file in the main program directory, which right now contains only the single value for this feature, but I plan to add more options in the future.
Setbacks: I had planned on getting the window to properly adjust itself when the user resizes with the mouse, but unfortunately I've run into some real strange issues with the _RESIZE function. I'm going to keep trying to figure out a solution, but for now, I've disabled the mouse resize altogether, because it was pretty useless. Also, some of the optimizations broke some stuff with the alt text. It's not a big deal but when the image scrolls it'll cover the alt text unless it's in "always display" mode. I'm planning to redesign the text subroutine so hopefully that'll be in the next release.
That's about it! Big thanks to spriteclad for feedback and bug reports for this one.
1.9.2 (March 5, 2019): Added the
B command, added the help screen, added this changelog. Moved project off github, included the source code in the program archive file, changed license to the unlicense. Added support for multi-line annotations, but this can be difficult to read against the comic background. If a comic's annotations take up multiple lines, it's recommended to use the
B command to view them fullscreen against a solid black background.
To install for Windows: download the zip file, extract to a directory, and run mrteal.exe. Depending on your system, you may need to enable administrator rights. If you get an error, right-click mrteal.exe, click properties, go to the compatibility tab, and check "run this program as administrator".
This file contains only public domain example images. For comic packages, see below.
To add images, copy or move a directory into the program folder. Images will be detected and indexed automatically when loaded from the main menu. Currently supported formats are PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF.
Drag a folder onto the "mrteal.exe" icon to copy it and open the program to the main menu. The imported directory will be marked (new).
Esc to clear current default folder (if any) and return to the main menu.
? to display the help screen showing these commands.
→ arrow keys to navigate.
↓ arrow keys to scroll image vertically.
There are no plans to support horizontal scrolling at this time.
PgDn to scroll a user-definable amount, which defaults to 100% of the screen height.
P to redefine the percentage of the page up/down scrolling.
Shift while pressing
↓ to resize the window. (also supports dragging the edge of the window with the mouse.
Home resizes the window to fit the current image.
F for Fullscreen (
Enter cycles through different fullscreen modes.)
J to Jump to a specific image number (leave blank to cancel, any input greater than the number of images will jump to the last one.)
A to view Alt text or Annotations.
S makes alt text Show by default.
B to view alt text with a black background. Good for multi-line annotations.
I to view image Information.
O to keep image information On.
W to Write new alt text for the current image.
C to Copy the alt text for the current image to the clipboard.
X instead copies the full file path.
V to Very quickly paste the contents of the clipboard to the current comic's alt text.
WARNING: There is no confirmation for overwriting or deleting the alt text. This is for expediting adding alt text en masse. If there's a chance you might lose something important, be sure you have a backup.
Default folder is saved in main program directory as default.txt. Delete this file or press
Esc during program operation to clear default.
Q to Quit.
- achewood_2x.zip (1.22 GB)
The first 1,178 Achewood strips, which covers everything up to the 2014 hiatus, upscaled with waifu2x and saved as high-quality PNG files. Includes all alt text. Content warning: Contains strong language, frequent drug/alcohol use, brief nudity, violence including gun violence, body horror, and frequent discussion of depression and mental illness in general.
- gof_2x.zip (40.3 MB)
The 43 Achewood strips that comprise the beloved Great Outdoor Fight storyline, upscaled and saved as high-quality PNG files. A good preview of the full achewood_2x package.
- achewood.zip (77.6 MB)
The original low-resolution images, for lower-bandwidth connections or the authentic web experience.
Listening To 11.975 MhZ
- 11_975mhz_2x.zip (79.4 MB)
163 strips. As far as I can tell, this is the full archive of the webcomic by Ethan Forsythe; if it's not complete, this is as complete an archive as anyone but the author will likely ever see. This is the dadaist predecessor to the digital serialized comic series of the same name. The first 55 strips were low-res and have been upscaled with waifu2x. Content warning: nudity, strong language, body horror, and one transphobic strip that contains an anti-trans slur.
- 11_975mhz.zip (30.8 MB)
Original web resolution version of above.
- 11_975mhz_oddbagel.zip (22 kb)
A collection of commentary and analysis for the first 65 strips by Tumblr user oddbagel that I found interesting and wanted to preserve.
One Over Zero
- oneoverzero_2x.zip (1.1 GB)
The full archive of 1/0 by Tailsteak, upscaled with waifu2x and saved as high-resolution PNG files. The early strips are very messy and don't really benefit from the upscaling process, but it starts to be worth it around strip #123. No annotations. Content-warning: Has well-intentioned but sometimes tone-deaf writing about sexual orientation by a straight man in the early 2000s. Not that bad.
- oneoverzero.zip (38.3 MB)
Original web resolution version of 1/0.
- Opplopolis_1-15.zip (292 MB)
The entire 15-issue run of Opplopolis by Kit Roebuck. All 360 pages plus covers, previews, and a few extras. All blog posts included. I'm using the images from the 150 DPI CBZ archives included with each issue on Gumroad. Each issue is available as a "pay what you want" download which also includes a print-quality 300 DPI PDF. A print collection of issues 1-10 is also available on Amazon.
This comic is unfinished, and will likely never be finished, so be aware of that. It's still my favorite comic. No disrespect intended by posting the higher-res images here, I just want more people to be aware of it. If you like it please give the author money one of the two ways I linked above. Content warning: Fictional conspiracies and cults, implied gun violence.
Pictures For Sad Children
- pfsc_2x.zip (328 MB)
378 images, upscaled with Waifu2x. Mostly comics, a few misc. images and photos from the blog included. No annotations. Content warning: depression, mental illness, violence, suicide.
- pfsczip (18.1 MB)
The original web resolution.
- pixel.zip (8.2 MB)
The full 287-comic run of Pixel by Chris Dlugosz. Double-sized but not upscaled or resampled to retain the pixel art. Includes annotations, due to the multi-line format it's recommended to press
B to view them (available as of ver. 1.9.2)
- UnicornJelly.zip (38.8 MB)
All 668 main strips from Unicorn Jelly by Jennifer Diane Reitz, double-sized (not upscaled or resampled, to retain the pixel art.) Animated strips are recreated with static images to the best of my ability. Includes all titles/tag lines from each individual comic page. Does not include alternate universe strips or outtakes. Content warning: Jennifer Diane Reitz is the creator of the website transsexual.org and the COGIATI, the "Combined Gender Identity and Transsexuality Inventory", a test that has been criticized by some transgender people as promoting an overly reductive and simplistic view of gender identity. The comic features transgender characters and frequent themes of gender nonconformity, but I don't know whether the beliefs that are often criticized are reflected there.
- codex_s.zip (148 MB)
The Codex Seraphinianus. A mysterious book. No annotations. Content warning: nudity, body horror
Comic packages are hosted off-site due to storage/bandwidth considerations. If any of these downloads is broken please let me know.
To install, unzip into the mr_teal directory.
I am in no way affiliated with any of the comics on this page, I'm just a fan who wants a better reading experience. I only host series that have concluded or gone on indefinite hiatus and are freely available, but if you don't want your images posted here, just let me know and I'll remove them.
This program is released under the terms of the unlicense. TL;DR: This is free and unencumbered software released into the public domain. It can be used and modified without restriction. No warranty. If you have a set of comics you'd like to see here, drop me a line. Also, if you use Mr. Teal for your own project, please let me know so I can give you a shoutout!