To enjoy Biblioboard, you really have to use a tablet. Or the screen of your at-work computer, if your boss is sympathetic to the plight of the graphic novel enthusiast. Biblioboard’s primary strength is comics – tons and tons of comics. There are many lesser-known, but roundly entertaining, indie titles from publishers like Milk Shadow Books and Markosia, and it’s possible to do a great deal of satisfying discovery in those alone. However, this platform also contains a great deal of material from one of the biggies: Dark Horse contributes Hellboy, various adventures of the Goon, and the entirety of Lone Wolf and Cub, to name just a little bit.
Frankly, there’s no way to read this many comics in a lifetime. (The Conan back issues alone would take a hundred years.) This is the untouched mother lode of great, free, fantastic comics, and it’s there for the taking. Biblioboard’s sign-in is easy and its interface is fairly easy to search. Items are organized into collections – Dark Horse has one of its own – and browsing the catalog feels a lot like riffling through a much more functional, pretty, and useful version of Pinterest. And yes, you can also pin the treasures you find.
Even non-comics is visually focused. In addition to comics and classics, Biblioboard features scans of artworks from Charles Lewis Bartholomew to N.C.Wyeth. Various collections are focused on Common Core education, tying books and artwork into classwork. It features classics, self-published work, and a neat link at the top right of the page where independent authors can submit their own work of genius for inclusion in the collection. Or, alternatively, where a professor can submit their self-published textbook or workbook for use and inclusion in their courses. With a platform as versatile and interactive as this one, it’s hard to imagine a limit to the possibilities.
Biblioboard is worth more than a look. It’s worth a good, old-fashioned browse. Find some time to check out the comic book collection, at least. It’s worth six or seven hours of your busy day.