The Pirate Scan Identity Gallery – Where Minutemen And DCP Get Creative

Currently, the comic book pirate community is split between two main groups, the Minutemen and DCP who, between them, scan in most comic books shipped each week, to a remarkably high professional standard with significant post-production work to keep the quality high. One tells it hard to find the difference between a PDF file and a scan of the printed comic book, despite the significant lowering of grades that must happen during both the printing and scanning processes.

The act of uploading and making said works available for download is an illegal one, and has been cited as responsible for turning a comic book boom into a bust. Such pirates defend their actions on dubious cost actions taken by publishers combined with offering a trial service, allowing people to try a comic book without having to pay a $3.99 price, and helping to drive the sales of trade paperbacks, traditionally not scanned and made available in this format.

It’s also telling that while Marvel and DC have taken some lengths to act against certain websites that list links to such pirated files, the actual pirates seem never to be caught. They take pride in their work. And they sign it too. Some with a pleas to buy the comic in question. Others just finding funky ways to promote their tag.

Here for the first time, is a gallery of some of the signature pieces added to the scanned files by comic book pirates, printed, naturally, without their permission.

It’s what they would have wanted.

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