XKCD, for those of you who don’t know, is a webcomic about (as it testifies of itself) romance, sarcasm, math, and language. In my opinion, it’s the best webcomic out there. I wanted to download the complete comics archive, for the sake of a local backup, and as an idea for a printed, coffee-table style book. However, I didn’t want just the comic’s image file – the best part of XKCD is often the alt-text that shows up as a tooltip when you mouse-over the comic. And of course there’s the comic’s title, as well.

There are several scripts out there that others have written before me that download the comic, and some even do a pretty good job of getting some of the extra data. However, I wanted more. I wanted a downloader that would get ALL the data available about the comics, and store it in an easily-retrievable, transformative manner. continue reading »

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