Free Comic Reader For Windows 8: Comicana

Comicana is a free comic reader app for Windows 8 that can easily open the comic file formats like .cbr, .cbz, etc. When you launch the app, you will be prompted to either select a folder where your comic files are stored, or you will be asked to open and select a particular comic file. Either way, the comic will be opened up within the app and you can have fun reading it inside the app’s great interface. The reader interface is absolutely smooth, and looks and feels very polished to say the least.

Comicana is available for free from the Windows App Store. Let’s read more about it now.

Comicana Icon


Features of Comicana…

When you launch Comicana on your Windows 8 device, you will be presented with an interface that resembles the below screenshot.

Comicana Interface


As you can see above, you can either choose to open a folder or a file (the tiles at the left side of the screen allow you to accomplish this function). In either of these ways, the comic files will be opened up on your screen in a jiffy. Let me quickly go ahead and open up a comic using the Open File command.

Comicana Open Comic


Once you have opened up a comic, it will appear on your screen almost instantaneously. You can scroll down or up to read the script on that page, or you can use the arrow buttons on either side of the screen to navigate to the next page. Talking about the control bars of the app, they allow you to zoom in, zoom out or fit the contents of the comic via the height, width, etc. and also allows you to bookmark a particular page of the comic.

Comicana Comic Navigation


The Navigate button allows you to input a page number that you wish to go to. The Options button allows you to access various options like changing the orientation of the comic to portrait mode, etc., Zoom out and Zoom in buttons are self explanatory, and Bookmarks allows you to quickly bookmark a page in the comic that you wish to easily access later. Scroll up and Scroll down buttons allow you to move up ir down in a comic page. Coming to the Image Stretch button…

Comicana Image Stretch


The Image Stretch button, as can be seen in the above screenshot allows you to stretch the comic book page to its height, width or fit to its actual size.

Fit to height

Comicana Fit to Height


Actual Size


Comicana Actual Size

The above three screenshots show the different comic image stretched into different proportions. Overall, this is a great comic reader app that makes for a good app to while away your time by reading comics.

Also check out Comic Maker app for Windows 8.


  • This is a free app.
  • Supports a variety of formats like cbr, cbz etc.
  • Has a very smooth interface.


  • No support for snapped view.

The verdict…

Comicana is a great app to have on your Windows 8/8.1 device if you are looking for an app which allows you to easily and quickly read comic books on your Windows 8/8.1 device without any sorts of hassles whatsoever. The app is very well made, and is definitely worthy of being awarded a 4 out of 5.

Get Comicana.