Inspiration

Searching for webcomics can often be very difficult. In addition, the main current option, Oh No Robot, is very slow and not very accurate when it comes to searching.

What it does

Comicfi allows the user to quickly search up webcomics through entering keywords into a search box.

How we built it

The website was coded using React. Webcomic pages were scraped using BeautifulSoup and OCR was run on the resulting images with Python. In addition, JSON objects about each comic were generated which were then used along with Algolia's API to provide the search functionality.

The website runs on a VM on the Google Cloud Platform and the domain comicfi.com was bought from domain.com.

Challenges we ran into

Figuring out how to do everything we wanted in a short amount of time.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Combining the different components.

What we learned

Making a search engine requires multiple difficult tasks.

What's next for Comicfi

More webcomics should be added so that it is possible to search up more comics. In addition, object identification could be added.

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