Yep. There's a lot of dead download links on Retrospace. I've been getting a ton of emails notifying and complaining about this sad fact. Indeed, sharity was one of the joys of operating this blog. I've uploaded hundreds of comics, mix tapes, magazines, podcasts, and miscellaneous ephemera over the years.... and all of them are now sleeping with the fishes.
So what happened? Well, I got burned by the file sharing sites. Rapidshare was perhaps the worst perpetrator, killing links with no notification whatsoever, later citing "copyright issues" and "bandwidth exceeded". I tried several other services (i.e. Divshare and PowWeb for instance) and was similarly dicked around.
Imagine your frustration: You spend hours scanning a comic or magazine, then upload it to a site you are paying for..... only to have the link wind up dead because it received too much traffic. After a while this stops being fun. Blogging isn't a paying gig; it's a pleasurable hobby. File sharing misery sucks every ounce of pleasure out of the process. So, finally I decided it just wasn't worth it.
So, you don't need to notify me that there's a hundred posts that are now rendered worthless. Believe me, I know. It grieves me to think all the toil that went into making FORTY FOUR podcasts amounts to zilch If you know of a file sharing site that you are one hundred percent confident in, I'd like to hear about it. Until such a fantastical place exists, Retrospace links will continue to be D.O.A.