Viivi & Wagner strip scraper

I wrote this little script as a mental exercise and to prove the power of Python programming language. If anyone accepts the challenge, I’d like to see submissions in other programming langauges 😉

For the foreigners: this is the best comic in Finland, so I hope you’ll get translations soon! It tells about the relationship of a woman and a pig (sic) reflecting the deepest shadows of Finnish social life.

	Creats local mirror from Viivi & Wagner strips by fetching all of them from

	Will create downloaded strips as
		until today

	Try this in C++!

	Motivation: No one has build Viivi & Wagner search engine with speech bubble OCR support
	and I desperately wanted to find "Kottarainen lentaa korvaan" strip for my gf.

	Time to complete: 20 min.


__docformat__ = "epytext"
__author__ = "Mikko Ohtamaa"
__license__ = "BSD"
__copyright__ = "2008 Mikko Ohtamaa"

import os
import re
import urllib
from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup

# 1.1.2004 start page
url = ""

# Loop until there is no longer next link
while True:
	stream = urllib.urlopen(url)
	html =
	soup = BeautifulSoup(html)

	# Parse strip date from contents
	date = None

	# Find strip date, which is next to a title
	h1 = soup.findAll(text="Viivi ja Wagner")
	# Should be present always
	date = h1[0].parent.parent.p.string

	print "Fetching " + date

	# Scrape strip
	strip = soup.findAll("div" , { "class" : "strip" })
	img = strip[0].img

	stream = urllib.urlopen(img["src"])
	data =

	# For each year, give a new folder to avoid file system stress
	# (lotsa files in a folder kill poor Gnome)
	day, month, year = date.split(".")
	folder = year

	if not os.path.exists(folder):

	# Store contents
	fname = os.path.join(folder, date + ".gif")
	f = open(fname, "wb")

	# Find next url, it is a containing one img tag
	img = soup.findAll(alt="seuraava")
        if len(img) == 0:
	a = img[0].parent
	url = a["href"]

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