If you find yourself wondering about the question of, “what is the best way of printing a comic book”, then you will need to first consider a number of different things. The best way to print a comic book will largely vary depending on the genre of comic in question, however, the number one piece of advice would always be for customers to get their comic book published by a skilled and experienced team of comic book printing companies such as ours at QINPrinting.
Choosing The Comic Book Size
Once the customer has decided on the number of comic books that they want to get printed, they should next consider the book size. Different sizes will likely come with different costs. As regular book size, 8.5×11 and6x9″ are popular standard book sizes and they are economical—but most comic artists like special comic book sizes. For example. you could choose between 7.5×11″, 7×10.5″, 6.6×10.2″ and many more customized sizes. The special comic book size also can be used to show the artist’s personality. Meanwhile, a uniquely sized comic book can make it stand out from its competitors.
Choosing The Book Cover Paper and Text Paper
Normally, most comics will come published with a higher quality glazed cover, which will improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the comic. However, this is entirely up to the writer and will also vary depending on the different equipment that the printing company has access to. Coated paper and uncoated paper both can be printed by digital printer and offset printing machines. Besides regular coated paper and uncoated paper, more special papers can be printed by offset printing machines such as textured paper. The comic artists also can choose special cover surfaces; these can include matte lamination and spot UV, embossing, die-cut, gold foil stamping, silver foil stamping and so on.
Some comic book authors or artists choose to give the comic book cover a flap. In common, the flap width is 4″. The author’s introduction or book brief is showing on the flap. Some writers like to add end sheets between cover and text. The end sheets are good for signing name.
For the text paper, some artists choose matte art paper, some choose gloss art paper and some choose offset paper. Different papers can show different images. For instance, matte art paper and gloss art paper are good for printing the images. The images look shiny on matte art paper or gloss art paper. The offset paper is good for writing. Meanwhile, images printed on the offset paper look dark which is good for printing weird works.
You may choose a different cover paper, text paper and end sheets paper according to your comic book content and images.
Choosing The Binding
There are more comic book binding methods for choosing. Most commonly, perfect binding, saddle stitch and hardcover binding are popular. Perfect binding and saddle stitch is economical. Hardcover binding looks luxury. So, the binding method depends on the comic book design style, budget, target audience and more elements.
Some artists choose books with perfect bind and some books are hardcover binding. Both are good choices. You can also sell some books with different bindings to different target audiences.
Besides perfect binding, saddle stitch and hardcover binding, you also can choose spiral binding, wire-O binding, sewing binding—but those binding methods are not in widespread.
Choosing The Quantity
For comic books, you can print anywhere between one book to large quantity. If you print the book is less quantity, we recommend you choose digital printing. If the quantity is more than 100pcs, offset printing is better because offset printing is high quality and can show the image’s color better. Offset printing MOQ is 100pcs. But, if you decide to print more, the unit price is lower. We recommend you start printing your comic book at 500pcs.
So, to publish and print a comic book, you need to think of those 4 points. If you have any questions in regards to printing a comic book, please feel free to ask.