Comics - Saddle stitch (staple binding)

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  • Saddle stitch binding (staple binding)
  • Interiors printed on 60# bright white offset paper
  • Interior page counts from 8-64
  • Standard covers printed on 80# Gloss cover cardstock 
  • Sketch covers printed on 80# Matte bristol cover stock (bright white)
  • B&W books include color covers (interior of covers are color as well)
  • B&W books do print in grayscale as well


Saddle Stitch Binding

Saddle stitch uses two special book binding staples to secure the book together. Because these books use sheets folded and printed on the front and back, saddle stitch books must have page counts in multiples of 4. For example, a saddle stitch binding page count could be 28 pages, but not 26.

Saddle stitch and perfect binding, also known as square binding, are two different binding methods. The best binding option for printing your book partly depends on the number of pages. Perfect bound booklets look great, but most comic enthusiasts are just fine with saddle stitched.

Saddle stitch method is best for shorter comic books between 8 and 64 pages because it is generally limited to 16 sheets of paper. Including the covers and inside covers creates a total count of 68 pages maximum for the book.

Higher page counts, especially final page counts above 100 pages, are too difficult to staple together in this way. Instead, longer books may use square binding, which creates a flat, square spine. However, perfect bound books are more expensive than saddle stitched books.

Saddle stitch booklets from Comix Well Spring use 60# bright white paper on the inside and 80# glossy paper for the front and back cover. Sketch covers are available with 80# matte Bristol board. Both are cost-effective options with strong wire staples that allow your readers to enjoy your work.

Our standard digital printing service turnaround for saddle stitch binding is two weeks, but we offer faster options if needed. Our comic service can accommodate your timelines, even if you need a large custom bound comics order quickly.

Upload your black and white or full-color comic pages in 300 dpi resolution, with each file correctly formatted and labeled with its page number. Let us know whether you want a digital proof or physical proof, and check it carefully to ensure your full-color comic book printing and margins show up correctly. You can even print coloring books or other illustrated printing projects with our handy online system.

To learn more about how comic books are printed, contact our customer service team at (734) 345-6922. We can answer any questions you have about saddle stitch and print options.

1200 Reviews

  • 5
    Best Prints

    Posted by Dustin on 17th Feb 2021

    The saddle-stitch comics are my go-to product for my smaller comics jobs. They always turn out great and consistently made. Would definitely reccomend!

  • 5
    Highly recommended

    Posted by Chris on 10th Feb 2021

    Very pleased with the product, they’ve got the process down and produce high quality results. Will do business with them again and highly recommend to others.

  • 5
    The League

    Posted by Bill Boyer on 28th Jan 2021

    Great printing job, quick turnaround

  • 5
    Great quality. The black and white internal pages …

    Posted by Gary M on 4th Jan 2021

    Great quality. The black and white internal pages are thick and seem like they'll stand up to many, many uses.

  • 5
    Fantastic customer service! I tried two other pri…

    Posted by Seann M on 4th Jan 2021

    Fantastic customer service! I tried two other printers who weren?? very helpful, I had my order solved in a day with Greko! I just received my order and am sending in another ASAP.

  • 5
    Really excellent! And this was my first time doing…

    Posted by Adam T on 1st Jan 2021

    Really excellent! And this was my first time doing the sketch cover stock print and it takes to markers and pencils very very very well! Highly recommend!

  • 4
    Came out better than the other popular online prin…

    Posted by Arni T on 28th Dec 2020

    Came out better than the other popular online printer of comics. Easy ordering process. Timely delivery. Will definitely order more prints here.

  • 5
    Absolutely seamless process and I usually prefer a…

    Posted by Kassandra D on 21st Dec 2020

    Absolutely seamless process and I usually prefer a physical copy proof but I was somewhat in a hurry (turns out it didn't actually matter and I could've probably opted for the physical proof.) so I opted to do the digital one this time and I was even impressed at how that turned out. When I received my copies in the mail I was absolutely in love, they look just stunning! I will continue to use this company.


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