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
  • Foil cover instructions


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.

1234 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by DARRELL DAMPER on 21st Sep 2021

    Fast turn around time and the pages are clean and it definitely makes the art pop in going to keep using you guys great job

  • 5
    Mercury Mouse : Issues 1, 2, & 3

    Posted by Larry Rains on 17th Sep 2021

    Wow! Comix Well Spring is hands down the best comic book printer you can use. It doesn’t matter if you have a short run or need 1,000’s of comic books, these guys have got your back. Nice to work with a printer that takes pride in their work. Excellent customer service, and high quality prints! I’ve had them print 3 of my comic books and some trading cards. Amazing work and fast turnaround. I can’t wait to send them my next comic book to do!

  • 5
    Comic Printing

    Posted by Wingless Comics on 16th Sep 2021

    The quality of the work was top notch, the shipment was sent efficiently and we will DEFINITELY be ordering again.

  • 5
    Perfect every time!

    Posted by PLB Comics on 8th Sep 2021

    After having a score of books, and thousands of copies printed with Comix Well Spring, I can honestly say they are the best printer we have ever worked with. High quality, great price, and fast turnaround, plus you can actually get a hold of someone when you need too, what's not to love?

  • 5

    Posted by Clayton on 7th Sep 2021

    I've done two short-run comics and they've both turned out great. Really affordable (especially if you can go pick them up).

  • 5
    Art Book

    Posted by Warren Montgomery on 31st Aug 2021

    Came out beautifully.

  • 5
    Great product

    Posted by Jeremy Peerboom on 30th Aug 2021

    First time putting in an order for books without previously making them, especially while needing them ASAP. Fast process, great communication to let me know my file sizes were not large enough and gave the recommended size for best results. Books came out spectacular! Looking forward to submitting my next project!

  • 5
    Saddle Stitch Comic

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Aug 2021

    Great quality and service!


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