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.

1216 Reviews

  • 5
    Future Funk

    Posted by Turtel Onli on 6th Apr 2021

    The print results are true luv!

  • 5
    Fantastic Quality, Couldn't Ask For Better

    Posted by Alex Monfra on 2nd Apr 2021

    I wasn't sure where to look for printing my comic, but after a while i came across CWS and I haven't looked back. The final product, process and customer service is perfect. I could not be more happy with them. If you aren't sure about where to print your comic, don't look any further than Comix Well Spring!

  • 5
    Order #14268

    Posted by Jeremy Williams on 2nd Apr 2021

    Great quality and great customer service too!

  • 5
    Saddle Stitch Printing

    Posted by Joel Quinn on 25th Mar 2021

    Second time using them, great quality, and comics are shipped well protected. Had a weird technology hiccup on my order but they took initiative and called to notify and fix it ASAP. Will continue to use them!

  • 5
    Another great set of books!

    Posted by DCS on 19th Mar 2021

    Been ordering from here for a few years now and I am always so happy with the customer support and turnaround. Staple bound is especially good for anyone making shorter comics, or if you just wanna dip your toes into print media.

  • 5
    THESE WOMEN: An Illustrated Collection of Kickass Women

    Posted by Trouble Mandeson on 12th Mar 2021

    As my first comic ever, I was hugely impressed with the color matching and neat binding. They mail out great and I'm so happy with the final product.

  • 5
    Happy with the product, however...

    Posted by lorenzo on 10th Mar 2021

    The books were of excellent quality, and the order was shipped in record time. I have nothing but positive things to say about Greko Printing. The only drawback for Canadian customers is that custom fees need to be paid as well. For 50 comics the fees added to around $50.00.

  • 5
    Comic books

    Posted by Brian Wingrove on 2nd Mar 2021

    Great quality and service


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