Comics - Saddle stitch (staple binding)

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  • Staple binding
  • Interior page counts from 8-64 - 25 minimum quantity print
  • Rush delivery is available
  • Price Breaks with higher quantities
  • Wide variety of cover & interiors paper options
  • Full color OR Black & White (includes grayscale)
  • Print any size up to 9"X12" (Includes standard comic book, Manga, graphic novel, magazine, letter, or custom!)
  • Printing templates available!
  • CWS AD insert discount option


Reordering Note:

For reprints of comic books over four months old, sending us a physical copy of the previous version helps ensure color consistency. Please reach out to customer service ( if you have questions regarding shipping costs for this process. 


Saddle Stitch Binding

The saddle stitch is a popular book binding method used by publishers worldwide. Commercial publishers and booklet makers use this popular binding method to create magazines, pamphlets, brochures, catalogs, coloring books, and short comics.

What is Saddle Stitch Binding?

Saddle stitching uses two special book binding staples to secure the book together. Printers use a saddle stapler or stitching machine to bind loose pages together.

Two large staples are placed into the fold of the paper. The stapler pushes the staples through sheets of paper and clamps them shut. The sheets of paper are then folded, creating a saddle-stitched booklet.

Saddle-stitched books use several sheets of paper folded and printed on the front and back. For this reason, saddle stitching 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 stitching is a good choice for 64 pages or shorter books. They are also perfect for shorter soft cover books like mini-comic books or comics series with short issues. An excellent example of saddle-stick comics is the original DC comics like Batman from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

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.

How is Saddle Stitch Binding Different From Perfect Binding?

Saddle-stitched books differ from perfect binding in a few key ways. Instead of staples, perfecting binding uses glue to secure the pages together. In this book binding process, printed pages are grouped together in a book block. The book block is then glued to a cover with a spine.

Perfect binding is ideal for longer graphic novels, books with a large finished size, and books that need a printable spine. Perfect binding is also known as square binding and can give a softcover book a more professional appearance; however, it is the more expensive book binding choice.

When to Use Saddle Stitch Binding

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

Staple Binding With Comix Well Spring

Comix Well Spring offers professional printing and binding comic book services. Our staple binding option focuses on convenience, quality, and fast turnaround so that you can receive your finished project in no time.

Paper type

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.

Print time

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. Simply let us know when you order, and we will work with you to get your comic printed on time.

How to Place Your Saddle Stitch Order

To place your saddle stitch book order with Comix Well Spring, upload your black and white or full-color comic pages using our easy ordering system. Follow the prompts and choose your number of pages, paper type, and color option.

Make sure your upload is in 300 dpi resolution. Also, ensure that each file is formatted exactly as you want it to print 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. Once everything looks perfect, let us know, and we’ll get printing.

You should receive your order in under two weeks.

Choose Saddle Stitch Binding for Your Comic Book

If you are printing a comic book, pamphlet, brochure, or coloring book, choose Comix Well Spring for your printing needs. Our saddle stitch binding and print services will ensure that your product looks professional and lasts in the hands of your readers. We also offer perfect-bound books for longer projects.

To learn more about how comic books are printed or ask questions about choosing the correct format and print setting for your project, contact our customer service team or check out our free resources. We can answer any questions you have about saddle stitch and print options.


1234 Reviews

  • 5
    Phil Bowman's 2021 Numina Comics Sampler

    Posted by Phil Bowman on August 10, 2021

    I know I orderes the fast turnaround, but damn that was quick. Quality is A+. So far, my favorite of any printing service I've used to make comics. Well done!

  • 5
    Comic Book!

    Posted by Warren Montgomery on August 7, 2021

    Great printing!

  • 4
    Joe hero issue 4

    Posted by Calvin on July 29, 2021

    Great product, fine printing. Only caveat is when you do a double wide spread there’s a little line on it. Not a major complaint, but something to look up on in future books

  • 5
    Quality and Care

    Posted by Scott Serkland on July 29, 2021

    Comic Well Spring never ceases to impress me. The quality of my order was top notch and they are always introducing new features and ways to improve customer satisfaction. The paper inserts between the books were a nice touch. I can’t recommend them enough.

  • 5
    First Purchase

    Posted by George Deep on July 26, 2021

    In the short time I needed this book done I not only got back an amazing looking book but it also arrived so much earlier than expected. I be doing all my comic printing through here!

  • 5
    Incredibly smooth process and quality product

    Posted by Kevin Wind on July 22, 2021

    I did a print run of five comics. Having worked with other printers I was extremely impressed with the ease of working with Greko Printing (Comix Well Spring). They answered questions and knew what they were doing. The outcome was five excellently produced issues of my new book. I'm very please with the results and will be back with future issues.

  • 5
    Beautiful work!

    Posted by Frank A. Kadar on July 7, 2021

    I was blown away at the final product. Gorgeous colors and print job. I will definitely order again soon!

  • 5
    Great Looking Product

    Posted by Kinyel on June 24, 2021

    I gave Greko Printing five stars because they were affordable, worked faster than expected, and gave me a fabulous looking book. I'm very happy with their customer service and final product. I would definitely recommend them and return!

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