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
    Phil Bowman's 2021 Numina Comics Sampler

    Posted by Phil Bowman on 10th Aug 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 7th Aug 2021

    Great printing!

  • 4
    Joe hero issue 4

    Posted by Calvin on 29th Jul 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 29th Jul 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 26th Jul 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 22nd Jul 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 7th Jul 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 24th Jun 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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