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.

1222 Reviews

  • 5
    The BEST at what they do!

    Posted by Tyrone "TYR" Jackson on 30th Apr 2021

    I'll continue to say that! I've been working with Comix Well Spring since 2016 and I have YET to receive a book from them that wasn't up to the SoveReign Comics standard. The customer service is amazing and it goes hand in hand with the quality of their books. Whenever I've had questions, they were quick to reply and, whenever there was a hiccup, on my part or theirs, they were even quicker to reach out and verify. The vibrant colors and dark blacks (making it easy to read the speech balloons) of the prints go hand in hand with the stories of our books! Making the #soverse that much more impactful to the reader! I get compliments all the time and I can 100% say that the #soversefam and #soversecrew love the books and how well they are made, and so do I. I will ALWAYS print here and I highly recommend that others give Comix Well Spring a chance as well.

  • 5
    Comic Book Printing

    Posted by Patrick McNerney on 11th Apr 2021

    Excellent printing, shipping, customer support and service.

  • 5
    Incredible - beyond amazing quality!

    Posted by Ryder L on 10th Apr 2021

    I was skeptical at first - but once I saw the test print, I knew I was in for a fantastic product. Customer service was phenomenal, helped me make sure the debut issue was looking it’s best and were quick to respond! The final product looked amazing and I can’t thank Comix Well Spring enough for the service they provide. Truly spectacular!! :-)

  • 5
    Excellent Printing at a Great Cost

    Posted by Joe Cabello on 7th Apr 2021

    I was recommended this company by someone who backed a kickstarter that used them and had been very happy with the quality. I'll most likely use them in the future. I would recommend spending the little extra to upgrade the paperstock. The cheapest paperstock isn't bad at all, but the price difference is worth it. Note: I ordered B/W interior pages, so I can't vouch for their color interior page printing, however, the color covers look and feel fantastic. The only gripe I have is that I would have liked to see an option to have an additional color pages in the B/W printing. Like one more set of colored pages at the beginning and end of the comic.

  • 5
    I'll order again and again

    Posted by Shawn Patrick Boyd on 7th Apr 2021

    Kind, attentive service. Easy process. And (best of all) SHARP, beautiful quality prints. ComixWellspring made my first book a real success, and I'll print all future books with them!

  • 5
    First Run of Comic

    Posted by Rich Rounds on 6th Apr 2021

    Wellspring did an amazing job on my test run, and the ability to do a small run was amazing. I will definitely be using them to publish the final product.

  • 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!


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