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.

1200 Reviews

  • 5
    Extremely high quality. Exceeded my expectations. …

    Posted by Justin S on 20th Dec 2020

    Extremely high quality. Exceeded my expectations. I??l always use Greko for all my printing needs.

  • 5
    Our comic-inspired super-charity non-profit would …

    Posted by Steve C on 18th Dec 2020

    Our comic-inspired super-charity non-profit would be 99% less-cool without Comix Well Spring! They produce mint coloring comic books for our at-risk kids in isolation, children's hospitals and with disabilities. We can't thank them enough, bravo! -Steve, Executive Director for The RosiePups Project

  • 5
    Amazing quality.…

    Posted by Timothy S on 17th Dec 2020

    Amazing quality.

  • 5
    The saddle-stitch books came out perfect, always o…

    Posted by Dustin C on 17th Dec 2020

    The saddle-stitch books came out perfect, always on point!

  • 5
    awesome job!! this looks and feels really good.…

    Posted by Dan B on 5th Dec 2020

    awesome job!! this looks and feels really good.

  • 5
    Everything looked great, and when I called to talk…

    Posted by Gage U on 1st Dec 2020

    Everything looked great, and when I called to talk about my order everyone I spoke to was very helpful.

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    I really appreciate the prompt and professional service, and quality. Thank you.

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    Posted by Melissa P on 29th Nov 2020

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