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


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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
    I'll order again and again

    Posted by Shawn Patrick Boyd on April 7, 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 April 6, 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 April 6, 2021

    The print results are true luv!

  • 5
    Fantastic Quality, Couldn't Ask For Better

    Posted by Alex Monfra on April 2, 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 April 2, 2021

    Great quality and great customer service too!

  • 5
    Saddle Stitch Printing

    Posted by Joel Quinn on March 25, 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 March 19, 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 March 12, 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.

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