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Novels - Square Bound Paperbacks (Glue Binding)

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  • Perfect bound (glue binding) - square
  • Interior page counts from 20-300 (*If page count exceeds 300 email for quote)
  • 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


*Spine width formula:

  • For 60# interior page paper type, the formula is as follows: page numbers x .0025 = Spine width
  • For 70# interior page paper type, the formula is as follows: page numbers x .0028 = Spine width
  • For 80# interior page paper type, the formula is as follows: page numbers x .002 = Spine width


Graphic Novel Printing

No matter what genre of graphic novel or comic you’re creating, the final print size and quality have a huge impact on your readers’ experience. Whether you’re a veteran with a large following or a new artist trying to break into indie comics, you’ll need the best printing team on your side.

Comix Well Spring specializes in comic book and graphic novel printing. We offer perfect bound books and saddle stitched comics custom printed in black and white or vibrant color. We offer multiple book sizes and can even create custom sizes so you can tell your story however you see fit.

Which Binding Is Best for Graphic Novels?

Comic books tend to be serialized, while graphic novels are almost always wrapped up in one or two volumes. By definition, graphic novels tend to be longer than the 64-page maximum allowed by saddle stitching binding. Square binding is a much better option, as it allows page counts of 260 or more.

Both binding options are very durable, and can last for years when used with the right paper and ink. However, square stitching looks more professional. It also allows room for printing the novel’s title on the spine, which helps readers find it more easily.

Paper Quality and Type for Square Bound Paperbacks

At Comix Well Spring, we use 60# bright white paper for the inside of our saddle stitched and square bound books. This paper is bright enough to keep your illustrations highly visible, and thick enough to hold up through years of re-reading.

We offer three cover comic book printing options: Standard, UV coated, and sketch covers. Standard covers are glossy 80# paper, which has a good balance of durability and low cost. UV coated covers are 12pt cardstock with a special glossy coating. Sketch covers use 80# paper with a matte finish to allow them to be drawn on easily.

Graphic novels can use any of the three cover types. If you regularly visit conventions, a sketch cover is a great investment for fans who want something they can get signed and customized. UV coated covers are the best option for a professional-quality collectible product.

Full Color or Black and White

Full color and black and white comics offer dramatically different final results. Black and white is perfect for horror stories, gritty detective stories, or other narratives that rely heavily on shadows and textures. Black and white printing can also handle grayscale, which is great for everything from manga to minimalist memoirs.

Although full color is more expensive than black and white printing, it’s well worth it for high-action genres with heavy worldbuilding. Books with black and white interiors still include color covers, so you can show off and entice readers with your full-color art.

The best option for your graphic novel depends on your own art style and budget. If you put the work into creating a full-color graphic novel, make it available to your fans with our affordable full-color printing. Black and white and grayscale artists can still develop a huge following, partly thanks to the lower printing costs.

Book Sizes

The standard comic book printed size is 6.625″ x 10.25”, magazine size is 8” x 10.5”, and manga size is 5.5″ x 7.75″. All three sizes require final art that is slightly larger than the page size, to allow for trimming.

Manga size may be an option for artists who use fewer panels per page or have less detailed art. It’s also a good way to keep costs as low as possible, regardless of the length of your printing project.

Graphic novels tend to be longer than comic books, so larger magazine size books may not be cost-effective. However, this can be highly variable depending on ink color and overall length. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about length, size, and ink possibilities. Whatever you decide, make sure to use the correct comic page template for formatting your final product.

Support from Start to Finish

No matter what kind of comic book or graphic novel you’ve created, Comix Well Spring can help get you through the final step of printing. Our perfect binding books have reliable turnaround time, with standard printing taking two weeks after proofs are approved. We also offer faster printing and express shipping if needed to meet your deadline.

Our customer service team knows about the process of creating and publishing comics, so they can answer any questions you have about comic book printing, formatting, and shipping. Join us as you embark on your next artistic adventure.

183 Reviews

  • 5
    As always, an amazing job!

    Posted by Jackie Musto on September 2, 2021

    This isn't my first rodeo with Comix Wellspring, and it most certainly wont be my last! They do amazing work, amazingly fast. Great quality on the covers and interiors, the colors look fantastic and I'm always pleased with my orders!

  • 5
    I gotta say wow.

    Posted by Kevin Wind on August 27, 2021

    On top of making the process quite easy to get the paperback book set up, the price, quality and speed are pretty amazing.

  • 5
    I gotta say - wow.

    Posted by Kevin Wind on August 27, 2021

    On top of making the process quite easy to get the paperback book set up, the price, quality and speed are pretty amazing.

  • 5
    Square Bound Paperbacks

    Posted by Nicholas Garza on August 16, 2021

    Well made, high quality printing. Well packaged to prevent any damage during delivery.

  • 5
    Squarebound Paperbacks

    Posted by Nick Justus on July 16, 2021

    The quality of the squarebound paperback comics is superb! I couldn’t be more happy with how Serpent Handler turned out! Thank you ComixWellSpring!

  • 5
    As always consistent and timely!

    Posted by Marcus Collar on July 16, 2021

    Anthony and the team at Greko are so consistent when an industry pro says “Hey I have a great printer” we both will say GREKO in unison!

  • 5
    Square Bound Paperbacks

    Posted by Mark R. Largent on June 24, 2021

    Fantastic quality and superior packing and shipping! They look beautiful. Really thrilled with the final product.

  • 5
    Square bound paperback

    Posted by Jerry Strauss on May 25, 2021

    Greko Printing did a wonderful job of beautifully, expertly and accurately printing and binding my graphic novel, "Giving My Father Back His Name." The books were delivered complete ahead of schedule and the customer support was superlative.

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