- Perfect bound (glue binding) - square
- Standard Covers printed on 80# gloss cover cardstock
- U.V. Coated Covers Printed on 12PT Cover Plus UV for extra Gloss
- Sketch Covers Printed on 80# Cover (matte paper)
- Interiors printed on 60# bright white offset paper
- Interior page counts from 60-260
- If pg count exceeds 260 email for quote
- B&W books include color covers (interior of covers are color as well)
- B&W books do print in grayscale as well
- Spine width formula: page numbers x .0025 = 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.
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.