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  • 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.

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.

169 Reviews

  • 5
    Despite the hiccup with the reorder, I've been mor…

    Posted by zackary k on 3rd Jul 2020

    Despite the hiccup with the reorder, I've been more than happy to see the quality and care the books have once I have taken at look at them.

  • 5
    This is the second time this year I've printed wit…

    Posted by Dennis V on 6th Jun 2020

    This is the second time this year I've printed with Comix Well Spring, which tells you how I feel about them! Excellent quality, speedy turn-around and affordable pricing. I recommend them to all my friends and peers looking to print their work, just as it was recommended to me.

  • 5
    The books I received from Comix Well Spring were t…

    Posted by David P on 22nd May 2020

    The books I received from Comix Well Spring were top notch! I've used another company in the past for comic and book printing, but the quality control, faster turnaround, higher quality and lower pricing will keep me using you guys! I loved the fact each bundle of my books were initialed by a quality control manager! Top Shelf! 110%!!! - David Paul Seymour

  • 4
    I am very pleased with the printing Job my Comix W…

    Posted by Anderson C on 15th May 2020

    I am very pleased with the printing Job my Comix Well Spring. I needed to print a short run of 150 copies of my book and this printer was great for printing short runs, while also being reasonably priced. I have not yet been able to fully field test the durability and stress that the binding will take, but the book opens well and holds together.

  • 5 Ma…

    Posted by Jon S on 12th May 2020 May 12, 8 22 07 AM.jpg?dl=0 Every book on this table was printed by Comix Well Spring. I can't believe how their team maintains such consistent quality again and again. Just look at this collection - single comic issues, Sketch covers, double covers and Trade Paperbacks. I've used them for all. There is simply NO other print on demand comic service that can compare, folks. NONE. The gloss paper is a really great deal and brings a professional touch to your book. And the turnaround speed is unheard of. They're just the best! #comixwellspring #grekoprinting #ironagecomics

  • 5
    I?? always super satisfied with both the quality a…

    Posted by Jake G on 24th Apr 2020

    I?? always super satisfied with both the quality and speed with which my orders have gotten to me, I only use Comix Well Spring for my comics. If you??e an independent artist trying to get their work out there this is the place to do it!

  • 5
    absolutely totally pro - print and binding quality…

    Posted by Nicholas S on 17th Feb 2020

    absolutely totally pro - print and binding quality equal to or better than anyone in the world - packaging SUPERB - attention to detail and customer service beyond compare - very happy repeat customer

  • 5
    The books look absolutely amazing. The quality of …

    Posted by Joshua B on 3rd Dec 2019

    The books look absolutely amazing. The quality of the print is outstanding for the price! Thank you for bringing Monarchs to life with these books!


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