I wanted to share a story about how SLB Printing began printing Comic Books. Sometime last year, a young man comes into the shop with his Mother and starts asking whether we can print his Comic Book. He had his artwork saved onto a jump drive in PDF format (he had already taken the time to read our FAQ regarding file preparation and was well prepared) and once our prepress department opened the files up, they confirmed the job was perfect and ready to print. We went over the various paper options, showing him what the paper looked and felt like. He chooses our 100# gloss text paper for the cover and 80# gloss text paper for the interior. Saddle stitching was his binding of choice since all great Comic Books are bound this way. Pricing was discussed for several different quantities as well as the cost for 1 printed proof. Decisions were finalized and we were off turning his creative project that previously only existed on his computer and in his mind into an actual Printed Comic Book. It was so rewarding to see his eyes light up with excitement the next day when the proof was put into his hands. It was now REAL since he was looking at an actual printed comic book that he created! It’s times like these that I really enjoy jobs like printing comic books.
Since that first comic book job, many talented Comic Book writers and illustrators have walked into our shop. Printing Comic Books is very similar to any other type of booklet job we do. The most noticeable difference is the size is usually a little smaller but doesn’t always have to be. Also, the paper used is a little thinner for both the interior sheets and the cover, but it doesn’t have to be either. We can accept requests for Printing Comic Books on any of the text weight paper and cover stock combinations we have in the store, even newsprint.
Since Gotham Press on Fairfax went out of business in 2015, SLB Printing has helped many of our clients with Printing Comic Books too. Short runs of 5, 10 or 50 can usually be completed in as little as 24 hours. We print miracles after all, as our tagline says. Give us a call at 310-558-4752 or drop by the shop and ask to see printed samples of our work.