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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby RTSSH21 » June 2nd, 2011, 10:27 am

eishiya wrote:I'm talking with Sidekick Printing currently, and if this thread is still around by the time I submit a test book and get the finished thing back, I'll post the results. Sidekick is the only POD/small-run printer I know of that does porn, also, haha.

I believe you just found me a publisher.

anyways, i kind of also wonder how many out there let you publish with others as well, ya know? like, getting to keep the rights to it in case you make enough to go to a bigger publisher. anyone have ideas on that too? i dont know much about publishers either, but im liking what i see here so far 0w0
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby eishiya » June 2nd, 2011, 10:33 am

RTSSH21: These are NOT PUBLISHERS. These are printers (printing services). They do not take ANY rights from you, they only print your books and that's it.
Do not get printers and publishers confused. Many publishers will print for you (usually through a company-owned printer or through another printer), but the two are quite separate. Some publishers don't even have printers attached and use some of the same printers we're listing in this thread.

Also, Sidekick might be the only POD printer I know of that does porn, but it's not the only printer overall. There are tons of non-POD printing services that do small runs that also print porn. In fact, most of them print porn. The reason POD printers typically do not is because they, since they are POD, have to keep the files on their servers, which can get them in trouble. Non-POD printers just do the print job and then get rid of the files, so there's less risk to them in the rare chance they print something illegal.
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby RTSSH21 » June 11th, 2011, 1:16 am

... OOOoooohhhh... so, now im just a bit confused. what does POD and non-POD even mean then? i really know nuthing about this kinda stuff. >.<
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby eishiya » June 11th, 2011, 1:38 am

POD stands for "print on demand." POD services only print your book when it's needed, there is no stockpiling. This is great if you just want to sell online (most POD services include store fronts), but the downside is that they tend to be more expensive per-book. Non-POD services have the traditional model where they will print some quantity and send it to you for order fulfilment. Many of these have minimum orders.
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby Pochi » July 23rd, 2011, 5:38 am

I'm considering ka-blam...

it seems like comixpress has a lot of speed issues.
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby eishiya » July 23rd, 2011, 9:14 am

So does Ka-Blam from what I hear ): I keep hearing two-month horror stories about both. I think Ka-Blam is faster with their Indyplanet stuff, but slow when you order your own books through their ka-Blam interface.

If speed is really important to you, look into other printers, possibly non-POD printers or non-comic-speciality printers.
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby SuperBiasedMan » July 23rd, 2011, 9:34 am

Does anyone know if the speed issues with these places are particular to regions at all?

I'm sure non-US SJers would be particularly anxious about delivery times.
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby eishiya » July 23rd, 2011, 10:02 am

They're printing delays, not shipping delays, so the region doesn't matter.
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby kotor » July 25th, 2011, 10:04 am

I've put in a proof order with Comixpress, they say it won't be ready until the 2nd of August, which I have no problem with, but I'm a little concerned that I haven't had to give them any money. Their user interface could be a lot better. More in this story as it develops...
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby gevans1961 » February 18th, 2012, 7:58 pm

I have a question. Are these comic printing sites such as "comixpress" & "kablam" better than self-publishing sites such as lulu.com. Also, how's the printing and distribution price, as well??

I want to print my short story "Lines on paper" which is about 25 to 30 pages.
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby xkrazydog » February 24th, 2012, 5:26 pm

gevans1961 wrote:I have a question. Are these comic printing sites such as "comixpress" & "kablam" better than self-publishing sites such as lulu.com. Also, how's the printing and distribution price, as well??

I want to print my short story "Lines on paper" which is about 25 to 30 pages.


Kablam and Comixpress would be better yes, Lulu has good quality but only if your work is much longer and are more expensive per book. For those with a budget who makes shorter comics, Comixpress and Kablam have the option of making MINI comics rather than fancy graphic novels or heavy spiral bound books.
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Re: online comic printing services?

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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby apocalypse1415 » March 23rd, 2012, 6:04 pm

Ka-Blam is perfect. It is better than Lulu, and ComiXpress. If you want to sell them to retail stores, or online, then I would suggest using your own ISBN from bowker.com. Just giving you advice. :D
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby bebita » March 28th, 2012, 12:33 am

you should try asking in realife!
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Re: online comic printing services?

Postby AndToBeLoved » August 7th, 2012, 2:02 pm

@apocalypse1415: Great suggestion that most people don't look into very deeply. Spend the money and buy your own ISBNs. When I did a book with Createspace, I saw that if you use THEIR isbn, they will somehow own rights to that edition of your book. Not sure of all the details, but it was something I wanted to avoid. One isbn costs a lot, but you can buy them in batches of 10+ and save money. That way you own all the rights thru and thru.

Here is a question: are there any good BULK printers anyone would like to suggest? I am working on a graphic novel (around 100-120 pages, full color) that I am THINKING of self publishing. I have done plenty of research with the above mentioned PODs and, am wondering if instead there is a good bulk printer that would be worth looking into. I'm not sure what kind of print run I want to do just yet.
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