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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Grayson View Post
    You said “I’m wanting to see what issues went into each volume” and I just listed exactly that. I have the original photoshop files still, but what else are you looking for? Not sure what's special about those particular photos (which I don’t have any longer but, as I said, not really important since I have the photoshop files themselves.)

    Edit - spoke too soon! I found my old photobucket login and downloaded the photos. But they aren’t significantly better than what is at that link (these original pictures were taken by the bindery so weren’t hi-res or anything to begin with):



    WOW!! Those are fantastic Grayson! Love the design and the spines are incredible. I bet those look amazing on a shelf. Makes me drool.
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    Hi all,

    I'm completely new to binding, as such, I decided to start with an exceptionally easy (it is not easy, this is complicated to the point where it's almost a bad idea) project: the entirety of the pre-reboot Archie Sonic the Hedgehog, which is approximately 383 issues worth of content. The series has a great deal of sentimental value to me, and being able to read something that will never, ever be collected in a physical form due to its complicated legal issues would be a relief for a number of reasons. Suffice it to say that something that would be a tribute to my dad hanging on my shelves forever would feel quite nice.

    I'm looking over how to get started, but I'm fairly overwhelmed - binderies, specific styles, getting a graphic designer, etc. I've been looking for FAQs, such as Single Bound Studios posted earlier in this topic, but for whatever reason the articles on the site aren't showing up as clickable pieces at all. After about a day's worth of googling and youtube videos, and reading through a fair chunk of this topic, I'm posting my questions here as the very first post, n00b and all. I can promise that I did my best to search for answers before posting, so my inability to find an answer on my own that may seem obvious is absolutely a matter of ignorance, not apathy.

    1: It seems as though Houchen Bindery is one of the best to work with in the event that someone would want custom, graphic covers. Is this accurate? Are there other options that people are happy with?

    2: I have cleaned up images, as the comics started in 1993 and getting comics in pristine condition is very difficult. But they had to be cleaned digitally, and as a result, I would have to print them out to be bound. I'm concerned that this may create ethical concerns of some kind for a bindery, and was wondering if anyone had experience with this. I can use the originals, but obviously, the paper quality isn't great and it includes advertisements that I'm not particularly interested in.

    3: In the event that someone has had experience successfully using self-printed pages, what paper stock would you recommend? I had hoped for a nice glossy paper, to keep from being able to see images printed on the opposite side of the page, but I don't want the book to become unwieldy.

    4: There are certain sections of issues that I would like to print without using the entire book. Sometimes because there are posters, sometimes because the stories are 6 pages long while the rest is a reprint, etc. Does this create a problem for the bindery?

    5: While I certainly feel comfortable attempting to design a thumbnail for a cover, my B+ in Introduction to Graphic Design using an outdated version of Photoshop just isn't going to cut it in terms of creating a visually appealing exterior on my own. I would like to commission custom designs for the project on the covers and spine, and things like a Table of Contents, credits page, and whatever else may be necessary. How can I go about doing this, and does anyone know the rates I am likely to encounter? I can't realistically do all 383 issues at once, but I absolutely need to understand the scope and budget of what I'm trying to do if that's information people can share.

    6: Do people have a recommended page count for volumes to prevent gutter loss? I know that Houchen has a 25 issue max, but that doesn't necessarily account for oversized issues, or the ideal page count people have found for their books.

    7: Are there other things that I should have asked/been aware of, or newbie tips that I can be pointed to?

    I apologize for asking so many questions, but hopefully it is seen as the desire to do it right rather than someone being annoying.

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    1. Houchen is pretty much the go to for graphic covers. Heroes Rebound is another company that does exceptional work. I personally have my books bound as cloth covers by Herring and Robinson, then Houchen prints my dust jackets.

    2. I have printed off comic pages and had them bound with no issue.

    3. I want to say I used 24 lb premium white laser jet paper. I asked my local FedEx office for their recommendation for magazine type pages.

    4. It shouldn’t be an issue.

    5. Reach out to Kevin Paul Sayson or Said Atala on Facebook. I couldn’t tell you their rates but they are 2 names that continually pop up. I can tell you I personally design all of my dust jackets, title pages, etc. with Photoshop CS3. Use what you’re comfortable with.

    6. If you truly want to avoid gutter less, the book needs to be Smyth sewn. I prefer my books in omnibus format and they are usually 36 issues. Herring and Robinson machine-sew their books. Gutter loss is minimal but sometimes noticeable.

    7. I HIGHLY recommend this forum. It has a dedicated section to custom bound books with TONS of valuable information.
    https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/marv...overs-bind-f2/

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    These ROM designs are great. Is there any way I could purchase them to use on my bind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EuclideanSpace View Post
    These ROM designs are great. Is there any way I could purchase them to use on my bind?
    Not sure which designs you’re interested in, but I’m happy to help you out or modify the ones I made for your binds, just PM me or email me at comicbindingpro @ gmail dot com.

    And @ReviewOrDie - looks like most of your questions got answered, but if you need design help, I’m happy to contribute or do the design for you, or answer general binding questions, just let me know.

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    Two covers (I made the fronts and backs) of binds soon coming home to me. They are Greg Rucka/Ed Brubaker (even Brian K. Vaughn) era Batman bind. I felt these runs were so entangled, especially due to the full on intertwine that is Murderer/Fugitive, that I decided to bind them together instead of separately. So it's clumps of Rucka issues, then clumps of Bru, etc. DC kindly made these binds so easy with the TPBs they put out.

    Only certain creative team runs or certain iconic runs or certain writers (Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, for example) I tend to bind more separately/in isolation, I usually like to capture eras or runs with their little mix ins of (the best or important) extraneous stuff.

    I only use MS Paint and GIMP and online image editors, I'm no Dick Grayson.

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    I just now stumbled upon this thread, and... wow. Just wow. The custom work here is simply amazing. The thought of deciding contents, cover and quality for your own collected editions amazes me.

    Quick question: is it only possible to have physical comics re-bound, or can you buy digital comics and have dem printed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hive View Post
    or can you buy digital comics and have dem printed?
    Not practically possible. So cost prohibitive, it's not even close. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett would balk the cost of such an endeavor (I'm exaggerating for effect a bit of course by name dropping them, but really, it'd be super duper expensive).
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