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Graphic Novel Printing

Graphic Novel Printing
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Graphic novels are—at their best—an amazing blend of art, literature, and the theater of the mind.”

 — John Ridley, Academy award-winning screenwriter and novelist

A graphic novel is an alchemical laboratory in which literature, art, theater, and film bubble together in the alembic of imagination. If the mix is right, the results are pure gold.

At QinPrinting, we believe graphic novels deserve the same superlative production values as any other literary art form. Our passion—together with an exceptional team, state-of-the-art technological wizardry, and personalized customer care—position us among the world’s most successful independent graphic novel printing companies.

Indie creators making graphic novels are the ones to watch.”

—Kate Leth, graphic novelist, creator of the bestselling Hellcat! series

Instant Quote

Quantity
We are an offset printer, rather than a digital or print-on-demand service, so we must impose a minimum order quantity (MOQ). We’ve set ours as low as possible, at 100 units. But with offset printing, the higher the quantity you order in a single print run, the lower the cost-per-unit.
Size
Choose preset dimensions from the dropdown menu or click “CUSTOM SIZE” to enter your own custom dimensions.
Please use the format, width x height; so, 5.5″ x 8.5″ would mean 5.5″ wide and 8.5″ high.
size
 
The possible size range is 3.74″ to 11.69″ in width or height, allowing for portrait or landscape orientation.
Cover
The cover is composed of four pages. They are the front cover, the inside front cover, the inside back cover, and the back cover.
Cover Paper
If you need special paper not shown in the dropdown menu, please contact us.

1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Cover Paper

Lamination
We laminate only the outside of the cover.
Surface
We offer a comprehensive selection of special surface finishes which we can apply to most covers, with a few limitations. For example, spot UV can only be applied to matte laminated and soft-touch laminated covers.

These options are only suitable for gold or silver foil stamping up to a 150 mm x 30 mm area; and embossing, debossing, or spot UV up to a 200 mm x 50 mm area. If the special finish area you need is larger than this, please contact us to get a quote.

Besides gold and silver foil, we can foil stamp designs in a range of colours. If you need a special colour foil stamp or have specific surface requests, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
Inner
Page Count
One sheet of paper is equal to two pages.
page sheet
page sheet
 
The total page count is a multiple of 4. When printing and binding your book, we fold sheets into “signatures”.
If your book is larger, say, 8.5″ x 11″ or A4 size, one signature will have 16 pages. So, the inner page amount should be divisible by 16. Making your page counts match signatures is the most economical solution.
Inner Paper
Please select your paper choice for your internal pages from the dropdown menu. If you have a special request not listed here, get in touch. We’ll do everything possible to satisfy your needs.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Binding
If your book has 48 pages or fewer, we recommend saddle stich as your binding option.
If you have more pages and choose fairly thin paper, such as 80 gsm /54 lb or 105 gsm / 71 lb text paper, we recommend perfect binding.
If your book has heavier interior paper or the page count exceeds 200 pages, sewn perfect binding will be your best choice.
Wire-O and spiral binding are other options and both of them open flat.
perfect binding
sewn perfect binding
wire-o binding
saddle stitch binding
spiral binding
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Estimated weight:
Quantity
We are an offset printer, rather than a digital or print-on-demand service, so we must impose a minimum order quantity (MOQ). We’ve set ours as low as possible, at 100 units. But with offset printing, the higher the quantity you order in a single print run, the lower the cost-per-unit.
Size
Choose preset dimensions from the dropdown menu or click “CUSTOM SIZE” to enter your own custom dimensions.
Please use the format, width x height; so, 5.5″ x 8.5″ would mean 5.5″ wide and 8.5″ high.
size
The possible size range is 3.74″ to 11.69″ in width or height, allowing for portrait or landscape orientation.
Cover
A hardcover book’s cover is printed on one side only; the outer-facing side. The inside front cover and inside back cover are glued to the end sheets.
Cover Paper
As standard, we wrap the grayboard casing in 157 gsm / 58 lb cover paper. If you need a special material or a solid color paper for the cover, please contact us first to discuss your options.
157 gsm

157 gsm ≈ 58.0 lb Cover Paper

Grey Board Thickness
Lamination
We laminate only the outside of the cover as the inside is glued to the end sheets.
Surface
We offer a comprehensive selection of special surface finishes that we can apply to most covers, with a few limitations. For example, spot UV can only be applied to matte laminated and soft-touch laminated covers.
These options are only suitable for gold or silver foil stamping up to a 150 mm x 30 mm area; and embossing, debossing, or spot UV up to a 200 mm x 50 mm area. If the special finish area you need is larger than this, please contact us to get a quote.
Besides gold and silver foil, we can foil stamp designs in a range of colours. If you need a special colour foil stamp or have specific surface requests, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
End sheet
The end sheets connect the hardcover casing and the interior pages when binding the book. So, there are two end sheets, one at the front and one at the back and both glued to the grayboard cover.
blank end sheet
color end sheet
End Sheet Paper
If your book size is 8.5″ x 11″ or less with an interior page count of fewer than 320 pages, then a good option for the end sheets is 140 gsm / 95 lb offset paper.
If your book size is larger than 8.5″ x 11″, then 170 gsm / 115 lb offset paper would be better.
If your end sheets will be printed and your book’s interior uses gloss or matte art paper—say, for an art book or coffee table book—to make sure the colors match well, use 157gsm / 58 lb gloss or matte art paper for your end sheets.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Inner
Page Count
One sheet of paper is equal to two pages.
page sheet
page sheet
 
The total page count is a multiple of 4. When printing and binding your book, we fold sheets into “signatures”.
If your book is larger, say, 8.5″ x 11″ or A4 size, one signature will have 16 pages. So, the inner page amount should be divisible by 16. Making your page counts match signatures is the most economical solution.
The maximum page count for a hardback book is 800 pages. If your book is more than 800 pages, please contact us for a tailor-made quote.
Inner Paper
Please select your paper choice for your internal pages from the dropdown menu. If you have a special request not listed here, get in touch. We’ll do everything possible to satisfy your needs.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Binding
We use high-quality sewn hardcover binding which gives a “square” printable spine.
Sewing and hardcover
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Graphic Novel Printing Costs

At QinPrinting, we collaborate daily with indie graphic novelists of outstanding talent and commitment. But we totally get it that many high-caliber emerging artists and writers in the field must work with a limited budget or hustle for funds through a Kickstarter campaign. That’s why we strive constantly to work as efficiently as we can to deliver graphic novels of phenomenal quality at unbeatable prices.

Don’t take that on trust. You can get a good estimate of how much it will cost to print your novel with the simple price chart below. The exact cost of printing your graphic novel with us will depend on several factors like the paper you choose, the number of pages, the coating and finish for the cover and interior, and the layout and dimensions of the finished book. To get a precise, project-specific quote, use out Online Printing Cost Calculator. Unlike other offset printers who have an MOQ (minimum order quantity) of 500 or more copies, we’re happy to print as few as 100 in a single run—ideal for a first-stage crowdfunding campaign, for example.

Paperback Graphic Novel Printing Price Chart (7” x 10”)

All prices listed in AUD

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs 10000pcs
Page count
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
64pp + 4pp
$8.08
$808
$2.24
$1,122
$1.40
$1,401
$1.04
$2,077
$0.85
$4,255
$0.79
$7,921
80pp + 4pp
$9.61
$961
$2.68
$1,338
$1.69
$1,690
$1.25
$2,508
$1.03
$5,126
$0.96
$9,564
96pp + 4pp
$11.14
$1,114
$3.11
$1,556
$1.98
$1,979
$1.47
$2,940
$1.21
$6,039
$1.12
$11,248
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Cover: 250 gsm / 92 lb coated art cover paper with matte lamination outside
  • Interior: 105 gsm / 71 lb coated art text paper, full color printing
  • Cover and inner: full color printing
  • Binding: perfect binding

Hardcover Graphic Novel Printing Price Chart (7” x 10”)

All prices listed in AUD

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs 10000pcs
Page count
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
64pp
$14.40
$1,440
$3.89
$1,945
$2.82
$2,819
$2.39
$4,772
$2.05
$10,263
$1.96
$19,583
80pp
$16.43
$1,643
$4.43
$2,215
$3.16
$3,160
$2.63
$5,258
$2.22
$11,121
$2.12
$21,244
96pp
$18.45
$1,845
$4.98
$2,492
$3.50
$3,501
$2.87
$5,741
$2.40
$11,980
$2.29
$22,866
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Cover: 157 gsm / 58 lb coated cover paper with matte lamination wrapped on 2.5 mm thickness greybeard
  • End sheets: 140 gsm / 95 lb uncoated text paper, blank
  • Inner: 128 gsm / 86 lb coated text paper
  • Cover and inner: full color printing

And don’t forget that we’re real people at QinPrinting. We genuinely love graphic novels, too, and we’re always willing to answer questions you may have. Just get in touch by whichever means you prefer — email, telephone, Skype, or our handy online contact form. One of our expert and enthusiastic team members will be delighted to assist you.

Common Graphic Novel Sizes

We can print any size graphic novel you like, although unusual custom prints will cost a little more and take a little longer to turnaround than standard sizes because of the extra pre-press and setup work involved. The most common sizes for graphic novels range from as small as 5.5” x 8.5”—the same as a pocket paperback—up to a large format 7.3” x 11” known as “tabloid” size. From a commercial point of view, it’s often in your interests to follow a well-known format. Why? Well, it’s effective and inexpensive, meets customer expectations, and cuts down on set-up time, leading to a faster turnaround.

But there’s no other reason you shouldn’t experiment with custom sizes. Innovation can delight and surprise and may make your book stand out from the crowd at aconvention or on the shelves and your local indie book store. You could make a tiny 3.5” x 3.5” micro-book or go for a whopping 11” x 17” monster edition. Switch things up with a landscape rather than portrait orientation. It’s all possible. The only limits are your imagination and how you guess the public will respond.

5.5x8.5 Graphic Novel Printing
5.5" x 8.5"
176x250 Graphic Novel Printing
176mm x 250mm

Graphic Novel Paper Options

The paper you choose to print your graphic novel affects how it looks, how hard wearing it is, and the printing and shipping costs. Many commercially produced graphic novels use lighter, uncoated paper stock for black-and-white interiors and thicker coated paper for color interiors. These standards are fine for most graphic novels.

At QinPrinting we recommend 105 gsm / 70 lb, 128 gsm / 86 lb, 157 gsm / 106 lb coated paper or 80 gsm / 54 lb, 100 gsm / 68 lb uncoated paper for graphic novel interiors as they give a lovely crisp, vibrant finish to the artwork and make the text easy to read. It will also stop the artwork “bleeding through” to the other side of the page. Choosing book interior paper depends on the book size and book thickness, too. As a general rule, we recommend thinner paper for the interior. Thinner paper can be opened flat easily which is best for a small size book. If the interior paper is too thick, smaller books can be harder to open. 

If the book is 8.5” x 11” or larger, we recommend thicker paper for the interior. For example, 128 gsm / 86 lb, 157 gsm / 106 lb coated paper or 100 gsm / 68 lb uncoated paper. If the book has 32 pages or less and you want to use perfect binding, we recommend 200 gsm / 135 lb coated paper to reach the required spine width.

You can download a book cover template to check the book spine thickness according to different paper types and page amounts here.

Paper for the cover of your graphic novel depends on your choice of bindings. Typically, we make graphic novel covers of heavier, gloss art paper. Sewn perfect bound or sewn hardcovers are the best options for graphic novels as they look very professional, protect your book better, and you can open and lay the pages flat, which makes reading easier. You’ll need to choose two kinds of paper for your graphic novel: one for the interior pages and one for the cover.

Paper Choices for Graphic Novels

Paperback Cover Paper

Hardcover Paper

Interior Paper

Bindings for Graphic Novels

Graphic novel fans often read the books several times and keep them in jealously guarded collections. So, they must both look good, be easy to read, and endure repeated handling. We recommend “sewn perfect bound” and “sewn hardcover” as our preferred binding styles for graphic novels. Your choice depends on your budget, the style and length of your book, and several other factors. But these two binding options both achieve optimal results. You can open both bindings flat with no damage to the spine, too, which makes them ideal for reading and re-reading.

This is the most popular binding style for graphic novels. We collate and print the interior pages in sets called signatures, which are then sewn together and fixed into a wrap-around cover made of heavier art paper or lightweight card stock. This option gives you a truly beautiful book for a minimal outlay.

In this binding, we organize the interior pages into signatures which are then printed, cut, and sewn, and glued into a hard casing covered by a printed sheet which forms the cover. This binding is the most resilient and professional-looking, especially if you add special treatments such as embossed titles, debossed titles, soft touch lamination, and metallic foil stamping; or a custom-made printed dust jacket, a slip case, marker ribbons, and sewn decorative headbands for a special “collector’s edition or, as a Kickstarter stretch goal, say.

Whichever binding style you choose, we like to make it easy for you to design your graphic novel. So, you can use one of our ready-made design templates if you wish. And ask us for paper and treatment samples. We’ll drop them to you in the mail. The samples are free, so you need only pay the mailing charges.

Graphic Novel Design and Artwork Tips

The quality of your artwork’s reproduction is of paramount importance when printing a graphic novel. Whether your novel is humorous, an exciting adventure story for young adults, or a complex narrative for the older crowd, you need your artwork to “pop off the page” into the reader’s imagination. With that in mind, here are a few useful tips to help you when you’re preparing your digital files for the printer.

PDF

Export your files as vectors in PDF format for the best results. Our recommended software options for graphic novel book design are Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign. These will also allow you to convert your color space from RGB to CMYK which you will need to do for offset printing.

300dpi

If you can’t deliver vectors — say, if you’re exporting bitmaps from Photoshop — then make sure the resolution is at least 300 DPI. With vectors, you needn’t worry about resolution, but all other images must have a high definition to tolerate resizing without becoming fuzzy and “pixilated”.

3 mm bleed zone

You’ll need to add a “bleed zone” of 3 mm around all your pages. A bleed is an extended zone at the periphery of your artwork, which falls outside the area that your finished page will cover. Once we’ve printed your pages, we’ll cut them to the exact size needed for your chosen graphic novel format. This “bit extra” gets cut off and makes sure that the finished image fills the page with none of it being lost. You should mark bleed zones as red lines.

trim line 10mm

Inside your bleed zone, don’t forget to mark the “trim lines”. These will define the final dimensions of the finished page. Make sure that any necessary elements of your images stop at least 10 mm short of the trim line.

along the center crease

If your novel has “splash pages” with artwork which crosses a spread, make sure none of the essential elements — like your protagonist’s face! — fall over the center crease.

If you’re working with a professional designer to create your files, they should understand what’s needed to make everything “print ready”. But if you’re going it alone with design software for the first time, these are the helpful tips to remember before you submit your files. Still, our team of experts will always manually check all your files before we go to press. If we find any issues, we’ll let you know and help you resolve them. We won’t print your graphic novel until we’re 100% sure we’ll get a perfect result.

Have other questions? Contact us!

Graphic Novels Crowdfunding

Unlike several other printing companies, we genuinely care about all our clients and appreciate the intensive creative work that makes a graphic novel from the first inkling of inspiration to the final printed product. We genuinely want you to succeed. So, if you’re running a crowdfunding campaign, say on Kickstarter, talk to us first. We’ll be happy to help you with graphic novel interior and cover design templates, free artwork checking, and special discounts on a range of optimal printing solutions.
kickstarter

Let’s Talk!

If you’re an indie author or a small press wanting to print a graphic novel — and only the finest product and unbeatable customer service will do — we should talk. Get in touch today to chat through your needs or to ask for a no-obligation quote. We can’t wait to help you make your next graphic novel the best!

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