I don't know if this has been answered/asked before, but are there any recommendations on paper for printing comics? I've seen some artists make their webcomics into physical comic books, but I'm not sure what kind of paper they use to print it on and I kind of wanna try it DIY first. Thanks!
Nattosoup: I am a big proponent of comics and minis in the artist alley, and I’ve assembled a few tutorials over the years to get people making minis!
Here’s my Small Business Saturday listing from last year, which has several of these sort of small, hand assembled books. These are frequently called ashcans (although this draws ire from the comic community- some of the newer people feel this is insulting), minis, minicomics, or sketchbooks. This should give you a few easy ideas for the types of mini books you can make.
- Here’s a tutorial on printing and assembling your own mini comics.
- Here’s a tutorial for printing your minis at home in black and white.
- Here’s a tutorial for printing your minis at home in color.
- And I have more video tutorials on minicomics coming up on my channel, so keep an eye on that.
- If you browse the blog, you should find more on making and selling minis written during my time at SCAD and beyond!
And if you find this helpful, PLEASE share these resources with other artists!
Goodluck! I am so excited that you want to sell your comics in the artist alley :3
Kiriska: If you want pro-quality printed comics, 100-80 lb text stock should be good for full color work. You can get away with 50-80 lb text stock for BW work.
For DIY stuff, regular printer paper (28 lb text) is fine for BW work, really. There’s definitely charm in the simpler and cheaper stuff you can put together yourself without breaking your budget (zine culture in a nutshell, perhaps). You’ll probably want to go heavier for color work, but I’m not sure what a good minimum weight is since I don’t have a color printer. The main issue is, especially if you’re using an inkjet, you want the paper to be heavy enough that there isn’t color bleeding through the sheet when you print double-sided.