diy: making minicomics

Step 11: Binding

Step 11: Binding

Ths easiest way to bind a comic is to staple it. There’s not a lot to explain about that, except for the fact that most minicomics (especially digest-sized and up) won’t fit into a standard stapler, so you have to use a speacialized one. There are two types: a long-neck stapler, which is quite cheap, but also hard to use accurately, since it’s basically just a regular stapler with an extension on the back with an adjustable stop. Better, but also more expensive, is a “saddle stapler”, which has a shaped base to put yout folded booklets on. You can often use the long-neck or saddle stapler for free at the photocopy shop where you’ve copied your pages.

Two stapling tips: Make sure the fold of the spine is centered directly under the place where the staple points come out, and make sure to use at least two staples, even on small booklets, since one staple will not give you sufficient stability. Oh, and remember that the teeth of the staple should be on the INSIDE of the comic.

OK, that’s out of the way. Now let’s talk about how, just as with every other aspect of your minicomic—shape, size, cover design—there are endless possibilties for binding. some simple ideas come immediately to mind:

-You can run your comics through a sewing machine

(Sample from And I saw Edgar Allen Poe by David & Jerry Tompkins)

- Use a hole punch and yarn
-Use manufatured binding systems like sliding metal straps and things that you can get at office supply companies. Kalah Allen used brass turn buttons on her comic.

(Sample from: Jar of Pennies by Kalah Allen)

There are also lots of interesting traditional book bindings that do a great job on minis.

And, hey, impress us! Come up with something new!