diy: making minicomics

Basic Formats – Contd

Basic Formats - Contd

If you fold standard photocopy paper (in the USA, we’re talking 8.5” X 11”) in half the long way, you get a booklet of…

5.5” x 8.5”. This is the most common and cheapest format for a minicomic, and it’s called “DIGEST SIZE” (Cheapest because the paper is cheap and photocopies on it are usually the cheapest available at any copy place). If you fold it again the long way, you get a booklet that’s…

5.5” X 4.25”. This is possibly the second most common size, and it’s called “MINICOMIC SIZE” Take note that for this book to open and read, you will have to trim one edge after you staple it. And the final fold, the long way, will create a tiny book that’s

2.25” X 4.5”. This is called “MICRO SIZE”. In this format, you have to cut two edges off after it’s stapled.

Remember…
Without getting too monotonous about it, keep in mind that beginning with a different size sheet of paper will create different size minicomics. If your original paper size was “legal size” (which is 8.5″ x 14″), the folded-once-the-long-way version would be 8.5″ x 7″, and the folded-once-the-long-way version of “tabloid size” paper, which is 11″ X 17″ would be 8.5″ X 11″. And so on.