Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Fall Special / Printer Review

The Untold Tales of Bigfoot Fall Special books are in — and they look great! I’ll have them with me at New York Comic Con this October when I sit in with the National Cartoonists Society. I also have some copies in my online shop (just $6 plus s/h/tx)!

Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Fall Special

What’s Inside

  • 35 pages of fall-inspired art and story from the Untold Tales of Bigfoot webcomic,  including Devil In The Details and the Reuben-Nominated Heading For A Fall!
  • Two pages of story not published online (I added a couple pages to give Scout a little more room to babble and complain.)
  • Devil In The Details (published online in black and white) is now printed in full color!

Review: Comix Well Spring/Greko Printing

You may or may not recall, I had a negative experience with Ka-Blam Digital Printing that sent me looking for a different printer for this project. A friend recommended Comix Well Spring, so I thought I’d give ’em a try. How’d they do? Let’s see…

Colors Look Good

Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Fall Special

Comix Well Spring did a great job of matching my CMYK colors. The brights are bright, the darks are dark, and the subtle gradients all came out the way I wanted them to.

Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Fall Special

Mind you, I opted for the hard copy proof to be mailed to me (a nominal fee of $10) so I could adjust my files before going to final print. And I’m glad I did. There’s always a possibility that what you see on your screen won’t match what the printer puts out. So using a hard copy proof to help make your adjustments is a good idea.

Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Fall Special

I opted for the heavier paper (80# gloss text) and the pages feel substantial, with no bleed-through (unless you hold the pages up to a light). The cover was standard (80# gloss cover) and it feels durable and looks great.

Quality Packing and Shipping

With Ka-Blam, it was damaged books and poor customer service response that led me to look for a new printer. How did Comix Well Spring stack up?

Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Fall Special

Comix Well Spring packed my order in a sturdy box, lined with a thick layer of packing paper. The comic books were then shrink-wrapped and packed (in bundles of 25) into padded, sealed UPS envelopes. Did that protect the corners? Darn tootin’!

Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Fall Special

I unpacked every shrink-wrapped bundle of my comics and every one of them looks like this. Pristine corners, no dings, no folds, no spine damage. I couldn’t be happier with the packaging.

Customer Service Is Excellent

Ka-Blam Digital Printing dropped the ball with their customer service. In contrast, Comix Well Spring was more than happy to answer a ton of questions for me before I even ordered. I wanted to make sure my colors and templates were set up properly, double check their shipping methods and return policy — they answered all my questions before/during/and after our transaction promptly and politely.

Final Review

I give Comix Well Spring a solid A and happily recommend them to anybody who wants to get their comics printed. Their prices are competitive (especially in larger quantities) and their product is impressive. They also have a handy price quote calculator on their site so you can see how much your project might cost before you order. -v

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6 Responses

  1. Vince,

    Do you mind if I ask how much quantity you ordered? I’ve also used Comix Well Spring for comic projects and love their work. I’m just always curious how many books fellow indies have printed (especially in this case, since it’s the same printer).

    • Man, that’s a tough call to make, right? How many to purchase? This was a pretty low-key release, so I figured I’d want just enough for whatever shows I had to do in the next few months (only NYCC, really) and a few for my online shop. My quantity decision was further helped by the fact that I really only had the budget to fall within that first tier, planning to purchase more if I had to. Having the budget to hit a big price break tier would be beneficial, of course, but if I sell through what I have, the very small profit margin I get from those sales will allow me to get another small run.

      Maybe of further interest to you, someone recently mentioned Kraken Printing as a company that has the same quality as Comix Well Spring, but perhaps friendlier pricing? I haven’t run my numbers through their quote calculator yet, but it’s worth a look. I’m always looking for ways to improve quality and cut costs.

  2. I do what I can, Pat. 🙂 Thanks for the insight into the decision formula, Vince. It makes a lot of sense.

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