SHORT RUN

(less than 250-500 books)

Litho Ninja – USA
Minimum of 25 books, but will do up to 2500. Also offer posters and flyers. Good quality.

360 Digital Books – USA
I haven’t done business with them but I’d recommend them highly on the basis of their communication, and I’ve heard good things from people who’ve worked with them. Minimum order is 25 copies; they allow price matching.

DocuCopies – USA
Minimum order is 6 copies.

Greko Printing – USA
Their rates are good and turn-around time is excellent.

Rink Printing -USA
25 copy minimum, good turnaround times and quality, though their prices are on the higher end (particularly for short comics). They do both long and short runs.

QuickComics – USA
10 copy minimum; short and long run printing of both issues and trades. 2 week turnaround time and very high quality stock. No fees for reorder changes! They do both long and short runs.

CreateSpace – USA
This is Amazon’s print-on-demand publishing arm, so a book printed here will automatically get an ISBN and be listed on Amazon. Quality can be variable and apparently their customization options are limited, although depending on what you’re after it can still work out just fine. I’ve seen books printed through them come out great. There is no minimum order.

Graphic Connections Group Publishing – USA
Previously known as Mira Booksmart. Little known data on them after rebranding, but they still feature ‘graphic novels’ as an option in their product listing.

RA Comics Direct – USA
Good quality books– they’re widely used for comics.

Keness -USA
Turnaround time is listed as 5-6 days, but they offer 3-4 and 1-2 for about $1 and $2 more per book respectively (not bad for a rush fee!) 100-book minimum. I’ve heard good things from people who’ve printed with them, though as a personal anecdote I tried to contact them about shipping to Canada (their forms don’t include an option for international shipping) and they never replied at all; if you can raise a response they may be a good option though!

IM Photographics – USA
25 book minimum with a one week turnaround. Proofs are $30.

Ka-Blam – USA
Very well-known. They have no minimum order and fast turnaround times. Print quality is mediocre and paper options are limited. Not always responsive. They do give you a space on their online store (indyplanet), which is a potential bonus. They have an option where you can get a discount by allowing them to place an ad for their services in your book. There is an in-depth review of their print quality here.

Rapido Books – Canada
Newish company, good prices and very fast turnarounds. No minimum order.

TransContinental – Canada
These guys are not known for low prices on their short-runs but they are known for good quality. They also do both long and short runs.

ComicPrintingUK – UK
Good quality, do both long and short runs.

Awesome Merchandise – UK
Prints, short comics. Minimum order of. Maximum page count is 48.

LONG-RUN

(offset printing, best for 250-500 copies or more)

Print Ninja – USA (printed in China)
They’re great to work with. Their minimum order is 250, though at 250 copies many of the POD options are still competitive with their prices. They also offer this handy checklist for customers as well as a great FAQ section about paper weights and printing options. Standard turnaround is 6-8 weeks with the ability to expedite orders in 2 weeks. The books are printed overseas, so all books need a ‘printed in China’ note.

Comic Book Printing – USA
These guys specialize in comics and only do long runs. They were also the only company who quoted me with a set up fee ($50) which includes a proof. 7-10 day turnaround time for printing and very nice looking samples. They have their own online store for selling the comics they print called ComicFleaMarket.com.

Versa Press – USA
Offers both offset (long run) and digital (short run) printing.

Marquis – Canada
Minimum order and pricing competitive with Print Ninja; their website is less intuitive and friendly, with most of the information coming from direct communication (via phone or email). All their printing is done within North America, so shipping times are much faster. Very good quality and a lot of options for paper and finish.

Webcom – Canada
Digital printer that can handle both large and small orders at reasonable prices. Quality can be variable though. Accepts mature content.

Active Media Printing – USA (printed in China)
Another overseas printer; so slow turnaround times, but good prices and great quality.

BUTTONS

For button-making needs (though a lot of people buy their own button-pressing machine)

Portland Button Works
(They do ship worldwide)

Auxiliary Buttons

Busy Beaver

ModButtons

Pure Buttons

Monterey Company
Enamel pins– apparently reasonable prices! (Though you have to talk to them to find out, as it’s not listed on their website)

Made By Cooper
Enamel pins

Zap Creatives – UK
Enamel pins and charms.

 

STICKERS

Stickersssss

Standout Stickers

Stickerrobot

Sticker App – Printed our Bob Ross Spiderfriend stickers for the Kickstarter

Lord Sticks-a-lot – Sparkly Holographic Sticker options!

StickerYou – Canadian!

ART PRINTS

Art prints and posters!

Vistaprint

OvernightPrints

MPix

CatPrint – Will do gold foil, glitter, and other fun effects.

The Printing House – Canada

OTHER

Business cards, assorted other merch like glasses cloths, pillowcases, textiles

GotPrint – US
Business cards, bookmarks, stickers, convention banners, postcards. Quantities tend to run a little high, but price is good for most items.

Jakprints
Pretty well everything you can think of: cards, stickers, apparel, tote bags, giclee art prints, and so on.

InkIt Labs
Charms!

Moo
Business cards, greeting cards, postcards, etc. Very good quality.

Bookplate Ink
Bookplates!

Artscow
Cards, glasses clothes, and coinpurses (though their prices are high unless you wait for sales)

Spoonflower
Textiles!

  • An increasing proportion of our members are looking into print lately. On the SpiderForest forum, we have a big thread which compiles all these different places.

    There are a lot of different categories for this subject so this list splits them up in a way that makes sense to me, though if anyone reading this has suggestions for changes I could make please feel free to suggest away! This thread is most useful if it’s being continuously edited and updated to reflect more companies and resources (or to take them off, should they close their doors for whatever reason). And of course, if you know more printers or have more information on any of the ones listed here, please let me know!

    A bunch of the info in here is cribbed from this post, which is also very informative and good reading, though a little out of date now. There is further interesting reading (albeit even more out of date) here: Print On Demand Review

    Varethane

    Varethane - Creator of Chirault