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PhilipClark
07-08-2008, 11:34 AM
Getting ready to publish another single issue, and it's been awhile since I've used a POD. I already have a good company for my TPBs, and I've used ComixPress in the past. That's probably who I'll go with unless someone has a better suggestion.

What do you, my colleagues, recommend? Has ComixPress' turnaround and communication improved? Are there any other companies I should consider. I know everyone's rushing to have stuff done for SDCC, and while that would be nice it's not my chief objective.

Little help?

c. page
07-08-2008, 11:36 AM
i used ka-blam for FEUCH!, and had nothing but good experiences with them. communication was clear and open, and the turnaround time was outstanding.

Josh!
07-08-2008, 11:38 AM
Kablam had the communication down pat. I don't care if Comixpress is better... you don't return my e-mails, you don't acknowledge receipt of my files, you don't get my business.

Kablam, all the way. They're great.

NeverWanderer
07-08-2008, 11:39 AM
Voted "Other" so's I could watch how the poll turns out. :)

I've never used either of them and I'm curious to see what the consensus is.

Blake Sims
07-08-2008, 11:41 AM
Make them yourself!

PhilipClark
07-08-2008, 11:46 AM
Make them yourself!

I have better things to do with my time. If it was an ashcan, it'd be a different story.

Plus, I've had no luck finding an 11x17 glossy paper stock for covers.

Blake Sims
07-08-2008, 11:46 AM
I have better things to do with my time. If it was an ashcan, it'd be a different story.
Oh ok.

James Patrick
07-08-2008, 11:50 AM
i only print with toilet paper because all my stuff is crap!

Jef UK
07-08-2008, 12:01 PM
Kablam has been nothing but helpful with me.

PhilipClark
07-08-2008, 01:39 PM
Anyone have any dealings with these guys?

http://www.sidekickprinting.com/

Genius J
07-08-2008, 01:41 PM
ComiXpress has always done right by me.

Ka-Blam used to have great communication. Nowadays, not so much.

I've had great luck with www.comicbookprinting.com as of late.

dimeshop
07-08-2008, 02:01 PM
I already have a good company for my TPBs


Who are you currently using for TPBs?

c. page
07-08-2008, 02:10 PM
Who are you currently using for TPBs?

i'd also like to know on this one, since i'm looking to do more TPBs..

Blake Sims
07-08-2008, 02:13 PM
How much do places like these run? For a comic and a tpb.

PhilipClark
07-08-2008, 02:15 PM
Who are you currently using for TPBs?


i'd also like to know on this one, since i'm looking to do more TPBs..

Offset Paperback Manufacturers in Pennsylvania

http://opm.com/

c. page
07-08-2008, 02:18 PM
How much do places like these run? For a comic and a tpb.

depends on page count, b&w or color, etc. etc. etc.

I think FEUCH! ran us something like 1.50/2.00 per issue printed.

Adam Witt
07-08-2008, 02:23 PM
depends on page count, b&w or color, etc. etc. etc.

I think FEUCH! ran us something like 1.50/2.00 per issue printed.

Yeah, $1.50.

(that was for a 24 page book with a color cover. Also got a break on the price for having a Kablam ad.)

You can also order it by clicking my sig or Chris' sig!

(sorry, had to.)

c. page
07-08-2008, 02:26 PM
Yeah, $1.50.

(that was for a 24 page book with a color cover. Also got a break on the price for having a Kablam ad.)

You can also order it by clicking my sig or Chris' sig!

(sorry, had to.)

:lol:

what are your thoughts on the gift #13?

PhilipClark
07-08-2008, 02:55 PM
I'm going to get a sample from Sidekick. Their pricing is definitely competitive and they say turnaround is 4 days.

Could be cool.

Blake Sims
07-08-2008, 03:10 PM
That's not too bad per issue.

Artie Pink
07-08-2008, 03:30 PM
I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER use ComixPress. Horrible.

Tim Simmons
07-08-2008, 03:31 PM
I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER use ComixPress. Horrible.

why so? bad experience?

Artie Pink
07-08-2008, 03:36 PM
why so? bad experience?

I have a friend who was counting on them to print his book, but he kept repeatedly getting bumped down the printing queue for a more abundant group of comic creators. Just not fair.

On top of that, they just do not respond to enquiries when they are at fault. Getting bumped is one thing, not knowing when or if your books are coming is another on top.

Personally, I have only ordered issues from them, and they still screwed that up. Six months to ship, and even then they only got them out because I filed a fraud report with Visa after they didn't respond.

Genius J
07-08-2008, 05:35 PM
Welcome to the world of POD. The bigger the company's demand is, the less able they are to deal with it. That's across the board.

HappyJack
08-19-2008, 03:19 PM
I have ordered numerous times from both and I hear people rail about Comixpress, but I have never had anything but stellar results from them. Kablams always "maybe' and 'probably' about getting books to me in time and their queue is a form of self torture. Another on the post here said his friend sees his order getting bumped for larger customers on Comixpress queue... Comixpress has no queue, so how does this guy know he's getting bumped? Only down side to comixpress is the set up fee. Kablam has none. But that is the ONLY upside to Kablam. Post on their forums with a problem and see how long it takes Barry to get back to you and if he gives any details or just "yeah, yeah. everythings fine."
Thats my two cents - Jas