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Graphic Novel Printing

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If you are an artist, writer, independent creator, or publisher looking to bring your graphic novel to life, look no further than BookPrintingChina. With our expertise in graphic novel printing, we can help you turn your creative vision into a stunning reality. Our team of experts will guide you through the printing process and help save a lot.


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What's graphic novel? Graphic novel is a type that add painting art into novel creation. It is a novel created with painting as an expression medium and art material. This kind of novel directly expresses the characters and plot of the novel to the reader's vision with continuous or discontinuous image pictures. Graphic novels are different from comics. Click "graphic novel vs comic book" to learn their difference.


Paper Stock and Weight

When custom graphic novel printing, choosing the right paper stock and weight is crucial. The paper stock determines the overall look and feel of the book, while the weight affects its durability. At BookPrintingChina, we offer a wide range of paper options to suit your specific needs.

For graphic novels printing, we recommend using high-quality coated paper and uncoated paper. Coated paper has a smooth finish that enhances the sharpness and vibrancy of the artwork. It also helps prevent ink from bleeding or smudging, ensuring that your illustrations look their best. While uncoated paper has a rough finish that gives the book a natural look and feel. Coated paper is ideal for printing color interiors and uncoated paper is ideal for printing black and white interiors.

paper for graphic novel printing

As for paper weight, we suggest a minimum weight of 105-157gsm (grams per square meter) coated paper and 80-100gsm uncoated paper for the interior pages of your graphic novel. This ensures that the pages are thick enough to prevent show-through and can withstand frequent handling. For the cover, a heavier weight of around 250gsm or more is recommended to provide extra durability and protection.

Hard cover paper

157gsm/58 lb coated cover paper wrapped 2mm/2.5mm/3mm gray board


Soft cover paper Interior paper
  • 200gsm/74 lb coated cover paper
  • 105gsm/71 lb coated text paper
  • 250gsm/92 lb coated cover paper
  • 128gsm/86 lb coated text paper
  • 300gsm/111 lb coated cover paper
  • 157gsm/106 lb coated text paper
  • 350gsm/129 lb coated cover paper
  • 80gsm/54 lb uncoated text paper
  • 100gsm/68 lb uncoated text paper
  • 120gsm/81 lb uncoated text paper


Graphic Novel Size

Graphic novels come in various sizes, but there are a few common dimensions that most publishers and readers are familiar with. The standard size for a graphic novel are 5.5 x 8.5 inches and 6.625 x 10.25 inches. They provide a good balance between readability and portability. This size allows for detailed artwork and easy readability of the text.

However, if you prefer a larger format to showcase intricate illustrations, you can opt for a size of 7.3 x 11 inches or 8.5 x 11 inches or even larger. Keep in mind that larger sizes may affect the overall cost of printing and shipping. So it's important to consider your budget and target audience when deciding on the size of your graphic novel.


Binding Methods

The binding method you choose for your graphic novel plays a significant role in its overall look and durability. At BookPrintingChina, we offer two popular binding options for graphic novel printing: sew perfect binding and case bound.

paperback comic bookSew perfect binding

Sew perfect binding is a versatile and cost-effective binding method that allows the book to lay flat when opened. This makes it ideal for graphic novels with double-page spreads or intricate artwork that spans across multiple pages. Sew perfect binding also ensures that the pages stay securely in place, even with frequent use.


hardcover comic bookCase bound binding

On the other hand, case bound binding provides a more premium and durable finish. This binding method involves sewing the pages together and attaching them to a hardcover. Case bound graphic novels are known for their sturdiness and longevity, making them a great option for collectors or special editions.


More binding ways, please click "popular binding".


Finishing Options

To give your book a polished and professional look, we provide various surface finishing options. Here are some popular choices:

finish options

Lamination: Lamination involves applying a thin layer of plastic film to the cover of the book. It provides protection against stains, fingerprints, and general wear and tear. Lamination is available in glossy or matte finishes.

Embossing/debossing: Embossing/debossing creates a raised texture on the cover of the book, adding a tactile element. It is often used for titles, logos, or special designs. Embossing can be combined with other finishing options to create a unique and eye-catching effect.

Spot UV: Spot UV is a technique that involves applying a glossy coating to specific areas of the book cover. It creates a contrast between the matte and glossy areas, adding depth and visual interest. Spot UV is commonly used for logos, illustrations, or other design elements.

Foil Stamping: Foil stamping involves applying a thin layer of metallic or colored foil to the cover of the book using heat and pressure. It adds a luxurious and elegant touch to the design. Foil stamping is often used for titles, borders, or decorative elements.

If you want to see more finishing options, please click "surface options".


Artwork Tips

Creating stunning artwork is at the heart of any graphic novel. And it's important to ensure that your illustrations translate well onto the printed page. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind when preparing your artwork for printing your graphic novel:

File format: Save your artwork files in a high-resolution format such as TIFF or PDF to maintain the quality of your illustrations.

Resolution: Aim for a resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch) to ensure crisp and clear images.

Bleed zone and trim lines: Extend your artwork slightly beyond the trim lines to account for any inconsistencies during the printing and trimming process.

Color space: Convert your artwork to CMYK color space to ensure accurate color reproduction in the final printed product.

Font embedding: If your graphic novel includes text, make sure to embed the fonts in the file to avoid any font substitution issues.

By following these artwork tips, you can ensure that your graphic novel looks as stunning in print as it does on your computer screen. Before start to bulk print your graphic novel, we also provide free file checking service. If find any error, we will provide you some fix suggestions or fix them and send back to you for confirm.

To get started on your graphic novel printing journey, contact BookPrintingChina today. Whether for graphic novel or comic book printing, our team of experts will guide you through the printing process and help you bring your creative vision to life. Don't miss out on the opportunity to share your stories with the world in the form of a beautifully printed graphic novel.

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