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If your comic is black & white, you can probably find a decent printer in your area. It will take a bit of looking around for one that can bind and cut comic magazines. As well as print a color (I assume) cover. However, printing a book locally incurs local sales tax. So you may want to look for printers who are in another state. However, this incurs shipping costs.

When looking for an out of state printer, you should fax a 'Request for Quotation' stating the specifications of your book. They will respond by faxing or mailing a price quote back within a few days. It is a good idea to add an additional 10% to 20% to the price quote to cover any unforseen costs such as corrections and shipping.

Printers should also include a price list of production costs that are not listed in their price quote. This list probably won't be included in the fax, but should be mailed to you before (or with) any contract is signed.

Printers that I would recommend (in no particular order) are:

Imprimerie Lebonfon
2523 Chomedey
Laval, Quebec H7T 2R2
CANADA
Phone: 450-686-8665
Fax: Phone: 450-686-8660
email: patrickj@lebonfon.com
Formerly a Quebecor plant, Lebonfon Printing is the big boy of North American Comic Printing. They probably print the majority of color comics on the continent, including most of DC's and Marvels.
Brenner Printing
1234 Triplett
San Antonio, TX 78216
phone# 210-349-4024
fax# 210-349-1501
www.brennerprinting.com
Brenner prints a LOT of the small press books on the market. Although I have heard one or two complaints about the past quality of their square binding (graphic novels with a spine), I have also heard that this problem has been solved. The majority of the feedback I have heard has been VERY positive. They came in a very close second when I printed my book, so I can say their prices are reasonable, and their service reps are professional and courteous.
Morgan Printing, Inc.
402 Hill Ave
Grafton, ND 58237
Phone: 701-352-0640
Fax: 701-352-1502
www.morganprinting.com
Morgan Printing has been in the printing business for more than 75 years and has been printing comics and magazines with four-color covers for over 25 years. They have a knowledgeable staff and state of the art electronic pre-press technology, and are set up to work with PC or Mac, can work with a variety of desktop publishing programs and have an FTP site for quick turnaround of large files; job turnarounds can be as quick as 1-3 weeks. Also print posters, banners, brochures, catalogs, business cards, stationary and envelopes, CD/DVD covers and more. And of coarse, provides free quotes and free samples of printed material from previous customers.
Acredale Media
1325 White Marlin Ln.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone: 757-467-0763
Fax: 757-467-0555
apkat@erols.com
www.acredalemedia.com
Specializes in short run Black & White and Color comics. Has recently started printed color comics recently that look pretty good.
Rose Printing
PO Box 5078
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5078
phone# 904-576-4151
phone# 800-227-3725
fax# 904-576-4153
Rose is the company I used to print my prepress book. Their prices are reasonable, and their production quality is excellent - but I don't know how much experience they have printing magazines or comics.
American Color Graphics
PO Box 688
Sylacauga, AL 35151-0688
phone#256-208-4497
fax#256-245-9174
ACG prints a considerable number of Marvel Comics books. Although they are reasonably priced, you may be able to find a better price elsewhere.

The following is the start of a list of print on demand comic printers. I am familiar with their products, and the customers I've spoken to, speak highly of them. These companies can print as few as 1 copie, and they also offer fulfillment services as well.Their prices, terms and ordering process is available online.


www.Lulu.com

This company prints comics, graphic novels, and a wide variety of prose books.

www.Comixpress.com

This company prints comics and mini's. Their online ordering allows you to quickly see the cost per unit.

http://www.udoprinting.com/

This Canadian company is a division of South Island Printing, a full service printer. Udo prints on demnd comics and graphic novels.
email: comics@islandprintservices.com.

http://www.gxcomics.com

This color print shop is located in Fellsmere Florida, and has decent prices on short run color comics.

I am NOT really familiar with the following offset printers, but they print comics. Some only print black & white. Use your own discretion:

Freeport Press Inc.
121 W. Main St.
Freeport, OH 43973
Phone: 740-658-3315
Fax: 740-658-3727
Black & White, Color comics, Magazines and posters.
www.freeportpress.com
Hebdo Litho Inc
8695 Le Creusot
St. Leonard, Quebec H1P 2A8
CANADA
Phone: 514-955-5959
Fax: 514-955-8067
Port Publishing Inc.
125 E Main Street
PO Box 249
Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-284-3494
Fax: 262-284-0067
Black & White Printer
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Quad/Graphics
555 South 108th Street
West Allis, WI 53214
Phone: 414-566-6000
qgraphics@qg.com
www.qg.com
R.R. Donnelley & Sons
Donnelley Drive
Glasgow, KY 42141
Phone: 270-678-2121
A reputable magazine printer.
www.rrdonnelly.com
South Island Print Services
#6-10114 McDonald Park Road
Sidney, British Columbia
Canada V8L 5X8
Phone: 250-656-3010
Fax 250-656-3040
Information and Quotes:
info@islandprintservices.com
A full service printer. Also does Print-on-Demand comics under its Udo division.
www.islandprintservices.com
Town & Country Reprographics, Inc.
230 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
phone#603-226-2828
fax#603-225-8437
info@reprographics.com
Short Print run printer of books and comics.
www.reprographic.com


The following is the start of a list of digital printers. Some of these printers I have used, others I have not. They are listed in no particular order.

Modern Postcard
I have used this company for some of my marketing material including, you guessed it, postcards.
PSPrint
I've used this company a few times as well for marketing material. They have a fairly wide variety of product.
Digital Printing Company
"A premier source company for high impact digital printing solutions from prepress scanning and graphics design to customizing your documents using Variable Data Imaging technology."
They also have a nice links page.

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