I really like the idea of making the books as low cost as possible - fun, disposable comic books with a yester-year feel.
For the series now I have the following books in various states (roughly in chronological order);
The Hero Code: Theatre of War (Prologue) - art by Agustin Calcagno. Line art is finished, needs colouring and final lettering.
|interior art, by Agustin Calcagno|
|Hero Code Theatre of War issue one, art by Gary Lister|
|Hero Code issue one, cover art by Drew Johnson|
|Hero Code one shot, art by David Brame|
I've always liked the idea of having the series go up as a web-series as well as a physical comic, perhaps with twice-weekly updates, and having the actual finished "issue" available as a digital download at the time that the pages start going up (read for free a page or two at a time, or buy a PDF to read at your own leisure, or a physical book at cons and via the online store).
But these posts are about printing endeavors, so I will stop the digressions for now.
The Hero Code Theatre of War Prologue issue was drawn at a different size than usual. I was toying with the idea of releasing it as a magazine sized one shot. I grew up in England, and am used to oversized comics and black and white reprints, so thought it might be fun to do.
The flip side of this is that I would have to either have the pages have a very large bleed, or crop them something rotten to get them to fit a standard comic book page - something I would rather not do.
Printninja does offer different sizes, which is great, so I ran the numbers of different sizes.
The artwork was done at A4 (8.3"x11.7" roughly).
I ran with the numbers with self cover, light weight gloss, 24 interior pages at 1000 and 1500.
A4 1000 - $1,598.46
A4 1500 - $1,859.84
Kind of decent prices if I do decide to go the bigger size, but I wanted to get the cover price down a lot.
A5 1000 - $958.63
A5 1500 - $1,084.80
Half the size of A4. Better, but still not too far from the cost of a standard comic book size. I decided to check some of the other smaller sizes, and had a look at 5.5"x7.75" (a kind of pocket size, and one which wouldn't need much cropping/resizing on the original art).
5.5"x7.75" 1000 - $610.87
5.5"x7.75" 1500 - $727.68
These prices are great - and would bring this book down to a fun cheap item to have at conventions (I could have a cover price of $2-$2.50 quite comfortably).
It also makes it a good add on item - perhaps a give away if people buy a certain other number of items, or a sketch cover of another book? Or even as part of a Hero Code taster pack (the one shot, the ongoing first issue, the mini-series first issue and the pocket prologue)?
It's also an all-ages book, so might be a good thing for younger readers to pick up at shows.