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Making Comics Mini

Added on by Timothy O'Briant.
I'm going through the process of making my first mini comic; so, I thought I would shed some light on the process. Of course, there's no right or wrong way to make a mini comic, so take what you can and leave the rest.

I decided to go with the mini comic format because I wanted to take some control over the printing and book making process. I've had several book printed from companies like Ka-Blam and Lulu, but for this project I wanted something a little more artsy.

I draw all my pages on standard 11 x 17 inch bristol and scanned them into my computer. Now comes the tricky part. I kept racking my brain, trying to figure out the order in which the pages needed to be printed so they would all be in order when I stapled the book together. I have 24 pages of comics that will be printed back and front. two pages per side on 8.5 x 11 copy paper. I tried and tried but I couldn't figure out how to make this work in my head. The solution was actually quite easy. Don't work in out in my head.

I made myself a test copy. Using six pages of paper I folded the stack in half and numbered the pages 1 through 24. Then I separated the individual pages. That way I could see what pages needed to be printed together on the same sheets.

Once I had found the magic formula, it was as simple as arranging the pages in photoshop and printing them out. Might be obvious to some but I struggled with this for a couple days. Hopefully this will save someone a little time and a lot of frustration.

-Timothy O'Briant

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