Home Binding

bean6344bean6344 Posts: 15
edited August 2012 in Comic Book Binding
I have a local binder but they wanted $50.00 a book to bind, so I bit the bullet and tried my hand at home binding. Here are my results so far.


The Micronauts 1-12 and annuals 1 &2

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and The Bill Sienkiewicz run from New Mutants. Issues 18 to 31.

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After the initial investment of about $20.00 (not including the comics), i have about $3.00 per bind (and my time) invested in these.

I am going to focus on runs that are not likely to be collected due to licensing issue or lack of popularity. Next up is the Kirby 2001 book and the Kirby/Ditko machine Man book split into volumes with a slip cover.

Bean
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  • random73random73 Posts: 2,318
    you did...how...hommina...tell me more.
  • bean6344bean6344 Posts: 15
    Thanks @random73. There are a lot of resources online for binding but none that I could find that were comic book specific. I want to get a couple more under my belt and then I think I am going to start up a tutorial blog.
  • John_SteedJohn_Steed Posts: 2,087
    bean6344 said:

    I want to get a couple more under my belt and then I think I am going to start up a tutorial blog.

    Get to it - I want to learn the trade :D

  • bean6344bean6344 Posts: 15
    It was a long day of binding. The books were no problem (I did both simultaneously). I may have been reaching too far with the slipcase, but it seemed so cool. I had to give it a shot.

    Here are the photos.

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  • CorwinCorwin Posts: 541
    Now those look lovely! Nice work! Are you able to trim the edges?
  • Agreed! Those are good looking binding jobs. I look forward to you doing the tutorial.
  • bean6344bean6344 Posts: 15
    They are more rustic than professional binds, but I can do 2 to 4 a weekend and the
    investment is about 10% of a professional binder. I also do not to have to wait weeks to get my book back. Upon close inspection, they are certainly home spun, but I don't care. They are on a book shelf, ready to be read instead of being stuck in a long box.....
    I am going to start putting together the tutorial tomorrow with this weekends binds.

    Thanks again for the feedback.

    Bean
  • I wouldn't want to bind my collection, per se -- but I'd love to put together a few runs specifically for binding. I'm going to have to look into this.
  • Lot's of lessons learned today. Finished up the Scout ind and stitched up Rom vol 1 and 2 (issues 1 to 25). The tutorial is still in the works, but I still have a it to learn. Here are today's pics.

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    Not perfect, but I can lie with it.

    Bean
  • Sir, I am in AWE. I beg of you, on behalf of all us broke binding enthusiasts, please, teach us!
  • This looks pretty thorough: http://www.jamiebutler.com/tutorials/bookbinding1.php

    Any differences in your technique?
  • @Dave2099, I use a much simpler stitching known as Japanese Side Stitch

    en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Bookbinding/Japanese_side_stitch

    Other than that, a lot of the techniques are similar.

    Bean
  • Here are the 1st two volumes of the Rom bind.
    I went with a silver metallic cover and started to incorporate a skeleton stamp on the bottom of the spine that will appear on all of my binds.

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    Thanks for all the positive feedback. Everything I am doing is self taught, so I am learning as I go along.

    Bean
  • random73random73 Posts: 2,318
    That Skeleton stamp is outstanding! looks great!
  • That's neat. Are you looking into A-Z stamps to do titles on the spine? I suppose you would need something that held them all in a straight line. Or maybe cutting stencils.
  • I have added stamped title to the process. While some may not like this. I love the "folk art" look. I switched over to a glue sick vs Elmer's Glue All for a lot of this. With out a doubt, this is my most successful bind.

    John Byrne's Alpha Flight.

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    Next up is Byrne's run on FF!

    Bean
  • John_SteedJohn_Steed Posts: 2,087
    Awesome. It looks handmade - and I mean that in a positive way. I so wish I could grab your books to get the feel of it. And how does it smell? :D
  • Here is Byrne's complete FF.

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    My biggest complete bind in 5 volumes. I'm liking the homespun feel of the stamped spines. it makes them feel like a unique collection.

    I am about 1/2 way through the complete Kamandi vol I and II. At 20 issues each, they are my largest overall binds.

    Keep the feedback coming. I love your input

    Bean
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    One whole shelf done! Those Kamandi volumes are beasts. Lots to come. I am still planning on working up a tutorial. Work has finally slowed down a bit, so it will happen sooner than later.

    Bean
  • bean6344 said:

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    One whole shelf done! Those Kamandi volumes are beasts. Lots to come. I am still planning on working up a tutorial. Work has finally slowed down a bit, so it will happen sooner than later.

    Bean

    I am completely in love with you!
    Not only are you doing a spectacular job of binding but it looks like your taste in comics is exactly mine!
    Wow!
    Seriously, these are tremendous!!!!
  • Thanks Mike. Up next is Starslayer Vol I and II of III and the complete Bizarre Adventures (my first magazine size bind) and more Micronauts and Rom.

    Bean
  • There are some comic book rubber stamps. I have a really nice set for Hellboy that has a BPRD logo that would fit perfect on a spine. I bet there are other iconic logos on rubber stamps. I wonder if there is a place to custom make them.
  • More 80s goodness bound.

    The Shadow Vol I of II

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    This includes the Chaykin Mini and the first 1/3 of the Hefler/Sienkiewicz/Baker run. I still need to refind Annual 2 to complete the bind.


    And Starslayer Vol I and II of III

    Grell, Truman and Barta greatness from Pacific/First Comics!

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    Next up.... The complete Brent Anderson Ka-Zar!

    Bean
  • It's like your binding my collection!
  • KyleMoyerKyleMoyer Posts: 726
    This is really awesome.
  • My latest batch.

    Gotham Central Vol I and II of IV

    Somehow I lost issue 26. I need to get that one to complete the set.

    This is my newest published product bind.

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    I will put the finishing touches on the Brent Anderson Ka-Zar binds this weekend.

    Bean
  • Have you come up with a system for getting a uniform spine height so they line up on the shelf?
  • I have a template I use made from a backer board. You can see that most line up above, but there is always going to be some deviation due to the hand made system. In real life you don't notice the difference as much as one does in the photo. Thanks for the feedback!
    Bean
  • Thanks Dave, I may upgrade to this version this weekend. That was a great video.
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