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Whch PoD service?

Postby Egofreaky on Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:51 pm

Print on Demand for those wondering what PoD is...

Anyways, I'm currently wanting to put OzTAKU up online so people outside of Australia and NZ can get it too.

I can't make up my mind between LuLu and CafePress.
One the one hand, LuLu can potentially get your books into places like Barnes & Noble.
On the other, CafePress does merchandise from the same shopfront.

I need a bit of advice from people that have used either of them, or even heard directly from a friend that has. What are people's thoughts and experiences?
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Postby tonia on Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:42 am

From all acounts Lulu is more reliable and can do Graphic Novel format. Comixpress is so backlogged, they are having trouble keeping up with customer orders - I've ordered stuff from both of them and they both look good.
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Lulu

Postby jpaulos on Fri Nov 25, 2005 7:49 am

I'll second that motion, as will Trudy Cooper ... Lulu are great.
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Postby Laocorn on Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:22 am

I just got the Billy trade back from 'em, apart from one page where the print was off-set and cover was trimmed back to much it looked good.

(Hence taking it down so I can re-do the cover as well as add some more pages internally to make the trade actually worthwhile)

And considering it cost me the same with postage to get it printed in America and sent over than to print locally here, I say it's come out ok.
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Postby maggie on Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:14 pm

I was a cheerleader for Comixpress early on, but... it's nearly impossible to say anything good these days. I sent an order in June. I've never ever ever heard on word back from them. I've sent two followup e-mails since and not a peep. For those keeping score, that's 6 months. (by the by, I think Tonia means Comixpress whereas Avi meant Cafe Press)

So while Comixpress is theoretically less expensive per book... if you can't BUY the book it's a moot point. I'd print with Comixpress if I could, but I can't so, Lulu and Cafe Press win by default. But dollar for dollar, Lulu's probably still better for big books like Jase and Trudy have done (and you would do Avi - Lulu can do up to 740 pages perfect bound).
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Postby tonia on Fri Nov 25, 2005 12:22 pm

Oops - you're right Maggie - that'll teach me to answer posts late at night - I've edited my reply I think Lulu is a better option postage wise as they offer a free shipping offer for orders between $25 and $100.
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Postby ChrisWahl on Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:03 am

Another mob worth checking out is www.lamppostpubs.com. A couple of small press comic publishers recommended them on the Newsarama forums.Scroll down near the bottom of the page-

http://newsarama.com/forums/showthread. ... adid=24555

Their prices are supposed to be the lowest for small print runs and colour interiors.

The drawback is they're printed in Korea so there's apparently a bit of lag time for turnaround.


If anyone approaches them for more info, let us know.
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Postby mark selan on Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:26 am

If its the same lamppost that deals with Alias' books, then they don't print comics anymore unless you belong to the Alias group.

http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/r ... 787394.htm
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Postby makepeace on Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:06 pm

ChrisWahl wrote:If anyone approaches them for more info, let us know.


Does this mean you have something in the works??
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Postby ChrisWahl on Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:51 pm

Thanks for the info, Mark.

Does this mean you have something in the works??


I'm thinking of putting together a trade paperback 'retrospective' of my comic work from the last 10 years. This will include my Platinum work, Pinups, covers, one offs for various Oz titles, and a shitload of unpublished work for Bug n Stump, Zero Assassin and so on. I'll also be seeking permission to include my b/w MAD interior artwork. It should be a pretty large book of about 120-200+ pages.

At the moment, it looks like Lulu's the go for thicker TPB and GN printing.

This is still in the very early stages, so let me know if you think it's something worth publishing.
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Postby makepeace on Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:11 pm

ChrisWahl wrote:This is still in the very early stages, so let me know if you think it's something worth publishing.


Um...Chris...is it something worth publishing?...bloody oath it is!
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Postby Greg Gates on Sun Nov 27, 2005 9:58 am

Wow Chris! You de maaaaaaaan! Put me down for a copy.
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Postby practicecactus on Sun Nov 27, 2005 3:18 pm

Abso-fucken-lutely Mr Wahl, I'd buy 2 even.
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Postby ChrisWahl on Sun Nov 27, 2005 9:32 pm

Hey, thanks guys. I'm really excited about this book. Hopefully that'll be reflected in the final product.

Sorry for changing the topic somewhat, Avi.

With Cafepress I noticed that they don't do perfect binding for the larger format book (8.5 x 11). Here's their specs page-

http://www.cafepress.com/cp/info/sell/products/books

I'm not sure what size you're looking to do, but Lulu sems to have more choices-

http://www.lulu.com/help/node/view/1713
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Postby tonia on Sun Nov 27, 2005 10:36 pm

Yes, I buy a copy of that too Chris - I'd go with Lulu, it seems to be the one everyone recommends.
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