Local book printing?

tomb by eric colossalEric, looking for some insight, emails:

My girlfriend Jess and I draw comics in our spare time and now we need to print them and some posters. There are online options but they are very slow and when color is involved prices get kind of ridiculous! So we were wondering if there are any local places that could print and bind/staple comic books.

Our first thought was The Troy Book Makers, a local print-on-demand service that will produce small batches. Jessica wrote about them last year.

Anyone have ideas for Eric? Please share!

image: Eric Colossal

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I don't have an additional suggestion but I did take some time at Troy Book Makers and asked a few questions; they're really knwoeldgable, flexible, and the output is pretty amazing. They have tons of examples in the store ranging the gamut if you want to check it out, and I do remember them showing me a graphic novel. Getting color prints into books on demand is not really cheap anywhere, especially if you want consistent results (i.e., not Blurb or Lulu).

What about the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy?

http://www.mediasanctuary.org/

You might try Cranial Solutions. They are not printers, they are print brokers, so they can find you the best place to print your books/posters at the best possible price. They're great to work with.
http://www.cranialsolutionstps.com/

I would check in with McGreevy Pro Lab,........ although their minimum paper quality [$] may be higher than you need, since they more specialized for photograph printing. Several sample books are on the service counter near the entrance door.

If you strike out with local makers, look up the guys who printed for Order Of The Stick webcomic. Apparently they've had a good relationship with their printer.

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