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Offset printing for comic artistsComic authors today benefit from increased choice in terms of how to
publish. Digital publishing, aka the way of webcomics, are the obvious
nearly-universal choice for both those who wish to print at some point
an those who don't intend to. Print-on-demand (PoD) similarly makes it
possible for everyone to make their work available as a book; despite
its many limitations it's better than no possibility. Digital printing
and various means offered by copy centers also present opportunities for
enterprising artists to print small runs of books at a relatively
modest cost, with more control over the final product than PoD allows.
But the most exciting development, as far as I'm concerned, is that
today sites like Kickstarter give everyone a chance to access good old
offset printing, which this post is dedicated to. Here I list a number
of things to know, do and avoid in order to make the most out of offset
printing, based on my training and personal experience printing comics
and other book
The Coffee GodThe Coffee God behind the counter shuffles foot to foot, a dance of steam and espresso. Black painted fingernails, inch gauged ears and a gray striped sweatshirt, hood crooked on his back. There's a cigarette tucked behind one ear; it bobs and twitches with each step.
“Non-fat caramel latte,” he calls, just as he always does, part of a spell, part of a mantra, toneless (just a tuck at the end). I reach. He looks up.
The espresso maker hisses.
There's something like a grin, something like a spark, something like a shared secret linked eye to eye. When he passes over the drink (rough cardboard sleeve hot to the touch), he lingers. Our fingers brush, a shiver, a jolt, a ten-watt shock.
The Coffee God tilts his chin, shouts, “Hey, mind if I take my break now?”
and ducks around the counter without waiting for a reply.
He slips his cigarette between his lips without taking his eyes from mine. I follow him out the door.
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