In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you.
This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover it on the podcasts, we’ll get to it here.
Each week you’ll get a reader issue covered by one of our Workshop gang – this week it’s Ken Drab from Rick the Stick.
Chris Otto from A Dog’s Life (http://adogslifecomic.com/) asked: Been thinking about making a print or 2 for cons and the store, was wondering y’all’s opinions on home vs. store/online printing.Ken says:
Thanks for the question Chris, but I’m going to answer your question with some questions of my own! Mostly, because there are a couple of factors to consider that may help you determine the best answer for you, and because I have the podium here and although you can’t see it I’m wielding the keyboard around like nobody’s business right now!!
What size print do you want to do?
If you’re looking at 8.5”x14” (US legal size) or smaller, then you obviously have multiple options open to you. But if you wanted something bigger, let’s say 11”x17” (tabloid), then you pretty much rule out your home printer (not many people have that size laser printer laying around the house).
What kind of look do you want to your print to have?
If you want a “sketchy” or “artsy” look then you may be able to print it off of your home inkjet printer. If you want a polished look of something really professional, you may want to hit up your local print shop (Kinkos, et al.) and get some laser prints.
Of course we talked about some unique solutions for Dawn on our Webcomic Workshop Podcast #10.
What’s your budget?
Can you afford to front the cost of printing at a print shop? Printing at home has the hidden cost of paper and ink so it’s not entirely free (unless someone else pays for those things). Is printing at a print shop going to be worth the cost? Which leads to…
What are you going to charge?
Obviously you should try to make sure you cover your costs for the prints, but what do you think you’ll charge? Do you think you can get as much for an artsy 8.5”x11” as opposed to a slick 11”x17”? My guess is that it really depends on your style. That being said, if you think you can make $3 on the smaller artsy print and only $2 on the larger slick print, then maybe that’s the direction you head in.
Hopefully other readers can chime in with some great information as usual. Of course, I could answer for you, but that would be based on what’s right for me, not specifically what’s in your best interest. So answer those questions and read the comments below to formulate your own educated decision! Oh and please let us know what you decide to do!
So guys – what do you think? Do you have any thoughts for Chris that I haven’t touched on?