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Greetings everyone,

Since a lot of people here are manga artists, I was wondering if I could ask you something:

Do you print your own manga?  


I've been visiting some PODs websites (Print On Demand) and so far, when it comes about publishing your own comic or manga, I've stumbled on KA-BLAM.com & LULU.com. I've read reviews from people who have used their services in the past and the opinions are quite mixed. I heard about ComiXpress, but it goes shot down... :(

Anyone among you ever experienced one of these printing services? And how was it? Who is better among these two? Please let me and everyone else hear about it. Thank you.






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Avakage Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Comixpress was kinda hard to get set up for me, In regards to lulu, I removed my book because when they give you a upc code or ISBN for your story they technically own the rights and you can't publish it with anyone else (I got that from reading the fine print), Recently I published my manga on createspace.com ,but for a 115page comic it's very pricey (like $20), so I'm going back to ka-blam because kablam was very cost efficient and they did great work. All I have to do when I publish with them is put in a little work and market my story. Right now I have a one-shot on Amazon called "The Avakage" (Published with createspace), I'm actually going to re-vamp that series and publish it through Ka-Blam and promote it a bit & see how well it does. The New title will be something along "Avakage Indomitable" or something along those lines. Vegeta Shock Over 9000  be doo be doo be doo 
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Dark-Momento-Mori Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm planning on publishing through Ka-Blam. I need to save up a little more  for the ISBN numbers before I can publish though.
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Spirit-Seer-of-Water Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I'm sorry, I can't offer an opinion between the two, because I haven't used them. I hadn't even heard of them until right now.

 

However, I did have an alternate suggestion, but I apologize if it appears off-topic. Have you heard of www.mangamagazine.net? It's a website that I stumbled on that accepts original manga, and from what I understand, if you get in the Featured section, then you can get a cut of the subscriber's fee for posting a page every 15 days. They will also provide some publishing and selling options for your work. I just thought that, if you hadn't seen it before, it might be worth looking into (but I also admit that I haven't posted anything myself, so I can't vouch for how much you earn, or anything, sorry). You get to maintain your rights to the story, too.

 

Good luck!

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FallenAngelGM Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I'll go check it out. :) Thanks.
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Spirit-Seer-of-Water Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Avakage Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, I use ka-blam and createspace, great companies, only problem with createspace is that it gets really pricey for the book, heres an example, this is the 115 page one-shot that I published with createspace: www.amazon.com/The-Avakage-Ras…
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used Lulu a while ago and I liked it. The only thing that was dificult to me was managing updates or new projects. I never used Ka-Blam do.
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FallenAngelGM Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
My first choice was KA-BLAM. I had heard about Lulu as well. But after getting so many negative comments about these two, I think I'll go for a local printing service. Though the one thing I just don't want to deal with is shipping the books myself. There's a printing service that I know, it's local and they have this website where you can sell you own stuff, but there's only one way of payment and it's by credit card.

But I have a feeling I'll have to face the fact I'll have to ship my comic, when ready, myself.
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Mangaka-Yoshiaru Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Make a list of printing services available please.  Best for comic orientation .
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flarethruster293 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ive been trying to find someone to publish my comic but i can never figure out how to start :(
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