There is a ton of paper out there to choose from!
This is a quick little guide of the paper choices I have
made and why. I will also include some of my experimental
choices, including thoughts on some future choices.
When making mini-comic you have 2 different
paper choices to make -
Cover Paper Stock and Interior Paper Stock.
as well as 2 common sizes to choose from
8 1/2 x 11 (letter) and 8 1/2 x 14 (legal).
I tend to use legal paper more often because it makes
the books a little wider and I think that makes them look
closer to the size of actual comics. (The books also
fit nicely in a comic bag/board at this size.)
COVER STOCK - For the cover I try to use a card stock paper.
Currently I've been using a 67lb Bristol for my self made
mini-comics. This paper comes in quite a few color choices,
so that I do not have to repeat colors very often. However
because I print my book on legal size paper my choices
are a little more limited.
When I print my color covers, I send my work off
to be printed elsewhere, and I have it printed on
a 100lb Bright White Opaque paper.
I believe the choice of a heavier card stock paper makes
your book feel sturdier in the hand of your fans,
which adds a little more value to your product.
INTERIOR STOCK - For the interior of the book I use normal
copy paper, which is a 20lb paper (24/67lb in this case.)
There are also many color choices for the interior paper,
so DO NOT USE WHITE PAPER! I tend to use a Cream Color
or a color that matches the cover for my interiors,
When I send my work off to be printed in color, I still
choose a 20lb paper. I know sometimes the printer will
suggest a thicker paper for color, but I have not had an
issue with the 20lb paper yet.
But remember DO NOT USE WHITE PAPER!
Why should you not use White Paper? Because it looks
like common copy paper, so with just that change that to
a different color (I prefer Cream) you will increase
the value of your book.
EXPERIMENTAL PAPER - I have tried many different papers
and will continue to experiment on future products.
One of my favorite experiments was using a brown paper
that I purchased at a local packing/mail store. I was trying
to find the paper that grocery bags are made out of and
this was the closes that I could find. I used this paper for
a cover, my goal was to make a brown bag type edition.
The main issue with the paper was that it was very thin and
could not be ran through a copy machine, so I had to use my
ink jet printer (which still ate every 3rd-4th piece.)
In the future I have plans to use a Black Paper for a cover,
but you cannot print on it, so I thought I would use spray
paint/stencils to make the cover (or perhaps screen
printing? or maybe even some rubber stamps?)
I'm thinking this might be perfect for a
Jenny Spookawski mini-comic.
I would also like to use Rag Paper, which is the paper
that money is printed on. I thought that this might give the
book an interesting feel. Still not sure what project
to use this on?
Currently I'm printing my color pages through Moxi Copy
and I purchase my paper locally at Paper Plus.