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Posted on Oct 13, 2016

What is a Self Cover?

Self Cover means that the exterior cover is printed on the same paper stock as on the interior pages. For example, on a regular cover comic, the cover would be printed on an 80# glossy text stock and the interiors would be printed on a 60# matte text stock. But on a self cover comic there would be no difference in stocks. Both the covers and the interiors would be printed on the 60# text...

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Posted on May 3, 2010

Is there anything Ka-Blam won’t print?

Absolutely. We will not print anything that is illegal, defamatory, or infringes upon the rights of another person or company. But that’s probably not what you were asking about, is it? You’re probably asking about nudity and sexual content, huh? In that case, the short answer is this — We’ll print ‘R’, but not ‘X’ and certainly not ‘XXX’. It’s not a puritanical thing. Really. It’s based on sound legal advice we received and have chosen to heed, having to do with the voluminous and wildly varying laws around the country (and the world) regarding ‘obscenity’ and the transport thereof. We’ve elected to print no comics (or comics related material) containing any scenes of an explicit sexual nature. We take copyright and trademark issues very seriously here. We will never knowingly print anything that infringes on the trademark  or copyrights of others.  If you want us to print comics or posters of well known media properties, then you’ll need to show us that you have a license. We also will...

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Posted on Mar 9, 2011

The Most Important Thing You Can Do …

The ONE thing that you can do — beyond ANYTHING else — to speed your order effortlessly through our process is to provide PRINT READY files at the time your order is placed. “Print Ready” means … well, ready to be printed. It means that your files have not only been submitted in complete compliance with our technical specifications, but it also means — and this is the really, truly important part that many fail to fully appreciate — that you have thoroughly proofed your pages for errors. You’ve read them forwards and backwards correcting all typos and misspellings. It means that you’ve got the page files you want intuitively named and properly paginated. Print Ready means that you are absolutely certain that your files are good to go and ready for press. So if you want to insure that your ship-by date is met then the most important thing that you can do is thoroughly proof your pages and be absolutely certain BEFORE the order is submitted that...

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Posted on Feb 15, 2012

Can I print posters or sketchbooks using well known characters?

If it’s a famous character in the public domain — Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Frankenstein, etc. — then, yes. But if it’s a character under copyright or trademark then you’ll have to show that you have permission. Ka-Blam will print no item containing ANY material under copyright or trademark to any person or entity other than the user or publisher actually placing the order WITHOUT the express written confirmation of a waiver or license from the trademark owner. What this means is that before we can print any sketchbook or artbook or mini-poster or doujinshi that contains a Marvel character, a DC character — or ANY trademarked character REGARDLESS of ownership — you’ll have to demonstrate to us that you have permission either by license or waiver to use that trademark in your work.   The following numbers might be of use in obtaining a license to use a trademarked character in your work … DC Comics Rights and Permissions — 212-636-5946 Marvel Comics Business Inquiries —...

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Posted on Jun 28, 2011

When you say a “page” do you mean a page or do you mean the sheet of paper?

One of the most common mistakes we see on orders is with regard to page count. There is a tendency to confuse sheets with pages. Don’t make that mistake. Sheets and pages are NOT synonymous. They are two very different things. Paper is manufactured in sheets. When you hold a blank piece of paper you’re holding a sheet NOT a page. A sheet of paper has two sides — the front and the back. If you print on both sides of the sheet then you have TWO pages — the front is page one, the back is page two. In printing, a page is NEVER multi-sided, by definition it CAN’T be. A page is ALWAYS one side of a sheet. So if you draw 24 interior pages for your comic then you need to order a 24 page comic. Don’t worry about how many sheets that will take. That’s our job. Oh, and don’t count the covers — we count interior pages only, we assume there will always be...

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Posted on Jun 23, 2011

How do I get my files to you?

There are a couple of different options actually. After you’ve placed your order, you’ll have the option of either sharing the files with us through cloud-based storage service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, etc.  Or you can send us a direct link to a PDF or an archive file (zip, sitx, rar, etc.) if you have them stored on your website. OR … you can choose to upload them directly to us using our Uploads Center. There is a 300mb limit on uploads, so if your archive file is larger than that — 1) make sure your files are all compressed using a loss-less algorithm such as zip or lzw and — 2) if your files are compressed and the archive is still more than 300mb, then you’ll have to send your files in batches of archives. For example, two 150mb archives instead of one 300mb archive. In order to have access to the Uploads Center you will need an active order or re-order with the change option selected....

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