A Print Catalog for ComicsMonkey
We’ve decided to launch a monthly print catalog of sorts at ComicsMonkey. Hopefully, this will serve to stir up a bit of excitement and again, hopefully, goose up your sales. This won’t be an all-inclusive catalog. It won’t be a phonebook-sized thing and it will not contain every listing at comicsmonkey.com, but instead will be a much slimmer, printed supplemental. Our intention is to put something spotlighting a handful of titles in the hands of retailers each month.
If you have a comic (or comics) at ComicsMonkey and you would like to be included in the catalog then here’s what you need to do —
A) Download our template
B) Build your catalog page to the template’s EXACTING specifications
C) Then send us your catalog page
If you send us your catalog page — in spec — by Monday January 31 then there is no fee for inclusion. For now at least your FULL PAGE FULL COLOR print catalog listing is FREE!
But you must get the page to us by the end of the month. We may (or may not — there are a lot of factors to consider) institute a nominal fee for inclusion in the future, but if you get us your listing by the date we’ve given and importantly in the exact format we’re requesting then it won’t cost you anything to get your page in one of our initial monthly catalogs. I should say also that depending on the volume of page listings we get back we may choose to spread the listings out over several months. We want to keep the monthly catalogs somewhat slim so as to accentuate the spotlight effect.
Here’s a low resolution graphic of the template (click the graphic to download the full-sized psd file) highlighting the nine simple steps necessary to create your listing.
After you’ve downloaded the template open it in photoshop (or any program that can read, edit, and save a psd file) then follow the instructions below. You’ll need only ONE font for this and that’s Verdana (which is a system font that you’ve almost certainly got already installed).
1) Replace “Title #1″ with your title and issue number. Again, the font is Verdana and the font size is 18pt BOLD.
2) Replace “[00-1013]” with your item number (keep the brackets around it). You can find your item number underneath the title and issue number on your actual comicsmonkey.com listing. The font size is 18pt.
3) Replace “$3.99″ with your cover price as listed at ComicsMonkey (unless of course your price is $3.99 and then you need do nothing). The font size is 18pt BOLD.
4) Paste a 6 inch wide by 9 inch high 300 dpi version of your front cover INTO space occupied by the large red box. The red box is actually slightly smaller than 6 x 9 so be sure your cover image is pasted INSIDE the space occupied by the red box and does NOT extend beyond the edges of the box. We want to preserve the uniform white space between all of the graphics.
5-7) Paste a 2.3 inch wide by 3.45 inch high 300 dpi version of an interior page (your choice) INTO each of the three orange boxes. Again, the orange boxes are slightly smaller than 2.3 x 3.45 so be sure that the interior page images are pasted INTO the space and do NOT extend beyond the edges of the orange boxes. Remember, we want to preserve the uniform white space between all of the graphics.
8) Replace the text here with the text from your comicsmonkey.com listing. You may have to edit it down for space considerations. You don’t really need the full listing text anyway. You want just enough information to intrigue anyone reading it. Be sure to maintain the format — Credits first, then synopsis, overview, and lastly the copyright line. The font size is 9pt.
9) Replace the text here with the specifics of your item. For example, if your comic is manga-sized you would replace “Standard-Sized Comic” with “Manga-Sized Comic” or if your item is a trade paperback you would replace “Standard-Sized Comic” with “Standard-Sized TPB”, etc. Don’t forget to include the proper interior page count and whether or not your interior pages are “Full Color” or “Black & White”. The font size is 12pt.
Do NOT flatten the psd file. Repeat … please, do NOT flatten the file.
Here’s a sample page listing done PROPERLY —
The “All issues … available” graphic is something we will include if it applies to your listing.
As mentioned previously, we’re going to be sticklers about the formatting. We also reserve the right to edit your text for format’s sake, or for brevity, clarity, and typos or grammatical errors.
Also, our standard advertising content restrictions apply. Your book may not be All Ages Friendly, but our advertising IS. So no nudity, no overtly sexual content, or any words that would get a movie a rating stronger than “PG”. Violations of this will disqualify your listing, so please pay attention to that.
That should be all you need to know. When you’ve got your catalog page ready, then contact us in the Message Center with the download info.