After a few months of prepartion, Ka-Blam officially opened for business in early 2006.
The idea was a simple one … create a high quality, low cost printing solution for the under-served independent comics community.
Thomas and Barry created a system that would allow independent publishers and self-publishing creators to set print runs based on their immediate needs — not on quantity thresholds — and then to re-order in any quantity at their convenience as they needed. Such a system would allow creators and smaller publishers to focus on creating and marketing their comics, not worrying about how they were ever going to afford a
Ka-Blam’s innovations didn’t stop there. Ka-Blam was the first comics printer to structure pricing in such a way as to make full color comics printing easily affordable for anyone. At the time Ka-Blam launched there was virtually no such thing as a full color “small press” comic. Now more than half of Ka-Blam business is now from full color comics printing.
Ka-Blam was also the first to eliminate setup fees, further lowering the barrier to entry for small publishers.
The independent comics scene took notice.
Ka-Blam’s growth has been explosive. In a little over six years of operation Ka-Blam has already processed more than 100,000 orders. From two part-time employees working out of a small office with one digital press, Ka-Blam now has five full time employees, three presses, and operates from a multi-office suite more than seven times the size of their original space.
In 2007, Ka-Blam launched IndyPlanet.com the first printed-on-demand online comics shop. IndyPlanet quickly grew into the greatest selection of independent comics available anywhere ever. There are now more than 7,000 comics available at IndyPlanet … with more added every single day.
Over the years, Ka-Blam has also expanded their offerings to include not only comic book printing, but also paperbacks, hardcovers, posters and prints, pre-lined artboards, t-shirts, and coming soon will be trading cards and wide-format printing.
2012 also brings the launch of IndyPlanet Digital … a download site for DRM-free, non-proprietary formatted digital comics. IndyPlanetDigital.com is presently live and functioning, but still in beta. The official launch will be in the summer of 2012.