Here's my newest batch of Slick books fresh from the bindery. Pictured above is my first Slick book, Smooth Move, Slick, along with two brand new books, Bad to the Bone & Too Cool for School. Previously on my blog, I made a post explaining in detail my process in making these books. (Click here) Once again, I'll divulge the steps it takes to make one of these digest-sized books.
This is how it all started. I used to draw my comics on notebook paper. I would start with a 5-subject notebook, and I would fill it up with Slick comics. That's about 170 pages of comics. I was an industrious 12-year-old.
First, I scan and adjust the artwork in Photoshop. Yep. That's notebook paper, folks. And blue ink. I would draw these using both black and blue felt tip pens. For the first year of drawing Slick, I didn't even pencil my artwork. I would just draw directly on the page. WITH INK. Crazy. Above is the first strip where I penciled the art first, then drew the inks.
Then, I layout the book in Indesign. The image size is 8.5" x 14." I layout three books per page. This allows me to print three books per print run. I print the pages on my HP color laser printer.
After that, I design and layout the cover. I draw the artwork on my Wacom tablet. I also printed this on my HP laser printer.
Here's the other cover. Once all the pages and covers are printed, I take them to Insty Prints, a local printer and bindery, and they trim and perfect bind the books.
TA-DA! Insty Prints does nice work. For something I printed on my home printer, the books look very professional. The perfect binding (or square binding) really makes a difference.
Finally, I put them on my bookshelf with some of my old favorites.
I've really enjoyed working this project. When I was a kid, I dreamed that my Slick comics would be collected in book form. It's a lot of fun making this childhood dream come true. I have a lot more old Slick comics, so there will be more books in the future. Stay tuned.