Q: What is Single Bound Studios (SBS)?
A: Single Bound Studios was formed by David Banks in January 2008 to provide a variety of design and bookbinding services to comic book collectors.
Q: What is the oversew method?
A: Oversewn bindings are a type of bookbinding produced by sewing together loose leaves of paper to form a book block. Threads pass through small holes that have been punched in the signature's gutter margin (nearest the spine), forming overlock stitches that attach it to previously attached sections. A piece of linen is then glued to the book block spine for further support. Oversewing is usually done by an oversew machine.
Q: How does hand-sewing differ from oversewing?
A: Hand-sewing sews through the gutter (no cut-off occurs). Oversewing sews through the edge of the paper (some cut-off may occur).
Q: Do I have to send my comics to SBS in order to get a price quote?
A: Not Always. In most cases SBS can give you a quote before submitting your comics.
Q: What kind of prep do I need to do before sending in my books?
A: Stack comics in binding order. Remove staples and any unwanted pages and back covers.
Q: How should I pack my books?
A: Stack comics in binding order. Be sure to include an order form with each book.
Q: What are head and tail lines?
A: These are colored foil lines placed at the top and bottom of the spine.
Q: What are head bands and supers?
A: These are decorative pieces of cloth placed at the top and bottom of the spine of the book block.
Q: What is hand set type?
A: Every letter of the alphabet, every punctuation mark and every numerical symbol is an individual molded piece of metal in high relief on its own metal block. The raised shapes of the letters are arranged and then heated in order to stamp foil to a book cover or spine.
Q: What fonts are available?
A: For Basic Bindings we use two different Serif fonts and two different San Serif fonts.
Q: How much text can fit on the spine (upper and lower)?
A: This is determined by width of spine. Further details can be given upon review of your order.
Q: Do you provide die-stamping on covers and spines?
Q: What are all the different binding methods?
A: There are many different binding methods. We offer the following: oversew (through the side) and hand-sew (through the gutter).
Q: What shipping service do you recommend?
A: United States Postal Service Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes. You can fit up to 3 books worth of comics in the 11" X 8.5" X 5.5" medium flat rate (shoebox shaped) box.
Q: What are the payment options and when is payment due?
Payment can be made via PayPal, personal check or money order. Payment is due upon completion of your order.
Q: Where do I ship my projects?
A: Single Bound Studios
P.O. Box 45394
Omaha, NE 68145
Q: What if I have questions?
A: Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-699-4556.