About twelve years ago I saw something called comic binding. Basically, you can send comics to a bindery where they’ll cut them, sew them (maybe glue depending on their process) and press them into a custom hardcover.
I was intrigued by not only the process but what some people were doing with it. Vast collections of series were being put into multiple volumes. Some were even making hardcovers of things that hadn’t been collected into a trade yet. I was so interested I looked up the process and decided to send some comics to be bound. I loved it! You could put to 25 comics in a single volume and it would look great.
I was really stunned to see the graphic wrap around covers. It made the bindings stand out even more.
I’ve shared these over on another topic but I wanted to give an example of what I mean. Years ago I had what I call the “New Earth” era of Superman (From Secret Origin to Reign of Doomsday) made into an eleven volume set. These are the results:
I’ve seen some other members here with some amazing custom bindings. Feel free to share them. I’ve got some more at home I’d love to show you all.
It’s a fun hobby. It can be an expensive one, I have to admit and I know some people aren’t thrilled about removing the back covers and ads from their comics…or having them cut by the bindery, but at the end of the day you end up with something really cool and customized. It always gets a fun response when I show people and it’s a great ice breaker with creators at conventions.