I finally got my proof copy of my Jet Dancer comic in the mail from Ka-Blam.
Overall, I'm very impressed. The quality of the paper is decent and the colors are almost a perfect replication of my digital artwork.
When I first submitted my files for approval, I was contacted personally by a human, not some automated service, via private message because I miscalculated my page count. Ka-Blam's system accepts very specific page numbers only, and you have to fill up whatever gaps there may be with something, be it more interior pages, ads (theirs or yours) blank pages, etc. My book is 22 pages so I initially thought picking the 24 page option would compensate for the covers, but I forgot to consider that pages are two sided.
I got that straightened out and resubmitted my PDF, and everything was approved. Shipping time felt a little long but maybe it's because I was just really anxious to see my book in print.
I picked the magazine-sized option because I drew my pages on 8.5x11" paper. The book is physically larger than most normal comic books. In the future, now that I do most of my work digitally, I may just have to get with it and start making my comics on 11x17-sized "paper", i.e., the digital canvas. No reason not to...
I have to admit, I was starting to doubt my interest in making more comics after going through this process, but having a physical comic that I created in my hand feels great...the same way I felt when I printed my Beloved Weapon novel years back (I still love holding that book and flipping through it from time to time even though all I see are the flaws now...).
The only reason I'm not putting the book up for sale yet is because of a massive oversight on my part...nowhere in the book did I remember to put any sort of link to any of my websites with this first print. No mention of my FB, dA, website or anything like that anywhere...just my name. So I dealt with that problem and submitted a new PDF. Hopefully the process will go faster this time--I only added one additional page (an "About the Artist" page), which takes the place of a blank page I was forced to include the first time.
So yeah, that's my experience with Ka-Blam so far. I'm eager to get a print I can be satisfied with so I can see how it does on IndyPlanet (and hook people up with those signed copies many have been clamoring for...)