Why read for free what you can BUY?
A webcomic print collection is a collection of comics originally found on the web in a print book.
is very supportive they will gladly pay money for the privilege of holding the comics in their hands.
There are many advantages to buying a webcomic print collection as opposed to reading it for free on the Internet
: you can take it with you outside the house, there are no load times, it doesn't need batteries, and you can still read it during a power outage. Some print collections also contain bonus material
Webcomic print collections are different from Writing for the Trade
since most webcomic creators do not make webcomics just to make money by selling print collections.
This is Older Than They Think
. The first Comic Books
were just reprints of what was published in the newspaper.
- Gunnerkrigg Court is, as of January 2012, up to three volumes of the print edition. In hardback, no less.note
- Real Life Comics has the first two years. But the first is out of print.
- Nemu-Nemu has five books out. It's one of the few webcomics you can buy in stores... in select stores in Hawaii, California and Canada.
- Megatokyo has six and they're some of the easiest to find in stores.
- Many of the current and former Keenspot-hosted comics have print books.
- Penny Arcade is up to seven volumes, one for each calendar year, with commentary for most of the strips.
- PvP had eight but the first five have been re-released in one big hardcover book.
- Spinnerette has two books that each collect four chapters plus a bonus fifth one.
- The Book of Biff has five books.
- Cyanide and Happiness has a couple print collections.
- El Goonish Shive has two; the first is out of print.
- The first seven chapters of Grey is... were published in a volume; a second volume is currently halfway to being ready to print.
- Randall Munroe published xkcd vol. 0 in 2009.
- Basic Instructions is on to its second volume. They have also showed up in a few comic stores.
- MS Paint Adventures is heading in this direction, with nine out of 22 chapters of Problem Sleuth in print. The animations are handled by showing every frame on one page, and Word of God states that when they get up to Homestuck, the longer animations will be in the form of more standard Sequential Art.
- Homestuck volume 1 was released in late 2011.
- The Order of the Stick has four books and three print-only collections.
- Platypus Comix had some books compiling every comic posted from February 2001 to May 2004, including many that Peter Paltridge removed from the website. Also, the 10th anniversary of the site saw a collection of 11 stories considered favorites by fans and/or Peter himself. Plans to publish books of comics produced after May 2004 went indefinitely on hold after Peter became the head cartoonist of local periodical, BANG! The Entertainment Paper.
- Garfield Minus Garfield has a book containing some comics from Dan Walsh, and some from Jim Davis (who also weighed in with some positive comments of the series).
- Questionable Content has two print collections released so far, covering roughly 300 strips each.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal did it as well, sporting the famous "Save yourself, mammal!" on the cover.
- Galaxion has two print volumes available for sale.
- Squid Row released a full-color print collection in 2011.
- The KA Mics came out with it's first print collection in June 2013 with extra material.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid started out about 2003 as a webcomic on Funbrain.com, before being adapted into a book series.