Webcomic Print Collection

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A webcomic print collection is a collection of comics originally found on the web in a print book. Since Fandom 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.

Of course how long you can get said comics depends on the artist as sometime they can stop beyond an set amount of volumes, especially frustrating if the story leaves on a cliffhanger. This can also lead to Keep Circulating the Tapes because most webcomic volumes are almost always self-published. So if you don't get it on initial release and the artist stops working on it, it can be a bit of a hassle to find the print editions (for example, Josh Lisnick's Wendy trade, Exploitation Now full trade, and the first volume of RPG World which are all out of print and extremely rare to look for).

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.

Examples:

  • 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.
  • Pv P 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 & 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 has fully published Problem Sleuth (The animated cutscenes are handled by showing every frame on one page.) and Homestuck's first three arcs.
  • Newman raised enough money through Kickstarter to print a first volume collection.
  • 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! Magazine.
  • 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 its 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.
  • Tails of Lanschilandia has a print-on-demand book containing the first three stories, the B Side Comic up to the point of the book's release and bonus material such as sketches and "behind the scenes" pages.
  • Bird Boy: The print collection of Volume I from Dark Horse Comics is scheduled for release in May 2016.
  • Girl Genius started off as a print comic. It currently has 12 volumes, as well as a novel adaptation.
  • Dumbing of Age has volumes for the first three years.
  • Red's Planet is collecting its online strips — and going on from there in print.
  • Housepets! has these, collecting all of the strips from a given year, which are followed by an On the Next consisting of bizarre out-of-context panels. Bonus content is sometimes included as well.

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