Lulu Launches Enhanced On-Demand Comic Book Publishing Technology

Comic books come to Lulu

September 28, 2004 - RALEIGH, N.C. - Lulu.com, the on-demand publishing tool for books, e-books, and other digital content, is quickly becoming the publishing resource of choice for comic artists.

To meet growing demands, Lulu (www.Lulu.com) is catering to the needs of comic book creators. Lulu's newly expanded comic book capabilities offer artists the option of publishing comic book size (6.75”x 10.375”) books in addition to the trade paperback and textbook sizes previously available. All comics are published on high quality paper with the option of vibrant color or black and white. Publishing a comic on Lulu is free. Individual copies can be purchased for under $10 and bulk discounts are available. Authors set their own royalties.

“The decision to expand the dimensions of our comics was driven by customer demand,” says Henry Hutton, who manages Lulu's online communities of writers, musicians, and artists. “Self-publishing in the comic world is a labor of love. We wanted to give our creators a comic book that feels like a real comic.”

Lulu representatives are also traveling the comic con circuit to inform artists of the latest tools available, as well as learn more about their specific needs. Lulu recently attended DragonCon and will attend this weekend's Small Press Expo (www.spxpo.com), both of which are popular events promoting independent comic book artistry.

"Comic book creators have been publishing their books in a plethora of ways outside of traditional publishing," says Leah Riley, a graphic design artist for Lulu and comic creator (www.lulu.com/comics). "It's really cool for me to go to conventions like Small Press Expo and explain how Lulu.com works and can help independent comic creators. For some people it is exactly what they've been looking for: a professional-looking full-color version of their work available on-demand."

Lulu's goal in the comic book world is to build an active community of independent authors and publishers where artists who publish comics and graphic novels feel at home.

Founded by open source entrepreneur Bob Young (co-founder and former chairman of Red Hat), Lulu provides independent publishers with free access to on-demand publishing tools for books, e-books, music, images and calendars.