BentoComics.com is a growing archive of rarely-seen short stories from top comics creators that allows you to
– easily browse, search, and read comics on the site
– collect your favorites into custom anthologies
– store and refine your choices in a personal 'Library'
– create and order your own printed anthology through Lulu.com
BentoComics allows you to choose only the stories YOU want, when and how you want them. New stories are added to the site frequently. Read as many as you like! Then, when you're ready to add your favorites to your bookshelf, assemble and order your one-of-a-kind, printed anthology.
BentoComics.com is created, coded and maintained by the In The Attic 6. We're a group of artists, programmers and designers who got tired of waiting for traditional publishers to deliver the comics anthologies we love to buy and read and so decided to MAKE OUR OWN, DAMMIT.
The system we built allows us to showcase content from our favorite creators in one easy-to-browse location; it's an easy way for us to print books for sale at the cons we attend during the year, AND it makes it simple and fun for the comics-reading public to assemble and buy books consisting of only the creators and content THEY want to buy.
Browsing and reading comics on BentoComics.com is both simple and free. Stories are searchable and sortable by creator, keyword, genre, age-group or last update. You can browse stories via the Titles page. Or check the Featured Stories page to see what's new!
Read news and updates directly from BentoComics creators. Creators can also leave making-of and behind-the-scenes info attached to their comics pages. Registering for an account allows you to leave comments and feedback for your favorite creators and on your favorite stories.
The real power of BentoComics.com comes into play when you're ready to hold your favorite stories in your hands in your own personalized printed anthology. Collecting and organizing your choices into a unique book is done in your online 'Library'. You control the content, story order and cover for your book. When you're ready, BentoComics.com will automatically send your book for printing through Lulu.com, letting you know via email when your book is ready to purchase and ship.
All BentoBooks are black-and-white interior with full color covers.
Create your account: select the REGISTER NOW! button and fill out your particulars.
Collect stories. When you find a title you want to add to your book just click the "ADD TO BOOK" button on the stories' title page. Select as many stories as you like. Books can be from 32 to 740 pages in length. Create as many books as you like in your online Library and buy only those you want, when you want.
From your Library, select the book you want to print and buy and click MAKE IT. Your stories are aggregated automatically and sent to the printer. We send you an email when it's ready.
Simply follow the link in the email, or click the BUY IT button in your Library to purchase your book through Lulu.com. BentoBooks are printed as a perfect-bound color-cover, black and white interior, at US$6.50/book + $.04/page.
(Lulu's standard cost is $4.50/book + $.02/page, and we add $2.00/book to cover the server and $.02/page to pay our creators.)
The price is calculated for you when your book is created so there are no surprises. Here are a few examples to give you an idea (as of Apr 2010):
Shipping charges will vary. More information on Lulu's shipping charges is here.
If you don't have an account on Lulu.com, register to fill out your purchasing/shipping particulars.
That's it! You'll receive your book in the mail within Lulu.com's stated shipping period.
Questions or comments? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us at webmaster at bentocomics dot com or visit the BentoComics forums.
Read bite-sized comics online for free. Then collect your favs into a one-of-a-kind printed book!
March 30, 2010 - BentoComics.com is a creator-owned, creator-built anthology site showcasing little-seen works by comics pros. Read all the comics you want online for free! Then collect your favorites into a book which is automagically sent to Lulu.com for printing and shipping.
"This is the kind of thing that happens when you get a bunch of comics people together after a con, when they're all hyped up on ideas and sleep-deprivation," says Dee DuPuy, one of BentoComics.com's founders. "We love comics anthologies, we cried, wringing our hands. Why don't publishers print more of them?? ARGH. Okay FINE, we'll do it ourselves!"
Over two years in the making, BentoComics has become a place where professional creators can showcase content you'd normally only find at a con artist's alley all year round. It allows fans to read new works and interact with creators online, leaving commentary and feedback. Finally, users can collect, have printed and buy the kind of fresh, always changing anthologies that we all love.
Currently with 18 stories from 9 creators including never-seen new work from YALSA's 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list creator Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon, Nightschool) and Queenie Chan (The Dreaming, Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas), BentoComics.com has grown from a fun idea into a community we're very excited to share with the comics-making, comics-reading community!
BentoBooks, great with tea!
Gather stories from the site, collect and refine your choices in your personal "Library", then, when you're ready, the system sends your one-of-a-kind anthology to Lulu for printing and shipping.
Your own personal anthology! Choose just the stories and creators you want!
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