Here’s a step-by-step demo for building an 8-page Quarter-Fold mini-comic “master copy.” You can then photocopy the “master” to self-publish your own mini-comic!
- 8 pages of artwork (P*I.E. full size on standard-size copier paper)
- blank paper
- masking tape
- (photocopier / scanner or some other way to reduce the artwork 50%)
- FINAL PRODUCT: MASTER COPY of short booklet collecting 8 single pages by 1 artist or multiple artists.
- FORMAT: Quarter-Fold Mini (8 pages)
1. REDUCING ARTWORK
We’ll begin with the original full-size pages (A, left), and shrink them down 50% on a photocopier/scanner (B, center = part of a “4 ON 1” page):
Here are 8 pages by 8 different students, reduced to 50% size (single-sided / 4 per sheet):
NOTE: Since our demo artwork pages are all WIDE (“landscape”), we’ll build our demo booklet WIDE as well. To make a TALL (“portrait”) format booklet for tall artwork pages, simply follow these instructions holding all your pages TALL instead of WIDE.
2. FOLDING THE MASTER
Setting aside those reductions, we’ll start building the master with a single blank sheet:
Fold the top half of the sheet down:
Fold the left half over the right, book-style:
The resulting booklet won’t quite open up, due to the fold across the tops of its pages:
3. NUMBERING PAGES
With a pencil, number the pages of this booklet 1-8, starting on the outside front cover:
The booklet doesn’t fully open, so on pages 2-3 and 6-7 we’ll have to slip our hand in & be sure to get those numbers right-side-up on the page:
Opening up the sheet, we can see that page numbers 1-8 are distributed in a pattern across the quadrants of this 2-sided master.
I like to put a “secret mark” on the spine of the book. See the star (*) between pages 8 & 1 below; This makes it easier to spot the cover & fold the booklet correctly:
4. “TAPING UP” = LAYING OUT BOOKLET PAGES
Now we’ll carefully cut out our pages, trimming along all four sides of the artwork to remove margin areas:
We’ll put our pages in order and make sure they’re all there… Then we’ll start by making a small roll of masking tape & sticking it in the center of page 1:
Find the “1” on the master sheet, center p.1 on it, and press down to affix the tape roll:
In this example, we don’t have a cover page — So I’ve selected a page of student artwork with space for a title at the top. I’ll paste in a simple “CLASS COMICS” title like so:
Alternatively, one of the artists might design a cover page. Note that the cover page is always part of the total page count (here, 8 pages).
Flipping the master around, we’ll affix page 2 to its spot in the booklet:
Note that all pages will align to their number in the booklet, so page 3 will go “upside-down” to align with the underscored 3:
Affix all the pages to their places, then open up the master like so:
Note that I’ve added website contact info (www.MarekBennett.com) to the booklet’s spine, just above the “secret mark”…
READY TO COPY?
Bring this MASTER to a photocopier to print as many copies as you need of your book (@ size, 2-sided).
The resulting copies will need to be folded, stapled, & trimmed across the top. (This is a fun activity to do with friends!)
IMPORTANT: NEVER staple & trim your master — You may need it to make more copies someday soon!