Print Bonus

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Bonus strips added when a Newspaper Comic or Web Comic is published as a book. A Sub-Trope of Bonus Material. See also Side-Story Bonus Art.

Examples of Print Bonus include:
  • The first The Adventures of Dr. McNinja book has Alt Text (first introduced in the second issue) added for the first issue. The third book has a short story starring the side character "The Beeman".
  • The The Order of the Stick books tend to do this (not counting the two print only stories). For example: Dungeon Crawling Fools has a set of new comics introducing the characters better than the cast page on the website. Lampshaded in-story twice. Once when characters suggest they add an unseen bit of action as bonus content for the next book and when Haley is suffering under a speech-impediment that turns all her speech into cryptograms, she can still communicate with The Oracle. When asked, he says that no, he doesn't understand her - he just has the power to look into the future, for when the strips are released in book-form with translations attached.
  • Some Calvin and Hobbes books have extra strips done in watercolor.
  • Sam and Fuzzy had an extra story and some Skull Panda strips in its first mini-book, and probably similar in the newer ones, but I haven't read them.
  • Some of the Girl Genius collected editions have extra story pages, to clarify details and/or to make sure that the big double-page spreads end up on facing pages.
  • There is a new extra comic included in one of the X Wing Series Omnibus collections, about Wedge being a Destructive Savior and Luke defending him from angry townspeople.
  • Both El Goonish Shive books have an additional silly story and a Post Episode Trailer.
  • The Sluggy Freelance collected volumes contain these. The character of Deplora was actually introduced in one of these bonus stories before being brought into the main strip.
  • The Axe Cop book, in addition to publishing every episode of the webcomic released up to that point, includes commentary from Ethan on the Ask Axe Cop strips, plus fanart.
  • Teahouse does cleverly: it lures potential readers by promises of yummy mansex, traps them by a captivating plot, and rakes in the chips by keeping the great majority of the smut as well as some extra strips print-only.
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys is not strictly a webcomic.[1] However, like the examples above, when this free-to-view online manga is collected into printed volumes, additional skits, i.e. High School Girls are Funky, were added. It is remarkable to note that High School Girls are Funky is the only thing in this series that has a long-term plot.
  • While the Homestuck books do not contain extra stories, they do feature author-exclusive commentary.
  1. It is published in an free-for-view commercial online anthology which operates like traditional manga anthologies