Guest posting today is Annie, the creator
of Alphabet Glue! Learn how to make comic
books, or graphic novels, with this excerpt
from Volume Eight!
DIY Comic Books from Alphabet Glue
Ever since discovering a love for her father’s childhood
collection of Calvin and Hobbes books last winter, my little
girl has been all about the comics. From Garfield to
Peanuts, she seems to find endless enjoyment in reading
and rereading the humorous misadventures of her
favorite cartoon characters. So what better activity for a
slow summer afternoon (or a rainy early fall one, really)
than sketching up a homemade comic of her very own?
After some amount of debate about the details, we
decided that making these draw-your-own comic books
feel authentic meant that they should have boldly printed
panels to contain the action and that the binding should
be no fancier than plain old staples. The plus side of my
daughter’s insistence on keeping it real is that this is one
bookmaking project that is super easy and almost
entirely focused on content.
Download the PDF (below) to find instructions for putting
together the simplest of books to house one-of-a-kind
comic panels drawn by you and yours. And, just for fun
and the sake of simplicity, you’ll also find pages outfitted
with comic panel templates that can be easily printed if
the idea is just to get busy drawing and not to fuss
with things like rulers and making straight lines. So
grab a pencil and let’s get going!
PDF Download for DIY Comic Books
Thank you, Annie!!
Alphabet Glue: Activities and inspiration for
kids who love books and their grown-ups!