Graphic Novel Collage

Cut out backgrounds, people, objects, speech bubbles and text boxes from old newspapers and magazines to narrate and illustrate your very own graphic novel through collage! 

This project is one of the virtual literacy through art classes hosted on Facebook Live from 1:30-2pm every Wednesday and Friday. Materials and instructions are posted here afterwards. Tune into the live classes to ask questions, give suggestions, and interact with other students who are stuck at home!

If you want to watch the recording of the live video, check out our Facebook page or Youtube channel!


  • Old newspapers, magazines, pictures
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 
  • Multiple sheets of blank paper 
  • Something to write with 
  • Optional: String, staples, binder clips, or a hole puncher and binder rings


  1. What kind of story do you want to write? Once you figure that out, look through old newspapers, magazines or pictures to find images to illustrate your graphic novel. Cut out any landscapes, backgrounds, people, objects, food or anything else you can use in your graphic novel. You can also draw some of your own images along with the images you cut out. 
  2. Design your graphic novel. What images and words belong on what page? When designing your pages, remember that one page in your graphic novel will be the size of a blank sheet of paper folded in half horizontally. For narration, you can use text boxes, write directly on the page, or cut speech bubbles out of blank paper and use them to show conversation between characters. 
  3. When you have determined how many pages you will need, take however many sheets of paper you need. Remember, one piece of blank paper is 4 pages in your book, since you are going to fold each paper in half and use the front and back of the paper. Don’t use too much or too little paper! 
  4. Stack them on top of each other and hold them landscape style. Fold the papers in half horizontally to make a book. 
  5. Leave the front and back of the first page blank because it is your title page. Glue down your images and narrate your story however you choose. Be creative! 
  6. For your title page, you can write the title of your story and the author using letter cut outs. Similar to how you found your images, go through newspapers and magazines finding letters in different fonts, backgrounds and sizes to spell it out. For more information on how to do this, here is a video on a similar project.
  7. To bind your book, you can use string, staples or hole punches. 
  8. Read your story to your family! Show off your story writing and collage skills!