The Beginner’s Guide to Comicbooking: Comic Cube Storage DIY (Moderate)

Welcome back to The Beginner’s Guide! I have been waiting, working, and preparing for this particular post for nearly two months. What could possibly take that long? Well, this:

Yes, in this installment, I have a handy—and cheap—DIY comic cube for your constantly growing collection. Part of the reason why this took so long was because I had to do some research on the subject of comic book storage systems. What I found was a scant list of either bland, white boxes, or custom shelving units. (Custom is another word for expensive.) Other than that, there isn’t much. Now, I don’t know about you Nerds, but I’m broke as shit. Not only that, but I have no space at home for those long, bland boxes. So one night, I grabbed my notebook, and did some sketching.

Then, I did a survey. A survey. With people an questions. What I found cemented my impression of comic book storage systems: they suck a little. The majority of people who took my survey stated that they wanted comic book storage units that were inexpensive, display nicely, and are easy-to-build. Hopefully my solution proves to be the answer.

Ready to get started? Me too!

From your utility belt, you’ll need: 

-Two large sheets of foam core board

-Wellbond glue

-Blue tape

-X-Acto (craft) knife

-Large piece of cardboard (gluing surface)

-Metal yardstick (trust me, you’ll want metal)


Note: if you have all the tools for this project, the total cost of supplies will be around $9!

Step 1: 

Taking the foam core board, measure out all the panels for your comic cube. You will need five panels. The measurements I used for each panel are as follows:

  • Sides: 7 3/8″ x 11″
  • Top and bottom: 7 3/8″ x 10 2/8″
  • Back: 10 2/8″ x 11″

I based my measurements on the dimensions of a comic book, which is roughly 7″ x 10″. I made the cube’s measurements slightly bigger to store the comics nice and snug, but with enough room so that I don’t damage them.


Step 2: 

Taking your metal yardstick and X-Acto knife, carefully cut through the board. Keep the knife blade flush to the edge of the metal yardstick. This will help you cut evenly and cleanly.

Step 3: 

Begin to build up the cube by gluing the two sides on to the bottom panel. Take tall, heavy objects—like spray cans and jars—and use those to brace the sides as the glue dries. After an hour, add the top panel, let dry, then the back piece. Allow the Wellbond glue to cure for 24 hours. Trim excess or uneven edges after the glue has completely cured.

Step 4: 

As your glue is curing, you can get started on the drawer. Taking what’s left of the foam core board, cut out panels for the base of the drawer and four sides. Cut out these panels using the X-Acto knife and metal yardstick.

Step 5: 

Glue the sides of the drawer onto the base panel. Allow to cure for 24 hours. Trim any excess.

Step 6: 

Add the drawer into the cube, and begin storing your comics! But, your comic cube is not just limited to this. If you’re looking to step up your storage game, consider these optional steps.

Optional Step 1: 

Paint the cube! This is what I did for my own cube. White is too plain for me, so I covered it in a few coats of Apple Barrel brand paint. The color is called Acapulco. Pro tip: satin paints work the best, and won’t make the material too sticky.

Optional Step 2: 

Create organizational tabs for all of your issues using poster board. Label these by publisher, artist, writer, series, or character! Stick these in between so that you can easily grab an issue.


Perch your comic cube in your bookcase or on a shelf, and you’re good to go!

With cure time, this project will take about two days to complete. Three days, maybe, if you paint your own cube. Have a larger collection? Not a problem! Widen the back panel of the cube to accommodate your huge stash. Don’t want to add a drawer? Shorten the box by an eighth of an inch, and skip steps 4 and 5. Make it your own! And be sure to share with me your own comic-related creations on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! As always, tune in next time for another installment of The Beginner’s Guide.

Interested in more crafty content? Check out The DIYer’s Utility Belt to help you get started with any nerdy project!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Christine B. says:

    Although I don’t own any comics (the shame! I know! I hope to rectify this soon!), I really enjoy your dedication to this project. Will be following you right about…now! 🙂

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    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thank you very much! If you want any suggestions on how to get started, jut let me know! 🙂

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      1. Christine B. says:

        I might very much hit you up on that offer! There have been a lot of series that I’ve said “Ooo, that looks so good!” and then promptly never bought them…It is one part of my nerd-dom that is considerably lacking, lol.

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      2. mckelodeon says:

        The new Batgirl series is good, so is Ms. Marvel. I’ve started reading Paper Girls, too. That is a phenomenal short series to try.

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      3. Christine B. says:

        I’ll give those a look. Never heard of Paper Girls before, but the title interests me. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  2. lydiadickson says:

    Nice! I feel like this is a great solution for most comics, and the dividers are a great touch! My husband and I own mostly trades, so I’m not sure the foam board would be able to handle it as well. I’ll have to come up with a better way to store them soon….then again I might have to get a shelf just for our trades at the rate we’re going!

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    1. mckelodeon says:

      Yeah things like that collect quickly! I would be interested to see what you come up with! 🙂


  3. kylacovert says:

    Oh, what a great idea! I’ve recently found myself with quite a few comics that I’ve picked up at conventions and I have no idea how to store them! I’m all about DIYs like this, the solution of using folders is genius.

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    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thank you! I hope this proves to be a solution for you! If you do make one, please share. I’d love to see your work!


  4. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy says:

    I don’t actually own comics, but now I want to just to make this and have somewhere to put them. Also, seeing The Wolf Among Us made my heart skip a beat ❤ Bigby!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Yaaaas I’m glad someone else likes it! I love that series.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy says:

        I’m reading The Unwritten right now (which I’m sadly not loving) just because there’s a Fables crossover 🙂

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      2. mckelodeon says:

        That’s a shame. But yeah the Fables series is really good. The Wolf Among Us is the only one I’ve read so far, but I want to read the others in the series.

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  5. Mandy says:

    This is fab!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thank you! 😀


  6. stephabbot says:

    I haven’t read a comic book since I was a teeny tiny but this post is awesome! I love how much time you have taken to share this with others. You inspire me to embrace my inner nerd and welcome the weird. Loving your blog so far 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Wow, that has to be one of the nicest compliments I have seen!! Thank you so much! I’m glad that this series has had an impact 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Galaxy says:

    This is great! I love the dividers and the fact I can make it any colour I choose. Definitely going to give it a try over the summer!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thanks! Make sure to send a picture when you’re done! I would love to see your final product. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

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