One of the most popular posts that I've published on Free Technology for Teachers is a list of ten free tools for creating comics online. I wrote that post three years ago. Since then some of the tools have gone offline or started charging users. So I think it's time to share a new list. Here are five free tools for creating comics online.
is a free tool designed for students to use to create comics in the
"graphic novel style" that is popular with a lot of kids in the ten to
fourteen years old age range. Comic Master provides a drag and drop
interface for students to build their comics on. Students using Comic
Master can select from a variety of layouts, backgrounds, characters,
effects, and fonts. Students can create free accounts on Comic Master to
save their works and edit them whenever they like. Comic Master gives
students the option to create and print multiple page stories.
Make Beliefs is a free comic
strip creation tool that provides students with a variety of
templates, characters, and prompts for building their own comic strips.
Make Beliefs provides
students with a pre-drawn characters and dialogue boxes which they can
insert into each box of their comic strip. The editing options allow
users the flexibility to alter the size of each character and dialogue
bubble, bring elements forward within each box, and alter the sequence
of each box in the comic strip. Students that have trouble starting a
story can access writing prompts through make beliefs. Most
impressively, Make Beliefs allows users to write their comic strip's dialogue in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portugese, or Latin.
Chogger is a free comic strip creation tool that offers a good selection of editing tools. Chogger allows you to draw images from scratch or use your existing images. You can even connect your webcam to Chogger
to capture pictures for use in your comic strips. Once you've added
images to your comic strip, you can add effects such as fading and
outlining. Chogger also allows you to customize the look of each frame in your comic strip. Comic strips created in Chogger can have as few as three frames or as many as twelve or more frames.
Marvel Kids invites kids to create their own super hero comic strips and comic books. Marvel Kids provides users with templates
for comic strips and comic books. Users select the backgrounds,
characters, and special effects from the provided menus. Arranging each
scene and re-size the characters is an easy drag and drop process.
After creating their scenes, users can add dialogue boxes to their
comics. Completed comic strips and comic books can be downloaded and
Witty Comics provides a simple platform that students can use to create two character dialogues. To use Witty Comics
students just need to select the pre-drawn background scenes and the
pre-drawn characters they want to feature in their comics. Writing the
dialogues is the creative element that is left to the students.
If you're looking for some ideas for using comics in the classroom, the following Slideshare presentation from S. Hendy contains 26 ideas for you. At the end of the presentation you'll see a list of even more cartoon creation tools.