Remember those good old days where we used to reading comics? Those days, only people who can draw would become comic strip authors. In some cases, the comics were difficult to understand (maybe due to language barrier) or were too dull to read.
With the Internet today, fortunately, everyone can create his/her own comics regardless of any talent as an artist.
Inserting some comic strips of your own into your blog post would be fun.
Depending on what you’re going for, you can use one of these six sites to help you create your own comics.
Thanks to Bill Zimmerman and Tom Bloom, MakeBeliefsComix.com is easy to use, even for children. Users can choose from 25 characters to fill a two-, three-, or four-paneled comic strips, and each character comes with several expressions. In addition, you can even add objects and talk bubbles into the strips. Currently, the site supports typing in seven different languages and is planning to add more Asian languages in near future. One limiting factor is colour where the background is restricted to a few colour options only. Overall, it is simple and easy-to-use, and you can easily finish creating your own comics in less than 10 minutes!
Marvel, this name should sound familiar to most comic or cartoon lovers. Not a surprise, the company has its own DIY comic site especially for kids (as stated in the domain name marvelkids.com).
You can create your own comics with some Marvel superheroes like The Hulk, Falcon, Wolverine, etc. It also has different styles of panels, I personally like zig-zag the most (as shown in the image above). Not only that, you can even create up to a 22-page comic book. If you’re looking for a customized comics of your own, this site might not be suitable for you since all features of the site (characters, background, objects) are of Marvel images.
This is the comic strip creation website for artists. The site allows for as much customization as possible without the need to build from scratch. Instead of just choosing the colour of a character’s shirt, for instance, there are options to adjust the collar, shape, sleeves and size of the shirt. Instead of relying on preset poses and emotions for each character, users are able to click and drag character limbs into new postures and can customize eyes, ears, noses and hairstyles.
Successful comics vie every day for a spot in the prestigious Pixton Top 10.
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There is an extensive library of characters and objects you can use for your comic strip in ToonDoo. Besides, there are also tools to create your own touches. The TraitR tool allows you to create custom characters and DoodlR lets you paint freely. If you want to use your own photos or another image in your comic strip, you can manipulate it through the ImagineR photo tool. See the girl in the second panel? This is how Emery (our Sales Executive) looks like! Unlike other sites, there’s an option to save your project mid-creation so that you can come back to it later.
I have personally tried creating a comic using Strip Generators. It has fewer characters compared to other sites, and everything is in black & white. However, due to the limited character options and features, the comic theme is significant. If you’re creative, the conversation between characters could be humour too. I personally think that it is very useful for short comics.
One unique capability is adjustable frames. If you need a specific cell to be a bit wider or longer, you can just drag the wall. Another stand-out trait is the personal library. When you tweak an image to get it just right, you can save it to use again later.
I guess now you’re getting very excited to create your own comics now. Happy Trying!
This post is contributed by Sarah Kessler and summarized by WOW Team.