Comic Creation: What's your story?

Using comics to build literacy and critical thinking skills!

In his 1993 book Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud gives his definition of the word "comics":

comics (kom'iks) n. plural in form, used with a singular verb. Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer. (p. 9)

Creating comics engages students as they build literacy and communication skills.

“All educators are desperately looking for ways to encourage youngsters to read and write and have discovered that comics, with their glorious drawings and the wonderful talk balloons that help move stories along, provide a vital resource to engage young people. We live in a very graphic society where children constantly see moving, comic images – sometimes on television and movies, sometimes on computer games. Kids feel very comfortable with these comic images and are hungry for more. ” — Bill Zimmerman, Make Beliefs Comics

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Comic story telling requires critical thinking.

“Making a comic is not simple. You need to figure out the visual composition of each panel, the sequencing and pacing of your story, the body language and facial expression of each character in each shot. It’s a synthesis of so many different things, and for most kids, these are elements they haven’t had to think about before. Suddenly they find themselves in the role of comic auteur, responsible for considering and communicating every detail of a story.” — Shahan Panth, Bitstrips for Schools

Comic Creation APPS

Toontastic How To
An Introduction to the Comic Life iPad app.mp4

Comic Creation Web Tool -

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Bitstrips for Schools

Story Starter Apps

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