When I was in fifth grade I remember creating an entire world of cartoon and comic characters with my friends. We even went so far as to write stories about their origins, adventures, and the world they lived in. Suffice it to say, we were budding comic books authors, and the teacher loved that we were writing so much. I recently saw a fourth grader making some very elaborate flip books complete with a two page story and though to myself, why not have the students create comics? Children of all ages, including many adults, enjoy comics as they provide fantastic worlds and individuals that are both highly engaging to read and write about. One of the most popular projects of my fourth and fifth grade students are the super hero stories that I have them write, so finding a way to add images easily would definitely enhance the story and make it much more engaging.
The Comic Creator is a free web page that lets the user create a one, two, three, or six panel comic book. Every object, background, and image is pre-rendered so there’s no drawing involved, just drag and drop. This is especially perfect for students that may not be artistically inclined, but still want to produce something that looks good. Once the background, people, and objects have been placed you can insert as many text balloons as you wish and write inside of them. There is no limit to the number of panels you can create, and when you’re finished you can print out the entire comic book for coloring and assembly. A complete desktop publishing tool for comic books, and it’s free on line. I’m eager to use this tool to help motivate struggling writers as well as provide a creative production tool for the rest of the class.