Edison Student Publishers - Comics

Comics can tell a funny story or joke, express an opinion, or even explain how to make or do something. What else can you do with comics?
Types of Comics | Parts of a Comic | Size and Shape | Draw Your Own | Digital Comics | Photos for Comics | Combine Techniques | Talk Bubble Tips | iWork Pages Tips | Put it on the Page | Sample Comics | Comic Links

top-button-blk-30.pngTypes of Comics

Comics can be single panel (one rectangle) or multi-panel. Multi-panel comics let you tell a story or joke in parts. Use comics to be funny, to express an opinion, or even to explain an event or process.

top-button-blk-30.pngParts of a Comic

A 4-panel comic with title, by-line and image credits.
For publishing in our paper, your comic needs a title, by-line, and credits for any images, characters or ideas you use that are not your own.

top-button-blk-30.pngSize and Shape

Tall comics usually fill a quarter page.

Long comics may stretch to fit the width of the page.

Comics can either be long strips or tall boxes. If you have a different size in mind, please talk with me. You can create it a larger comic if you want, and then we can shrink it to fit, but keep the length to height ratio the same!

If you are using Comic Life, it's important that you set the page size at the beginning.

top-button-blk-30.pngDraw Your Own

You can draw comics on paper and then photograph or scan it into the computer. Try combining your drawings with the text and talking bubbles in programs like Comic Life. Once you've drawn and scanned a character, you can even use it over and over, rotate it, zoom in on it, and more.

top-button-blk-30.pngDigital Comics

comiclife.jpgThere are several web sites and software programs that help you create comics, either using your own images or ones they provide. One program in particular is Comic Life, which makes it especially easy to make comics using the photos on your computer.

top-button-blk-30.pngPhotos for Comics

Use the iSight camera built-in to the computer or any digital camera to snap photos for your comic. You can use real-life characters and scenes, or photograph things you've made from clay, Legos, action figures, etc., then import the photos to a program like ComicLife to add text, talking bubbles, and other effects.

top-button-blk-30.pngCombine Techniques

You can create comic characters, props and scenes in any of the ways described above and then copy and paste them into a single comic.

top-button-blk-30.pngTalk Bubble Tips

Make the text as large as you can. Don't let the talk bubbles cover important parts of your picture. The "tail" of the talk bubble does not need to cover the character's mouth - it can just point to somewhere near their head.

top-button-blk-30.pngiWork Pages Tips

See our layout tips to learn more about working with iWork Pages.

top-button-blk-30.pngPut it on the Page

When you finish creating and editing your comic, export it as an image (File > Export... > To Images...). Then move the file onto the layout page for the paper. If you can't figure out how to export it as an image, you can always use Skitch to take a screen shot of your comic.

top-button-blk-30.pngSample Comics

Here are comics created by students in the publishing program:

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