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Dear Otto: What’s a Good Comic Creator

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Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

Here’s a great question I got from Amber:

What’s the best way for students to create a comic book like thing on the computer?

Zimmer Twins

A very popular online program for creating (free) comics that can be shared.

Lego Comic Builder

Create a comic using Legos. Lots of characters, backgrounds, objects and dialogue options. I use it for 2nd graders.

MakeBeliefsComix

Create comic strips that are fun and easy with a diverse cast of characters, scenes, backgrounds, objects, and dialogue prompts.

Comic Creator from ReadWriteThink

Compose comic strips using a variety of backgrounds, characters, and props, and dialogue

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

 

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7 thoughts on “Dear Otto: What’s a Good Comic Creator

  1. Here’s a comment I got from a reader:

    Question: This isn’t a question but more of a response to the Comic Creator. We loved using many of these and others, but our filtering system started blocking them because of inappropriate comics created by college age students or other creative people.
    I now work for Tech4Learning and we show them how to build comics using Pixie or Wixie. You can print in a panel format or publish to K12Share – a safe publishing place for Tech4Learning users.
    Thanks for the great list. The only one I had not used before is ZimmerTwins.

    • You’re so right and therein lies the problem. The ones I’ve listed are fairly vanilla, and maybe not exciting enough. I have looked at many others, but too often–as you say–they allow for non-K5 materials.

    • That looks pretty good. Do you use it with K-5? I had a bad experience with an avatar creator that–deep in its layer–had a few pieces that were inappropriate for 5th graders. Have you used it with that age group?

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