11 Comic Creation Web Tools and Apps

“In comics you see the drawing, you see words, you see rhythm, you see the story.” - Lorenzo Mattotti

Students enjoy learning with comics and creating them. Comics help students visualize their learning. I’ve gotten students to create comics to illustrate logical fallacies, summarize articles, provide instructions, and express themselves. The frames break up the content into chunks, which helps their brains make sense of the material. Below are my favorite free educational comic creation tools and apps.  These tools provide  learners with a library of characters, props, scenes, speech bubbles, and templates. Find tips and ideas in my slide presentation, Teaching with Comics.

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Digital Game Creators

  • Make Beliefs Comix– (Web/iPad) Create two, three and four panel comics in multiple languages. No registration required. Also find 350+ free printables for teachers.
  • ToonDoo – allows students to share their comics, comment on other comics, and even save and edit a copy of a comic.
  • Comics Head– (iOS/Android) Students add their own images or can choose from their library of characters, backdrops, and speech bubbles. Students can draw in the comic. With the paid version, students can add audio narration.
  • Friendstrip– (iOS/Android) Frames set and students can fill in the story.
  • Pixton– (Web/iOS/Android) Has a library of characters, frames, and backgrounds.
  • Book Creator–(iOS/Android) templates to create digital comic books and graphic novels.
  • Marvel– Create comic strips and books with Marvel characters.
  • Witty Comics– Great for political cartoons. Simple and easy to use. No registration required.
  • Garfield– You can create comic strips or books with Garfield characters.
  • StoryBoardThat– Create comics or storyboards.
  • Lomics (iOS) create comic style videos.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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