Creaza is a free multimedia editing and creation web tool that allows mindmapping, cartooning webcomics/storyboarding films as well as having an audio and movie editor. Registration is required and I decided to give it a test run. It’s fairly simple to figure out and you are able to upload your own files too. The main downside is that you can’t download or export your files with the free version (but you are able to send the links). Included below is an introduction video.
Following on from a few posts ago, The Mechanics of Comics recently arrived in my inbox. This is a short, informative introductory article about comic layout, panels and text. The writer then goes on to provide a tutorial for Adobe Illustrator. A big coincidence and rather timely considering The Carrot Revolution’s recent announcement.
UPDATE: Have a look at Quotes on Comics to see what people are saying about the medium.
The Carrot Revolution inspired me to get back into comics. It’s been a while. We use ComicLife at my school and the kids love it. What about for those that cannot draw? Have these students create comicsHERE. It’s an excellent resource for elementary children from K-8 but could also be adapted to High School as well (or as a teacher resource). It’s free, printable and from the award winning ArtisanCam website, which also has other excellent resources. The kids will love it. Click the picture below for an example, and then explore the Roy Lichtenstein activity too.
Michael Cho has recently posted a 3 page handout for students he gave a lecture to regarding inking in comics. It’s pretty good. Have a look if you use comics in your class. (and don’t forget about the Art Inspired wiki!)
Lurid.com has an all-new series with acclaimed illustrator P. Craig Russell discussing graphic storytelling and sequential art. In the debut installment, he looks at the opening page of his comics adaptation of Pelléas & Mélisande. Check back for a new segment every Monday!
When students retell a book, their words are captured in Comic Life. In a guided reading group setting I want students to be able to reflect on and see their retell in a tangible way. Typing the retell words a child says into a Comic Life document helps them see their thoughts and reflect on them. It gives the teacher the opportunity to revisit what they said, to notice their strengths in the retell and point out and train the student in the areas where they are weaker. The Comic Life retell is sent home with the student so the child’s parent can be informed of the retell skills their child focused on that day and to continue practicing those skills at home.
I use ComicLife all the time with my elementary students. Have a look. There is more to do than the above.
Not too sure if this is essential but thought I should share it anyway. May be of use to elementary students as it is quite simple to use and may help design comic books, greeting cards etc. (though there are more integrated options if you own a Mac). I am looking forward to their video version though. They state the following (click here to go to the site):
Upload your image and start using the cartoonizer tool to warp, sketch and color your cartoon. Add all kinds of frames, graphics and shapes to your design and then share it on your favorite social networks including FaceBook, Myspace, Hi5, Friendster and Bebo. No special art school education or graphic design skills are needed.