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20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

by Kelly Walsh on December 11, 2014

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Comic Strips and Cartooning can be a Fun Way for Students to Explore Learning Topics

There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the web, as well as apps for tablets and smartphones. I’ve built out a list of fun tools I am looking forward to trying out over the upcoming holiday break. I can’t wait to brainstorm creative ways to leverage these in lessons!

MakeBeliefsComix-ExampleKWClick to view original, large image

Note that some of these tools offer very different types of functionality. It’s important to explore them yourself before introducing them students.

Web Apps for Cartooning and Comic Creation

ToonDoo: “Fastest Way to Create Comic Strips and Cartoons”: www.toondoo.com

BitStrips: www.bitstrips.com/create/comic

Make Belief Comicswww.makebeliefscomix.com/comix (you don’t even have to create an account to use this)

Create Your Own Comic from Marvel: marvel.com/games/play/34/create_your_own_comic

Pixton: www.pixton.com

Comic Creator from Read Write Think: www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic

Strip Creator: www.stripcreator.com

Strip Generator: stripgenerator.com/strip/create

Write Comics: writecomics.com

Toonlet: toonlet.com

Cambridge English Online’s Cartoon Creator: cambridgeenglishonline.com/Cartoon_Maker

Cartoonize Your Pet! www.cartoonizemypet.com

Anmish: anmish.com

“LOL” Builder: builder.cheezburger.com/builder/rage

iPad and Android Apps for Making Comics and Cartoons

Comic Touch 2 (iOS): itunes.apple.com/app/comic-touch-2/id692819867?mt=8

Cartoonatic (iOS): itunes.apple.com/il/app/cartoonatic/id420905479?mt=8

DoInk (iOS): www.doink.com

Comic Puppets Lite (Android): play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.touchmultimedia.comicpuppetsfree

Marvel Comics: (Android): play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marvel.comics

Draw Anime – Manga Tutorials (Android): play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mangatutorial.drawanime

A Few Important Things to Keep in Mind When Using Comic and Cartoon Creation Tools in the Classroom

  • Try a few tools yourself and find those you think will work best in your classroom
  • Make sure that the app(s) you select actually work in your classroom (they are not blocked, for example)
  • Watch out for inappropriate content created by other users

So there you go … now start clicking and using your imagination to have some fun with the cool tools! If you have some experience with these or similar apps in the classroom, we hope you will comment and tell us about it.

 

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded EmergingEdTech.com. He frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, regularly running Flipped Class Workshops online. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by kwalshmusic.com and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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android world store June 2, 2016 at 6:23 am

Download Best And new comic app and also download,read Digital comics book app.you can download online best comic maker app for make comic.

http://www.androidworldstore.com/android-apps/comic-app

Cindy April 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm

I also like Strip Designer, an iPad app. It does not have artwork, but you can import your own photos, or design artwork in the app. It’s free and simple. I do rather like Pixton, but it comes with a cost.

Leïla September 19, 2015 at 7:06 am

Thanks for this article! I’ve used Bitstrips several times and I thinks it’s designed for children to create original comic strips. I’ve recently come across a new cartoon maker tool that is user-friendly: http://www.paltoons.com

Susan Stephenson February 17, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Another app I like is Toon Toolkit. I use ComicsHead, ToonDoo, MakeBeliefs etc but find myself returning often to Toon Toolkit because of the artwork. I’ve reviewed it and will add the link in case you’re interested. http://www.thebookchook.com/2014/07/childrens-ipad-app-toontoolkit.html

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