Creating your own comic strip

This week you’ll be creating your own short (2-3 panel) comic strip. Check out the calendar for more details and options regarding online comics creators. I’m going to share a few examples of comics that I’ve made to help you get started.

Here are a couple I made a while back using Bitstrips:

And here’s one I drew by hand, in the style of xkcd:

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As these strips show, you don’t need a major event or story. All of these are based on true events in my life, but you can make something up if you want to. It doesn’t have to be personal.

There are some advantages and disadvantages for each style. Using a comic generator like Bitstrips can take more time because it requires a little bit of a learning curve as you figure out how to use the software. Also, there are some limitations regarding what you can do. On the other hand, the comics come out looking pretty cool, and I had a lot more fun doing it than I did drawing by hand. If you are a good artist, though, drawing might be more enjoyable for you.

Either way, I had to go through a process of thinking about what message I wanted to communicate and how I could communicate through visual medium. I had to think about what to include, and what to leave out. I had to think about what details would help create the story I wanted to tell.

So good luck and have fun!

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