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

by KELLY WALSH on DECEMBER 11, 2014

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!

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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

BitStripswww.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

Pixtonwww.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

Anmishanmish.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.

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