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Classroom-Friendly Websites and Apps for Making Comics

Anybody -- from preschool to high school -- can be a comic book creator with these tools that help students make sequential art. You'll notice that some of these tools are designed specifically with comic creation in mind, while others, many of which are tuned to older kids' needs, lack comic-specific scaffolding and instruction, but can be used to make more professional level creations.

Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Kids' drawings come alive with stickers, color, and voice recordings
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Superhero Comic Book Maker - by Duck Duck Moose Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Leap tall buildings with creative audio and visual storytelling
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Pixton Visit Website: http://www.pixton.com
Popular comic creation tool well-tuned to classrooms
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Halftone 2 – Comic Book Creator Publisher: Juicy Bits
Simple comic creator makes building stories fun
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Seedling Comic Studio Publisher: Seedling USA, Inc
Showcase student work through photo-based comic strips
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Comic Life Visit Website: http://comiclife.com/
Creative tool for visual storytelling through comics
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Make Beliefs Comix Visit Website: http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
Comic creation tool stresses self-expression and upbeat messages
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Sketchbook Express Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Creation tools hook kids, connect them with global community of artists
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Strip Designer Publisher: Jens Egeblad
Easy and fun way to create personalized, comic-book-style stories
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Storyboard That Visit Website: http://www.storyboardthat.com/
Engage kids with basic but versatile storytelling tool
Grades 5-10
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Explee Visit Website: https://explee.com/
Build slick, engaging whiteboard animations with Web-based tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Animoto Video Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video-slideshow tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Autodesk Sketchbook Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Bitmoji Publisher: Bitstrips
Liven up communication with cartoon-style custom avatars
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated