Friday, August 24, 2018

App Review: Tell a Tale with Comic Life 3

by Susan Stephenson,

Comic Life is an app for both Mac and Windows developed by I use Comic Life 3 for Mac. It is also available for iOS.

From the developer:

Whether it is photos of friends or hand drawn comic characters, Comic Life is the ultimate app for turning your images into a comic. Want to recount your holiday adventures or tell a life-story in an engaging style? Comic Life is the answer. What about creating an original story featuring you and your friends? That’s easy with Comic Life.

It’s the app with everything you need to make a stunning photo comic. Fonts, templates, panels, balloons, captions and lettering art. Simply add your photos and some words and very quickly you’ll have a finished story.

Comic Life is also great for doing school projects, how to guides, flyers for your business or group, storyboarding, lesson plans, book reports, Internet memes; and that’s just to name a few!

What I liked:

My very favourite thing about Comic Life 3 is the way it encourages kids to express themselves and be involved in Story. It’s a lot of fun to use, is relatively easy - you can drag and drop photos, re-size, edit, stretch word art etc. The results are really satisfying. I use it quite often when creating the educational PDFs I offer at my website. You can see Comic Life in use with my own created clipart in Posters: Helping Kids Select Books and in Respond to Literature - 3 Book Response Templates. One example of my use of photos in a Comic Life template is Frog Activity - Using Comics for Information Reports. I appreciate that there’s support on Plasq’s website.

I like the range of templates available, including blanks. Some of the fancier templates with colourful backgrounds and interesting fonts will appeal to kids and help them get started. You can see an example of one special template in my image at top, and a newspaper title page template in the image below. For telling a digital story in comic format, there’s also a huge range of templates with different numbers and shapes of panels, word art, speech balloons, captions etc available. This is a very rich tool and it deserves a place in both schools and homes.

Where do I get it?

Plasq and the Mac App Store.

Check out all of my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page.

I’ll be adding Comic Life 3 to my list of apps that kids can create with, and my list of tools that involve kids in digital storytelling.

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