As an educator, a teacher, I need to make my teaching material interesting. I have browsed the internet and found 21 free online comic makers that I consider best for educators.
There are so many online comic makers out there, free and paid. They come and go. One of the best online comic makers that I used was bitstrips, but it is now gone.
Many online or web based comic makers are built using flash that need flash player. Unfortunately, flash is now ripped. Browsers no longer support flash. An awesome online comic makers from readwritethink.org is now no longer available. The best thing about online app is that you can use them in any OS, whether it is Windows PC, Mac, Linux, or any others, as long as it has an internet browser. You don’t have to install it in your mobile phones like specific apk for android.
However, fortunately, there are still other free online comic maker software that don’t use flash, so they are still available. I do not rank them, so the list here doesn’t represent their ranks, but I comment each of them based on my judgement, yours might be different. Anyway, here are the list:
Free Online Comic Makers for Educators
I think pixton is a big player in online comic maker industry. Looking at a glance on the website interface and menus, I consider this is mainly built for educational purposes and business. However, still you can use it for any purpose.
Pixton has huge collection of characters, background, items, and many more. You can edit the character’s position and pose.
The characters in pixton is well designed. It is close to the best. I think.
Another online comic makers that is free, and I find it advanced is Storyboard That. It can be used for almost any purpose. As the name suggest, you can use it to create story board for film making, for example.
In making story board for a film, rather than drawing it by yourself, and if you don’t have good drawing skill, Storyboard That should come handy.
The drawing style of the characters reminds me of the R.I.P bitstrips. You can edit the character’s head, arms, legs, beard, and expressions. You can even use the preset one. Storyboard That has so many characters: man, woman; backgrounds: cities, jungles, parks, schools, you name it.
The text bubbles or balloons are also easy to edit. It is a great tool. I love it too, and I believe you will too.
Make Beliefs Comix, built by Bill Zimmerman, is another great, awesome, outstanding online comic maker. Bill has created various resources for kids learning. I belief it inspired him to provide us with his online comic maker for free.
You can add up to 18 channels. The comic maker interface is very simple, yet it is straightforward, and useful. Teachers can use this online comic maker tool to provide his/her school students with interesting comic containing the lesson materials.
Cartoon Comic Maker is a very simple tool to create comic. I can even say that this is too simple. However, there may be somebody who find it suitable for his/her need.
It provides you with preset panels, colors and white. It has various characters that you can use in the panel. For those who want to create comic fast and quick, this may be a good choice, but for those who want more customisation, Pixton may be better.
Canva, besides used to created other complex and advanced design, can also be used to create comic. Canva provides some template to create comic strips.
Canva is unlike Pixton. Canva doen’t have character customisation feature. What you can do with characters is to use what is available there, and it depends on you subscription. If you are using the free plan, you can use only limited characters, the free ones, but if you have the pro subscription, you can have a lot more options.
I my self have tried to use this feature and write a simple tutorial on how to create comic strips using Canva. Here it is:
When browsing for online comic makers, I also found the Adobe Spark. It is not intended for creating comic, but the features make it possible to make comic using Adobe Spark.
There are some preset panels and the samples that you can edit. It is actually, in my opinion, like a power point or another graphic design software in which you need to use your own creativity from scratch.
It has no character customisation.
Smilebox offers you with colorful examples of comic panels. Most users use this app to create photo comics, so if you plan to create comics like in the examples above, better use smilebox. However, you can still use it to create cartoon comics black and white, just remove the background color.
Creately offers simple comic strip templates that are ready to use. It provides you with basic necessary bubbles for the conversation. Everything fundamentals for creating comics is available at Creately, so you have to dig deeper on your creativity.
You can’t draw? it’s ok, you are not alone. Many teachers cannot draw even the simplest one. Have no more worry. Use Comicgen. It allows you to compose your own characters based on the character templates ready to use at Comicgen. You can set pretty much many things like the emotion, pose, and many more. You can actually use it to create your own avatars that you can use in your social media networks.
You can combine this comic character generator tool with another one. Create your characters here at Comicgen and combine them with other functionalities provided by another free online comic makers that allows you to upload your own resource.
Again and again and again, creativity is the key to creation. Photojet is another simple photo comic maker that can help you build your own comic. This app emphasises on the use of photos, but you can use your own characters to create simpler comics for educational purposes.
Photoadking is actually focusing on posters and flyers maker, but the tools in Photoadking make it possible for us to build comic strips. It provides you with easy to use and customise templates. The graphical items and the text templates are also awesome, so you don’t have to worry about styling. If you are not comfortable or not confident enough to use your own creation, use all already available here instead.
For some people, examples of works generated from a specific tool influence the other users. Like me for example, by looking at some examples here, I tend to create crafts almost similar to the styles mostly used here at Photoadking while actually this tool can be used to create another and unlimited styles of comics.
Tinytool is a very straightforward at showing it self as a simple yet useful online comic creator. It support basic needs for crafting a comic. They are backgrounds, characters, bubbles, props, and even meme text.
It supports layering, so for example if you want to put the text bubble under another item, you can simple click on the item to activate it and the positioning icon appears along the item and you can make it backward or forward.
Unlike the other comic makers that mainly use photos of real people rather than line arts, Tinytool certainly makes us focus on the story. It uses the power of story flow rather than visual images that are colorful.
I myself prefer this one to Photoadking. May be because it is simple, not much distraction.
Liwy allows us to create comic easily. The panel templates are very rigid. The tools are basics but very handy. There are some tools that are not usually available in most comic creators: strickers, crop, draw, and shapes.
The crop, draw, and shapes are for you who have drawing skills and are comfortable and confident enough in drawing.
Thanks God that I am given a bit of drawing skills, so I find the draw (represented in pencil icon), and the Shapes (in shapes with dotes icon) very useful. I can draw my own custom shapes in case I cannot find representative items that I can use immediately.
Suppose I have a ready to use character and I want to add a little body feature, say moustache, I can simply draw the moustache in the character by using the pencil tool.
Writecomics.com offers a very simple interface of comic making tool. I believe that the creator of this tool believes in simplicity. The tool, for some or may be most users, is to simple that may be most people would find it difficult to create comic using this tool. However, there are some people who do not want complexities, and thus this tool is for them.
If you don’t have any knowledge on how to create good comics, this website offers 10 tips for creating good comics. You can find the menu just right above the workspace panel.
Creza is not a comic maker at the first impression, but as it is used for digital story telling for classrooms activities, the tools provided at Creza can be used to create comics.
In my opinion, this tool is like a power point. You have to draw your own panel using the tools available.
Comiclife is another WOW comic maker. It is a paid tool, but you can use the TRY IT FREE plan for 30 days. For simple project or short project, you can use the free one, and you don’t have to go for the paid version. The fee one is enough.
Do you like Marvel superheroes? or does your child like it? or may be your students? Invite your self, your child, or your students to create fantasy comic using Marvel Superhero characters.
It supports all basic needs for creating comics. The only different between this tool and other online comic creators is that it provides you with various already made super hero characters from Marvel, and they are so awesome!
The power of Superhero can bring educational values to us.
Wittycomics focuses on 3 panel comics. It allows you to change the background scene. You can just sect one available, or you can just choose the blank one to make it just white.
Insert the narration into the comic. There is a box field that you can insert by typing, and the narration will be added into the panel.
Change the character of person one and person two.
Insert the text for person 1 and person 2.
Change the bubble for person 1 and person 2.
This tool is very simple. It is for those who already have an idea to spoil into a comic.
Three is not much graphical creativity here. It facilitates and emphasises on the message of the comic rather than going around with the visual hook.
CMX is an experimental project. This is not easy to use for common people. It is for those who know about html, but if you do not need much editing, this is for you.
you can edit the stick man by clicking on it to activate it. Once activated, you will see the joint dots that you can edit by clicking on it and adjust the position. Once adjusted, the html code will change. Here is how it looks.
Here are a few guides to use xkcd comic maker CMX:
Visual Editor (top)
- Click individual objects to manipulate them
- Selected object displays control points:
- – purple = position/rotation
- – green = text base line
- – blue = positional bones
- – red = joints
- – orange = special
- Double-click control point to reset it
Source Editor (bottom)
- Modify scene structure via the code
- You can nest tags the same way as in HTML
- You can apply own CSS – use web inspector
- You can wrap/mix scenes with arbitrary HTML
- Hit CMD+S (CTRL+S) to apply changes
You don’t have to sign up to use this tool.
Stripcreator is another comic maker tool like Wittycomics. It has ready to use templates. The has character selection to activate so that everything corresponding to it can be edited, such as the character and the dialog. It is for simple usage. You cannot edit freely edit the character poses, just use the poses already made.
Super Action comic maker is a too simple online comic maker. It has an interesting part, that is the superhero character. You can adjust the characters’ size and position. The text bubble can also be positioned anywhere in the panel. Select specific background to determine the setting. For educational purposes, this tool is enough. Kids will love it. It is simple, focusing on ideas rather than complexities, especially for kids.
Like I said earlier, online comic makers come and go. Use the comic makers that you find comfortable and easy to use, or that suit your need. No matter how great the tool is, or how simple the tool is, it depends on your creativity. I hope that I can always edit the list, in case there is one shutting down, or another new one appearing.