Can a person make a comic book by themselves? Create Your Own Digital Comics Whether You Can Draw or Not

Comic books are a great way to tell stories and entertain people, but they can be expensive and time-consuming to make.

It can take months or even years to create a good comic book, and it’s hard to find someone who will print them for you without charging an arm and a leg.

You can make your own comic book with our easy-to-use comic book-making software. Our software makes it easy to create professional-looking comics, and we offer free printing services so you can share your work with the world.

 

Study the Craft

Before you dive in, decide what type of comic you want to make: A single scene like a cartoon from The New Yorker? A “Peanuts”-style comic strip consisting of two or more panels? A comic book with a heroic protagonist like the Black Panther? Or perhaps a manga adventure or a lengthy graphic memoir like Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”?

After you decide what type of comic you want to make, choose the right software for your project. If you’re not an artist and want something easy to learn, consider an app like CanvaPixton and Storyboard That. These programs let you drag and drop characters, backgrounds and speech bubbles onto a digital canvas; all three are web based and work on a computer or a mobile device. (Another option, the free Make Beliefs Comix site, even encourages students to create their own visual pandemic diaries.)

If you can’t draw but can take pictures, you can craft comics out of the photos sitting on your smartphone. It’s a great way to turn the family pet into a superhero, relive a vacation, or jazz up a presentation.

ComicBook for iOS and Comic Strip Pro for Android (both $3) are two of the many apps in this category. Both work the same way: Start by selecting a frame or page layout for your comic. Next, import images from your phone’s camera roll as the illustrations for the panels.

Both Comic Strip Pro for Android, top, and ComicBook for iOS offer a library of filters, stickers and word balloons that can be customized to convert photos into comic panels.
Both Comic Strip Pro for Android, top, and ComicBook for iOS offer a library of filters, stickers and word balloons that can be customized to convert photos into comic panels.Credit…J.D. Biersdorfer

When it comes to making your own comic, having artistic talent gives you a much wider range of expression and apps designed specifically for making comics from pencil sketches to distribution. The free MediBang Paint, a digital-painting and comics-creation program that runs on computers and mobile devices, is one app for artists.

MediBang Paint includes drawing and coloring tools for those who want to craft their own comics by hand.
Credit…The New York Times

Artists using iPads have a lot to work with in Comic Draw, a full-featured digital studio that includes drawing tools, page templates, a script editor and perspective guides. The app is $10, but it offers a free 14-day trial.

Comic Draw for iPad provides a wealth of tools for creating comics from scratch.
Credit…The New York Times
Comic Draw for iPad provides a wealth of tools for creating comics from scratch.

 

General illustration and drawing apps like Procreate can also make artwork for comics. But for parents worried that their children are staring at too many screens all day, there’s a more analog approach. Just search up a site (like Printable Paper) offering comic-book templates to download and print so young creators can make their worlds with pen and pencil. You can always scan or photograph the artwork later for digital saving and sharing.

F.A.Q: Can a person make a comic book by themselves

Can you make your own comic book?

Creating a comic book or graphic novel takes a lot of work. If you have the skills and the time to tackle this task on your own, great! If not, don’t be afraid to collaborate with another artist. And don’t be afraid to ask questions

Conclusion

Although comic books are often thought of as a collaborative medium, it is possible for a single person to create an entire book on their own. By using online resources and tools, anyone can become a self-publishing comics artist. If you’re interested in trying your hand at this unique form of storytelling, we recommend starting with some basic tutorials and resources. With a little practice and perseverance, you could be the next Stan Lee or Robert Crumb! Have you ever created a comic book? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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