How to Use Comic Life ---in Comics! Teachers......see below for ALL ABOUT COMIC LIFE!

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(Want larger sizes for printing out posters? check out my At-A-Glance Comic Tutorials Flickr Gallery!)


with download information, examples, use in classrooms, etc...
MHMS teachers PLEASE see the Tech Tips folder on the MHMS Conference with the download link and the super secret squirrel passwords!

REMEMBER: At this time Comic Life is NOT in our iMac Computer lab or on any of the Mobile Lab laptops...this is only to be used to create worksheets FOR kids....or with small groups on YOUR laptop.


MHMS & HCPSS Examples of Comic Life! Note:

you must have CL installed to view these:


Social Studies

Treaty of Paris Worksheet:

created by: Jessica Jackson - MHMS 8th grade Social Studies teacher

Hamilton Vs. Jefferson: 8th Grade, Unit III Growth of a Nation [[file:ham-jeff.comicdoc]�23� created by: Robert Coffman - Secondary Social Studies Resource Teacher==Science�23� ==Adventures of Rocky Lesson - 6th grade =�90�= �24�Science�25� �26�Adventures of the Amazing Weather Map

created by Shelly Heinz - MHMS 6th grade Science teacher==

In her words "students worked on this after we learned how to read weather maps and create forcasts based on weather maps. students were told that the "amazing weather map" needed to tell the weather in order to "save the day". it was recommended the the "amazing weather map" wear a cape when saving the day - you know, a super hero type thing." LOVES IT!!!!

created by Shelly Heinz - MHMS 6th grade Science teacherThe kids need to take "rocky" (a rock) on an adventure, use what they know about rock formation and the rock cycle to change rocky into the 3 types of rock. Supporting material:Rocky Grading Sheet in Word Doc form ==




Inspired by a presentation at the AASL conference

I teamed with my 6th grade English teachers Michelle Barkley and Stefanie Riley we redesigned the 6th grade Biography Unit to make it more exciting and dynamic!

We introduced the unit by doing the activity below and to the left...getting the kids to think about what makes a killer blurb!

Attack of the Killer Blurb: 6th Grade Biography Unit

Students hear the story The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs then write a blurb about it....pre-unit activity before they start Author Biography unit.

Page 1

page 2 (have them read this first!)

from the great article Writing Great Blurbs (used with permission)

Terrific Scholastic Resource for Teachers:
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
**About the Book**
**Before Reading the Book****Classroom Activities**


Download the Attack of the Killer Blurb powerpoint:

Here is the final product for the NEW & Improved! 6th grade Biography's to be printed on 8.5X14 LEGAL paper and folded like a bookcover...
This is the rough draft where the kids will design a cover, write a blurb and a short author biography and then either research or "make up" quotes about the book. Then they will transfer this rough draft to a larger size using construction paper or any other materials of their choice. As long as they have the elements required on the rough draft in their final product they will have fulfilled the goals of the project.

Original book cover design in Comic Life:

Does not have the words EXAMPLE or Designed to be printed stuff on it....that's just for the thumbnail.

MHMS Created COMIC Life Professional Development & Technology Cheat Sheet Pages

these are pages i (gwyneth jones) made for this wiki and for other professional development needs...whereas on the coordinating wikipage i posted the jpeg image only...these are the Corresponding CL docs.

Windows users... at last! If you're feeling adventurous, here is a BETA version out there for Comic Life for Windows!
One of my AWEsome kids (Chris K!) downloaded it at home and brought in a comic page that he had designed using it he said it was great!
(preview for appropriateness before using with kids - these are not all school related)

What the application looks like:

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More About Comic Life:

By Graham K. Rogers
"When I was a kid, I had a voracious appetite for comics, particularly Superman, Batman, and horror. Although many people criticise the medium, this was part of a love for all reading. In the 1980s, I saw a series of Shakespeare plays in comic form. Coincidentally, the Bangkok Post, Sunday edition (16 Oct) carried articles on using comics to introduce history.

If you want to make your own, perhaps to provide information or amusement for your children, you would find Comic Life (v 1.2.1) invaluable. Plasq produces an OSX only application enabling easy (and swift) construction of comics, with several formats to choose from. It integrates with the iPohoto library allowing images to be inserted. Export is also in several formats.
When the application is opened, a working screen is offered. First is a blank page, which depends on the format (e.g. A4 or tabloid): there are 30 to choose from. Also shown are a series of page templates for the panels on the page (more can be added); a window that displays the iPhoto Library; and the balloon types to drag and drop.
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What you bring to the comic are ideas and sufficient images. As well as iPhoto, images may be dragged from the Finder (desktop) or imported using a video source.
Making a comic, once you have the ingredients, is rapid. Each element of the panel, image, balloon or caption can be resized and repositioned. Each can be dragged to overlay other panels in exactly the way one can see in a professionally created comic-book. Any overlap depends on the order of insertion: the last item will be on the top. However, it is easy to delete and re-create.
Depending on which element is selected, there are different themes that can be applied. With text balloons, for example, there are 25 different styles, and fonts may also be changed. As the application is written for OSX, it handles Unicode languages and this includes Thai.
I particularly liked the lettering effect with its several possible styles including "Ghoul": invaluable for writing in the horror genre, A stretched out "Screeeeeeaam!!" can easily fill the page.
Images do not need to be in panels and can simply be placed where wanted on the page. By clicking on the image, it is not only possible to resize but also to rotate. All actions are accompanied by sounds which may be turned off in Preferences.
Files have the suffix .comic. It is not simply a file but a package, with images and a data file: a proprietary Apple object archive format.
When I had a query on the way Comic Life created the data, the e-mail reply from Plasq was rapid. Many of the answers a user might want can be found on the website (no www in the URL), where there is also a useful gallery of examples. We might think of the comic as a children's medium, but it has business and teaching uses. Remember too artists like Roy Lichtenstein who made use of the style to good effect (e.g "Drowning Girl").
I made some comic pages and was pleased with early results even after only a few minutes familiarisation. To reduce realism of photographs, I tried both "posterize" and "cartoon" filters in Gimp. There are many other ways to imput and personalise images."