A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
COMICS HEAD LITE - CREATE YOUR OWN COMIC is a platform for kids to create their own comic books, stories, greeting cards, and so forth. They can start with a template that already has a background, characters, and props, or start from scratch with a blank set of panels. In addition to a variety of backgrounds and props, kids can also use the device camera to add their own content. There are also thought and speech bubbles. Everything can be resized and rotated by pinching and/or twisting. Kids can add their own touches with a paint tool that does lines, crayon drawings, and shapes, and then the panels can be saved as an image in the device photo gallery or shared via social media or email.
Is it any good?
Kids have access to all of the basics needed for creating comic strip masterpieces but will still want the paid version. Comics Head Lite - Create Your Own Comic offers kids plenty of tools, props, and characters to get started in authoring their own comics. In fact, with a few exceptions, it would be hard to complain about this lite version of the app if it stood on its own. It's easy to use and flexible. The primary issues are that you can't create more than one page at a time, and you can't save an editable version of your strip. But once kids see what they don't have (more themes, more characters, more, more, more), parents can be sure that the pressure will be on to upgrade. The biggest flaw is that it feels like a giant ad for a better version of itself. If you can ignore all of that, and a very busy interface, it's a great tool for kids to get creative and express themselves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about storytelling with Comics Head Lite - Create Your Own Comic. What stories do you have to tell? How can you share them? What stories have you heard from other family members?
Talk about in-app purchases and how or if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?
How do you like this app compared to other apps you could play? If you had or have limited screen time, would you pick this app over others on your device? Why or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Communication: multiple forms of expression
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (lite version is free but paid version is available with more features)
- Release date: February 20, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Adventures
- Size: 221.00 MB
- Publisher: NextWave Multimedia Inc
- Version: 3.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: January 30, 2021
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