Comics Head Lite - Create Your Own Comic

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Cool comic creator fosters creativity; better to buy.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can use Comics Head Lite to make digital creations and practice storytelling, but limits on free version will likely put limits on creative freedom, as well.

Ease of Play

Despite an overwhelming interface, kids should have little trouble figuring out how to make a comic strip panel. There is also a link to the YouTube channel with plenty of tutorials.

Violence

Some comic strip violence, including a gun with a flag that says "Bang!" and some images of bombs and dynamite. Many of the characters are holding guns and other weapons.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

A lot of pressure to buy the full version: link from the main menu page and from the assets page. Several sections/pages/options are unlocked and all of them have a "Buy Now" button or ad. No parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Comics Head Lite - Create Your Own Comic is a creative tool that allows kids to design comic strips. This review covers the free version of the app, which has some limitations to features and options. One of the biggest drawbacks is that you can only create single-page comics that can't be edited later. There's also a lot of pressure to buy the full version for $4.99. As you might expect in a comic book, there are some characters with guns, swords, and so on. The home page also incudes buttons to like the app on Facebook, suggest the app to others, watch YouTube tutorials, and purchase the full app. There's a link to a privacy policy in the app store, but it didn't work at the time of review.

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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?

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