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What's it about?
COMIC LIFE offers kids a quick, simple way to turn a story into a cartoon, using predesigned templates. You'll need to use ready-made images, either stock art, pictures you've drawn using other programs, or snapshots from your computer's webcam. Images can be color-corrected, and kids can add dialogue captions. Comic Life’s third version provides a few new effects including the ability to knock out image backgrounds. Users can post questions to the forums on the manufacturer's site; kids can easily export finished comics to Facebook or other locations.
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Families can talk about the differences among telling someone a story verbally, writing it down, or telling it using pictures. Which method does your child prefer?
Explaining something with pictures can sometimes be easier than just using words -- or it can be harder. Review your child's Comic Life creation and go over the plot: Does everyone understand it? Is there anything else they could include to make the story clearer?
Presenting ideas and actions in chronological order is a key element of storytelling. Does your child's story have a clear beginning, middle, and end? How can the action be structured so it makes the most sense?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, writing
Arts: drawing, photography
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Communication: conveying messages effectively, presenting
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Genre: Creating
- Price: $14.99 to upgrade from Comic Life 1; $29.99 to purchase new
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid
For kids who love creating
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