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Many people associate comics with silly stories about superheroes, detectives, or talking animals, rather than high quality stories. Not like The Iliad (larger than life hero), Sherlock Holmes series (detective), or Aesop’s Fables (talking animals). But that doesn't have to be the case, and in fact, it isn't anymore!

(How much money have ‘The Avengers’ movies made?)

What is a Comic?

A comic is a visual story told through images. Words are often used in a combination of onomatopoeia, narration, and text bubbles. The images are single scenes, and changes in action or location happen by using multiple cells. Comics get their name from the word meaning “funny”. Not all comics are humorous, but the name started with political cartoons and other images printed in newspapers that often were humorous. You can check out storyboards by our team for inspiration!

The idea of telling a story or relating a message through images is nothing new; visual storytelling is tens of thousands years old: cave paintings, Egyptian tombs, friezes on Greek temples, Chinese screens, triptychs, the Bayeux Tapestry, stained glass windows and sculpture on cathedrals, instructional images... I think you get it. For a very long time, the majority of the populace was illiterate, so they could only learn through pictures.

The medium of comics is unique because of its primary use of still images and their combination with text in a narrative fashion. Over time, technological advances have enabled author-artists to greatly expand comic creation and dissemination. Comics come in many formats, most commonly in a horizontal strip, left-right top-down grid, or a single cell. Comics are also versatile and can be read online and printed out, and can greatly aid reading comprehension for readers of any level.

Why Make Your Own Comics?

Comics are excellent visual tools.

Comics are especially useful for students with emerging language or reading abilities. Resistant and struggling readers are often more engaged with graphic novels because the visuals allow them to access the content more easily. Use comics to encourage reading habits, develop decoding and comprehension, explain a process or concept, or however else you want.

Political cartoons and social satire can be extremely poignant.

Socio-political jibes can attract attention to issues we are dealing with in society at large or in a classroom or work environment. Comics often make us laugh or make us look at a situation in a new light, separating ourselves from certain biases or preconceptions. Since characters in a comic can be realistic or completely make-believe, the connection to “real-life” may take a while to sink in.

Improve your writing skills by telling a story.

Comics make excellent serials, but also simple one-off episodes. Whether you are an elementary student trying to make sense of the sequence of events, someone with a great idea for an epic adventure, or someone who just doesn’t get the chance to write anymore, comics are a great place to start.

Here at Storyboard That, we encourage everyone to tell their story - whatever it might be! Visual storytelling has often been limited by talent and resources: not everyone can create masterpieces in stone or on canvas. Comics have even been limited by talent because, traditionally, people had to have their own ability to draw - and then computers changed the world. We have a few different layouts to use and tons of awesome artwork that has already been made for you.

Storyboard That Helps YOU Make Comics!


When you first open the Storyboard Creator, you are greeted by three empty cells. The traditional layout is PERFECT for a basic comic strip. Each cell shows action or dialogue and moves sequentially from left to right. Since the boxes are simple, you can divide them up however you like. Have a large cell split three different ways to show a conference call or simultaneous actions. (Pro tip: for more space per cell, use the 16x9 layout.)

There are also cell format options which open you up to new possibilities: cell only, title and cell, cell and description, and all three: title, cell and description! It may be that narration happens in the description box and any dialogue happens in the cell itself. There are many options, so choose the one that works best for your needs.

Storyboard Comic Cell
Storyboard Cell med lige titel

Storyboard Cell med beskrivelse
Storyboard Cell med titel og beskrivelse

For an additional challenge, you may want to expand to the handout or poster layouts! These are full-page spreads, and allow for a more advanced look to your comic. We've created several graphic novel layouts to get you started, but you can be as creative as you want through cropping and fun shapes.

Dialogue/Thought Bubbles

One of the defining features of comics are the speech and thought bubbles. Comics allow the reader to enter the minds of the characters by literally reading their thoughts, or by experiencing through characters’ point of view. Storyboard That offers several different styles of speech and thought bubbles, as well as regular and stylized text boxes, to allow you to find the perfect match for your comic.

Art Library

The Storyboard That art library is extensive and continues to grow every week! All scenes, characters, and items can be cropped, rotated, enlarged, flipped, and layered to make sure you get exactly what you need. Several of the scenes have special features that allow you to change the time of day or the weather. In fact, most of the art library is customizable, so you can change colors and characters’ expressions to match the story.

Use a pre-made scene, pattern, a combination, or none at all! You can even construct your own scene by putting different elements together.

Characters range from Ancient Egypt to modern day adults to fairies and space aliens. Almost all characters are colorable and poseable. The different characters allow you to choose various time periods, archetypes, or mythical creatures. These characters cover a wide range of abilities, times, emotions, and more to make sure your storytelling is as precise as you want it to be.

Don’t let a lack of drawing skills keep you from making amazing comics. Use Storyboard That right now!

Sådan Bruger du Dialog og Tekst i dit Storyboard That Comic


Planlæg din Tegneserie

Før du begynder at tilføje dialog og tekst til din tegneserie, er det vigtigt at have en klar plan for din historie. Tænk over karaktererne, rammerne og plottet i din tegneserie, og afgør, hvilken dialog og tekst der vil hjælpe med at flytte historien fremad.


Tilføj Talebobler

For at tilføje dialog til din tegneserie skal du klikke på fanen Speech Bubbles i venstre panel af Storyboard Creator. Vælg den taleboblestil, du vil bruge, og træk den til dit storyboard. Klik inde i taleboblen for at tilføje tekst.


Tilføj Tankebobler

Tankebobler kan bruges til at vise, hvad en karakter tænker eller til at give en ekstra kontekst til historien. For at tilføje en tankeboble skal du klikke på fanen Tankebobler i panelet til venstre og vælge den tankeboblestil, du vil bruge. Træk det til dit storyboard, og klik inde i boblen for at tilføje tekst.


Tilføj Billedtekster og Fortælling

Billedtekster og fortælling kan bruges til at give yderligere oplysninger om historien eller til at sætte scenen. For at tilføje en billedtekst eller fortælling skal du klikke på fanen Tekst i panelet til venstre og vælge den stil af tekstboks, du vil bruge. Træk det til dit storyboard, og klik inde i boksen for at tilføje tekst.


Formater din Tekst

For at formatere din tekst skal du vælge den taleboble, tankeboble eller tekstboks, som du vil ændre. Brug formateringsværktøjerne øverst i Storyboard Creator til at ændre skrifttype, størrelse og farve på din tekst. Du kan også bruge disse værktøjer til at justere din tekst og tilføje specielle effekter, såsom fed eller kursiv.


Tilføj Lydeffekter

For at tilføje lydeffekter til din tegneserie skal du klikke på fanen Lydeffekter i panelet til venstre. Vælg den lydeffekt, du vil bruge, og træk den til dit storyboard. Du kan også tilføje tekst til lydeffekten for at angive kilden til lyden.


Gennemgå og Rediger

Når du har tilføjet dialog og tekst til din tegneserie, skal du gennemgå dit arbejde og foretage de nødvendige redigeringer. Sørg for, at din dialog og tekst understøtter historien og flyt den fremad.


Gem og del

Når du er tilfreds med din tegneserie, så gem den og del den med andre. Du kan downloade din tegneserie som en PDF- eller billedfil eller dele den online via sociale medier eller e-mail.

Ofte stillede spørgsmål om Storyboard That som tegneserieskaber

Hvad er Storyboard That?

Storyboard That er en online tegneserieskaber, der giver brugerne mulighed for at skabe deres egne tegneserier og visuelle historier. Den har en enkel træk-og-slip-grænseflade og en lang række karakterer, scener og rekvisitter, der kan tilpasses.

Hvilken slags tegneserier kan jeg lave med Storyboard That?

Storyboard That kan bruges til at skabe en bred vifte af tegneserier, fra korte et-panel jokes til længere, mere komplekse historier. Platformen tilbyder en række forskellige panellayouts og taleboblemuligheder for at hjælpe brugere med at skabe tegneserier af forskellige stilarter og længder.

Kan jeg udskrive eller dele mine tegneserier oprettet på Storyboard That?

Ja, brugere kan printe deres tegneserier direkte fra platformen eller eksportere dem som billedfiler, der skal deles på sociale medier eller andre platforme. Derudover tilbyder platformen en række delingsmuligheder, herunder indlejring af tegneserier på websteder eller deling af dem via e-mail.

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