Creativity escapes me. My artistic skills are naught. The ability to condense a thought or moment to a few words is absent. Maybe that’s why I decided many years ago not to become a comic strip writer.
To me, they’re masters of brevity, hilarity, irony, satire, and the essence of thought provoking political and human perspectives. If only there was a Mac app that could make me a comic strip writer.
Point & Click Comic Strips & Comic Books
Hello, Comic Life 2, the little Mac app that super charges your latent artistic talents into a powerhouse of personal comic strip and comic book creative indulgence.
If you can click a mouse and save photos in iPhoto, you can create a personal comic.
Seriously, except for the dialog, it’s that easy.
Comic Life 2 is a comic strip creativity machine, a comic book maker on performance enhancing drugs, an app of wizardry proportions that dares to bring out your latent desires to poke fun, make hilarity, and get people to take notice of what you say by how you say it.
Start With The Tools Of The Trade
You’ll need an idea or two, and some photos in iPhoto to get started. Comic Life 2 brings the rest of the tools to create a strip or book right on your Mac’s screen.
Start with the Template Chooser or custom build your own page.
Now the fun begins. Comic Life’s edit window has all the tools you need, just a click away.
Your chosen template drops into the large window. Additional matching page templates are in the layouts to the left.
Photos from iPhoto’s albums show up in the media area in the lower right of Comic Life’s screen. Drag and drop a photo and reposition in the frame.
Dialog balloons can be dropped in, too. Click on the text to change.
The Inspector button pops up detailed controls for every element on the strip’s page.
Change colors, change fonts, change element sizes and location with clicks, drags, and drops.
Comic Life 2 has templates with panels, titles, and captions, all of which can be modified to suit your creative tastes.
The Comic Book Look
Images can be filtered and enhanced to give them that comic book look. Shapes can be dropped in on any panel with full control over size and styles. New in this version are advanced controls for text, balloons, filters, and a huge library of layouts, styles, fonts (70 fonts included), plus the ability to upload to Facebook.
Sharing in Comic Life 2 goes beyond Facebook to include exporting to iPhoto, or saving as an image or PDF comic book.
This is a chance to go crazy creative as the comic strip writer and illustrator you always wanted to be. Now it’s just point and click, drag and drop. Except for the concise writing required of good comics. What I’d like to see are examples of comic books and comic strips and the dialog other Mac users have created. Otherwise, this is great fun.