Way back in the wayward days of my Mincey youth, back when I fancied myself a comic strip or comic book artist, I outlined my career goals. Even better, I already owned all the basic prerequisites– far too many copies of Flash, Superman, Batman, Mad Magazine, and others. I read the daily and Sunday comics religiously. I knew all the tricks of the trade.
Unfortunately, this particular Mincey was blessed with an ability to make a living in technology and I have no genes that could be considered creative– either artistically or musically. Yet, with a single Mac app I think even I could create a comic strip and relive my dreams from yesteryear.
Get A Comic Life
Comic strip and comic book artists of the past (and probably the present) seem to have one or both of the basic attributes for success. First, an ability to write something worth reading and following on a regular basis. And, second, the artistic ability to put all the stories together into a palatable visual package.
Some great comic strip and comic book artists have both. Alas, this Mincey clan member does have anything but appreciation for comics, so I rely on Comic Life to get me involved in a comic life without the required talent.
Comic Life does one thing very, very well. It lets you tell a story with the tools of the comic trade. The latest version of Comic Life just hit the streets and it’s a good one for anyone who has a desire for comic stardom but doesn’t have the requisite talent.
Comic Life doesn’t require talent. All you need are photos and a storyline. Comic Life supplies everything else, and everything you need is mostly point and click, drag and drop.
Never have I had so much fun with a Mac app.
Start your strip or comic with a template, drop in photos to create the storyline, add filters to give the graphics that ‘comic’ look, and place text balloons as needed. Comic Life gives you controls over every aspect of every element in a strip or book, from the number of frames per page, to font styles, to fill effects, opacity controls, down to crop and compose.
The latest version has a script editor to get you started on the storyline. You may not make a fortune becoming the next Scott Adams (Dilbert) but you can put some zing into a comic book of your family vacation, or graduation ceremony, or family reunion, or office party.
Got iPad? Comic Life is there. All the tools on a mobile device with a big screen.
Comic Life has been around a few years and gets better with age. You’re not limited to comic strips or books, either. Use the app to create flyers, promotions, storyboarding for ads, lesson plans, and anything else that used to require a creative gene but can now be satisfied by a few photos, a story line, and the ability to point and click.
Got an iPhone? There’s a Comic Life app for that, too.
It isn’t often we get to live our dreams before we die, so if you want to recreate a comic book artist’s life in the 20th century, Comic Life gets you there for a pittance, and with iOS apps, you can take your inspiration on the road.