Comic Life: Bringing Life to your Stories

This is 2014 and there a no flying cars yet. Disappointment. Maybe you still can’t fly in the sky but that does not mean you have to use powerpoint anymore; Comic Life will bring life to your pictures.

 

We all know telling stories and using pictures are a big part of any ESL class. There exists many different programs that help you liven up your presentations, Comic Life is one of them. Comic Life is a downloadable software that allows you to upload pictures and create presentations under the form of a comic book. Unlike Pixton, no artistic skills are required to make a great presentation; just upload any picture you want and you are set. From then you can very easily insert captions, speech bubbles, and backgrounds. The possibilities are limitless; storyboards, comic books, picture stories are now easily accessible for everyone. 

In its review of the product, Toptenreviews.com awarded a score of 7.7 to Comic Life, praising its intuitive features and hundreds of different layouts. There are, however, some downsides. You cannot draw your own cartoons using the software, meaning you will have to draw your pictures, if you so wishes, using a different program and then upload the files on Comic Life. In that regard Comic Life should be seen more as a comic organizer than a comic generator. It is also mentioned that some features like the sound effects can prove to be annoying. 

Techradar.com also praises the app, especially the limitless possibilities for customization it offers. No comic presentation will look the same as you can choose from hundreds of layouts, backgrounds, fonts, and what not. Techradar also mentions the price of the app as being on the plus side. I do not agree; 40$ for a software that is basically a powerpoint on steroids might be a bit of a stretch. There are, however, discounts available for teachers and educators. 

Comic Life is a great tool for organizing presentations in a different ways. The fact that no artistic skills are required to enjoy the different features of the app can be a plus for some or a big inconvenience for the others. 

Christophe

 

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