What drawing tool lets a non-geek make a webcomic?
October 6, 2010 11:06 AM   Subscribe

I have a non-technical friend who needs to create a web comic stripthing. I know there are drawing tools designed for such. But what are they?
posted by Moistener to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I use a Bamboo tablet and GIMP. The tablet wasn't free, but GIMP is.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 11:16 AM on October 6, 2010

Hyperbole and a Half is a popular and hilarious web comic stripthing. (She says she gets 1 or 2 million visits a month and makes a living from the blog with no day job.) As you can see, she uses Blogger (Blogspot) for the blog itself, and her FAQ says:
What program do you use to make your drawings?

I use Paintbrush, which is exactly like MS Paint, but for Macs.
posted by John Cohen at 11:18 AM on October 6, 2010

Is there any reason it needs to be created on the computer? Could your friend just draw it with pencil/pen and scan it with a scanner?
posted by Greg Nog at 11:26 AM on October 6, 2010

Your non-technical friend should play to his/her strengths, which I assume is art and writing and not computers. What Greg Nog said.

Which is to say, deal with the "comic stripthing" part first, and the "web" part will be better for it. If your friend is already pretty steeped in comicking and wants a better idea of how the web can supplement it, I recommend a read through Scott McCloud's Reinventing Comics(if not, I recommend all of his previous books).
posted by sawdustbear at 11:32 AM on October 6, 2010

Manga Studio.
posted by crumbly at 11:56 AM on October 6, 2010

A pen is a drawing tool.

Or you're going to have to explain the snowflakeness a little better.
posted by RobotHero at 2:13 PM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

Bitstrips will let you make a web comic strip. The tools are remarkably flexible.
posted by Hildegarde at 2:53 PM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

I can't tell what level of polish you're looking for, but I had lots of fun playing around with Stripgenerator a while back - almost zero technical knowledge required!

And on the other end of the spectrum, I LOVE my Wacom Intuos tablet for illustration work and would highly recommend one if your friend gets serious (I'm not a comic artist, but I know that many pros use Wacoms; particularly Cintiqs if they can afford it).
posted by ella wren at 5:33 PM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

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