9 Panel Comic Strip

In order to complete this assignment, you should first start by creating a storyboard or plan of what your comic will be about. It's a good idea to look through the Cartoon Images folder to see what would work for backgrounds and characters. Storyboards are "graphic organizers such as a series of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence, including website interactivity." You storyboard doesn't have to be extremely detailed, but it should  include, at the very least:
  • Rough sketches of your characters/backgrounds to remind you of which you will be using
  • Dialogue -- it should be clear what characters are saying to one another (or thinking to themselves)
  • Sound effects (use the "Speech and FX" folder within the Cartoon Images folder to choose which speech or thought bubbles, balloons, clouds, or flashes you'll use).
  • A title that corresponds with your comic
  • Finally, make sure to decide which of the Panels folder combinations suits your comic best. There should be NINE total panels including your title panel. Look at the panels included in the Panels folder and decide how you want to set yours up. Will it all be on one page? Multiple pages? Make a plan!
If you've never seen a storyboard before, here are a few different examples ranging from extremely detailed to quite sketchy for you to check out: (Click on the images to enlarge)

Click on the following image to download and print out a storyboard template to use for your comic. (Hover over the image and click to enlarge for largest version)

The one below is handy because it already has 9 panels...perfect for this assignment! 


Once you have completed the planning stages of your comic with your storyboard, you may start constructing your comic. In order for you to successfully accomplish this task, you MUST READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS...

  • Work on each individual panel separately (like you did for the individual comics you did prior to beginning this assignment). You can resize the individual panels to fit into the panels of your choice after you have added all of the details to the individual panel. THIS IS ESSENTIAL! Make sure you shade appropriately in each of your panels.
  • One problem that students generally run into when working on these comics involves incorporating text into speech bubbles. Here are some tips to keep you on the right track:
    • Make sure that the font color is not white (so it actually shows up in the bubbles)
    • Make sure you are on the correct layer when trying to add text
    • Use the move tool if necessary to move text once typed
    • Sometimes you'll have to go to layer - arrange - bring to front with the text to make sure the text appears in front of the bubble rather than behind it.
  • When resizing, know that even though you can't see everything on your page clearly, you will be able to see it more clearly when it is printed out full size. Keep in mind that you do not want to squish or stretch images! Keep things in proportion OR use another panel template!
When you have completed your storyboard, your title panel, and all nine other panels, you can place them together, flatten images when you're sure you're completely finished, print out, and turn in.

Examples: As you can see, there are a variety of ways to complete this assignment. Be creative! Plan it out, and it will be a much better product!