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Comic Strips Topic Guide

Comic strips are a popular form of storytelling, that combine pictures with dialogue. Many comics are funny, but some authors use comic strips to tell serious stories, and for non-fiction.

Comic strips, or cartoons, are often published in newspapers and magazines.

Teach your children about comic strips using our handy topic guide!

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Teaching Ideas | Resources | Facts | Videos | Books | Links

Teaching Ideas

  • Create an interactive comic using this lesson idea.
  • Use one of our teaching ideas for The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey.
  • Write a new comic strip adventure for a comic character, like Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or a superhero.
  • Create a comic strip based on a character from another type of story, such as a chapter book or a live-action film.
  • Use a short film without dialogue, such as Contre-Temps, and create a frame from a comic based on one of the scenes, with speech bubbles.
  • Choose a text written as a comic strip and rewrite it as a playscript.
  • Challenge children to complete these stories from the Cartoon Museum.
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Resources

The Traditional Tales Pack

Comic Strip Facts

  • Comic books published in English are read from left to right, while those published in Japanese (such as Manga) are read from right to left.
  • Rare old comics can be worth a lot of money – a copy of the first comic to feature Spider-Man sold at auction for $3,600,000 in 2021! The original price of the comic was just 12 cents.
  • A book that is written in the style of a comic is known as a graphic novel.
  • The Incredible Hulk was originally grey, but the printers had trouble getting the ink the right colour, and he ended up green.
  • Former US President Barack Obama is a huge Spider-Man fan and appeared in a Spider-Man story published just before his inauguration in 2009.

Videos

How to Create a Comic Strip

This video gives four simple steps for getting started on writing a comic strip.

Running time: 3:07

How To Draw Easy Cartoon Faces

This easy tutorial shows how to draw human faces for cartoons.

Running time: 9:30

How to Make Your Own Cartoon Comic Strip

This quick video has lots of ideas for ways of laying out a comic strip.

Running time: 3:11

Dav Pilkey Talks Captain Underpants

In this interview Dav Pilkey talks about how he works and the story behind his Captain Underpants books.

Running time: 4:02

Books

The Arrival

Older children will appreciate this moving story about displaced people.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

The first graphic novel featuring Tom Gates, master of excuses.

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel

The classic book, re-imagined as a graphic novel.

New Kid

When Jordan starts a new school, he finds it difficult to fit in.

Hilda and the Troll

Join Hilda as she spots a mountain troll.

Roller Girl

How will Astrid cope at summer camp, without her best friend Nicole?

It's Her Story: Rosa Parks

A graphic retelling of Rosa Parks’ life.

Write and Draw Your Own Comics

This activity book is perfect for budding cartoonists.

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