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.


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.


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


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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