By Michelle Lynn Senters-
Yesterday, you created a new superhero. Click here to review prompt. You thought about the following details:
- Who- Is your superhero a boy, girl, man, woman, alien, or animal? What is their name?
- Costume- What does your superhero wear? What are their signature colors?
- Superpowers- What is your character’s superpower or special ability?
- Weaknesses- What is your superhero’s greatest weakness or fear and how do they deal with it?
- Personality- What is your superhero’s likes, dislikes, quirks, and habits?
- Backstory- What is the history of your superhero? Where did they grow up? How did they find out about their superpower?
- Nemesis- Who is your superhero’s enemy?
- Sidekick- Who is your superhero’s best friend? Do they have powers or abilities that assist your superhero?
Today, you are going to create a comic strip that introduces your superhero to the world. Take a look at this old comic strip about Batman. Notice the story line. There is a clear beginning, middle, and end to the story. Pay attention to the visual details, use of word bubbles, and humor in the dialogue. (Click the comic to see a larger version.)
Create a comic strip for your new superhero.
- Determine the story line with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Most comics end with a teaser (preview of what is happening next) or a cliffhanger (end at the climax with no resolve until the next comic) in order to engage the reader.
- Plan the layout of boxes. Some boxes may be larger than others. Use the first box for the comic title and author name.
- Draw your comic. Use details and color.
- Write in the information boxes (explain the scene and characters) and dialogue bubbles (conversation). See above comic for examples.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MAKING COMICS
Learn from a professional cartoonist . Click this kid-friendly link to learn how Michael Corley draws comics: “How to Create a Comic Strip With Your Kids in 7 Easy Steps”. It even includes a fantastic video.
Share a photo of your comic strip with KIDS ARE WRITERS. There are two ways to do that. Choose what works for you.
- Post your photo on your Instagram account with the hashtag: #kidsarewriters. (Several kids are already using this hashtag to post their work.)
- Post your photo on our Facebook page. Click here.
Write your first name, age, and a sentence or two about your comic in the comment section below.
Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a Reading Interventionist and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.