Superhero Comic Strip

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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.)

Distributed by The Ledger Syndicate, Inc. National Periodical Publications, Inc. 1966.

Distributed by The Ledger Syndicate, Inc. National Periodical Publications, Inc. 1966.

ACTIVITY

Create a comic strip for your new superhero.

  1. 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.
  2. Plan the layout of boxes. Some boxes may be larger than others. Use the first box for the comic title and author name.
  3. Draw your comic. Use details and color.
  4. 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

Share a photo of your comic strip with KIDS ARE WRITERS. There are two ways to do that. Choose what works for you.

  1. Post your photo on your Instagram account with the hashtag: #kidsarewriters. (Several kids are already using this hashtag to post their work.)
  2. Post your photo on our Facebook page. Click here.

CHECK-IN

Write your first name, age, and a sentence or two about your comic in the comment section below.


headshot smallMichelle 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.

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9 thoughts on “Superhero Comic Strip

  1. My name is Chloe. I am 9. In my comic Electricity girl is going to stop Heat Stroke man from turning the whole world into a desert. She will have a lot of help from her sidekick Rainstorm girl.

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