Look over there! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a….comic book app? We’ve rounded up comic creation apps that are easy to use, interactive and perfect for personalizing your family photos or giving school projects a fun twist. There are even a few free versions, so you can get maximum comic potential without paying a cent. Scroll down for you kid’s new fave app and have a comic-filled day!


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1. ComicBook!
This app has all the bells and whistles when it comes to creating your own personalized comic. Choose your panel layout, use your own photos, and add as many captions and dialogue stickers as your story needs. When you’re through, there’s an option to share via social media too.

Available for iPhone and iPad via iTunes, $2.99

Strip Designer

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2. Strip Designer
Both kids and adults will get a kick out of this comic app. It’s simple enough that you’ll get the gist in minutes and in addition to using photos, the kids can use their own drawings, too.

Available for iPhone and iPad via iTunes, $2.99.

Comics Head

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3. Comics Head
This build-your-own comic app lets kids choose from a whole bunch of cartoon characters and then construct their own story using handy templates, stickers, and more. There’s even a special voice feature that lets you create audio speech bubbles! (Psst! There’s also a free version of this app called Comics Head Lite.)

Available for iPad via iTunes, $4.59.

Superhero Comic Book Maker 2

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4. Superhero Comic Book Maker
We love the special interactive perks of this app from Duck Duck Moose. Once kids choose the scenes and characters they want, they can record their story, moving the characters as they talk. The app records the movement and kid voiceover so you not only get a personalized comic book–it’s read by the author, too!

Available for iPhone and iPad via iTunes, $1.99.

Comic Strip It

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5. Comic Strip It!
For the kid who just can’t get enough of telling stories, this app has extra customizable speech balloons–and for the parent who’s got Android devices, it’s just right for your gear. There are all kinds of special effects, filters and panel choices too. (Bonus: There’s also a free version of this app called Comic Strip It! Lite.)

Available for Android via Google Play, $1.99.

Make Belief Comix 2

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6. Make Belief Comix
For all those multilingual kiddos out there, we like that this app supports the creation of comics in seven languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Latin. It’s also free, and simple enough for even younger users. Just pick the number of frames you want to use, choose characters and add text into speech bubbles. The app is an offshoot of the Make Belief Comix website, where you’ll find even more comics fun.

Available for iPad via iTunes, free.

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7. Halftone 2
This app is particularly great if your family pet is just begging to be put in a comic. In a nutshell, it lets you upload photos or drawings and then add captions, sound effects, speech bubbles and other artistic effects. It’s an easy way to give your family photos a digital storytelling twist.

Available for iPhone and iPad via iTunes, $1.99.

Which comic app will you try out with the kids? Share with us in the comment section below!

—Abigail Matsumoto