Make Your Own Comic

Wanna be the next hot Marvel artist? Check out Comic Book Creator, software that allows you use programmed layouts and licensed art to build your own comic books. (Hey, if cover artist Greg Land can get work lightly Photoshopping pictures, this seems like a reasonable next step.)

Marvel Comic Book Creator software

The Marvel Heroes edition includes “characters, backgrounds, props and action words with clip art, text balloons, and caption boxes” for Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Elektra. You can also include any of your own digital images, including from a video game or DVD. The result can be printed or distributed as a PDF.

(The same company puts out the Tokyopop manga creator program I’ve previously mentioned. There are also versions for Nacho Libre and Speed Racer, and the company has announced its intent to do a Virgin Comics version.)

I haven’t seen anyone talk about using any of these programs, and since it’s PC-only, I can’t try it myself, so I have no idea what the output actually looks like or how far the boundaries can be pushed. How easy is it, for example, to have your own character cross over with Spider-Man… and then release the results online to gain reader attention for your own properties?

How soon will it be before someone uses the product to do something naughty with the Marvel characters? Will this make it easy for young creators to put something together to show their ideas… or will it cause more standardized product that’s even less imaginative as creators only use what’s in the box? Will this revolutionize art or become a goofy toy that’s quickly set aside as users tire of it?

7 Responses to “Make Your Own Comic”

  1. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    If this is the same one that CNET reviewed last week, then you needn’t worry — it’s locked down to use only the characters Marvel gives you. No outside influences to pervert things or give us copyright chicanery.

  2. Johanna Says:

    You mean this review? The insertion features must just apply to the generic software version, then.

  3. Tim O'Shea Says:

    Nice use of the word “chicanery” Augie.

  4. Lyle Says:

    I’ve been wondering about how much flexibility this product has, I’ve seen comics made from The Sims 2 art which I suspect was made with this application. Those were pretty stiff looking, so I wondered how much control one has over the layout.

  5. Chip Says:

    The product seems to be unlimited except when you use the Marvel artwork content pack in your comic. You can do anything you want with your own artwork or photos. Typical Marvel.

  6. Make Comics, Win Prizes » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] second is more commercial. Use a trial version of Comic Book Creator software, upload your comic, and win software or $250. Deadline is March 31, 2007. […]

  7. Guess Says:

    how do you make a charecter fill out sheet




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