Comics Head by NextWave Multimedia is a comic creation app with a wealth of possibilities. Multiple layouts, tons of props, text options, and customization tools truly make this a huge app to explore. The app has a great tutorial at the top that details what each button does in each screen. It is recommended you stop here first.
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Once you've decided to start a comic, the first step is to choose a frame featuring 1-4 spaces. Then the sky is the limit. Users choose an indoor or outdoor background for each cell. Characters are available in a range of styles and emotions. Add props and effects here, too. If you are having trouble getting started, check the theme packs. These are complete with backgrounds, characters, and props - all surrounding random themes like school, pirates, food, etc.
Even after all of this, users still have the chance to add a variety of speech bubbles. Everything on the screen is customizable as well. Crop, cut out, resize, and rotate everything you've added to the comic. You can also use special effects to change the color scheme of your props and characters. Once you're happy with your finished product, sharing to social media or email easy.
There is a lot to like about this app. There truly are a bazillion options for backgrounds, characters, and props. Comics are limited only by the user's imagination. The ease with which you can cut, trim, move, and manipulate objects is great for children and adults alike. Comics have become popular in schools as well. This app would be great for lessons on sequencing, summarization, story development, even political cartoons. There are so many different options, that students would be able to easily create products that are reflections of their thinking. It's really hard to review an app as immense as this. Suffice it to say, I don't think I got through every prop!
Overall, Comics Head is a great tool for teachers and an excellent program for people looking to create their own comics. The tools are easy to use and manipulate. It is definitely a Top Pick for this teacher. I'm eager to give it a try at school.
RRP - $3.99/£2.49/€3.59 - iPad -- iPhone/iPod Version
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At the time of this review, there are no in-app purchases or ads, but there are links to social media, the App Store, and the internet - and none of these have any parental gates.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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