Monday, April 2, 2012

Make Beliefs Comix

Make Beliefs Comix is a great free website for creating your own comic strips. This site was created by author Bill Zimmerman.  In his words, Make Beliefs Comix is,
"a place for you to come to and have fun by creating your own world of comic strips. My hope is that by giving you a choice of characters with different moods and the chance to write words and thoughts for them, you will tap into your creativity and explore new possibilities. After all, there is no greater force in life than the power of the imagination to free us from our immediate problems and to spur our energies to find solutions to our befuddlements."

There are other free comics webs and some comics apps but there are a few things about Make Beliefs Comix that I think make it stand out for use by SLPs.

1.  Ease of use. It is really easy to drag and drop items onto the comic strip.

2.  Characters are diverse. There is a variety of characters including animals and people.  The people range in age from young to old and the site has included characters with disabilities, such as this character who is in a wheel chair.

3.  The site has 250 pre-made printable comix.  

Here is an example of a pre-made comic that you can print and then add in the dialogue.

Here is an example of a printable story starter.

4.  There is a page with suggestions for how to use Make Beliefs Comix in the classroom.

5.  The site includes user submitted tips/ideas for use with children with special needs, including the following: autism, deaf/hearing impaired, TBI, stuttering, writing challenges, physical disabilities and learning disabilities. 

That's all from me for today. Do you have a favorite web site or app for creating comics?  If so, we'd love to hear from you.

*EDIT:  When I posted this, I couldn't remember where I saw this site.  I just found it.  Thanks to Deb Truskey, SLP for sharing this site.

:) Deb

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