How to Make a Comic Book on Microsoft Word

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Creating comic strips can be an educational activity in almost any subject.
Creating comic strips can be an educational activity in almost any subject. (Image: Gentleman writing on desk image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com)

Making a comic book with Microsoft Word can be an enjoyable educational activity for students or a weekend hobby for superhero enthusiasts. While there are many ways to create a comic book, Microsoft Word provides the basic tools needed to produce and format words and images so that anyone with a computer can become a comic book author. The software is affordable, user-friendly, easy to learn, and sports a healthy range of functions.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Paint (optional)
  • Scanner (optional)

Open a new file in Microsoft Word to begin your comic book project. Use word art or plain text to write the title of the comic and the author’s name at the top of the page.

Create the comic strip template you will use for your images and words. You can either create a table for uniform comic strip boxes or you can draw the squares individually. If you want to use a table, select “Insert” and “Table” and decide how many rows and columns of comic strip boxes you want. If you want to draw your own boxes, use the “AutoShapes” function to draw a box the size you want. Then copy and paste to reproduce the box to form a strip.

Modify your boxes to a standard size by right-clicking on the box and choosing the option to format the image. Enter the specific dimensions you want for the shape. You can also resize tables and shapes at any time by clicking and dragging the corners or sides.

Insert pictures into your comic strip by placing the cursor in the box where you want the image to appear, then selecting “Insert” and “Picture.” You can choose clip art images or images that you have created yourself. Prepare images ahead of time by drawing them in the Paint application or by hand-drawing pictures and scanning them into your computer as image files.

Format images so that you can move them anywhere in the box by selecting “Tight” as the text-wrapping option after you have inserted them into the document.

Insert callout boxes using the AutoShape feature to give speech or thought bubbles to the characters in your comic strip. Right-click on the callout to add or edit the text, and resize the callout to fit the amount of text by clicking and dragging a corner of the shape. Click and drag the yellow box on the tip of the callout pointer to match the speech or thought bubble with the appropriate character image.

Number the pages by selecting "Insert" and "Page Numbers" if you want to create a comic book with multiple pages of comic strips.

Save your comic and print or share the file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different color fills, font colors and types and box shapes to make your comic book uniquely your own. If you are going to share your comic strip by email instead of printing it, you can even use animated clip art.

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