Creating your own cartoons — for free

January 24, 2010

At the 2009 WritersUA Conference, Scott McCloud, the guy who created the Google Chrome system documentation in cartoon form, spoke about the challenges of creating documentation in this way (see my summary of his opening session of the conference).

Since then, I’ve become more aware of what seems to be a (slowly?) growing move by some people and organizations towards using cartoons to provide some technical documentation.

Which is all very fine if you happen to be a cartoonist, or even a halfway decent artist. But what about those of us who aren’t either of those things? How can we leverage the value of cartoons when we can’t even draw a straight or curved line?

Well, you could spend a small fortune hiring someone to do your drawings for you, or you try out a couple of free cartoon drawing applications to see if they might be useful:

  • Pixton: http://pixton.com/uk/: “Pixton is the #1 website for making comics online, with unrivalled expressive possibilities and an ever-expanding library of props and character attributes.” You can sign up for a free account, but if you’re in a business and need to create posters and the like, take a look at the very cheap [from $2.95 per comic] business options: http://pixton.com/uk/business/overview)
  • ToonDoo: http://www.toondoo.com/: Originally designed for kids, but can be used by anyone.

[Links last checked January 2010]


  1. Awesome, thanks Rhonda! I started subscribing to Pixton, but they demand too much information up front. Then I went to Toondoo. So quick and easy to get started!

  2. Thanks! These sites are cool. Till now I was aware only of MakeBeliefsComix.com, which is good but basic.

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