Site URL: ComicMaster.org.UK
Content: Brought to you by the literacy advocates at Words for Life, the ComicMaster interactive site allows students to create original comic books and graphic novels.
Design: A single flash-based page comprises the entire site. Users encounter a different version of the page after completing tasks and entering information. As such, there is no real navigation.
Users will, however, appreciate the well-designed, interactive nature of the page. As they create comics, users get a sense that they are working alongside the likes of Bob Kane or Stan Lee. The imagery is all spot-on, and the controls are very easy to use. ComicMaster goes out of its way to avoid association with any known comic properties or companies such as DC or Marvel, but the figures and illustrations are all on par with those of the major players.
Review: The popularity of comic-book heroes is apparent from recent box-office returns, and ComicMaster takes advantage of that popularity by having students create their own heroes and craft original stories for them.
Users go through a step-by-step process that begins with selecting a cell layout and ends with a completely colored comic strip. While the site provides options in terms of character appearance and background design, the story is completely in the hands of students. They can create any kind of scenario, from drama to comedy.
Bottom Line: ComicMaster offers an incredibly fun way to get students involved in creative writing.