A while back in the miserable days of my Mincey youth, back when I wanted to be a cartoonist or comic artist, I outlined my career goals. Even better, I already owned all the basics – far too many copies of Flash, Superman, Batman, Mad Magazine and others. I read daily and Sunday cartoons religiously. I knew all the tricks of the trade.
Unfortunately, exactly this Mincey was blessed with an ability to earn a living in technology, and I have no genes that can be considered creative – neither artistic nor musical. Still, with a single Mac app, I even think I could make a cartoon and relive my dreams from yesterday.
Get A Comic Life
Comics and comic books (past present) seem to have one or both of the basic traits of success. First, an ability to write something worth reading and keeping up with at regular intervals. And secondly, the artistic ability to put all the stories together in one tasty visual package.
Some good comics and comic artists have both. Alas, this Mincey clan member has anything but gratitude for comics, so I rely on Comic Life to get involved in a comic life without the necessary talent.
Comic Life does one thing very, very well. It lets you tell a story with the tools in the cartoon. The latest version of Comic Life just hit the streets, and it's a good one for anyone who wants to have a comic book, but doesn't have the necessary talent.
Comic Life does not require talent. All you need is photos and a story. Comic Life delivers everything else, and everything you need is mostly point and click, drag and drop.
I've never had so much fun with a Mac app.  Start the strip or cartoon with a template, upload images to create the story, add filters to give the graphic the & # 39; comic & # 39; look and add speech bubbles as needed. Comic Life gives you control over every aspect of every element of a strip or book, from the number of frames per page, to font styles, to fill effects, opacity controls, down to cropping and composing.
The latest version has a script editor to get you started with the story. You may not make a fortune to become the next Scott Adams (Dilbert), but you can add some zing to a cartoon of your family vacation, or the graduation ceremony, family reunion or office party.
Do you have an iPad? Comic Life is there. All the tools on a large screen mobile device.
Comic Life has been around for a few years and gets better with age. You are not limited to comics or books. Use the app to create flyers, campaigns, storyboarding for ads, lesson plans and anything else that used to require a creative gene, but which can now be satisfied with a few images, a story line and the ability to point and click.  Have an iPhone? There's a Comic Life app for that too.
It's not often we get to live our dreams before we die, so if you want to recreate a comic artist's life in the 1900s, Comic Life gets you there for a little pittans, and with iOS apps you can take your inspiration on the road.