The creator of Dilbert (Scott Adams) always said that his lack of artistic ability is evident (in the cartoon). But the content has been enough to carry that brand for years and years. Content is important in a comic strip, but appearance is what gives it the visual oomph. And for those who cannot draw well, the ‘create-and-share’ software can do the trick.
Many of you must be familiar with the brilliant ComicLife application. But there is another web hosted tool that is beginning to make its presence felt.. ToonDoo is a wacky way to get creative with comics. You can now create your own comic strips, share them or insert them in your blogs with just a few clicks and drag-n-drops. A cool, comic-creating tool from Jambav, this is a fun site for kids. Jambav is devoted to creating a unique array of free and customisable online tools of educational value for children of various abilities.
ToonDoo was the happy result of brainstorming session that was aimed at creating a new way of expression for those who do not have the talent to draw. You can now just drag-n-drop or click to create comic strips that express your views, opinions, angst or to just have fun, and how! The site also offers a variety of pre-made backgrounds, characters, and props and, if they do not have the character you necessarily need or want, you can upload images or create your own characters.
The only skill required to use this hosted tool is mouse control, and if you can use a mouse, you are ready for ToonDoo. With this service, instead of drawing by hand, all you have to do is drag pre-made backgrounds and characters onto the comic panels and add your own text from there. You can also upload, edit, and ‘goofify’ images of your own to make the creation more personal and fitting for the story that you are trying to convey. Once created, you can share your cartoon with the community and embed it on your blog or social networking site.
In case you are not satisfied with the characters in the ToonDoo gallery and feel the need to sculpt your own characters, then you can use TraitR to build your own ToonDoo avatar. By using TraitR section you get more choice of body parts with option to re-size and re-position the body parts. And if you want to include your personal photos and images on to your ToonDoo or you want to goofify, ‘cartoonise’ and play around with your photos, then ImagineR is the craze for you. You can make the lips sag, lengthen the nose, lift the eyebrows to give an expression of surprise, thump in the nose a bit, turn teeth in fangs to for that Dracula look and much. All these images formed, deformed, edited or created with TraitR and ImagineR are automatically stored in your gallery. LabelR or tagR, as it is called at some places on the website, is also an efficient tool to tag comics made by other ToonDooers.
Basically, you start with registering on the webpage, which is a simple and quick process. Just select a username, password and provide a valid email address and you are registered and ready to generate some entertaining comics. Sky is the limit from here.