Our Favorite Resources
On this page is a growing list of resources for budding creatives of all ages. We've organized these resources by each step in the creative process you'll need to take to create a comic:
1) Writing Your Story
2) Embracing Your Inner Artist
3) Making Comics
4) How to Independently Publish
Within each section are mini-sections to help you find age-appropriate resources for you, your child, or your classroom. If you absolutely adore a resource that's not on this page, please share it with us. We're always looking for great new ways to learn and teach our favorite creative subjects.
1) WRITING YOUR STORY
Every comic begins with a script. Here you'll find resources about writing.
YSF s is a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that teaches fifth graders to write screenplays. Over ten weeks, each student writes a five-page screenplay with help from a writing mentor. In the last session, professional actors perform each of the student's stories. It's an amazingly fun and rewarding program that we highly recommend for fifth graders or for anyone looking to volunteer.
The 826 tutoring centers are anything but boring. Each has a special theme. One is disguised as a Superhero Supply Store and another as a Time Travel Mart. Inside you'll find volunteers teaching writing to 6-18 year olds. 826 currently has ten locations spanning the country.
This Philadelphia-based program uses playwriting to teach literacy and life skills. Professional playwrights work with classes to help the students write plays. PYP also hosts a yearly playwriting festival where student plays are performed by actors.
These cute animated videos geared for elementary students cover everything from "What is a Character?" to "Editing Your Writing For Kids."
Sense of humor required! These videos cover everything from how to write yet another story about zombies to how to give another writer criticism. Even the one on "characterization" is funny! Best for middle grade students and older.
Videos vary in topics, ranging from the craft of writing to how to independently publish and market your books. Best for high school students and up.
A love of writing begins with reading. We do not recommend that young children use YouTube unsupervised, but here are a few channels for you and your child to listen to a good book together. These channels are generally best for early readers and younger.
They do such great voices!
Very thoughtfully read.
Some wonderful lessons accompany these read-aloud videos.
Comics share so much with movies, so why not learn how to write a movie script? John August and Craig Mazin cover nearly every screenwriting topic imaginable in this amazing podcast. Scriptnotes is best for high school-aged students and older.
There are so many good and varied books about creative writing that I'm flummoxed about what to put here. Instead of including dozens of titles, I've found a listicle that covers the subject well: 7 of the Best Books on Writing. Unfortunately, most of these are for older readers. I will add to this section later, so readers of all ages can pick up a great book and learn to love the craft of writing.
Draw with the Art Hub family. They keep the focus on having fun and give step-by-step instructions as you draw at home what they draw in the video. Best for elementary school students.
Draw with author, Sesame street writer, and comics fan Mo Willems. He makes drawing fun and shares the creative process behind his imaginative books. He started this channel in the early weeks of Covid.
3) MAKING COMICS
This may be the definitive "textbook" on comics, but it doesn't read like one. McCloud's book takes you on a thrilling journey through the history and art of making comics. Read this book, and it will open your mind to the limitless storytelling possibilities when you set one panel next to another.
A tremendous resource for writers looking to independently publish. Best for junior and senior high school school students and older.
An equally wonderful resource for writers looking to self-publish. Best for junior and senior high school students and older.
When screenwriter John August wrote his first children's book, he recorded a podcast chronicling his publishing journey. In contrast to The Creative Penn and SPF, Launch provides a good inside look at the world of traditionally published children's books.
Videos cover the craft of writing and how to independently publish and market your books. Best for high school students and up.
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This list is always evolving and growing. If you know of a resource we might like, please send it our way. We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you found a few resources that will make your next project (and your days) all the more creative and fun.