CREATE A COMIC STRIP WITH PIXTON

by Joana Fernández


1) Create an account


-Enter www.pixton.com
-Create an account by clicking on ‘Fun’ and then pressing on ‘Log in’ in the right up corner. There, you will be asked to introduce an email or screen name and password.


2) Getting started


-Click on ‘My Comics’ in the left up corner to create your first comic strip.
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-Now, click on ‘Create New’.

- Now choose between 'Beginner' or 'Advanced'. If you do not have much time to devote to pictures and you prefer to concentrate on the dialogues, click on 'Beginner'.
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- There you will find several already made templates. Choose one by clicking on one of the images.
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-After choosing one comic strip, you are asked to choose a character.
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3) Make your comic!


-Now, you can start working on your comic! Click on each scene to introduce the dialogue. You will find options at the sides of the scene for you to adjust the background, if desired. For instance, you can add a character, a speech bubble, an object or change the whole background. Also, you can adjust the colours of the backgrounds to create certain atmosphere. If you want, you can turn the complete scene blank or even eliminate it. These options are available for each of the scenes. If you click on the speech bubbles, you will find options for writing. You can move, eliminate or change the background colour and shape of the speech bubble.

-You can also edit the character features by pressing on it. There will appear a number of options at the sides of the scene. For example, you can move the character, change its facial expression, and body posture. You can also zoom in our out so as to make the character seem bigger or smaller.

-If you want to add a scene, you have to press on the ‘+’ bottom at the right down corner of the comic strip.

- Finally, you can make up a title for your comic by pressing on the label ‘Title’ on top of your comic.

-Once you have finished creating your comic strip, you can save it for later, download it in your computer, print it or publish it.

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4) Finally

- You can go back to your comic strip later as it will be saved automatically in your Pixton account. You can find all your creations by pressing on ‘My comics’ in the left up corner of the page.

- You can also 'Advanced’ instead of 'Beginner' after clicking on ‘Create New’. In that case, you will be presented with many options as regards the shape and number of scenes. When pressing on any of them, you will have to create the scenario from scratch. The options for doing so are the same as the ones explained for the ‘Beginner’, only this time you will be using them to create, rather than to edit or modify.
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Using Pixton in the EFL classroom:

Target students: 10 year-olds or older
Topic: levels of politeness

1) Students are tought the difference between polite/formal and informa requests. The teacher shows them two dialogues, one polite and the other informal. They are asked to state the difference between and what the relationship between the speakers is (eg: friends, boss-employee). The teacher asks them to find linguistic elements by which they recognize them as informal or formal.

2) The teacher now provides the students with a list of phrases. They should categorize them into formal or informal

Formal
Hello
Nice to meet you
How do you do?
Sorry to bother you
I’m glad you have come
Would you mind closing the window?

Informal
Hi
How’s everything?
See you!
You have to be kidding me!
Come on!
Don't be silly!

3) The teacher asks the students to create a comic strip using Pixton. They should follow one style (formal or informal), by using at least two of the phrases from exercise 2.


Evaluation criteria
a) Accomplishment of the task
b) Appropriate use of the language
c) Appropriate use of the tool