Comic Strip Layouts

This page has free printable comic strip templates in various panel layouts. The files are provided by donnayoung.org, home to thousands of high quality free printable files.

A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or to form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions.1

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Expressions and action in comic strips are represented or implied with lines and shapes. It is a good use of time for the budding cartoonist to learn how to create action and expression with lines and shapes and to practice these skills several times a week.

Comic drawing books might offer a guide for making expressive lines and shapes. There are many comic drawing books to choose from. One that we found especially good is "Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels". If you would rather have curriculum, Alpha Omega Press has at least two books [ 1, 3, 4, & 7 ] that teach some elements of cartooning.

Below is a printable with many blank circles on which a child can practice drawing facial expressions.
pdfCartoon Faces

Printable Cartoon Panels

Typically the cartoonist will draw his own panels as needed, but for the budding cartoonist, some pre-drawn cartoon templates might be just the thing he needs to get started.

Classic - Comic Strip Templates

The printable comic panel pages in this group feature 1/4 inch gutters and equally sized panels. Additionally, these printable files do not include a link back to my website or a copyright notice. Omitting those typical notations on the printed document is a courtesy to students. Despite the lack of marks that point back to me or my website, these files continue to fall under my Terms of Use.

Arch Top - Comic Strip Templates

2013 - DY - "Arch Top" is a set of printable comic strip templates that feature an open top. The open top may be used for anything that the artist decides and some examples are:

  1. The story title
  2. A dramatic opening
  3. Distance or close up background imagery

Under the open top is an arched panel which is either full width or divided and the arched panels can be used as normal panels or to further a dramatic effect that might have been started in the open top.

The panels on the "Arch Top" comic strip templates vary.

Comic Strip Templates - Set One

These comic panels print with thin black lines and with a narrow space between the panels. If you need more space between the panels look at my other sets such as the 2008 set (below) which has more space between the panels. In this set, the paper may be turned in any direction because there is no true top-side.

2008 Comic Strip Layouts

The 2008 set of printable comic panels print with thicker black lines [than the files above]. In addition to having heavy lines, there is a decent space between the panels. Once could indicate background in this space or write brief story-line captions below the panels. Either way, the 2008 Comic Strip Layout set is another option for your students or for you.

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