My boys are all about the comic books at the moment.
I’m not even sure what started it, the big kids have been reading comics and graphic novels off and on for ages, and the little one loves them for all the cool pictures, but just recently the boys started making their own, and so I made them some printable comic book templates to help them along.
I don’t know what started their new found love of creating comics, but you can bet I am going to encourage it!
Comics are such a great way to encourage reading, writing and storytelling, and to work on all the skills needed to be a successful reader and writer. Plus they are loads of fun!
Today I was writing dictated captions to an angry bird comic strip written by Noah (aged four) before I had even had breakfast!
Making comics is perfect for a pre-writer like Noah as he can tell his story in pictures, making him feel confident and capable. He can easily dictate captions for me to write for him, as he learns that words have power and meaning. And he can create images to go along with those words.
Comics are also great for reluctant writers like my seven year old. He can get his story going with pictures before he writes even a single word which helps him sort out how the story will work, and clearly see that it needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. And because there is not much space for words he only needs to write short sentences and one word exclamations, not at all daunting for someone who says he ‘hates writing’.
Free Printable Comic Book Templates
Of course if you are keen on making comic books, you need some printable comic book templates.
I’ve made two sets of comic book templates to share.
The first set has bigger and fewer spaces – good for smaller kids or artists who want to ad LOTS of details. This set has two pages with added speech bubbles and exclamations and two pages which just the spaces.
You can download the larger set of printable comic book templates here.
The second set has smaller and more spaces – good for older kids and those that like to write lots of scenes into their stories. This set has two pages with added speech bubbles and exclamations and two pages which just the spaces.
You can download the smaller set of printable comic book templates here.
We also made some extra pages with more speech bubbles, thought bubbles, exclamations and arrows. One page in black and white, the other with a few coloured pieces. You should have enough pieces to write even the most detailed comic!
You can download the set of comic book extras here.
All the printables shared in this post are A4 sized pdf files, if you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
The free printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
I hope this will start a fun comic craze in your house too!
Are you kids into comics?
What are some of their favourites?
I use a regular family inkjet printer to print the comic book pages. I print onto A4 copy paper, but you can use US ‘Letter’ sized paper, just make sure to select ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options before you print. We used water based markers to add the details, but you could also print and laminate the pages so they can be used with a dry erase marker over and over.
Read the comments or scroll down to add your own:
Abigale bouchard says
Thaks for it
Thank you so much for sharing these and making it so easy for me to download and print! We are using them for a kids book club activity! I so appreciate your kindness in sharing!
Tony Olanipekun says
Thank you for these templates – Greatly appreciated.
Lisa Nelson says
These are great! thank you
thank you so much for this! I want to make this with my 3rd class. Thanks!
You are a star!
Thank you soooo much for making these available.
1 very appreciative grandmother and 4 very appreciative grandchildren.
Amanda Almond says
Thanks so much for these!! My 8yr old has been drawing her own comics for the past year or 2, and I was going to buy her some blank books for Christmas but forgot. A Google search later, and I found your post! I am thrilled to have templates for her that aren’t from a sketchy website.
I had the exact same scenario, except with twins! So you can imagine the amount of blank paper I go through. Plus, they have piles of drawings I cannot throw away.
These are amazing!! It will also teach them the importance of reusing and using both sides of the paper. They are going to love these.
Teresa Helms says
Thank you! I teach elementary Art and we are working on creating a comic page. These will be great extras!
Thank you very much!
Thank you! These are great!!
Hi Kate… I’m a little late to the game, but I am STOKED!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!!!
My son is autistic and has ADHD. He finds little joy in most things EXCEPT he is OBSESSED with art and writing his own comic books. I purchased a handful or pre-made blank comic book templates but it got spendy fast. These free downloads are going to help us out so very much. Thank you beyond words! These are absolutely perfect!
These are super awesome. Thanks for sharing. Just what I was after for my dyslexic daughter to help her develop her writing skills.
Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness in sharing these templates. My kids absolutely love them!
Thank you for these. I have a couple of kids in my grade 6 class with challenges. They love to draw cartoons and are going to be so excited with these print outs.
This was the easiest free printable I’ve ever come across! Thank for you making such a great template that’s easy to print! My daughter is so excited to her drawing!
Sandra A. says
Thank you this is awesome. I am tryig to get my students to like writing and this looks like a fun way to get there!