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 printables.

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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

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 printables 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" a set of printable comic strip templates that feature an open top for the comic title, a dramatic opening, or something else. The panels on the "Arch Top" comic strip templates vary.

Comic Strip Templates - Set One 

These print with thin black lines with a narrow space between panels. The 2008 set (below) has more space between panels. The paper may be turned in any direction (no true top-side)

2008 Comic Strip Layouts 

These print with thicker black lines [than the files above] and with a decent space between panels.

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