Make your own comic strips

Here's Woodrow Phoenix’s guide to making your very own comic strip stories. All you need is paper, pens or pencils and your brain!

To make your comic strips, download the template and simply follow the story guide. For a transcript of the instructions, please scroll down this page.

But first, take some inspiration from Woodrow himself...

...and the giant metre-square comic book he created in 2014, titled She Lives.

Photo of Woodrow Phoenix with his large comic book She Lives

Plan your story and make your comic strip

Woodrow Phoenixes guide to making your own comic strip
Woodrow Phoenixes guide to making your own comic strip

Transcript of the story guide images

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Woodrow Phoenixes guide to making your very own comic strip stories.

All you need is paper, pens or pencils and your brain!

Print out the story sheets and fill them in!

A story is: something happening to someone → So to start making your story, create your characters → 2 will do.

Write their details on the character sheet and draw them in the boxes.

They can be anything or anyone you can imagine → Human, animal, alien, insect, bird, robot, plant, big, small, round, square, magical → Make them as different from each other as possible.

Then think of ten places a story can happen → Beach, farm, the kitchen, library, dance class, your sister’s bedroom, bus stop, at the vets, the moon, football pitch, in a lift.

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Your story will happen in the six panels of your page. [illustration of six panels on a page] Each one of the boxes is a new panel. Fill them in one at a time.

Pick a place from your list. This is where your story begins!

You only need to ask two questions to make your story: What is the best thing that could happen next? What is the worst thing that could happen next?

Remember your characters’ likes and dislikes to help you decide.

The answers will be different for each character because they like and dislike different things → Pick the answer you like the most (funniest? weirdest?) and draw it. Then do that again in the next panel!

When you have one panel to go, it’s time to decide how to finish: Happy Ending or Terrible Ending.

Congratulations! You are now a storyteller! [illustration of a person holding their comic strip panel and a giant pencil].


Woodrow Phoenix is a British comics artist and writer who also works in the fields of editorial illustration, graphic design, font design and children's books.