How to Make a “Comic” Blog

Many people have asked me how I made the trip to Québec blog entry, so here’s an explanation. I used three products:

  1. iPhoto

  2. Comic Life

  3. Skitch


I don’t think one can use this style of blogging too often, but it is effective and fun for “special occasions.” All three products, by the way, are Macintosh-only right now.

By |2016-10-24T14:22:32+00:00February 6th, 2007|Categories: Blogging, Cool Stuff|26 Comments

About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


  1. T-Shirts February 6, 2007 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Man, I got really excited until I saw the “mac-only”” sentence. Looks cool!

  2. Susan Ireland February 6, 2007 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I just started a weekly “Name This Doodle” series on my blog, The Job Lounge ( It’s not a high tech comic strip. I simply upload a drawing and ask folks to give it a caption.

  3. Tim February 6, 2007 at 9:01 am - Reply

    How can this be added to a iWeb blog?

  4. Joey Roth February 6, 2007 at 9:20 am - Reply

    This could be a great way to visualize a new product or website. I’ll have to wait until I start selling teapots to get a mac though 🙂

  5. Chris February 6, 2007 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Stop cheapening your content with this fluff. If I wanted design advice I’d read a design blog.
    I have posted 281 blog entries. Of that, one is about the design of a blog. I can see how my obsession with this topic is diluting my blog. 🙂

  6. John Koetsier February 6, 2007 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Hey Tees … get a Mac. Then you too will at long last be cool also.

  7. Bob Cotter February 6, 2007 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Guy… great tip and timely too. I am doing two sessions for teachers at our district day next week… one on using blogs the other on using Comiclife. I’ll add this page as a reference for the folks to visit.

  8. James from rainy Wales (UK)! February 6, 2007 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Anyone like to send me a free mac?

  9. Gloria February 6, 2007 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    would you please tell me where did you get the cool Skitch? Did you buy it? I didn’t see a link on the Plaque website.
    Thank you for helping me out.
    I was privileged to get a pre-release copy of Skitch from the company. It’s not out yet.

  10. Richard.H February 6, 2007 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Seems all can be done by photoshop, but of course more complicated with all the cutting and pasting.

  11. mcfriendly February 6, 2007 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    This is an outstanding OSX software app. They offer a school/school district a discount site license for about $500. A real bargain!

  12. Late Night Business Notes February 7, 2007 at 6:23 am - Reply

    In The Fray

    I’m back from an overseas tr…

  13. Giorgio Buccilli February 7, 2007 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Hi Guy, for the non-apple users:
    1)put your pictures on a Power Point white page
    2) add Callout from drawings tools
    3) add your text
    4) export as Jpeg picture
    the result is here:
    Giorgio Buccilli
    The issue is the panels with the way you did it. How would you create all the odd-shaped panels that the photos plug into? It would be royal pain, I think.

  14. Wendy Piersall February 7, 2007 at 7:43 am - Reply

    For a really labor-intensive way to getter-done for ya, Photoshop has a shape tool that has a quote balloon option. I did one in Adobe Illustrator and drew it up myself because I know that program better (still took a long time, but these posts are worth it, done right, I believe).
    Thanks for the inspiration Guy!

  15. Mr. Black February 7, 2007 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Or, you could use DotMatrix and your iSight to shoot instant photos that look more like comics or manga:

  16. Ms. Black February 7, 2007 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Here’s some poor Mac developer “working like a dog”:

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  18. Chrystian Guy February 8, 2007 at 7:10 am - Reply

    For the non-Mac users in the crowd (I run Linux plus Windows), there is some kind of an equivalent to Comic Life here:
    Comic Book Creator
    Which I just tried and bought (30$) to make this test:

  19. David February 8, 2007 at 7:13 am - Reply

    There is a similiar product to Comic Life for the PC that we make called Comic Book Creator. It also includes free web hosting and linking for embedding in blogs.
    The product site is at, and the hosting site (just setup in beta) is at
    – Dave

  20. mary wynne-wynter February 9, 2007 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great ‘how to’; this is why I switched to Mac. The 3rd party apps are the best.
    I just added my first comic to my blog typelist and I’m also thinking of using Comic Life to make “sticky” marketing materials.

  21. Chris February 12, 2007 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I like the photo blog. Like you said, for the rare occasions, it’s great. For those sans-Mac, there’s an app that does all of this in one go, SnagIT from TechSmith. I live by it as a Tech Writer. I think I’ll try this and put it on my own blog. Thanks for the idea!

  22. Marek Wawrzyniak February 26, 2007 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Great post. I just bought a new MacBook and will play with this comic stuff. See my accolates to Guys ingenuity on my new post:

  23. Jenny March 26, 2007 at 5:23 am - Reply

    I love this idea! Fabulous!

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  26. mike December 8, 2007 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I sell comic books and other items. this will help me alot.

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