Many people with little to no artistic ability — but with some pretty funny tales — do that in something called rage comics.
But where Doonesbury characters typically react with wisecracking aplomb, rage comic characters respond with — well, rage. The best stories are those that could happen to anyone. You agree to receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times's products and services. My editor wanted to do one about my weekly promises to finish this article.
Like the images, you can resize and reposition it. Leave lots of white space, and remember that dialogue in each panel will be read from left to right — you may need to move some heads and text around to accommodate the convention. Copy or bookmark it. Rage Maker will start you off with a blank four-panel strip. Newsletter Sign Up Continue reading the main story Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box.
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This will take you to another panel of controls. Stick to this standard font to start. The tool allows you to import images and draw with your mouse, but it is easier to start with a dialogue between two clip-art heads.
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Browse through the available faces by clicking the menu on the left side that says Neutral, which is just one of dozens of sets of faces sporting expressions. An error has occurred. The best way to understand rage comics is to read a couple of dozen of them. Please re-enter. View all New York Times newsletters. Sign Up.
Resist the urge to go long. Two female heads on a white background are talking. You have another thing to rage about.