November 2011

Welcome to plasq's second education newsletter!

In This Issue:

  • Comic Life for iPad Update, Price Drop!
  • Comic Life Informational Packages
  • Graphic Kit for Comic Life
  • Comic Life Blog Is Live
  • User Profile: Dr. Chris Johnson
  • Comic Life 2 for Windows Progress Update

New and Improved Comic Life for iPad

Our recent update, Comic Life for iPad 1.1, has some things we think will really help bring it into your classroom — updates including high resolution export options, more comic management flexibility, seamless Twitter image integration and support for international users is provided through the new language localizations.

And one final change — we have dropped the price to $4.99*! Through the iTunes Volume Purchasing Program educators who buy 20 or more licenses can get it for just $2.49**.

We hope that these updates help make Comic Life more accessible to teachers and students all over the world. To learn more about the update you can read the full press release here, or head on over to the iTunes App Store and download today!

*Please check your local App Store for pricing in your region.

**VPP is not available in all global regions, please see your local App Store for details.

Informational Packets

We know that finding funding for new programs can be difficult, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to present Comic Life to those in charge of your school's budget. The packets include information about benefits of bringing comics into the classroom, highlights the ease and power of Comic Life, and provides feedback from educators who have used Comic Life. We have packets designed specifically for Comic Life for iPad as well as Comic Life for Mac and PC.

If you're interested in downloading the PDFs use the links below:
Comic Life for iPad
Comic Life 2 and Deluxe (Mac and PC)

Graphic Kits for Comic Life

If you'd rather use artwork than photos to create your comics in Comic Life, Sion Morris and is a great resource for artwork! The Comic Kits include characters, backgrounds, objects and much more, all arranged into themes and spaces to make it easy for you to find what you need. Check out their site and see how you can create a whole world in Comic Life with Comic Kit.

Comic Life Blog Launch

Thanks to support and submissions from Comic Life users around the world our Comic Life Blog is really taking off, and we have a lot of new examples and tutorials to help you get even more creative with Comic Life. Stop by and check it out!

We are always on the look out for new ideas and inspiration for blog posts, so don't hesitate to share. We'd love to hear from you. We can't promise to share everything — but we'll do our best to bring you great examples and creative ideas for all of your future comics!

If you want to see something that's not on there yet or have any questions feel free to write in with requests and questions for posts at [email protected]. We'll be happy to help you out.

There are plenty of examples to get you started if you're new to Comic Life, and we're always interested in seeing more.

Those of you who have been using Comic Life already, we'd love to see what you've been up to! If you've got something you want to share, send it to us at [email protected].

Dr. Chris Johnson — Comic Life User Profile

So how does a guy from Ohio, diagnosed with dyslexia in the 60's teach medical professionals about ethics and doctor patient relations... in Taiwan? With Comic Life, of course!

Meet Dr. Chris Johnson — international man of medical ethics, life long Buddhist, lover of the Prince Valiant and Andy Cap comics, and a Comic Life user who hopes to retire to Brazil one day. Though Costa Rica and Cuba are on the list too.

A man who still remembers "the horrors of standing up and reading in front of the class," while today he teaches about complex issues to lecture halls full of students. Clearly he has a story.

Read more on the Comic Life Blog.

Comic Life 2 for Windows is coming...

We know that a lot of schools are equipped with Windows computers and are looking into Comic Life 2 for your computers. We are working hard to finish Comic Life 2 for Windows as soon as possible. Since platform porting projects often involve unexpected hiccups it is difficult to set a firm date for release — but here is a screenshot of Comic Life 2 for Windows to give you an idea of how far we've come on the project.

Call for Beta Testing

Part of the process for bringing Comic Life 2 to Windows will require Beta testing. You'll be the first to try out the new software and be an important part of readying the software for general release. If you are interested in becoming a Comic Life 2 for Windows Beta tester please contact us at [email protected].

Let Us Show Off Your Work

We will always be on the look out for new material to post on our blog and suggestions for how to better use Comic Life in the classroom. Please feel free to share your project and assignment ideas with us and fellow educators. Please send it to us at [email protected].

Pass it along

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Bye for now...

The plasq Team