The Bottom Line
- Easy drag-n-drop interface.
- Lots of included images from popular mangas.
- Import your own images or artwork.
- Publish to the web, your blog, or in pdf format.
- Wish there were more clip art packages to buy.
- Can't figure out how to put the flipbook on my website.
- Would be great if you could add an extra frame to a layout template.
- Price: $29.99
- Publishing options: JPEG, PDF, HTML. You also have a flip book feature and you can publish your manga to Hyper Comics too.
- Balloons, caption boxes, action words and clip art included in the content packs.
Guide Review - TOKYOPOP Manga Creator
There are tons of layout templates to choose from as well as over 300 pieces of TOKYOPOP artwork from popular mangas such as I Luv Halloween, Bizenghast, Shutter Box, A Midnight Opera and Ark Angels. Just pick your template, layout your art and add your balloons and text. You can even import your own artwork into the manga and its as simple as changing directories.
For those of you that have been with me for a while, you might remember my own original, interactive manga, titled Sacred Fire. Since I already had quite a bit of storyline written, I decided to give Manga Creator a test drive and see what I could create.
The result is a black & white/color mix using a variety of artwork from Manga Creator and a few enhanced pics of my own. I'm pretty wowed by it and I think you will be too.
The only real downside is that you have to find the artwork that fits your story which can be a challenge at times but it makes for a fun afternoon. As for usability, the creation process is a snap but I had a small glich in the publishing. The program allows you to publish in PDF, JPEG and HTML formats and also includes a feature that will create a flip book for you. According to the help section, you should be able to copy the flip book directory to your webserver and it will work from your website. Well, the flip book works, but can't find my manga file. I've submitted a help ticket at the forums and will let you know how that turns out.
And here's another tip - if you're publishing to HTML, you'll need to change the path for the images as it will initially be looking to your hard drive to find them.