Bitstrips Booth

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on March 10, 2008

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I stopped by the Bitstrips booth here in Austin’s convention center today. The Web service, launched March 9, pledges to transform the most artistically challenged person into a comic artist.

The company is made up of five guys, several of whom are graphic artists and comic enthusiasts. They got the idea for Bitstrips the same way so many people come up with great ideas: a combination of overwork and laziness.

Bitstrips founder "Ba"-- dude, that's his full name--found he was spending too much time redrawing the same characters in his comics. "I had to make a lot of comics for this one project," says Ba, adding that the less time he spent drawing the better the comic tended to turn out. "I thought, if you could only spend less time on the execution..."

Several months later Bitstrips was born.

The site enables users to choose from a variety of different features, then alter and combine those features to make believable caricatures of individuals.

Users can choose different emotions that will automatically change the expression of their cartoon characters. They can add thought and conversation bubbles. Most importantly, they can bring their characters into the next frame by simply dragging and dropping, rather than rebuilding the entire person.

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Reader Comments

Guy

March 11, 2008 07:23 AM

Bitstrips is the most incredible comic building site I've come across, by far. After only being up and running for a short time, there are already a load of awesome comics on the site. Plus, it's really social - encouraging collaboration on different comics and interaction between users. Way to go guys!

Craig

March 11, 2008 02:31 PM

If you're looking for a similar service that let's you build out characters in a nearly infinite array of cartoon styles, you might want to try toonlet as well. Rather than focus on photos or clip art, toonlet puts the focus on character creation and customization, and features a powerful avatar tool so you can make cartoon characters that look authentically hand-drawn.

From there, it's easy to build out a library of moods for your characters to use in their comic strips.

Swing on by and check out the site, or take the toonlet tour:
http://www.toonlet.com/tour

Let us know what you think!

Thanks!
-Craig (from toonlet)

Rajendran

March 12, 2008 07:28 PM

Hi,
Welcome to the club!
We are really happy that comic strip making, as an online entertainment form is really taking off. We have seen as many as four new websites that help the "artistically challenged" express themselves creatively, in just the past year!

These days, I just follow Craig of Toonlet and his posts around the blogosphere. And, write about ToonDoo there, for we are another species in this ecosystem, focusing on a slightly different but equally interesting set of features.

Hop over to www.toondoo.com, and check em out for yourselves!

Rajendran.
ToonDude from www.jambav.com

Tommy

March 12, 2008 09:24 PM

Craig, give it a rest already...You've posted the same thing everywhere Bitstrips has been reviewed in the past week. It's pathetic.

pauly hart

June 15, 2008 12:52 AM

awesome invention and great engine! BA seems well informed and tech-geeky enough to pull this off with the help of his artistic flair and a little love from his friends... way to go indeed! i paint and write poetry and make music, but i can't draw a straight line to save my life, much less a cartoon. this site saves me hours upon hours of time importing ideas that i could never pull off with any other medium

-pauly hart
paulyhart.tk

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