There are lots of creative endeavors on which you can venture as a family, and here's a particularly fun one: starting a family comic book series! Even four-page mini-issues can delight those involved and make great gifts for those outside of your immediate family, as souvenirs of what your combined creativity can do! There are lots of directions you can go in terms of art, plot lines, and publishing formats (which may just mean printing out a few copies from your home printer), but here are some basics you can follow no matter what your family's style.
Designate writers and artists. You may have members of your family who are more artistically inclined than others, and if they want to be in charge of the art aspect of the comics, you may want to take them up on it! The same goes with someone in your family who is good with words and storytelling. Remember, though, that this is a family venture, and you want to share the duties even if there are primary artists and writers.
Brainstorm characters together. The creative brainstorming is where everyone can really have their say! You may have very small children who will quickly tire of the project if they don't have an active role, and so if you anticipate that they won't enjoy it for too long, you can ask them for their creative input at the beginning of the process. Come up with ideas for the main character, the main villain, and all of the sidekicks -- perhaps based on people or animals you and your family are well-acquainted with.
Have a regularly scheduled issue. Unless you're planning one giant masterpiece, you may go into this project wanting to do a series. In that case, plan to release a new issue on a regular basis so that the project doesn't get neglected and fall to the wayside (unless you're ready to retire it, of course). Announce it to friends and family so you have people counting on you to complete the next part of the tale!
Publish it! It used to be that publishing something meant simply putting it onto the printing press and making multiple copies of it. Now, however, there are tons of options for publishing -- from professionally printed flyers to hand-bound books to online comic markets. You can certainly make a free webcomic page, either with a free hosting service or with a comic-specific service such as ComicFury.com or ComicDish.com, and then send the address along to those who are interested.
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