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Hamlet - Comic Book Creation Assignment

Hamlet - Comic Book Creation Assignment

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Hamlet Comic Assignment


  • At least 10 pages (roughly 2 pages an act). In all likelihood, your comic book will be longer than this.
  • Must include all five acts and the major plot points from each.

Major characters you MUST include:

  • Hamlet
  • Claudius
  • Gertrude
  • Polonius
  • Horatio
  • Ophelia
  • Laertes

Minor characters you MUST include:

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
  • Young Fortinbras
  • Yorick
  • Graphics can be of any style (photographs, sketches, clip art, etc.). Remember that you’ll need enough to tell the story and represent all of the main characters. Try to find a way to be fairly consistent so we can look at your pictures and know who your characters are. For example, if you have Ophelia as a dark-headed, Asian girl in one frame, please don’t switch her to a blonde-headed, white girl in the next frame.
  • You may have as many frames on a page as you would like. All templates are useable.
  • You do not have to use the Shakespearean language.


  • Brainstorm the material first.
  • Understand what you’re writing about – specifics from each act, what you want each character to do/look like, how you expect to convey the final product. Plan ahead!!
  • Remember to cover ALL FIVE ACTS. You’re telling the story of Hamlet in a comic book form. Research other comic books and graphic novels if you’re unsure of what that means.
  • Ask for help! If you get stuck, confused, trapped, lost, then say something!!

About this Document

We have access to iBooks at my school, and there is a software program on them called ComicLife which I actually have my kids use to make comic books. This assignment sheet is for use with Hamlet but can be easily adapted to use with any literary work. Also, kids may illustrate their comics or create them through the use of magazine clippings if you do not have access to this software.

Tags: Exercises & Activities, Grade 12, Hamlet, Literature, Teachers

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Hamlet - Comic Book Creation Assignment