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Is there any software designed to assist with creating comic books? The basic features needed are pre-drawn frames around the panels and the ability to easily drag and drop characters into the scene, add speech bubbles, and edit the background. I would prefer software that is specific to these tasks, rather than general graphic-editing software.

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Inkscape, maybe? Here's a tutorial that could get you started. – sr_ Dec 5 '12 at 9:28
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Take a look at Radical Comic Designer He charges for packages but you can download the source from git and build it yourself.

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TBO can do this, although it hasn't been updated in awhile.

tbo screenshot

It isn't available from the official Ubuntu repositories but can be installed from GetDeb

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