Toonlet is a new site where you can create your own cartoon strips with customized characters and leave cartoons as comments in response to other peoples' strips. It's fun, fast and easy. Kids will like it and I do too.
There's lots of sites on the web where you can create your own comic strips but few of them let you build your own characters. On Toonlet there are seven collections of resizable body parts you can mix and match, including one contributed by comic rock-star Peter Bagge, author of the 90's best seller Hate.
Each character you build can have multiple versions, depending on the mood they are in in a particular panel. The variation of characters and moods makes the site a lot of fun to click through.
The most interesting part of Toonlet is the ability to leave strips as replies. The site's news section is a good place to see this feature in action.
Toonlet is a simple site but one that you, or your kids, might really like. It's technically still unlaunched but some recommendations I'd offer for the future would include the ability to get embed code and to subscribe to RSS feeds. I bet a lot of parents would enjoy subscribing to a feed of toons from their kids.
If you give it a try and create comics as comments on this review (or anything), post the URL here so we can all go read them and laugh.