Click here for my version 1.0 of Introduction to Arduino comic as a PDF. For a slightly revised version, click here (updated to software version 1.05).
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The Arduino Playground has a version of the PDF I prepared with blank word balloons and text fields, and also my script with notes if you want to translate it.http://arduino.cc/playground/Main/ArduinoComic. They also have versions in other languages. If you translate it, please let me know.

Here are links to some of the translations, there’s more on the Arduino site. Thanks everyone!

Introduction to Arduino | 2011 | Comics, Introduction to Arduino | Media: | Tags: , , , , , | Comments (137)

137 Responses to “Introduction to Arduino”

  1. jodyc says:

    Thank you, I will adjust. I need to make a couple of little changes, hopefully will do it soon.

  2. Toni says:

    This is the most friendly and practical guide I’ve found.
    Thanks for sharing it, it’s helped me a lot!

  3. [...] Direttamente da Jody Culkin una introduzione semplice all’elettronica e alla programmazione di Arduino attraverso un fumetto. La versione originale in lingua inglese è disponibile a questo indirizzo. [...]

  4. lovely! btw I just voted your SXSW 2013 panel proposal

  5. jodyc says:

    Thank you! I was just about to put something up here.

  6. Cefn Hoile says:

    Hi, Jody. Great resource. I think I’ll be using it with our workshop participants at http://shrimping.it , although we don’t have the blue boards with our delegates for cost reasons, I think it will be really useful anyway.

    Couple of comments. I think the analogy with electricity and water is a good one (I use it a lot) but some parts of the comic seemed a bit inaccurate on the analogy. In particular you mention that resistance “increases and decreases” flow. It always decreases it. Also the diagram of increased potential should show the water reservoir higher (in other words each Litre of water has more potential energy). I couldn’t figure this out from the diagram.

    I’ll add some other comments as I read and reread it. On a deadline right now I’m afraid.

  7. jodyc says:

    Thank you for your comments! I need to make some revisions at some point and I really appreciate the feedback.

  8. Hi Judy, I love your comics. We just became an Arduino distributor. I would like to find a way to bundle your comics with boards and kits. Can you contact me? You can find me on Twitter @TheRobotLady.

  9. [...] those who don’t enjoy reading through documentation, this comic step-by-step learning guide should make it very easy to start with Arduino even for complete [...]

  10. Patrick McCarthy says:

    Love the Arduino guide, with 1 tiny little flaw…

    Electron flow is NOT from + to -
    It’s from – to +
    (Yes, I know that’s not what your high school shop teacher told you… He was wrong)
    And I know there’s people running about waving their arms and saying… No. the teacher was right, it’s not the electrons that matter, it’s the proton availability and such….
    http://mste.illinois.edu/murphy/HoleFlow/default.html

  11. jodyc says:

    Thank you!

  12. Robert Watson says:

    That was wonderful.. I’ve been thinking of getting into the arduino and your comic explained the basics wonderfully. Only possible addon I see is that it doesn’t explain why use use a 220 resistor or a larger one or why? Other than that I loved it and it has made me consider going further with it..

    Anyone have a good link for info on resisters and understanding which to use and why?

    Thanks
    Rob

  13. jodyc says:

    Thank you, and that is a very good comment. When I got to that section I was getting ready to be done, later on I realized I should have explained which resistor and why in more depth.

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  15. Gavin Precious says:

    Hi Jody
    Thanks for your guide. I’ll be using it to help my young son with his arduino understanding. I found it clear and informative and think you should consider a full book.
    One thing, it may be worth giving a minimum ohm value for the pot to avoid damage to the supply.
    Best regards,
    Gavin

  16. jodyc says:

    Very good point, thank you.

  17. Mark says:

    Hi, Jody,
    This is awesome! May I use it for a class I’ll be teaching for these folks? I do get paid but not very much. :)
    Mark

  18. jodyc says:

    Of course, please use it.

  19. erfansah says:

    thank you Jody, like mr. Mark, may i use your comics for teaching at my basic electronic class? i’m Indonesian

    erfansah

  20. jodyc says:

    Yes, of course! Thanks!

  21. Quique says:

    Incredible. Thank you Jody for this fantastic resource! You have shown what is possible in the teaching of technical ideas.

  22. Sheila Rose says:

    I just discovered your Introduction to Arduino. Great !
    Thanks.

  23. varada shiradkar says:

    i wanted to know how to pass parameter from java ide to arduino uno ide?? is it possible hoping to make a project out of it! thanks in advance

  24. jodyc says:

    The Arduino IDE is based on C, not Java, so to my knowledge you cannot do this. You can program the Arduino using C, though, and I think there are some resources available online. Check out the Arduino Forum, I’m sure there are many other places as well. http://arduino.cc/forum/

  25. Miguel Angel says:

    Thanks from Spain. It’s a fantastic job

  26. Nick says:

    Jody,

    This is fantastic, do you think we could mention it on our site, blog, or social networks? If you have any questions please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Nick

    Circuit Specialists Inc.

  27. [...] interactive. Not sure what the significance of the Arduino is? Check out Judy Culkin’s comic to get [...]

  28. jodyc says:

    Sure, I am happy to share it.

  29. Pavel says:

    Thanks, I really liked it.

  30. Peter says:

    The LED pin 2 project on page 11 isn’t working for me. Whenever I upload the code to the board and press the button, the LED lights up for a second, turns off, and stays turned off. Also, the tiny yellow LED integrated onto the board stays lit. My setup is wired correctly (same as in the comic) and I’ve got the right USB port selected. Can you help me, please?

  31. Peter says:

    The project on page 11 isn’t working for me. Whenever I press the button on the board (with the program uploaded to it), the LED at pin 2 lights up once for a second and never turns back on. Then, the tiny, integrated, yellow LED at pin 13 come on and stays lit forever. I’m sure that I have it wired and coded correctly. I also checked that the correct port (COM4 in this case) was selected.

    I would like some help with this.

    Thanks,
    Peter.

  32. jodyc says:

    I’m going to email you directly.

  33. tuxun says:

    french translation started: I would love have the original english svg.

    It’s easier to translate: click on case, translate text. click on case, translate text.
    An external script means so lot of copy paste^^

  34. Ali Mahdi says:

    Hi Jody,
    I think the comic is a great idea to introduce Arduino to people of different age groups and backgrounds.
    I noticed that you don’t have an Arabic translation. I would like to volunteer. Is there a procedure I should follow?

    Kind regards
    Ali

  35. jodyc says:

    That would be great! Here is the link to the files on the Arduino Site, but I am going to email them to you directly.http://playground.arduino.cc/Main/ArduinoComic

  36. tuxun says:

    Hi, Jody, thank you for your reply.

    But I didn’t receive anything and the original isn’t on the arduino website.

    Please mail it to tuxuntrash (at) gmail.com !
    i’ll find a way to post it on the arduino wiki as I posted our translation details.
    Thx again 4 all!

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