When it comes to creating most comics, Photoshop is normally used to get the coloring and line work done for each panel. Unfortunate for most starving artists, the latest version of Photoshop can cost quite a fortune. Luckily, there is a hero that can aid you in granting you an affordable software to create your own comics on the computer, and that software is the latest version of Manga Studio!
From the looks of it, Manga Studio 5 comes with a few preset for tones and manga/comic book effects, so that artists can save some time in their projects. All in all, the main tools cover a good amount of the essential features that people use in making comics, and they are all customizable.
While I haven't messed with the earlier versions of the program, a friend of mine was able to purchase Manga Studio 4, and he enjoyed the features that it had. Since the current version is priced at $79.99, no one will have to worry about sacrificing an arm or leg to meet the price point.
If you are into winning stuff, Smith Micro is having a contest where you could win a Cintiq 22 HD tablet and an autographed illustration by Ethan Nicolle, who is known for doing the artwork for a webcomic known as Axe Cop, a story that's written by Ethan's eight year little old brother.