Fandom: The Departed
Brief description: I'm AUing the end of the movie to ( spoilers ) and am looking for advice on communicating some of the physical and emotional responses he'll have.
Link: A public post at my journal
Apologies to the mods for misunderstanding the new policy.
We are changing a policy at Access Fandom regarding the posting of beta requests. Before, there was no policy. Now we request that you post them in the following format:
ETA: "beta" for our purposes means anyone who offers advice, encouragement, feedback, etc on your work or ideas.
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Author/Creator: yourself, generally, but may be someone else
Brief description: of the work and what sort of beta notes you are looking for
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This symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.
April 2013 - Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY USA
DEADLINE for Proposals EXTENDED until: January 25, 2013
Michael Bérubé tells us that “every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability’ is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work” (1997, p. B4).
More details available on their site:
I've linked to the mobile version because the full-screen is not very accessible to me as a large print user (and WordPress sites, I've heard it told, are wicked difficult to make accessible). See my next post.
Web: http://crippingthecon.com or http://crippingthecon.info
So, a couple of months ago my old thesis advisor suggested I submit something to this Call For Papers: “Fantastic! Heroic! Disabled?”, as I'd written a couple of things at the end of college about disability studies and superheroes/sci-fi/fandom. I’m building a proposal around Clint Barton/Hawkeye—his canonical deafness in the comics in the 1980s, the restoration of his hearing in the comics after a few years, and some fans’ re-insertion of Hawkeye’s deafness in fanfictions following the release of The Avengers. Basically I’m aiming use Hawkeye as an example to highlight transformative works/fandom as a place where people can create space for disability (while such a space is rarely, if ever, allowed for in popular culture).
I read a fair number of fics over the summer dealing Hawkeye's hearing loss, however, I’m dreadful at bookmarking/keeping track of fics I read. Thus, most of the deaf-Barton fic that I read over the summer has long since slipped through my virtual fingers. I know there's both a bunch of really great Barton fic and a bunch of really dreadful/problematic Barton fic—and I need both! If you have recs/links, or know someone who has recs/links, I would greatly appreciate it if you could send them my way! Thanks so much!
However, even though the disability is made up, it rings true because it's very similar to multiple real conditions. (It really seems like it should be real, too. It's so plausible.) Additionally, it's central to this fic, so I can't just gloss over it.
( Wall of Text about the fictional disability and my fic )
I would like to ask people with personal experience to give opinions about this. I do need a beta for characterization, but I'll ask for that on a fandom-specific community; what I'm asking for here, now, is just to talk it over with people. Is anyone open to that?
Thank you. :)
I'd be interested in knowing what people think.
Gail Simone dismissed from Batgirl - The article contains commentary from a wheelchair user.
It also seems from her Tumblr that the "recovery arc" won't actually be happening. Her post here.
I've done a bit of research on forums etc, but I would really like someone to just give it a once over. You do not need to be super detailed in your beta-ing, just give it a read through and let me know what I'll need to change.
Without further ado, I present cripbigbang, the first big bang challenge dedicated to characters with disabilities. Yay! Sign-ups are open now and will remain open until fic rough drafts are due on May 1st. You can sign up as a fic author, committing yourself to writing a story of at least 10,000 words. Or, you can sign up as an artist, and create some meta (either written or in video form), or a fanvid, or a fanmix, or some visual art. Check out our FAQ for the schedule and more information.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment.
I'm looking for things relating primarily to the character, rather than the choice of actor or the accessibility of the medium, cos apparently I am Not Allowed to put everything in the world in my thesis.
Before this gets started, I'd like to gauge interest, and, more importantly, see how I can make this big bang more successful, accessible, and engaging than big bangs of the past. And for that I need folks to please answer this short survey.
If you have any questions/thoughts/ideas, I'd love to hear from you in the comments.