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The Learned Fangirl on Fangirling with Chronic Illness

Keidra Chaney has posted a most excellent essay on her process of coming to terms with progressive vision loss. You may know her as part of The Learned Fangirl. She addresses the barriers fandom erects as well as her own shame and confusion.

But I didn’t anticipate how much my vision disorder would eventually affect my own view of myself, my work, and my life in fandom.

In pop culture, disability is a trope, especially visual impairment.
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1 Link 25 Sept. 2014

Check out this cool comic book art by disabled creator Larime Taylor. He draws with his mouth.

Larime Taylor's website
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Hawkeye #19

AV Club: Hawkeye 19 uses Deafness to help a Broken Clint Barton to find his Voice

Has a bit of ableist language; otherwise a good article.

The easiest way for readers to see more diversity is to support titles that feature diverse casts and creative teams. Larime Taylor is a disabled comics creator born with arthrogryposis, and he writes, draws, tones, and letters his work with his mouth. His Top Cow series, A Voice In The Dark, is a chilling psychological thriller featuring a primarily female cast, and it returns in September with a new first issue in full color. Valiant’s Harbinger stars a disabled cast member in John “Torque” Torkelson, a teenage boy that is paralyzed from the waist down, but can project solid psychic holograms that turn him into a powerful superhero. Gail Simone introduced a new disabled superheroine to the DC universe with Vengeance Moth in The Movement, but low sales prompted that book’s cancellation after a year.

Bleeding Cool: How Hawkeye #19 Portrays the World of a Deaf SuperHero to a Hearing Audience, for Next Year's Eisner Awards

Has some images of the comic; does not appear to have image descriptions. If anyone has the wherewithal to put descriptions in the comments there or here, that would be cool. There are also several typos in the article, FYI.
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1 link: "Hulking Out" with the Niece & Nephew

Just caught up with some of my Blogging Against Disablism Day/May 1 blog posts. (I own my slowness). One particularly apt post talked about educating kids about what "disability" means using the Incredible Hulk and modeling clay.

From Never That Easy, 1 May 2014
begin quote  "And I guess it isn't exactly super-normal that you change into a big green monster when you're angry either" suggested her brother, ALMOST apologetically. "Well, I'm not sure disabled and normal are exact opposites there, bud" I corrected him gently (because you try and correct a 14 year-old any other way), "but yeah, I think maybe Hulking out could stretch into the disability category if we really tried, because it's something in his body that he's not always got control over and a lot of disabilities -" I gestured to myself "are kind of like that. Cousin Sara once called her seizures Hulking out." (Our cousin has epilepsy.)
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1 link 27 Feb 2014

Derek Handley writing at Jim Hines' Blog:
Representation Without Understanding

At a very basic level, wheelchair users are not an under-represented group in fiction. We’re just very misunderstood.
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cfp: Anthology on disability and graphic literature

Disability Studies has always paid lip service to including contributions from community members (aka "independent scholars.") Here's a chance for folks who've thought about comics to share their ideas with a wider audience. I've seen that one really great article from an outsider can have a deep impact on how academia perceives the world, theorizes about it, and thus teaches us to shape it.

I wish I were that writing person, but maybe you are?

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We invite proposals for chapters in a volume on disability and graphic literature for the new Literary Disability series from Palgrave Macmillan edited by David Bolt, Elizabeth Donaldson, and Julia Miele Rodas. Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative will scrutinize the ways that disability has been employed in comic books, graphic nonfiction, graphic novels, underground comix, and/or webcomics. Our aim is to interrogate standard assumptions about disability and sequential art in order to open up new approaches and potential collaborations between both of these vital areas of study.

Some possible but not exclusive topics include analyses of the range of representations of disabled figures in both superhero comics and graphic narratives; considerations of the role of the visual in offering multimodal engagement with the textual experience of disability (beyond character, plot, and theme); critical investigations of how the systems of meaning associated with disability studies (see Donna Haraway, Tobin Siebers, and others) overlap with or challenge the language of sequential art (as theorized by Thierry Groensteen, Scott McCloud, and others); extended examinations of specific comic book characters (such as Batgirl/Oracle, Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Professor Xavier, or Cyborg/Victor Stone); delineations of disability as an organizing logic in ongoing graphic series (like Fantastic Four and Doom Patrol); and theorizations of the role of disability in the texts of individual graphic narrative writers (such as David B., Alison Bechdel, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Harvey Pekar, and Chris Ware).

Send 500-word abstracts to Chris Foss (, Jonathan Gray (, and Zach Whalen ( by Dec 15th.
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Making Accessible Comics

Would Helen Keller Be a Marvel Zombie? A Presentation

Accessibility as professional practice. Franny Howes presents. Computers & Writing 2013, Frostburg, MD.

Thanks to [personal profile] jesse_the_k for the link.
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1 link 30 July 2013

TBQ Tumbles: CarolCon: The Enemy Within and Chronic Illness

Chronic illness isn’t very glamorous. It’s more of a daily grind that’s frustrating for you and boring for everyone else. People tend to want to tune it out in real life, so why show it in a story?

But if you’re someone like me it means another way to see yourself in a story. Even more when it’s seeing someone like Carol have the same frustrations you do over the things you can’t do, over the setbacks, or even over one more freaking doctor’s appointment.
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[Jesse notes: This is a call for proposals for an academic conference in disability studies, not an actual event at any Comic-Con]

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: or
Twitter: [ profile] cripcon
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Gail Simone

Since she's been discussed before with regards to her portrayal of Barbara Gordon, I thought this was relevant to this com.

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.
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[personal profile] zopyrus2011-10-10 10:43 pm
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Quick Request

Hi everyone,

I recently wrote a comic for [community profile] ladiesbigbang and I plan to include a transcript when I post it in November. I want to be as inclusive and helpful as possible, but I'm worried I may miss something by accident. Does anyone have any tips about formatting, and/or what sort of descriptions to include (or what not to include)? Also, if y'all know a better place to ask, I would really appreciate a link!

Here is a little about the comic I wrote (although for my purposes, you definitely don't need to be familiar with canon to help):

Title: The Letter
Fandom: Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens)
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Georgiana Podsnap, Mortimer Lightwood, Mr. Podsnap, Sophronia Lammle (cameo). Past and future Georgiana/Sophronia is strongly implied.
Rating: G
Summary: A year after the final pages of Our Mutual Friend, Georgiana finally makes a friend of her own and takes control of her life.
Warnings: The original novel is a minefield of typical Dickens -isms. In particular, warning for extremely problematic portrayals of disabled characters and Jewish characters, none of whom happen to appear in my comic.

Thanks so much--if anyone can take the time to give me some advice, I'd be so grateful.
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[personal profile] me_ya_ri2011-09-22 08:07 am

Snapshots (DCU AU - Gen)

I recently completed this story and thought that it might be appreciated here. Hope everyone enjoys!

Story: Snapshots
Author: [personal profile] me_ya_ri
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: DCU
Warning: Canon violence (A Death In The Family), AU, traumatic amnesia, non-canon death of a major supporting character (Joker), parental neglect, loneliness, recovery from life-threatening injuries but not much else.
Word Count: Approx 72,700 words total
Summary: An alternate story based on the question/story posed by [personal profile] glymr in her story here (warning for very sad!) - What if Tim had followed Jason to Ethiopia? Tim follows Jason to Ethiopia when he tries to find his mother. At a critical moment Tim acts to save his hero, changing everything as a result of that one moment of bravery.
Chapters: Snapshots | Haley's Circus | Waking | X-Rays | Paparazzi | Visitation | Dammit, Janet (by Malkavianlove) | Cookies | Hearing | Snickerdoodle | CPS | Walk | Oak | Interview | Home | Jack | Decision | Party | Batcave | Janet | Tim | Plot | Judge | Accord | Resolution | Robin
Feedback: Comments (even if it’s just that you read) are much loved and concrit is much appreciated!

ETA: Forgot to post the link to AO3: All in one part here
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Links: Barbara Gordon

Give Batgirl the Chair by Eric Glover.

This is an in-depth article about the controversy surrounding the DCU relaunch of Batgirl.

Op-Ed: Oracle is Stronger than Batgirl will Ever Be by Jill Pantozzi

Linkspam 30 December 2009

Linkspam Dec 30 2009

Anna Alexander: Avatar from a Writer's Point of View

Escaping the Trunk: Quit Chugging the Blue Kool-Aid!

FWD/Forward: Glee: The Halfway Point: Wrap-Up

Hoyden About Town: Avatar Indignation Thread

Shakesville: 2-D or not 2-D (on 3D movie tech and vision)

The Trascontinental Disability Choir at Bitch: A Wizard Did it!

The Transcontinental Disability Choir at Bitch: Disability in Comics: a Discussion