Disability Fest

Sun, Jun. 11th, 2017 10:24 pm
sasha_feather: furiosa holding a gun, showing her metal arm (furiosa arm)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
On Tumblr, Disability Fest runs July 1-31.


Disabilityfest is a celebration of disabled characters across all media, we encourage everyone to make any contribution to it; art, videos, fics, gifs, meta, fanmixes, anything that you do!

Original characters and content are absolutely allowed as well as fanworks!
katiemariie: Screencap of Stark in his cell in the Gammak base, pointing manically. The text, "my side your side" surrounds him. (My side your side!)
[personal profile] katiemariie
Artist claims for the first round of [community profile] cripbigbang are now open to the public! If you didn't sign up as an artist, but find a summary that strikes your fancy in the claims post [link goes to LJ], I encourage you to submit a claim. Visual artists, fanmixers, fanvidders, meta writers, and meta vidders are all welcome to participate.
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[personal profile] sqbr
Since I've often thought to myself "I wish I could read another disabled person's take on this character" I made up a list of fanworks I've created involving (canonically) disabled characters. I haven't always had disability at the front of my mind when creating, but it affects my point of view regardless. Of course that doesn't guarantee that other disabled people will agree with me!

Also, here's some recs to fanworks by other people about disabled characters.
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[personal profile] sqbr
First: it's struck me that it would be really useful to have a consistent AO3 tag to add to art and comics with transcripts/descriptions, to make it easier for people looking for such works. Do people have any suggestions? "Transcript" is already used for certain kinds of prose, "transcribed art" maybe? "Described art"? "Art with description"?

Second: I was quite happy to see this in the preliminary FAQ for the Kaleidoscope fanworks challenge at [community profile] dark_agenda:
Captions: Visual and audio content, especially those hosted on the Internet, often presents an accessibility issue for a significant number of us, not just those of us with visual and/or hearing impairments. For example, videos with English-language audio, for example, can pose a problem for some non-native English speakers and closed caption provides a helpful tool for them in processing what is being said.

Thus, we ask participants to consider providing some type of captioning for their fanwork if possible.

And then they go on to give some examples and resources.

Have many other challenges etc involving art and vids explicitly encouraged captions? It's the first time I've noticed it, but would be very happy if it's an emerging trend.

I've also been having fun thinking of disabled characters who would be plausibly eligible for the challenge.
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[personal profile] sqbr
First: Is there anyone here who uses tumblr and benefits significantly from image/video descriptions? I've been making a small effort to champion them, but apart from the sorts of things that apply intermittently to everyone (A video blocked at your work or country, comics with tiny text etc) my arguments have all been about hypothetical users and it would be useful to (a)Have some evidence against the "but noone who needs descriptions would use a visual medium like tumblr" argument(*) and (b)Get any specific suggestions you guys might have to offer (like: given the fact that long descriptions are often cut off automatically or by rebloggers, is it better to do short ones? Or do you lose too much information?)

Second: With my fanart I've been pitching my descriptions at people who are familiar with canon unless I have some particular reason to think it will be interesting to those who aren't. In general I find writing descriptions quite mentally taxing and, beyond mentioning the names of the characters and canon so that people can google if they like, trying to imagine how to make the image make sense to someone who doesn't know canon without going into a three page backstory is usually too much for me. But since I don't really use image descriptions myself I worry I may be missing something.
Read more... )
sqbr: zuko with a fish on his head (avatar)
[personal profile] sqbr
These all have brief descriptions on the site which should make sense if you're familiar with canon, plus there's more info under the cut.

How to Train your Dragon: Repairs
(This picture is a bit spoilery)

"How to Train your Dragon" is a lovely, entertaining kids film which, while not perfect, has a pretty good portrayal of disability in my opinion.

Homestuck: Terezi as Toph

Homestuck: Tavros as Teo

The webcomic Homestuck is funny, clever and has a terrible depiction of disability.

Tavros is a sweet, nice boy who is a little slow on the uptake and ends up being the butt of many jokes. He was introduced offscreen and people drew him in a wheelchair which inspired the author to make him a paraplegic in canon too.

The inspiration for the Tavros picture was seeing fanart of him dressed as a mermaid for Halloween looking sad and wanting to draw him looking happy and awesome.
Meta about the repeated motifs which spoils How to Train Your Dragon )
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Toph)
[personal profile] laceblade
Although I am not an artist myself, I love looking at fanart online. I keep an extensive collection of favorites at deviantART, and at [personal profile] sasha_feather's suggestion, I am posting links to Toph fanart here for Festibility.

All links go to various pages of fanart at deviantART.com. You can click on the pictures to make them bigger; artist descriptions of the piece can be viewed if you scroll down a bit.

Warnings: Mild cartoon violence (no worse than the series, I don't think)


Toph in dress, earthbending

Katara and Toph, kicking some butt

Toph + Gaang, grown-up and in formal outfits

Grown-Up Toph

Gaang, with Toph close-up

Teashop (finale) painting

Season 3 fighting poses

Safety First

Day of Black Sun: Press Art

Always Together

Chibis [Even as a chibi, Toph is bad-ass.]


Toph messing up some firebenders

Older Toph

Toph, bad-ass in Fire Nation outfit

Older Toph v. Older Zuko

Toph, bending

Earthbending makes Toph happy.

Toph the Melon Lord, :)
sqbr: A happy dragon on a pile of books (happy dragon)
[personal profile] sqbr
Since somebody has to be gauche enough to post first :D (Though for anyone else feeling a bit overwhelmed by trying to keep track of the fills as they're posted, they start on page 11 of the flat version of the comments. There aren't very many yet though)

Both works are G-rated gen humour and don't have any warnings(*), and all the images have transcripts/descriptions(**).
Fancomic, fanfic, fanart )

Dear mods, here are some tags which I would have liked to have added and which I think would be useful in general:
fandom: avatar the last airbender, fanart, prompt fill (As much as I'd like it, "fancomic" is a tag which is unlikely to get as much use :))

(*)I'd say "don't have any content notes" but I don't think the meaning would be as clear.
(**)And if there's anything about these transcripts that's unhelpful let me know!

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