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Disability in Comics
Here's a thoughtful article on the ups and downs of disability in comics, particularly the X-Men.

One of the interesting things I've noticed is the mention of training.  You know who actually has a pretty decent broadband awareness of how to cope with all the isms that should be wasms?  Shiv, of all people.  Because Boss White won't put up with that shit in his gang, so he's trained all his supervillains -- and even the naries -- with at least basic expectations like "treat women with respect" and "don't manhandle someone's adaptive equipment."  Shiv is short on details, yes, because he's young and still kind of a jerk.  But he's gotten more of an introduction than most superheroes in mainstream comics have, and it shows.  There are dozens of tiny instances where he does the right thing because he's been taught  to by someone he respects enough to mind.

As for the rest of the examples, I've got characters in wheelchairs (with a variety of conditions), the whole range of traumatic stress conditions, a wide variety of mental illnesses and injuries (including claustrophobia), vision impairment (hmm, though I had colorblindness but it's not coming up in a search), loads of sexual assault survivors (including a lot of my supervillains), and so forth.  Many of the prompts come from people with disabilities, which I think really helps the accuracy.

So how do you think we're doing?

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 24th, 2017 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
In my Ravenstone story, the main character Dalia has a missing foot, she was born that way. One of her friends uses a powered wheelchair because he can't walk. Her grandma is blind in one eye. And those are just the physical disabilities. Dalia has autism, depression, and anxiety. Brandon (wheelchair user) has ADHD.

In the Lyria Spellspinner 'verse, her "son" (creation) Jedocas has trouble walking upright, but he can walk and run fine on all fours. Forizano is missing both his legs from a war injury, and also has PTSD. It's possible Lyria has PTSD too, I can't really remember. One of her soldiers is blinded in battle. And her friend Ghost (an albino necromancer who is also a t-girl) is missing a hand.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 24th, 2017 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and not sure if this counts or not, but one of Dalia's moms is riddled with scars from years of working with animals.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 24th, 2017 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


That's a good spread.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 28th, 2017 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

I hope to expand it in time, too.
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