New York Comic Con Panel: Where are all the Wheelchairs?

I know, I’m terrible about updating. It’s on my list for New Year Resolutions. Here’s hoping it sticks. πŸ˜‰  In the mean time, below is just a collection of my random tweets, thoughts, excitement, and aftermath of speaking at New York Comic Con!

October 6 – On the road to New York Comic Con with my pass and a favorite action figure. Extra points if you can name both her identities. πŸ˜‰

One of the things I began doing when I speak at conferences and conventions about disability and comics and publishing and media was start taking pictures. Why? Because I’d hear murmurs every so often of “Why do we need a “disability” panel?” or “Who would bother to go to that?”  If the audience was willing, I’d snap a quick pic and post it. Over the years, this has added up: Balticon, AwesomeCon, NYCC…and I anticipate it continuing. At least until I quit hearing the BS that people don’t want to hear about disability.

 

October 7 – For those wondering about the interest in #disability and #media at #NYCC let me show you THIS amazing audience. #DisabilityRepresent

 

October 7 – This is us speaking on the panel: Where Are All The Wheelchairs? 

Why are disabled roles so often played by non-disabled actors? Are certain disabilities not welcome in media? What can be done to give viewers a more accurate portrayal of people with disabilities? Join us as we answer these questions and more in an attempt to understand why the world’s largest minority is the media’s least represented. 

It’s a pretty awesome group: Jillian Mercado, model and activist; Maysoon Zayid, actress and comedian; Dominick Evans, filmmaker and activist (via Skype); Steve Way, stand-up comedian and motivational speaker; and me. πŸ™‚ (And in case you’re wondering I was the “author and disability advocate.”  PS, I’m on the far left of this pic.

Afterwards, we continued the discussion in a nearby bar. πŸ˜‰ That IS what you do at a Con, right? But one of the coolest things to come out of this panel, other than an awesome audience who had some great questions, was that it was written up in BuzzFeed! It’s kind of a rush to see your panel listed as “…one of the most throught-provoking panels at NYCC…”

 

October 12 – BuzzFeed article: People With Disabilities Say What They Want To See In Comics

Will Varner knocked it out of the park. Rather than just summarizing the panel or making assumptions BuzzFeed simply asked people with disabilities, “What do you want to see in comics?” And there were plenty of people with disabilities willing to tell them. Now if industry would be just as willing to listen.

PS BuzzFeed also took what is probably one of my favorite photos me. I never like how I look in pictures.