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TITLE: Comics Beyond Sight: Innovations in Accessible Comics for Blind & Low Vision Readers

Comics are increasingly called upon to convey public health information and are central in literacy development for young readers, yet for people who are blind or low vision, there are few means of accessing the comics form available today. This exhibition showcases the international efforts of innovators in this realm, assembled by the Accessible Comics Collective at San Francisco State University, with the expertise of blind access professionals guiding the field forward. Whether audio, tactile, or technologically mediated, these explorations in accessible comics raise bigger questions: What makes a comic a comic? How far from the original art form can a verbal translation stray while still honoring the artist’s work? The exhibition will provide opportunities to touch, listen, and explore, putting into practice the multimodal forms of access for which it advocates. By presenting a range of examples, from audio description to tactile comics, and from simpler layouts to highly complex artistic styles, we aim to demonstrate that all comics can be made accessible. 


Organizers Emily Beitiks and Nick Sousanis