Doing a talk for my coworkers next week on comics and accessibility. Do I work for a comics company? Nope, but so am doing the talk anyway! Mwuahahah

(He did nothing, btw. Eventually the bee flew out of the windows I opened in the kitchen while I hung out in the hallway)

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I love bees. They're great pollinators.

But if they're in my house, welcome to me hiding behind my cat hoping he'll take care of the situation.

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This is what's wrong with the tech industry. The expectation that one should give their free time *EVERY DAY* or you're somehow "not passionate".

My response to that would be fuck you and your shitty fucking culture.

My kids and family are FAR more important to me than your ridiculous expectations.

</rant> πŸ™ƒ

I always loved this 404 image I drew for my website a few years ago.

Some days are rage into the void days.

Today is definitely one of them.

Taverns in fantasy settings tend to not have websites to advertise their tavern, but if I did, I image this would have been on the one for A Need for Mead showing of their team.

Veronica, naturally, is not quite sure why she's here and doing this..

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Daily reminder to consider image descriptions when uploading your media :D

Image descriptions are used by our blind and partially sighted users who use screen readers; the readers read the image descriptions to describe what's in the image.

For help on how to write them: mastodon.art/@Curator/10819741

Please consider using them - we like accessibility here :bowie_stardust:

When you're the half-orc of a adventure party, sometimes you end up getting stuck carrying all the gear.

I really liked the Audio Descriptions talk in this, and one day I would love to play around more with recorded audio transcriptions for comics to use in place of screen reader. I think it could really help the comic come alive for blind/low vision readers.

Also all I can think of is the rad audiobook for Nimona and I want to see what I could with that in web space audible.com/pd/Nimona-Audioboo

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I've eaten dinner, so time for another link!

So last August, the SF State Comics Studies Program, Program in Visual Impairments, and Longmore Institute of Disability hosted a one-day symposium to explore considerations for adapting comics for blind and low vision readers. They posted the whole thing on youtube and there was a lot of interesting ideas discussed!

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzj

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Here's a character from a story idea I've been playing with for awhile, but I'm not sure if I want to go a graphic novel direction or an interactive visual novel instead. So for now, pictures of her sit on my hard drive, silently judging me for not working on her project yet.

What characters do you have sitting in notebooks/hard drives for future stories you wanna tell. I wanna see 'em!

And I just realized these were all tagged and not . Welcome to Sarah being medium at hashtags.

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Oh, one last note on what I do for personal site. I actually have the alt text also visible at the bottom of the page for easy copy/paste alt text for socials., I also include character images for screenreader description of the character's appearance, as well as a link to more info. I only describe a character in comic if it is their first appearance or they have changed appearance to help keep a cleaner reading experience.

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So this is probably one of the coolest experiments I've seen (way cooler than anything I've done) for comic accessibility. This approach definitely requires thinking about from the very beginning, given how they separate out the different layers of the comics, not just the speech bubbles. comica11y.humaan.com

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If you want an example of the code I use for my comic so you can apply it to your own site, check out this codepen I made, it may help you!

Comic Code Example:
codepen.io/sfrisk/pen/XWdLWZY

Closed Caption Editor Example:
codepen.io/sfrisk/pen/GRqKjWp

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2. Along with a descriptive alt text for screen readers, I added a "Closed Caption" mode. This is for peeps who may not always require a screenreader, but for whatever reason, may have difficulty reading the comic. (low vision, dyslexia, bad eye strain day, etc). I use local storage variables so peeps could set settings to their preferences and keep this feature turned on.

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So when making my own comic website friendly I had a few different approaches to the comic itself:

1. I uploaded each panel of the comic individually, rather than posting everything as one image (similar to how I post the comic on social media). Not only does this make it easy to change the layout of the page for different sized screens, but I can individually apply the alt text to each panel, making it more manageable.

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If you're more of a fan of talks as your method of learning cool new things about , Jessica Jordan had a wonderful talk as JSConf EU 2019 about Crafting Comics for Literally Everyone. I really like how she built out the speech bubbles with html/css, so they were separate from the background of the panel, and how that read on a screenreader. 2019.jsconf.eu/jessica-jordan/

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Ahh, I've never had my art turned into an emoji on server before but I love it! :beholderlove:

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