So when making my own comic website #ComicsA11y 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.
If you're more of a fan of talks as your method of learning cool new things about #ComicsA11y, 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. https://2019.jsconf.eu/jessica-jordan/crafting-comics-for-literally-everyone.html
Thanks to @friskycomics who has graciously allowed us to use it, .art now has that super cute beholder as an emoji :D
You can see the full size one here: https://mastodon.art/@friskycomics/108212114960573720
Do check out Sarah's comic at https://tavern-wenches.com/
I really loved Lucy Bellwood 's 100 Demon Dialogues comics, and the folks at Axess Lab wrote a nice article on the process of writing the alt text for the ebook version. Bonus points: They do include video examples of reading the comic with a screenreader! https://axesslab.com/accessible-comics/ #ComicsA11y
Do you ever find yourself trying to figure out HOW to write accessible alt text for your comic? Veronica Lewis wrote this really good guide on doing just that that I apply to my website and how I describe panels! https://veroniiiica.com/2018/11/29/how-to-write-alt-text-digital-comics/. #ComicsA11y
Watakoi's OP is on my list of favorite anime openings, but I feel like a lot of that is just the absolute flex of their hand animations.
(Also it's just fun to have an anime about geeky adult friends being geeky adult friends and I would love more anime like this)
Also welcome to me having to remind myself yet again I not need to do another 80+ hour replay of Persona 5/Persona 5 Royal (although I really want to).
Sometimes I do non digital art, but it almost always comes out kinda geeky. In this case, full on embrace of my great love for #starwars. What is some fan art you’ve done that you are proud of? I would love to see it!
One of my big arguments for #accessibility in comics is it actually helps you, the cartoonist, a better editor of your own work. Lots of us tend to be a party of one, especially when starting out. Take the time to write alt text descriptions and closed captions for each panel honestly helps me catch spelling errors/layout errors I might not have noticed when my brain was in ink/color mode.
One of my goals this year is to write an article on #a11y and webcomics. There is a lot of fun stuff I did on my comic's site that I would love to share with others how to do.
(Also lots I could do to be better, but in general would love more conversation in this space. As a ux engineer, this type of content tends to be my jam, and I love exploring ways to make comics more accessible)
I tend to watch/listen to a lot of Drawfee in the background while I'm doing other work, and this episode (specifically Julia's drawing) REALLY makes me want to learn blender / level up my background work in general.
So here is a more show & tell version of my #introduction, and some digital art I've done recently. I tend to be very inspired by rpgs, fantasy, and scifi, and I think that kinda shows.
Also can I take a moment for a giant #a11y shoutout moment that the lack of alt text description on images is so very clearly called out on here? Like omg, I love it. Other platforms it tends to be a pain in the butt to find.
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