Off-Panel: A Comics Shop for the Visually Impaired

Welcome to Off-Panel, your weekly digest of comics news, from the gutters and beyond. 

Since the graphic novel boom began over a decade ago, many well-known authors have dabbled in writing comics—or adapting their works to comics. Recently authors Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, and William Gibson have all written (or announced) original comics projects in the hope of gaining new fans—and sales.

Hey guys, Publishers Weekly just remembered that comics exist.

There is a constant influx of new series, new creators, new reimagining. If you have ever felt like jumping into the world of comic books, the argument could be made that there has never been a better time.

Nerdist asks whether the numbering of comic books actually matters.

“Every move you make brings a success and a new set of problems,” she says. “If you get good at something, then you have to get good at something else.”

This interview with Kate Beaton makes me love her even more.

Greg Berlanti, executive producer behind such shows like Arrow and The Flash, is currently working on an animated series starring a gay superhero.

I’m optimistic about this because TV (and TV animation) are like the only things DC does consistently really well anymore.

The Comics Empower website was designed to put blind and visually impaired customers first by providing original and adapted audio comics produced in-house, plus audio comics produced by other companies. The store is completely accessible to the blind or visually impaired using a high-contrast display or a screen reader. On the contrary, sighted people who visit the store will need to use adaptive tools and techniques to navigate or ask a visually impaired person for assistance.

Vice has a write-up on a comics shop for the visually impaired.

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