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Saturday, October 19 • 5:00pm - 5:50pm
"SuperCrip": Disabling Comics

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Comics have often profited from displaying disabled characters, but often do so problematically. Figures like Daredevil, Echo, and Professor X present disability as something to be overcome, something that is secondary to another power. Disability is often presented in an ableist way in comics, but comics can also provide a space for expression and imagining the disabled experience. This panel explores the nuances of representing disability in comics, what works are challenging assumptions, and how the power of the comic industry to rethink disability.

Moderators
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Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille (they/them) PhD ABD is a queer, nonbinary, disabled activist, artist, author, and academic. Derek teaches at Trent University, where they research representations of disability in Canadian Speculative Fiction. Derek has two new books out this year - We Shall Be... Read More →

Panelists
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Stephen Graham King

Stephen Graham King lives in Toronto. His first book, Just Breathe, tells the funny, blunt, uncompromising story of his three-year fight against metastatic synovial sarcoma. Since then, he has concentrated on writing speculative fiction, in particular, queer themed space opera, and... Read More →
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Kari Maaren

Instructor, Ryerson University
Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and academic whose first novel, the YA fantasy Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor Books in 2017. It tied for the 2018 Copper Cylinder Award (YA category), was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction... Read More →
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Lynne Sargent

Lynne Sargent is a writer, aerialist, and Ph.D student currently studying at the University of Waterloo. Her work has been published in venues such as Strange Horizons, Wild Musette, and Twisted Moon Magazine, among others. She was a 2018 Rhysling and 2018 Aurora Award Nominee.
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Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
Four time Hugo Finalist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind author and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Fireside, Uncanny, CNN, tor.com and numerous other venues.


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

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