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Indie Comic Publisher Offers Comics for the Visually Impaired

This is amazing, and I desperately want to see it succeed. For years, I’ve been frustrated by the lack of access to comics for those, such as myself, with visual impairments. New Worlds is seeking to change that. They already have a few comics available in audio. I’ve read both issues of Winter, and both the formula and the story itself are fantastic. Even better, they’re charging the typical comic book pricing of $3 per issue, which is, frankly, a steal. Let’s give these guys all the support we can and make it possible to have access to more titles in the future.

From ComicsEmpower.com:

Thousands of people around the world would like to read comic books and can’t! People think comics are a visual medium, so the visually impaired can’t ever enjoy the experience. We’re here to fix that!

The above is true, and it reminds me very much of the feeling toward touch screens when the iPhone first came out. Eight years later and now iOS is among the most useful and accessible computing operating systems in history for the blind and visually impaired.

Let’s make this happen!


Masters of the Universe Mini Comics Rights

This is an interesting story for a couple of reasons.

On the one hand, it is amazing that this situation got as far as it did, given the mountains of evidence contradicting Donald Glut’s claims. I mean, he’d even originally declared on his own website that his work on Masters of the Universe was work for hire.

On the other, its potentially another example of how careless Mattel was with the legalities in clearly defining the rights to the property, and making sure they maintained said rights. MotU, perhaps more so than any other property of its era, has had the longest, most convoluted set of issues with determining who owns the rights to what. Various characters are still the properties of Mattel, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, or others. It’s a mess, and it is the fans, more than anyone, who lose out.

At least we don’t have the problems of the 1960s Batman television series.