Audio described comics for visually impaired people!

comicsempowerMy name is Guy Hasson. I am the CEO of New Worlds Comics, and I just launched a digital comic book store for the visually impaired and the blind.

The store is called Comics Empower, and can be found here: http://comicsempower.com/

There are no doubt kids, teens, and adults who would love to have the comic book experience and can’t. Comics Empower is for them.

 

 

Comic books for the visually impaired – what does that mean? Here we go:

‣ The comic books are in audio form. Each panel and page are described in a way that doesn’t break the rhythm of the story.
‣ The comics are read by some of the world’s top voice talent.
‣ Each 22-24 page issue is translated into a 25-35 minutes of audio.
‣ A new series appears every month, with more and more titles from more and more comic book companies.
‣ Letter pages are included. Listeners can hear fans’ letters and words from the publisher.

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Last but not least, we’re featuring an exclusive comic book series for this website, with a blind hero. The series, Aurora, is always available first in the Comics Empower store and only months later in regular venues. It is for the ages 9 and up. The hero, Daniel Price, will never regain his sight, will never develop a superhuman sixth sense, and his remaining four senses will not improve unrealistically. To save the world, he has to be human, and find the hero within him, just like the readers.

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A personal story about why Aurora was created: During my tenure with New Worlds Comics, I initiated the Comics Empower project, where real people told stories about how comic books empowered them. It was clear that girls were empowered by female heroines, black kids by black heroes, gays and lesbians by gay and lesbian heroes, and so on. Comic books are the one storytelling medium that is consistently empowering, especially if you see yourself in the hero. What better reason to create a blind superhero in the comic book store for the visually impaired?

Lastly, here is a short YouTube video that gives a small demo of the comic book store: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrkjzi7rfl4

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