Betsy Wheeler and Disability in Comics
Written by Cameron Grow on May 16, 2023
I talk with Professor Betsy Wheeler, a University of Oregon Professor of English and the founding director of the U of O Disability Studies Minor who regularly teaches Bodies in Comics, a class about disabilities in comics. She is the author of the 2019 book HandiLand: The Crippest Place on Earth, and her article on the Batman supervillain the Joker will appear in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies next summer. Her theater production at UO is on June 10 and 11th, and stars UO students and community members with disabilities who perform their own stories of living with disabilities—and the show is full of riffs on superhero fantasies.
Background music: Late Night Radio by Kevin Macleod
Banner Image by @Aaroncomicsman
Tagged as autism autistic awareness Batman Comic studies Comics Daredevil Disability El Deafo The Joker theater