Saturday, March 17, 2012

Disability in Comics: A Presentation by My Cartoonist Friend, Joe and His Wife, Denise

Disability in Comics

Presented by Joe and Denise Chiappetta

Celebrating the history of characters with disabilities in comics for over 200 years!

Date: April 15th, 2012

Time: 2:30PM to 3:30PM

Location: McCormick Place, North Building
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

Cost: Free with price of admission ($35) into Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) Kids age 12 and under get into C2E2 free on Sunday. For more info about C2E2, go to

Iron Man, Daredevil, Hulk, Popeye, and Civil War Veterans. What do they all have in common? They all are extraordinary characters with disabilities featured in amazing stories that we love to read about. What do 1 in 5 Americans have in common? Disability. Come to this inspiring 60-minute presentation celebrating the remarkable history of lead characters with disabilities in comics.

Based on portions of Chiappetta's award-winning book, The Back Pain Avenger, attend a slideshow that exposes myths and stereotypes about comics characters with disabilities spanning over 200 years. Discover the intricate connection between comics and disability. 

Free comics will be given to select attendees.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.