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Comic Spin: A Comic Creation Tool Enabling Self-Expression for People with Aphasia

Tamburro, C., Neate, T., Roper, A. & Wilson, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6445-654X (2022). Comic Spin: A Comic Creation Tool Enabling Self-Expression for People with Aphasia. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, 15(2), pp. 1-27. doi: 10.1145/3508500


Comics, with their highly visual format, offer a promising opportunity for people who experience challenges with language to express humour and emotion. However, comic creation tools are not designed to be accessible to people with language impairments such as aphasia. We report the design and exploration of <jats:italic>Comic Spin</jats:italic> , an app for people with aphasia that supports the creation of comic strips by constraining the creative space. We explored the use of <jats:italic>Comic Spin</jats:italic> in two studies involving creative workshops. Findings showed that people were able to use <jats:italic>Comic Spin</jats:italic> successfully to create a range of narrative, humorous and subversive comic strips, and that these enabled people to self-express in ways that went beyond the content of the comic strips themselves.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Carla Tamburro, Timothy Neate, Abi Roper, Stephanie Wilson | ACM 2022. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS),
Publisher Keywords: Comic Spin, aphasia, accessibility, comics, constrained creativity, creativity support tools.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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