10/07/19 – Visitors Arrive

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 7, 2019,




Yahooo! New story BEGINS! And with a CRUSH!

Although, I just noticed that I have to give the website a makeover soon. NOT a priority at the moment, but I recognize it and it’s on the list!
ALSO, to expand accessibility, starting with this iteration of Spacetrawler, I am now creating an audio file describing the strip and reading dialogue for the blind or visually impaired (and hopefully at some point I will find time to go back and do the same to the archive). I’m still trying to figure out the best way to present this: if I should simply present it like this on each page of each comic, create a new sub-website. But for now I’ll post it with the comic. Here it is below, if you’re curious, and you’re here, at the bottom. BUT after today I’ll only post it at the top of the page (so that screen readers for the blind or visually impaired will find it right away).
Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 7, 2019,


    1. DSL

      Looks like the garage might have survived, but the house and pole-barn are toast. I see what looks like a work van and a pickup close to the garage and the obligatory rural-subdivision-gentry SUV next to the house.
      Sign out front: (Something) Creek Specialty Farm.

  1. Marc Vader

    I think the first priority in terms of accessibility for visually impaired people is to have a transcript for each comic. This also makes it searchable, which is a plus.

    Here’s a code snippet to show the gist of it. https://jsfiddle.net/web5me/j6b8ar05/
    The transcript could be visually hidden, e.g. in an expandable section so it does not take space for users who don’t use a screen reader.

    Recorded audio files in addition to that is wonderful of course because it allows the story to be told by you personally adding much more flavor than a purely text based transcript. And it could be the basis for a later audiobook.

    Whichever way you do it it’s bound to be more work for you. I think it’s beautiful that you’re prepared to do that extra work to help out the people who are usually disadvantaged in our society. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss options for improved accessibility for your comic. (I’m a seasoned web developer.)

  2. KQY 61

    Hector’s Creek Specialty Farms. We grow hardshell gourds for the arts and crafts crowd. The red building to the right side is, well was, the gourd storage barn. So, lots of crunch out of that one! 😛

  3. i’m astonished the ship didn’t leave impact craters or even scorch marks.

    all things considered, honestly that’s first-class parking, with a keen eye toward sustainability and minimal-impact.

    a few homes and lives are not that big a deal really — there’s billions more where they came from.

  4. KQY 61


    Lawn divots I could fix. Even really big ones. Not shown in the pics I sent is the back side of the garage. I have a bulldozer in with the other farm equipment back there. And, it appears the garage was missed. Can’t fix the house with a bulldozer, though. Could dig a big hole and push what is left of it in. After the aliens leave. If they see me, they’ll either shanghai me, or blast me. 😉

    I can hardly wait to see where this all goes! 🙂

  5. Muzhik

    Sheesh. Aliens build amazing ships, can traverse the galaxy in less time than Columbus used to sail from Spain the the East Indies. And yet, and yet, … can’t even get them to put a camera in the back so they can see where they’re going when they back up!

    Stupid aliens.

    1. Keith

      Just proves one thing man, just one thing. People is people and some of those people no matter how advanced. No matter how dang smart. No matter how technologically advanced they are…you still get those ones who can’t park to save their lives and think they are better than everyone around them.

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