Braille-iant Daredevil

Mar 18, 2013

Braille-iant Daredevil

Mar 18, 2013

Hey everyone! I’ve been busy lately, but did manage to record a new podcast last week that I hope to have edited and ready to go by the weekend (after my review of Daredevil #24, due out this week). For this podcast, I have a guest in the form of Daredevil fan extraordinaire Alice “Darediva” Lynch, and we talk about lots of things related to fandom in general. We also cover another area of expertise for Alice: Braille.

While I won’t go into any more details as far as the podcast is concerned – you’re just going to have to wait for me to post it! – I will say that the preview for Daredevil #24 did give me additional reason to think about braille. More specifically, I felt that I wanted to express my general appreciation for how the creators are seamlessly incorporating yet another aspect of Matt Murdock’s daily life that has never really received all that much attention.

To be clear, the examples below are certainly not the first to show Matt using braille (see for example this old post), and aside from early on in Stan Lee’s run, it has never really been suggested that braille doesn’t have a place in Matt’s life beyond helping him conceal that he’s really Daredevil. Even though Matt can read printed text – provided it has a discernable texture to it – logic dictates that braille would be much easier. It is, after all, a format which is specifically designed for being read by touch.

Matt reading a book about cancer, from Daredevil #24 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee
Close-up of Matt's hands, from Daredevil #24 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

What I particularly like about the panels above is that Matt is seen reading with both hands which is what people who are fluent braille readers usually do (it’s faster and makes it easier to find the next line). For an example of what this looks like in real life, check out the video at the bottom of this page. Pretty cool if you ask me.

A few issues earlier, in Daredevil #21, we also got to see a letter that he had written to Milla. In case you’re wondering, what’s on the braille embossed page does match the text in handwritten captions, though it’s an exact letter for letter equivalent (grade 1 braille) rather than the contracted version (grade 2) that is generally used by everyone who is not an absolute beginner. However, I do not expect Chris Samnee or anyone else on the creative team to spend the time on that level of detail. That really would be pushing it. 😉

A letter in braille, from Daredevil #21 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

Oh well, that was just a brief post on something I wanted to highlight. Kudos to everyone working on Daredevil right now. These guys aren’t just putting out riveting and amazing-looking stories, they are nailing the details as well. I can’t wait to read the rest of Daredevil #24 on Wednesday. Though I have to admit that I’m kind of glad the preview was only three pages this time since that translates into more new pages to read when the issue comes out. 😀

1 Comment

  1. Medda

    I love Waid and Co. for their attention to detail, and I didn’t even think to check if the letter to Milla was accurate.


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