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Find the latest happenings with Speaking in Spoons!

Host Christina Brookman on the radio!

Recent Interview 3/11/24 

Christina was interviewed in a series, called "Useful People" by Richmond's radio station The Work FM 93.9 WRWK

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Christina on a podcast

Wednesday January 31, 2023 Richmond, vA

I had the incredible experience of being interviewed on the “Successful, Self-Employed and Disabled Podcast “ by the wonderful Chris Mitchell

I hope you will take some time to learn a little bit about my story, disability and my fledgling passion project, Speaking In Spoons: A chronically ill podcast

The audio version of the interview is on Chris Mitchell’s website

Or you can watch below…














Wednesday October 4, 2023 Richmond, vA

Host Christina Brookman is speaking at REV UP VA's Press Conference in Richmond, VA! Speaking in Spoons: A Chronically ill Podcast is very exciting and honored to be a part of such an important event. It is such an amazing group of disability advocates coming together to show- our community is important, and we are not to be ignored!

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Hedgerow Theatre Is Streaming Theater THIS WEEKEND!!!

"In The Puzzle two clowns, Finneas & Quinton, strive to escape a surreal scrap yard, when The Boy - a non-speaker with autism - arrives and upends their plans. Together these characters reveal our capacity to transcend barriers, turn struggle into joy and reach a new depth of human understanding. The responses just keep pouring in. Hearing from individuals and families with autism who feel powerfully validated and "seen" for the first time. It's been such a gift. 
Streaming options are: tonight, Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 7:30pm or Sunday at 2pm, and then the performance is available to view for 24 hours after the streaming start time. Times are US Eastern Time.
Legendary clown (and Tony award-winning performer) David Shiner anchors the cast alongside Broadway veteran Daniel Passer and Philadelphia talent Michael Stahler, a terrific young actor with autism. Shiner co-directs with past collaborator Bill Fennelly, who like Shiner has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and for Cirque du Soleil. We had a wonderful team of neurodiverse artists involved in the development and production of this powerful play."
- Executive Artistic Director Marcie Bramucci 
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Barbra Dillon


Fanbase Press







LOS ANGELES, CA – May 17, 2023 – Fanbase Press is honored to announce that its Graphic Medicine series, Ripple Effects, has received a 2023 Eisner Award nomination in the Best Digital Comic category. 


Ripple Effects is a five-issue comic book series which explores life as a superhero with an invisible illness, specifically type 1 diabetes.  The series was inspired by creator/writer/colorist Jordan Hart's lived experience with an invisible and incurable blood-clotting disease called thrombophilia. 

The series was created, written, and colored by Jordan Hart (Terminarch, Doppelgänger, Emergence), illustrated by Bruno Chiroleu (El Borde, Mara and Samu), flatted by Shane Kadlecik, lettered by Oceano Ransford (Eisner Award-nominated Rikki, The Sequels, Haphaven), and featuring cover art by Justin C. Harder (CLAUS Studios).  In addition, the collected trade paperback features a foreword by Matthew Noe (Librarian, Harvard Medical School).

What sets this series apart is a positive, person-first representation about life with an invisible illness . . . which just so happens to also include superhuman abilities. But, Ripple Effects isn't just a story about a character with an incurable disease. It’s also a thrilling and relevant superhero tale that touches on the difficulty of finding a work/life balance, the class struggles and economic inequality experienced by many in our nation, and the desire to help others during trying times.

In an effort to help readers better empathize with and understand the difficulties of navigating invisible illnesses, every issue of the series features an "Unseen Ripples" essay series written by individuals with invisible disabilities who relate Ripple Effects' events to their own lived experience, ranging in topic from paranoid schizophrenia to thrombophilia. 

Earlier this year, Ripple Effects was included in the American Library Association's (Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table) 2022 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List and was named as a finalist for the 25th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the Graphic Novels & Comics category.  

The series was collected into a printed trade paperback which is available for sale through Fanbase Press and Amazon.  The collected digital edition is also available through Hoopla, Comics Plus, and Kindle.

For more information on Ripple Effects, please visit or Ripple Effects may also be found on Facebook and Twitter, @RippleFXComic.


The 2023 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will be presented on Friday, July 21, 2023, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel during San Diego Comic-Con.  A full list of the 2023 nominees may be found here.  All SDCC attendees with a Friday and/or 4-day badge are able to attend the Eisner Awards.

Voting for the Eisner Awards is being held online using a two-step process. The first step is for prospective voters to apply here. After filling out the form, eligible voters will be invited to go to the ballot and cast their votes. Those who previously registered will automatically be invited to fill out the new ballot. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The deadline for voting is June 9. New voters must have registered by June 2 in order to be invited to the ballot. 





As an Eisner Award-nominated comic book publisher and geek culture website, Fanbase Press produces new and distinctive works, as well as daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts, that span the pop culture spectrum and give voice to the themes, ideals, and people that make geekdom so exceptional.


Fanbase Press’ previous titles, including the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Quince, the 2022 International Latino Book Award-winning Nuclear Power, the 2020 Foreword INDIES Award-winning Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition, and the 2023 Eisner Award-nominated Ripple Effects, are available online at and on Amazon, as well as digitally through Hoopla Digital, ComicsPlus, and Kindle.

Help for Deirdre!

Deirdre is a dear friend of mine with an invisible  disability, epilepsy. Last month her apartment in London tragically caught fire and she lost all of her positions. She and her flat mats are safe but they are in need of financial help as they rebuild their lives and stay a float while their apartment is repaired. They are crashing on sofas and in shelters. This is hard enough on anyone, but with a body that is fighting you on top of it?...unimaginable. 

I know most who listen are like me and on a fixed income, even $5 would help. If you can't send any money, a note of encouragement to so she knows she has a village of spoonies behind her would be amazing!

Thank you,

Christina Brookman

Host, Speaking in Spoons

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Virginia Department for Rehabilitative Services, February 1. 2023


"Rare diseases and chronic illnesses didn’t stop Christina Brookman from leaning forward in her life and career. Christina discusses what it is like to live and work with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and why she started a new podcast, Speaking in Spoons. Dr. Lara Bloom, head of the Ehlers-Danlos Society shares her own story of EDS. Join the Job Shadowing Month celebration with Heather Servais and her report from RSA’s National Clearinghouse for Rehabilitation Training Materials. Episode 113 of the VR Workforce Studio #EhlersDanlos #RareDiseaseAwarenessDay"

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