Niagara Gazette —
The DitzAbled Princess web-based reality comic series started in the summer of 2012. Her husband, Alan challenged her since she is a huge fan of the Archie comic-strips, in particular Betty and Veronica. To his surprise, Kats took the bait and wrote about her own life, while also including her own family members in the series.
The comic series has also been made into a graphic novel: “DitzAbled Princess: A Comical Diary Inspired by Real Life.”
Thankfully, her family members have been supportive of them being portrayed in the series. Although, her younger sister feels “exposed,” her mom wonders why she is always in curlers and her hubby gets a kick out of seeing their life in colorful photos.
Kats gives credit to her illustrator Katarina Andriopoulos, who has made the art come to life. “She captures the personality of DitzAbled Princess.”
People with disabilities can relate to the comic-strip series. “For people with disabilities, it has struck a chord,” Kats said. Since the comic strip is about every day experiences, the series can be seen as more mainstream as well.
Being someone for children to look up to may not always be easy, but Kats has a positive attitude: “I never let anything or anyone stop me – including my own disability.” The lesson that Kats wants to share is one that she has learned through her own life experiences: “Every day we learn a lesson. Be the best person you can be. Try not to mimic someone else. Be a leader, not a follower.”
“An Evening with DitzAbled Princess Jewel Kats” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. It will be an adult friendly interview-style discussion with Kats. Tickets are $5 for adults and seniors, $2.50 for students with ID and human service employees.
The “Your Crowning Achievement” event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be a book reading of Kats’ fairy tale “Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair,” along with a “make your own crown or tiara” craft activity. The event is geared towards children ages 5 and up. Fee: Adults: $5 and seniors, students with ID, human service employees: $2.50. Children 6-17: $2, family package: $13 for two adults and two kids over age 5. Both events will be held at, and includes admission to, the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Buffalo. Kats’ books will be available for purchase and signing. To register, call 629-3623.
Nicole Forgione is the public affairs manager for People Inc.