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Sensory: Life on the Spectrum: An Autistic Comics Anthology

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Bex Ollerton creates introspective comics about mental health, neurodivergence and the general struggles of being a human being in an overwhelming world. I don’t know how one can argue that having a disability or an impairment brings out the same type of differences as a cultural environment though but you can be impacted by both. I thought it was brilliant at getting the most important message across that we are all different and that our uniqueness should be embraced.

I can’t help thinking that something is very very wrong, when someone often “pauses” the verbal and non-verbal interaction, and her/his expression is more or less blank, as this would be usually a bad sign when interacting with neurotypical people, signifying, that you’ve hurt their feelings, they are reluctant to talk to you, they don’t really like you at all or something along those lines. My normal way of interacting might also be hard to get, if you have problems interpreting tones, non-verbal cues, small gestures, fine tuned humour, innuendo and double entendre. It's so great to have a book like this to read and learn more about your diagnosis and feel so much more relief as you find out how common some of the things you do that were previously seen as "weird". Ollerton tells stories that convey an emotional truth to raise awareness of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and neurodiversity. Getting the day to day accounts of people with Autism gave me a little more insight into my son's current behaviors and what he might do when he gets older.Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. At the time, neither of those things made any sense to me, but I figured that since she was a professional astrologer and the mother of an autistic daughter that she was seeing what she was used to seeing.

The 40 contributors all stress that many autistic individuals can live happy, healthy lives when they learn what they need to thrive, and when people learn more about them.She also told us what motivated her to keep creating these comics: "One of the biggest motivations for making the comic is to give other autistic people content to relate to and maybe even illustrations that might help explain and express their lived experiences (same for non-autistics: it can help them have another point of view on autism. During our conversation she looked at me and wondered if I had a lot of air signs in my star chart or if I was perhaps on the autism spectrum. There are strips that use visual metaphor as a bridge to empathetic connection, notably AcidKeyLime’s ‘Overwhelm’ which employs contrasts of vivid colour and grey monochrome to depict overstimulation. Once you’ve got over the eye-catching cover of this collection, turn the page to discover an accessible guide to the experience of autism in women by clinical psychologist Dr.

For those looking to turn this hobby into a talent, I would heavily recommend checking out The Etherington Brothers BlogSpot, a site which has tons of free resources on how to create your very own comic, all presented as comics themselves. Unsurprisingly many strips cover themes of loneliness, feelings of being othered, or of having to put up a mask to “fit in”. Bex Ollerton is a former animator turned comic artist who creates comics about mental health, neurodiversity, and the general struggles of being a human in an overwhelming world. Stories have the power to open minds, expand empathy, and above all create an avenue for expression from previously unheard voices. I am sure you can think of many examples where being “not average” will present challenges as well as opportunities.I liked a bunch of them, but some had art styles I didn't connect with, and some I skipped completely because the style was too heavy on my senses. Another thing too I was thinking about while going through this comic strip: If one autistic person is sensory overload in loud and crowded spaces and another autistic person is very happy in loud how could both belong to the same spectrum? I recognized a some of the tools described in some of the stories to prevent anxiety attacks etc and I only wished I've seen this comic when I was younger. Well it shouldn’t be, but it is unfortunately when people are misunderstanding it or when the response to it is ill-adapted or discriminatory.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed by how I felt about it, but I think I'm one of the few people who didn't love this, so that may just be a me-problem. Believe that he just has not had the rules explained finely-grained enough, clearly enough, to understand.The art styles are diverse, ranging from cutesy to manga inspired to manga inspired cutesy and various other points on the comic style map. The fact that there are other other types of impairments, disabilities, social and cultural discrimination does not make it less valid. Jo Svensson’s ‘Fly’ translates experience into graphic allegory with a quiet urgency, while Dominique Morris’s ‘Halfway’ uses the fantasy quest as a gateway into understanding how neurodiverse people can benefit from neurotypicals being proactive in their approach to two-way communication. Before having read this excellent, heartfelt and detailed tome on autism, I had watched a 16 part Korean television series, "Extraordinary Attorney Woo". Start your photography journey with ease: Free lessons on camera sensors, lifestyle photography tips, manual settings, and professional lighting.

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