The autism:ADHD interface.
I struggle to keep focused sometimes, unless I’m really engaged, interested, and enjoying what it is I’m doing. Sometimes it’s my surroundings that distract me; sometimes it’s my own thoughts. My brain never stops motoring.
[Image description: black and white felt tip comic scrip with two panels.
PANEL 1 (left-hand side: two female-presenting people, walking along – one is talking to the other (speech bubble: “so anyway, she was all, like…?!”), who is distracted by something(speech bubble:”Oh look, a squirrel,”).
PANEL 2 (right hand side): the same distracted person is at her computer, but is looking away from the screen (speech bubble: “Oh look, an idea!”).]
A continuation of yesterday’s little comic strip. One day I might expand this into a longer piece about autistic parenting, but I don’t have the spare time or executive function to commit to producing a regular web comic at the moment…
A comic strip of three panels, laid out in portrait orientation, and drawn digitally in black and white.
IMAGE: Silhouette of a mother and two children (the elder one long hired wearing a floaty dress; the younger one with short hair, t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms). All are barefoot, and jumping/dancing. They are surrounded by musical notes, stars and flowers.
TEXT: “But there’s so much joy we share.”
IMAGE: Composition of a child’s drawing featuring two people and the crudely written words “I love you”, a child’s hand holding a heart-shaped object, another child’s hand holding a flower, and an iPad screen containing various emoji and the words “My Mum is the best!”
TEXT: “I know they love me, from all the little ways they show me.”
IMAGE: Mama Pineapple, a white female-presenting person with mid-length hair, hugging two small children, whose faces are turned away from the viewer. Small love hearts radiate outwards from the group.
TEXT: “And the love I have for them is the biggest, scariest, most beautiful feeling I’ve ever had.”
First attempt at a (sort of) comic. Part 2 (which takes a happier, more positive slant!) coming up tomorrow.
A comic strip of four panels, laid out in portrait orientation, and drawn digitally in black and white.
IMAGE: A headshot of Mama Pineapple, a white female-presenting person with mid-length hair, sweating, shaking, and looking exasperated, with a tear running down her left cheek.
TEXT: “Being an autistic parent can be really hard sometimes.”
IMAGE: Mama Pineapple with her hands over her ears, surrounded and overwhelmed by a whole range of loud noises including children’s voices, loud sudden sound effects, and the Danger Mouse TV series theme.
TEXT: “The noise can be overwhelming…”
IMAGE: A messy floor covered in Duplo bricks, soft toys, books, drawings and half eaten biscuits. A child’s foot is just disappearing out of view to the right of the panel. A teddy bear is being flung into the scene. The bottom of a switched on TV screen is just in shot at the top right hand corner.
TEXT: “…as can the visuals.”
IMAGE: Mama Pineapple looking unsure/worried, flicking the fingers of her right hand by the side of her face.
TEXT: “Am I enough of a grown-up? I struggle to keep myself organised, let alone my small children.”
Autistic people really aren’t monsters, you know. We’re humans. But we come in many shades, shapes, sizes and forms.
Image description: Landscape orientation fineliner pen drawing of 15 brightly coloured monsters of various sizes, shapes, body coverings and with a range of facial expressions. This picture is a series of individual characters side-by side in three rows of five, rather than a ‘scene’. There is no background other than the page on which the characters are drawn.]
When you gotta dance, you gotta dance.
[Image: Cartoon black and white digital cartoon of Mama Pineapple, a white female-presenting person with mid-length hair. She is dancing vigorously with her hair over her face. The words “stim dance!” are written next to the image.]