Comics Mental Health

Read Sensory: Life on the Spectrum

Read Sensory: Life on the Spectrum by Edited by Schnumn

Sensory: Life on the Spectrum is a comic anthology about living with autism. It’s a 160 page book made up of comics by over 30 different autistic creators, all telling their personal experiences of what it’s like to be autistic in a world that doesn’t always accept you.

A wide variety of art styles from 44 different autistic artists. I am not autistic but have read a fair bit about autism.

My favorite pieces were from Bex @schnumn, Emma @moodypidge, Joel Svensson @Mr. Squidgereen’s “Fly,” @Hexed_Boy, Dominique Morris @deenewtsoda’s “Halfway,” Lindsay Miller @seacowsoda’s “Clothing Language,” Tea @xteacupx’s “(just a few) Tips for Autistic Adult Life!” and Taylor Reynolds @taylorreyonlds13’s piece on autistic joy.

I especially liked the art from Bex @schnumn, Emma @moodypidge, Joel Svensson @Mr. Squidgereen, Alex @one_in_hundred, and Dominique Morris @deenewtsoda.

I think this would be a very good introduction for someone who hasn’t read much about autism / mostly understands what autism is from movies and TV but realizes that there is more to it than that, and wants to understand what actually autistic people think and feel about being autistic.

Some of the pieces seemed to have very similar messages, and I wish there had been a little bit more editorial guidance for a bit more diversity, but I can also see the value in inclusivity here and letting artists choose their own theme, even if many echoed the same thing. As someone wanting to learn more about how to support autistic people, I would have appreciated a little more specificity in the pleas for understanding — people’s hurt comes through clearly, but not always what would help. Happily a few authors with longer pieces delved a bit deeper.

I found it a little confusing at first that most pieces didn’t have a title / heading. A lot of the pieces were only one or two pages, so I understand why most didn’t have that, but I would have liked having at least the author’s name on each piece rather than cross-referenced at the front.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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