Autism Anxiety Vol.1 #3

Sam Webster is an autistic comic book creator; his series Autism Anxiety gives insight into his experiences, thoughts and feelings of life on the autism spectrum. Like Sam, I’ve been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so I find his comics incredibly relatable and reassuring.

A few days ago, I covered the first chapter of Sam’s series Autism Anxiety and yesterday I looked at issue two; the first looked at the topic of masking behaviours in an effort to appear neurotypical and the following covered the effect that a change in routine – drastic or otherwise – can have on those of us with ASD. Both topics were very familiar to me.

The third is a bit more personal, covering Sam’s relationship with his best friend, which is not without challenges, with difficulties arising from what Sam considers selfish behaviour; in my experience, this selfishness does seem to arise from being affected by ASD – so it’s difficult to place the same blame on Sam that he seems to place on himself – though this too is very relatable to me.

It’s another very brief read, but told with an admirable clarity and frankness. The series is well worth checking out, regardless of whether you or anyone you know has ASD. It’s certainly helped with my own thoughts and fears about my condition; though everyone who has ASD is likely to be affected in different ways, there are of course common aspects too. A worthy read.

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