Nice. Thanks Wiley!
Any relation to Calvin’s Spiff? (Or Pascuale’s dream ship in Rose Is Rose?)
Tell Jack to stop sniffing the Oblitium Nitrate.
Good job Wiley! You’ve aptly depicted the mind of an autistic child. As a child of the 60’s, I grew up in an alternate world of imagination and had limited awareness of reality. There was very little understanding of what was going on with us on the autism spectrum. This is a good start.
as someone who is born with Autism, I fully support this comic. thank you Wiley.
Reality is far more than we can possibly imagine. All we know is what our limited biological senses allow us to know.
It reminds me of the last episode of St Elsewhere, my all-time favorite show.
The entire series was revealed to have been an autistic kid’s daydream as he looked at a building in a snow globe.
How did Jack fix the positioning system? Did Jack provide the fuel?
This is just one consequence of authism, but it’s a good start if you want to understand it better.
Nor how blessed they are.
Now I understand how my GPS system works
Beautifully scripted panel showing a caring and loving take about an autistic child. Brought a tear to my eye.
GO AUTISM!!! Way to represent! :D
Thank~you Wiley, it’s good to be understood in a positive light. I haven’t always experienced that.
I never gave up daydreaming. Too many adults have.
This strip + AshburnStadium’s comment, had me look up ‘Asperger’s Syndrome’ and was quite amazed to find it a close description of Shaun in ‘The Good Doctor’ :
What’s real anyway?
“Trelane, it’s time to come in now.”
Has Mr. Miller encountered one of us in his personal life? It would seem so.
That was a very sweet strip.
Because, we may never know the astounding places a special mind might go…does not make those places any less tangible!
Thank you Wiley
Beautiful! Thank you, Wiley
Very clever strip.
Just because I’m ignoring the rest of the world it doesn’t mean I am not doing something interesting.
Kids, bless them all.
In honor of National Autism Day, April 2nd. Thank you, Wiley Miller!
Beautifully done, Wiley. My son had a form of autism.
I have always found it easier to live within my imagination than the imagination of others.
Thank you Wiley!
Incredible, Wiley. Thank you.
One of the most touching depiction I can remember. Beautiful
I do not understand autism that well but I like the impression done here (the comments certainly support that). Otherwise, never saw Planet 51, but the “Right Stuff, Wrong Planet” tagline fits too (especially if Lost Leonard landed here right now).
This is how I pray that those in comas, or in a locked-in-state, like in the Trumbo book or the Metallica song are.
The ability to transcend the physical would be a blessing for many.
Thank you, Wiley. Bless you.
all comments so far seem to be missing the entire point. the point is about autistic kids!
Autism isn’t a disability! It’s a gift of a different perspective than most folks.
It’s a memo to all the people who are currently dealing with their autistic spectrum kids whose daily routines have been disrupted. More anxiety. More seizures in those who have been quiet for months. …
My oldest son has autism. This gave me all the feels, and got me thinking, too. Thank you! <3
Jack’s fixed the alien’s “thing” with a tablet computer? This sounds more like one of the Captain’s stories.
Makes me think of the great Rod Serling and all those wonderful Twilight Zone episodes !
Really makes you wonder about all the anti-vaxers out there that would rather have a dead child than an autistic one.
This parallel’s Philip K. Dick’s “The Martian Time-Slip” where the protagonists’ son has autism and is the only one that’s aware of the Martians living on what was thought to be a barren planet. For all of his isolating reality bending perspectives, I thought it was very humanizing of him to consider that what we see as a disability may actually be a special power…
Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. :)
Anybody remember that tv show St.Elsewhere? The big twist was that it was all the imaginings of an autistic little boy.
The liberal radio talk-show host Thom Hartmann is a big supporter of the Hunter Academy, named for the hypothesis that ability to focus and tune out distractions was a survival characteristic for our ancestors who had to hunt their food to stay alive.
Love this..my granddaughter is autistic, and I can relate to this story
There seems to be something deeper going on here. Wiley is a metaphorical cartoonist and no stranger to confessional. So let me propose this: Leonard is really him and Jack is a child with autism who has intersected his life — a nephew or a friend’s son perhaps? — who helps keep him grounded, particularly through moments of great insecurity. I believe the key is the final line of the strip, where he writes, “Thanks, Jack.” Thoughts?
Just shared it on Facebook.
I must have had something like this. As a kid I would make up scenes, and try to get other kids to ‘play’ in them, but none of them ever did. I finally realized they couldn’t, because they didn’t ‘see’ it. But, when I discovered theatre, some were more receptive, and tried to, based on their own ‘vision’. Made for some very interesting improvisations.
Reminds me of the Rain Man movie. We know a family with 3 severely autistic kids. The oldest is the worse. Big and violent. Very sad.
That Jack is a good kid.
He fixed my car for me once.
The Engine Computer module was dead, but he did something and it started working again.
look up Dr Who car. Looks just like this one
This is actually really sweet! Thanks, Wiley!