Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for March 29, 2020

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    Pointspread  over 2 years ago

    Nice. Thanks Wiley!

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    Cheapskate0  over 2 years ago

    Any relation to Calvin’s Spiff? (Or Pascuale’s dream ship in Rose Is Rose?)

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    Bilan  over 2 years ago

    Tell Jack to stop sniffing the Oblitium Nitrate.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member over 2 years ago

    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.

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    willispate  over 2 years ago

    as someone who is born with Autism, I fully support this comic. thank you Wiley.

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    Enter.Name.Here  over 2 years ago

    Reality is far more than we can possibly imagine. All we know is what our limited biological senses allow us to know.

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    kaffekup   over 2 years ago

    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.

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    chief tommy  over 2 years ago

    How did Jack fix the positioning system? Did Jack provide the fuel?

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    Bryan Farht  over 2 years ago

    This is just one consequence of authism, but it’s a good start if you want to understand it better.

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    Ron Shannon  over 2 years ago

    Nor how blessed they are.

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    saltylife16  over 2 years ago

    Now I understand how my GPS system works

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    Old Crusty  over 2 years ago

    Beautifully scripted panel showing a caring and loving take about an autistic child. Brought a tear to my eye.

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    freewaydog  over 2 years ago

    GO AUTISM!!! Way to represent! :D

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    DaBoogadie  over 2 years ago

    Thank~you Wiley, it’s good to be understood in a positive light. I haven’t always experienced that.

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    dflak  over 2 years ago

    I never gave up daydreaming. Too many adults have.

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    Pickled Pete  over 2 years ago

    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’ :

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    morningglory61 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    What’s real anyway?

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    1953Baby  over 2 years ago

    “Trelane, it’s time to come in now.”

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    Redd Panda  over 2 years ago

    Has Mr. Miller encountered one of us in his personal life? It would seem so.

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    rs0204 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    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

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    JenSolo02  over 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Thank you, Wiley

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    mizdurble  over 2 years ago

    Very clever strip.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Just because I’m ignoring the rest of the world it doesn’t mean I am not doing something interesting.

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    poppacapsmokeblower  over 2 years ago

    Kids, bless them all.

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    MamaBear3  over 2 years ago

    In honor of National Autism Day, April 2nd. Thank you, Wiley Miller!

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    WGillete  over 2 years ago

    Beautifully done, Wiley. My son had a form of autism.

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    Linguist  over 2 years ago


    I have always found it easier to live within my imagination than the imagination of others.

    Thank you Wiley!

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    mourdac Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Incredible, Wiley. Thank you.

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    sandpiper  over 2 years ago

    One of the most touching depiction I can remember. Beautiful

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    wallylm  over 2 years ago

    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).

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    Durak Premium Member over 2 years ago

    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.

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    momkastner  over 2 years ago

    Love this

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    wndflower1  over 2 years ago

    all comments so far seem to be missing the entire point. the point is about autistic kids!

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    COL Crash  over 2 years ago

    Autism isn’t a disability! It’s a gift of a different perspective than most folks.

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    wbezemek  over 2 years ago

    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. …

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    williamferry  over 2 years ago

    My oldest son has autism. This gave me all the feels, and got me thinking, too. Thank you! <3

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    mistercatworks  over 2 years ago

    Jack’s fixed the alien’s “thing” with a tablet computer? This sounds more like one of the Captain’s stories.

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    Jungfrau  over 2 years ago

    Makes me think of the great Rod Serling and all those wonderful Twilight Zone episodes !

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    Font Lady Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Really makes you wonder about all the anti-vaxers out there that would rather have a dead child than an autistic one.

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    Solaricious Premium Member over 2 years ago

    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…

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    tad1  over 2 years ago

    Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. :)

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    Teto85 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Anybody remember that tv show St.Elsewhere? The big twist was that it was all the imaginings of an autistic little boy.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member over 2 years ago

    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.

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    raiderjph3  over 2 years ago

    Love granddaughter is autistic, and I can relate to this story

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    dtdbiz  over 2 years ago

    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?

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    Nuclear Nemesis  over 2 years ago

    Just shared it on Facebook.

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    Eugeno Premium Member over 2 years ago

    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.

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    Dr_Fogg  over 2 years ago

    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.

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    bakana  over 2 years ago

    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.

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    look up Dr Who car. Looks just like this one

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    Laurie Stoker Premium Member over 2 years ago

    This is actually really sweet! Thanks, Wiley!

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    hench  over 2 years ago

    wonderful strip

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    nburk  over 2 years ago

    very nice……

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