A CORK student is today launching the first episode of her comic series exploring life with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Asperger’s is a developmental disorder characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.
Jessica Griffin, a student at the Cork Life Centre, and who has Asperger’s, created the comic series, ‘One Piece Missing: On the Road’, for people with the disorder or similar ones.
Don O’Leary, director of the Cork Life Centre, said they were proud to support Jessica in launching her comic series.
“Jess is a talented artist, animator, illustrator and writer and also a massive comic fan,” he said.
“She is a daughter, a sister, a friend, a student preparing for Leaving Cert and a massively important part of the Cork Life Centre, an education setting that supports young people to access their education outside the mainstream system.
“Among all this Jess is a young person on the autism spectrum diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and an advocate and role model for other young people facing some of the challenges that this can involve.”
Jess met her publisher Tracy Sayers of Thomond Comics at a comic convention in 2018, where Jess was selling her art.
“One year later Jess is ready to launch an amazing comic written in her own words,” said Mr O’Leary.
“It will be the first issue of an on-going series about Jess’s life and all that goes with it.
“Each issue will touch on different aspects of living life as someone with Asperger’s and hopefully will speak to others who have similar abilities — because we don’t see the spectrum as a condition or a limitation.
“‘One Piece Missing’ is a quirky, creative, thoughtful and entertaining and will make a beautiful addition for any comic collector’s collection.
“But over and above this it is a comic created from personal passion with value and meaning as a resource for anyone who is living with Asperger’s as part of their life and for anyone who will be lucky enough to meet and work with them.”
- The first episode of the comic series is being launched today at 11.30am in the Boole Library at UCC.