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My Life with Asperger's by OnTheMountainTop My Life with Asperger's by OnTheMountainTop
I made a webcomic strippy thingy! About autistic spectrum disorder! And here it is!

I started this as my final project for 2D design last quarter and I just finished it yesterday while I had free time to work during my printshop internship. This comic is the culmination of dozens of hours of work, lots of frustration, a couple of tears, and an earnest desire to explain myself to other people.

Update: I have now made a poster version. If you'd like to purchase one you can go to my RedBubble store: www.redbubble.com/people/ondam…
My Life With Asperger's - Poster Version by OnTheMountainTop
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Given 2016-04-02
My Life with Asperger's by OnTheMountainTop

This lively, engaging cartoon depicting life with Asberger's is moving without being sentimental, and entertaining without being insensitive--a great achievement, and very educational too! ( Suggested by CameronKobe and Featured by JonathanWyke )
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Shika90912 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
I have a more severe sort and I experience the same symptoms, even going to my Tuesday's youth club gym hall is agony, it feels like a concert crowd screaming into your ears.
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Lovely. I also have Aperger's Syndrome so I understand exactly how you feel.
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ArrowTheBest Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Yeah, I got Autism, Asperger's specifically, too. I always describe it as 50% a social disorder and 50% a bunch of other stuff. Physical Sensitivity was an issue when I was younger but I was seeing this like child-physical-and-other-things-therapist lady, and she gave my mother this plastic brush and told her to brush me every morning for like 2 years and I was ok. Light, noise, and too many people still bother me though. I don't necessarily melt down but I can get a bit hostile when I do start getting bothered by those things. I've never realy seen my Autism as a disability, and DON'T START with the 'ho, your such an example over coming that' or praising me for that. I didn't overcome anything. It's just never gotten to much in my way, it's not something I did. It's more of what my parents did when I was younger, with the therapist lady and other things, that made it so I don't have a lot of conflict with it. I jut kinda roll with my Autism, it's who I am.
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Numinous-inspiration Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Is it difficult to work as graphics designer with Aspergers syndrome?
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Flame-Expression Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
From a fellow Aspie, thank you <3
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RainbowHeartPony Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Student General Artist
I can't believe it! Another female with Asperger's! Please send me a note if you want to talk , it would be great to chat with you!
Oh and I really love this comic, I can certainly relate! 

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Redmange Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have Asperger's and I can relate so much
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Zoluki Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aspie + Not Proud :(
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SketchShay Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
There's no shame in having a disability. It's not a weakness. :)
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Zoluki Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
To me it is...
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SketchShay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Why?
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Zoluki Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno I just wish I was a normal person I'd prolly get a job faster and live an easier life, not be so lonely...
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SketchShay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
All you need is some kind of source, then you'll get a job. And I bet you're smart enough to make some friends. :)
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Zoluki Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah hopefully, crossing my fingers hoping for the best, and as far as friends, I do have friends, but I make myself lonely.
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SketchShay Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I have friends, but I have a tendency to make myself lonely too. Maybe we both should try socializing with our friends through texting or something.
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DarkPeCook Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Student Artist
Hey, if you really Asperger Syndrome, then are you still can not eat something probition like Chocolate, Dairy Milk, wheat etc?
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OnTheMountainTop Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Student General Artist
Autism doesn't necessarily mean that someone is lactose intolerant or has celiac disease. Those are different conditions then ASD.
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Serafina15 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
I agree with all that you've put forth; I'm on the spectrum too.
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SirenDrake Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016
Wait, you mean it isn't normal to live inside your own mental bubble?  Well shoot.
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Dragonwolf505 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend has asbergers, and has a brother with severe autism, and I thank you for making this comic, as I think I may understand them a little bit better.
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Steamfan1992 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
sad but true
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GildaPemborke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I have Asperger's Syndrome :( (Sad) 
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Serafina15 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
Hey, another fellow aspie!
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GildaPemborke Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wut?
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Boxemotions Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
me too but hey you don`t have to be sad see it like a motivation why because Asperger can give us advantage for example if you are good at music then you can may become in someone very recognized, look i`m a mexican but thanks I have Asperger I learn English at 8 years old I learn the names of countries at 10 but that advantage can give us some obstacles like for example when I don`t understand something at school I get blocked and later cry by the voices of my classmates but when I found that pulse for get me out of that block it makes me feel a lot better another advantage about Asperger is that you think more maturely the things 
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OnTheMountainTop Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Student General Artist
:)
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bacondog Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I wrote something similar about my ADD a while back. It's a bit different, but I'm seeing some parallels I never noticed before. Some even surprising. Thanks for the incite, and never lose that pride or let anything stop you from bettering yourself.


With love from another odd kid.
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riverotter7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The symptoms and such for Asperger's is a great deal like the mixing of Fibromyalgia, Lupus and RA which I've been dealing with for too long a time. I would hug you but it would make both our skin hurt. ::hands you cake instead::
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OnTheMountainTop Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Student General Artist
It's not pain exactly. It's really hard to describe. It doesn't hurt to be touched when I'm not expecting it, but the surprise of being touched makes the sensation of being touched linger, almost like a ghost hand is still touching me once the other person's real hand has been removed. Which is distressing and uncomfortable even though it doesn't actually hurt. I can touch my own skin though without that happening and if I know a touch is coming (like a hug that I've asked for) I can mentally prepare for it and there's no weird ghost sensation. When the ghost sensation does happen, I've found that vigorously rubbing and scratching the touched area right away overwhelms the lingering ghostly sensation with new touch sensations that I know have been consciously made by me. After about ten seconds of that, when I stop, there's no ghostly touch sensation anymore. I usually tell people "please don't touch me, it makes my skin hurt" though because the ghostly touch sensation can be so stressful at times I can't think straight. Trying to explain all that and have it make sense is when I'm stressed and stuttering is... well, very hard.
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nothing111111 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i really need to check if i have ASD... i mean, really, in a mild, very unnoticeable way i kinda have it...? i mean i really feel for you and i definetly know most of what you just wrote in this comic...
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tenqujoh Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
great way of sharing n advertise.
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Nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016   Writer
Thank you for making this! It's always interesting and educational to comprehend how people who differ from yourself function. It's given me a way better look into what it's like to suffer from Asperger's.

By the way, that comic rocks. I laughed XD and applaud you for your strength of character to accept that yes, you're different, but that doesn't make you any less of a worthy individual. Every neurotypical people should read this. :)
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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
I have this! Thank you for helping people understand it more.
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ianni67 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
just AMAZING. Thank you for sharing and helping us to understand.
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REIdepenguin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
as a person who has Asperger's themselves, I find this comic super accurate and relatable! thank you for making this!
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Okitakehyate Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2016
That is interesting and a very cute and informative explanation. People often tell me they think I may be a little autistic, but I've never really thought so because I have some rather strong differences that may point to other things. I sometimes seem like I am in my own little world retreating into myself, but in my case... it's more like I teleport in and out of my world and have a clear view of everything from a window where I know what's going on while my body goes through the motions on auto-pilot and I can simple come back at any moment if I hear someone speak to me. Also, I go out of my way to invite people inside and try to show them my inner world and teach them to understand, but it scares them because it's so weird. Am weird and lack social skills like an aspie, but my lack of social skills comes from being an only child who was home schooled in a place with very few people my own age... and my weirdness is because I only had cartoons, anime, and video-games for role-models outside of my parents. I don't really let my lack of skills stop me from trying though... cuz I'm insanely extroverted and I have a tendency to engage people in uncomfortably long conversations about my thoughts and feelings and things I am interested in, and crack jokes when I don't know what to say. I also tend not to look people in the eyes, but that's because my train of thought gets derailed easily and looking in their eyes gives me too much insight into their mood and personality at once and distracts me when I am trying to concentrate on what I'm thinking. I also tend to be over-sensitive and snap like you do when I'm upset... but I always calm down when I get my way, or after I'm done crying or telling people off... sometimes I calm down faster then normal people even. The sensitivity to light and sound and touch thing is very different for me then people with ASD though... I am sensitive to some degree, but for me it's like being high on "ecstasy" when I am over stimulated and I "chase the high" and try to get myself overstimulated on purpose by going to rave dances with loud music and strobe lights or letting my fiance put his hands all over me... So I don't really know what I have... more likely Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Mal-adjustment from being alone too much. All I know is that folks who think I'm on the spectrum don't know me well enough... I do respect people like you though... I just wonder what the name is for "my kind of special".
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Skadieas Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for making this comic! Its really soul-relaxing to read it! I dont have ASD myslef... but I live in my own castle. And because I don't get out of that castle too often, I generaly dilike humans. I just cant help it :) Interacting with humans is the other way round for me, though... I feel like an alien, like I'm an idiot when it comes to interacting with other people... But I never get any negative reactions from them. Its weird... but no matter how often everything went well, I never got over this fear of not being able to communicate/interact.
I love the part about the triggers. Definitly SOUND for me! And its not the volume, its too many sounds at once or annoying voices... stuf flike that. Or listening to people chewing food... worst sound EVER!!
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BlueLionEyes Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
DeviantSponge45 did you see this? :)
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DeviantSponge45 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I did, it looks GREAT! Hopefully, this artist may be a part of my new show I'm working on... "Road From Autism".
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BlueLionEyes Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly why I wanted to draw it to your attention! :D
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DeviantSponge45 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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BlueLionEyes Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
My sister has severe ASD and this is a perfect comic strip explaining Aspies! My sister is very low-functioning, but she still exhibits all of the behaviors that you addressed in this comic. Well well done! :clap:
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EllisArts Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
You know, my step dad is ASD, and I never really understood him till now. I always looked at him like an asshole who blows up out of nowhere. My mom is a really social person who likes to talk, go places and do stuff, but he just wants to sit and read al the time. She will bug at him untill he flips out, yells at her and sometimes throws stuff and goes and hides in another room or leaves the house. We all look at it like an abusive jerk. Now, I see it a differently and I really appreciate you writing this. Sometimes he is really caring and seems like a great guy, but it always seems to be on his terms, and I guess it kind of has to be. The next time I am down that way, I will see if he is willing to talk to me about it a bit more so I understand and can maybe help my mom understand. She is kind of set in her ways. I have epilepsy and sometimes when my siezures are out of controll, I start to shut down. I understand what you mean about the outside stimuli. I may be able to help my family understand where he is coming from, more than others. So again, thank you so much for shedding some light on this. It really really helps.
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Odinsknot Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
Awesome -- thank you.
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Aspigram Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Salute!
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MagicRat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
This actually taught me a lot. Thank you.
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LycanDrake2828 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
my husband and his son are autistic, my step-son being far worse off, so in a way I live with it as well. I know the challenges well.  I think you described it perfectly for those who don't know what it is. 
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NonieR Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
Oh, YEAH!

I've got a handful of overlapping diagnoses, so they're not absolutely sure I have Asberger's as well, but it seems likely, and it does have unexpected benefits:

Until I stressed out on office social pressures (which took awhile because I mostly worked with programmers, many of them Asbies as well--but they were guys and thus not expected to socialize in particular, lucky them!), I was one hell of a tech writer of computer manuals, NOT because I understood computers, but because I understood clear instructions. It's a very useful talent to be able to misunderstand instructions wholesale before the clients do. ;)

I'd get a draft from the programmer, find that step 3 began "At this point, the (whatever) should be initialized," and it'd go back to the programmer with a note asking whether this meant "Do X to initialize the (whatever)," "Do Y to test whether the (whatever) is currently initialized," or "Oops, change this page so that 'Initialize the (whatever) is Step 1").

Or (real case) I'd get a page that said "This command (somethings) the streams module," for a book that contained no other references to streams or modules. It took me a bit of work to figure out how to tell the programmer what the problem was (okay, so that's the method for doing something, but what is it doing? What does someone use it for? Oh, it selects an open modem from the modem pool? Cool, thanks!), but we got there.

And while I can't say tech writers are EVER popular with programmers ;) I got better cooperation than most, because even if I hadn't specifically thought about programmers as often being Asbies themselves, I did figure the programmers didn't want to be interrupted by constant questions, and after all their time WAS more valuable than mine, so I'd go through the whole document I was supposed to be writing/updating, add clearly flagged notes asking each question at the position it came up, and then drop the whole thing on the programmer's desk with a note saying "Can you get this to me by Tuesday?"

And, knowing ALL of us got easily distracted, I'd send 'em e-mail Friday morning saying "Does it still look you can get that draft back to me by Tuesday?" and then on Monday I'd send a similar message, so they'd be reminded twice in an inoffensive fashion, etc.

In the very, very few cases where they were well past deadline to the point of being a problem, I'd send them a "Since I understand you don't have time, is there someone else who could help me with this?" and copy it to their manager--FAR less confrontational than a formal complaint, and with three of us involved we could usually work something out.

Ordinary manners? I'm a klutz. Asbie-to-asbie? I try to keep things relaxed.
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Painted-Treasure Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Love it! :D
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