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Erik Brobst

Graphic Design 

Pieces to a Puzzle 




 

Hand Drawn, Ink

For a long time, I was scared, embarrassed, and angry to ever admit the fact I had High Function Autism. I felt if I ever admitted it, I would get bullied, no one would want to talk with me, and everyone would avoid me because I would become the dreaded “weird kid”. That was then, but as a grew older I realized that not only does it not matter if people think I am the “weird kid”, but that Autism is not a part of me, it is me. That iwhere the idea for this story came from. The story, titled “Pieces to a Puzzle” is about me growing up and learning to accepAutism as part of who I am as a person. Using hand drawn and inked panels, I was hopeful to use this graphic novel not only to show kids who may be in the same boat a story of someone overcoming it. But it was also a way for me to relive those sometimes-traumatizing moments as a child and look at them in a more artistic and therapeutic way to get some lasting closure. My hope is to at some point soon to have the book published. Till then I will just have to make copies fothe family to enjoy and successfully look back at this chapter in my life with happiness instead of fear. 

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