Michael is a comic book character with autism – a hero with a mathematical mind, artistic gift and an abundance of compassion.
The creator of the series, Dave Kot, hopes his books can help people on the autism spectrum better understand the world around them. He said, “This is an opportunity for kids to have a hero like themselves.”
Kot and illustrator Sky Owens made sure Michael and the other comic book characters are drawn with vivid facial expressions, in order to provide a kind of playbook for those who struggle with social cues.
“One of [Michael’s] greatest powers and abilities is his own understanding of his emotions,” Kot said.
The comic books are resonating with people in the autistic community everywhere, helping kids like Brian Rasmuson understand they’re not alone.
“I think these comics help people see that autism isn’t just a disability,” Brian said. “It’s not all of who you are, but it’s a special part of who you are. Whenever I read this comic I think of that part of me.”