This is my 12-year-old son, Isaiah, who will be attending his very first comic con in 18 days in San Antonio. While this should be a time of excitement and preparation, it is actually a time of anxiety and stress. You see, Isaiah is Autistic (Asperger’s to be specific). He doesn’t do well with uncertainty, and Comic Con is definitely in the realm of the unknown.
Look what I got at the library Mom!
Isaiah’s particular form of Autism makes him hypersensitive when it comes to fitting in. He knows he’s supposed to have friends and be part of a group, but he doesn’t quite get all the social cues and nuances. So, Isaiah often feels isolated and is often made fun of for his interests. Isaiah loves comic books and fantasy, but we live in a small town where not many, if any boys his age, are interested in the same things.
Therefore, I am asking people out there to help me ease his anxiety by sending us pictures of their Comic Con experiences so Isaiah will know what to expect from his experience at Comic Con. I want Isaiah to know that he is not alone in his interests and that Geek is the new Cool – that it is always better to be yourself.