Happy World Autism Awareness Day 2019!
I’ve been waiting a long time to launch this webcomic. I haven’t figured out a dedicated time or day yet, but I should be able to put more out at a pace of about once a week. From here on out, these will take the form of single-panel strips.
Also, the next three strips are ready to go, but in order to do that, I had to color them by hand… analog (as opposed to digitally). You’ll notice a difference for the next three, but at least it gives me more time to polish future pages.
I hope you enjoy The Jack of all Tirades as much as I enjoyed creating it!
Jeff is Jon’s father, who always seems to be asking a ridiculous favor from Jon at the worst times. Though Jon always tries to hide from him, Jeff always seems to find his son.
Daisy is a cat. Pet the kitty…
Randy is Jon’s friendly rival who will mischievously get into trouble with Jon from time to time. He means well, but doesn’t always think ahead to the full picture, much to Jim’s annoyance.
Also, he’s an enthusiastic workaholic.
Jim is Jon’s best friend and keeper of the peace.
An aspiring police officer, Jim juggles Jon’s idiosyncrasies with Randy’s antics, all while trying to keep Jon’s and Jeff’s father-son relationship as healthy as possible. Good luck with that last one…
Jon is our eyes and ears for the series. He calls it as he sees it. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? That remains to be seen. He may be autistic, but that suits him just fine.
Also, do NOT ask him what being autistic is like…. I mean, unless you want to hear about it all day…
Okay, so maybe some of you have seen my recent string of tweets alluding to this post. If you haven’t, get on that. This is important. Also, just to provide a quick unrelated update on that WEGO Health Awards nomination, I was not a finalist, but I appreciate the endorsements I received. It means the world to me to have your support on that.
…But’s that’s not why I’ve assembled the Avengers here today.
Okay, so remember when I started the Writing Studies program and joked about it being “17th grade?”
Here, we go… What’s he up to, THIS time?
Get ready for this announcement…
I’m officially enrolled in evening classes to study toward my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University!
That’s nice, Sweetie… Wait! What?!
Oh, yeah! The semester started back on August 27. I should receive my Doctorate of Education in May 2022, only a full 15 years since receiving my high school diploma.
But… WHY? Why now, at the very least…
You see, the day I graduated with my Master’s degree, my mother turned to me and banned me from getting a Doctorate right away… at least until I could pay down some of the student loans I had incurred from my previous educational experiences.
I have been waiting four years to make this post. The least everyone can do is be happy for me…
We are! We definitely are!* We’re just curious what your intentions are with such a program.
*Jon hopes this part is accurate. He’s gotten too excited about good news before…
I know some of you are probably wondering what my intentions are with such a program.
I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about what my role is in the ASD and Neurodiverse communities at large. What can I do now to make life better for these communities later? How can I achieve my goals while helping others achieve theirs? What’s my part in all this?
I know after working in a corporate environment like SAP, I want to do more good by helping more than just the bottom line. I want my ability to advocate to mean something by the end of my time on Earth.
That’s why I’m saying this here and now:
While going for my doctorate will provide me with a few extra letters at the end of my name and take my education about as far as it can possibly go, this is about more than just me.
This is about us. This is about my role in an expanding, related set of communities interacting with one another.
Why study for an Ed.D.?
Because it can take my advocacy to all new heights I’ve never imagined.
Because the longer I wait to do it, the less of an impact I can make on neurodiverse communities.
There’s no better time than right now to get out there and do what we can for each other… All of us. Together as a single web of communities.
The way I see it, we have two options:
- Continue to fall off the cliff and pray for miracles that aren’t going to come without people like us stepping up.
- Do something – anything within our power – to improve the lives of the neurodiverse.
I hope if you’re like me, you’ll choose the latter of the two options.
In the meantime, I’ve started watching Atypical Season 2. I’m about halfway through the second season, and I have to say, I’m very impressed by the effort Robia Rashid and crew have put into addressing constructive feedback from Season 1.
So, rest assured, I am working toward that particular episode of The Role Star.
While everyone waits for my Atypical review, I’m also working on a webcomic about life on the Autistic Spectrum. Announcing:
The Jack of all Tirades:
Jon lays out how he sees his life as an autistic adult in no uncertain terms.
Be sure to catch the webcomic as it debuts later this year.
Okay, I have to save some news for later posts, but I promise I’ll be back. I just can’t promise how soon.
May you find peace with yourselves, within yourselves.