drax helps autistic boy

We all love comics because we see a bit of ourselves in them. They make us feel accepted and not so alone. Through those stories, we envision ourselves as more than other people believe we can be. For one boy with autism, Guardians of the Galaxy made him feel like he could be anything, even a superhero. 

The above image is from Merryweatherblue’s Tumblr, which James Gunn reposted on his Facebook page. It describes how her brother identified with the Guardians of the Galaxy character Drax.

Her brother is on the autism spectrum and, like Drax, he cannot understand metaphors. Her brother saw himself in the superhero and was, perhaps for the first time in his life, able to identify himself as a hero.  Merryweatherblue says of her brother’s reaction to the film:

“I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim, begin studying vocabulary test words and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.”

This is a beautiful story. I know that comic books have had this effect on many people with disabilities, including myself. We all know that non-geeks don’t understand the important role superheros play in our lives, but it’s things like this that bring to light the inspirational nature of comic books. They give all of us hope and make us feel like we can overcome our limitations and even turn them into assets.

For a variety of reasons, geek culture is fragmented at the moment. Hopefully, this story will remind us of why we all love comics and that we should focus on our shared interests and support each other.

(via Nerd Approved)

Category: Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture

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