We celebrated the official release of Malekith’s variant cover at his local comic book store in Tucson and online. Malekith is Focus Comic’s 12 year old autistic intern, who is a contributing comic strip artist on the Focus community page. His art is also featured on a variant cover. Pencil art by Malekith, colors by legendary Paul Mounts known for working on Spiderman. Malekiths dream was fulfilled when Paul agreed to color his art in support of autistic talent and autism awareness and acceptance. Malekith’s dream was also fulfilled when Office Depot agreed to print Malekith’s variant cover. We thank Office Depot for sponsoring our internship program to inspire kids to follow their dreams no matter what perceived limitations they may have. Thank you to social cultural anthropologist for creating and leading this social cause project, and thank you to Douglas Hebert for coaching the autistic interns on this program. Both Malekith and Tabidi are one of the worlds first autistic comic artists to get published as a result of the Focus autistic art internship program.
Check out this film of us unboxing Malekiths variant cover:
We celebrated by having a community outreach event to raise autism awareness at Toys Ink comic book and toy store in Tucson. We held a coloring competition to inspire kids to fulfill their creative potential; had face painting and cosplayers attending. Thank you Toys Ink for being the first comic book store in Arizona and Tucson to stock our social cause comic.
Attending the event was:
- Yvonne Wan, Sole creator of Focus (Also, writer / artist / certified social cultural anthropologist);
- Douglas Hebert, Main Focus comic artist / daily internship coach and certified art teacher
- Malekith, 12 year old autistic art intern
Here is an interview that Yvonne Wan, Focus creator and social cultural anthropologist filmed with Malekith:
Here is an interview with legendary Paul Mounts about why autism awareness is important:
Please support autistic art and this social cause project by purchasing the comic at one of our retail partner stores, at our community outreach events or online.
Check out some of the interviews with the public concerning the project and autism awareness that Yvonne filmed at the event:
Check out some of the community coloring competition art submissions:
Check out some of the pictures from the event: