Focus Comics Community Outreach event at San Diego Comic con 2021

Above: Douglas Hebert, Certified art teacher and Professional Comic Artist. Yvonne Wan Focus comic Creator, writer, professional comic artist & art teacher.

Focus Comic had a community outreach event at San Diego Comic Con, the worlds largest and most prestigious comic cons globally. We ran 3 days of free comic art coloring workshops at our table where kids learned how to color Focus the autistic super hero using fun sensory friendly Yasutomo neon and metallic oil pastels.

We also had our two autistic interns Elias Gregoire and Hunter Campos at our table present their art in person to the public for the first time. They are one of the the first autistic comic artists to officially show their art at San Diego Comic con. This is a significant achievement for our project and cause in promoting autistic representation and talent within the comic industry. Many thanks to everyone who gave positive feedback to our interns at the event. The encouragement was invaluable in building their confidence as young artists. Our students enjoyed signing autographs at the show.

Yvonne Wan, the creator of Focus comic and Douglas Hebert, professional comic artist and certified art teacher promoted the comic, the project and autism acceptance during the event.

Many thanks to Yvonne Wan who is also a certified social cultural anthropologist for interviewing the public about the importance of autism awareness and acceptance and representation, inclusion and diversity at the show. Please find below, video content showing a few of the interviews that she did as a film ethnographer. Included is a book review by one of our autistic fans.

Focus comic book review by an autistic fan at San Diego Comic con:

Eric Anderson, a San Diego Comic con attendee shares his thoughts on Focus comic and its significance in the community.

Julie, a member of the general public whares her thoughts on Focus comic at San Diego comic con:

We had fun gifting prizes to our community coloring contest winners.

Here is the highlights film to the coloring contest:

Check out some of the art submissions at the event:

Here are some of the kids that participated in our free art workshops:

Check out our prize giving ceremony below:

Here are a few more pictures from the event. Visit our social media to see more.

Many thanks to everyone who came out to support our project, our two autistic interns at the show, diversity, equity and inclusion. We are proud to support autistic and special needs kids through the arts and project Focus. Many thanks to San Diego Comic con and the community for supporting #autismawareness and #autismacceptance.

Lastly, many thanks to Focus comic, Yasutomo art supplies, Embassy suites downtown San Diego and Wild Bills soda for donating prizes in support of a great project and cause. Thank you Durable office for gifting presentation cases to display our art. We appreciate everyone’s kind hospitality and kindness in supporting kids with special needs and promoting a greater sense of community.