Thank you for writing this. I’m also on the spectrum and I feel a lot of the same things about these comic problems. I even blogged about that awful scene in the otherwise good Avengers Academy comic; (and I saw that you replied to it back then, but here it is for others); http://nitzthebloody.blogspot.com/2012/03/autism-cure-in-avengers-academy-and.html
[NOTE: I wrote this awhile ago when I was severely depressed and don’t wanna rewrite the whole thing but I’ll be adding little updates in a few places. Also I wasn’t gonna post it originally because I thought it would come across wrong to other people but I changed my mind since it’s the end of Autism Acceptance Month and I don’t wanna keep sitting on this.]
In general it can be hard being a fan of a lot of pop culture when you’re autistic, well at least for me it is. I don’t know about how the rest of my fellow autistics feel though. I’m just speaking for myself here from a place of isolation and loneliness.
Obviously there’s not a lot of autistic main characters in films, video games, TV shows, books, or comic books. When it comes to side characters there’s still not that many. And when there are the story tends to revolve around the fact that the character is autistic which isn’t bad but it tends to set a precedent for other writers to limit autistic characters to “autistic plots”.
Then there’s the whole concept that autistic characters tend to only be children a lot which feeds into the misleading and damaging idea that autism only effects children… which doesn’t make sense because most children tend to grow up and become adults. I’ve tried searching for resources for autistic adults on the internet before and the only results that tend to pop up are stuff for parents with autistic children. It’s like society doesn’t believe autistic adults like me even exist.