Written by Jeff Davidson; Illustrated by Stephen R. Buell
Lost in the Dark Press
I’ve got a couple of special needs kids in my life. My niece was born prematurely and had other developmental complications that have put her behind other kids her age. My wife is a nanny for a teenaged girl with severe cerebral palsy, amongst other challenges. And like anyone else who’s been touched by children with special needs, I’ve felt both the challenges and the extreme blessings that come with knowing them. My niece, for example, never fails to make friends wherever she goes. She’s as exuberantly joyful as any five-year-old, but even more so considering the obstacles she has to overcome every day.
In the intro to Fragile Prophet, Jeff Davidson writes, “The purpose of this comic is neither to make light of nor shed light upon the intricacies of Fragile X syndrome.” It’s a good disclaimer, because it lowers your expectations right away. This isn’t a story about people dealing with a mental disability per se. It’s an urban fantasy/mystery that just so happens to feature a main character who has a mental disability. But it does that with sensitivity and class. (more…)