Summon A Custom Monster for a Good Cause4 min read

monster adoption comic

We are fundraising at The Aspergian for the ini­tial startup cost to estab­lish a non-profit. My con­tri­bu­tion is in designing cute little mon­sters. Here are a few I did that specif­i­cally were designed to rep­re­sent traits and char­ac­ter­is­tics of autistic people. You can read descrip­tions of them here:

I have always been obsessed with mon­sters, crea­tures, toys, and stuffed ani­mals. When I was young I would draw the crea­tures from my favorite Nintendo 64 games, and my stuffed ani­mals were my best (and some­times only) friends. But I learned the true ther­a­peutic power of the cute crea­ture on a winter day near the end of 2018. My hus­band had been very sick, and as a some­what recov­ering eme­to­phobe, I was very close to coming com­pletely unhinged.

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Our one-bathroom house felt sud­denly extremely unsafe as I waf­fled back and forth from making sure my partner of 6 years was okay, and cal­cu­lating the risk of get­ting sick myself.

Even once he was recov­ering in bed, (and I wish I was kid­ding about this) I slept in my car to avoid stray pathogens while keeping the phone close in case he needed any­thing. The next morning, the time came to reclaim my ter­ri­tory.

Nervous and far from well-rested, I made the journey to get cleaning sup­plies to ease my para­noia. Bear in mind, it has always been a struggle for me to go to the store. Something about it has always caused me a lot of dis­tress, and I don’t shop alone if I can avoid it. That day, I didn’t have a choice. So as I teetered on a full melt­down, I looked over to my pas­senger seat to see a friendly face.

jibaMy Yo-Kai Watch Jibanyan stuffed animal had come along for the ride, and as I looked into his round, yellow eyes, as if to say “Well buddy, I gotta do this,” I felt the strength I needed to go into the store, get the cleaning sup­plies, clean my bath­room, and rejoin my hus­band (who was doing well except for missing me.)

It was then I decided to take a bit of a diver­sion from my usual bold, edgy artistic style and focus on making crea­tures who could loan a little bit of extra strength to other people like me who could use a boost.

I started a line of cute mon­ster char­acter designs, but then decided to take an extra step. Wouldn’t it be better if the mon­ster could really sit on your desk or shelf and take care of you from there? I had dab­bled in 3d work before, but this was a new endeavor. I started making adopt­able mon­sters who came in their own car­riers with adop­tion cer­tifi­cates, making sure that no two were alike, and as I took them to booths and events, they quickly became the most rewarding part of my career.

fluffyTake this little guy for instance. I spent a lot of time hand sculpting his ears and legs, adding fur bit by bit and painting glitter on his three bright eyes. I punched air holes into a box for him and got his adop­tion cer­tifi­cate ready.

The event was rainy, the turnout was low, and my pants were drenched. My friend who helped me run the booth won­dered if we should leave early. But this mon­ster was adopted by a little boy who named him Fluffy.

The boy stayed and talked to me for a bit and promised to feed Fluffy chips. I told him that Fluffy loves the stars and moon­light and would like to sit in a window. The little boy told me some­times he was scared in the dark because it feels like mon­sters are in his room.

I told him that Fluffy was small, but really strong and would look out for him and keep him safe. He was so happy! I teared up as the boy left. When I was young, I was afraid of every­thing, and being able to help in some small way makes every­thing worth it.

stubblesSince I started helping mon­sters get adopted, I have received pic­tures of them watching TV, eating sprin­kles, or get­ting tucked in to bed. There is nothing that makes me hap­pier than con­tributing to that joy.

Whether someone is 5 and afraid of the dark, or 50 and needing a friend to sit on a desk at a dif­fi­cult job, some­times we all just need a friendly little face to give us the strength we need to go on. My mis­sion is to bring the com­fort and sup­port of little mon­sters to as many people as pos­sible.

If you would like to adopt your new best friend, you can check out the mon­sters cur­rently avail­able for adop­tion here. Or you can com­mis­sion a custom mon­ster figure or drawing just for you! Commissions that come from the Aspergian will donate 25% of pro­ceeds to fund the founding of our non­profit. We offer a valu­able resource to the neu­ro­di­verse com­mu­nity, and this will improve our ability to sup­port autis­tics and other neu­ro­di­ver­gents.

Just click here to com­mis­sion your own mon­ster!

Thank you!

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