FreeKing Comics — An Interview With “Autism vs Aliens” creators, Daniel Wolther and Jaime A. Heidel4 min read

What hap­pens when all neu­rotyp­ical people are abducted from planet Earth and only autis­tics remain? Why, a band of autistic heroes forms to rescue them, of course! In this inter­view, we talk with Daniel Wolther and Jaime A. Heidel of FreeKing Comics about their new comic book series, Autism vs Aliens!

Q: Where did the idea for this series come from?

FKC (Dan) — I was a fan of a TV show where one of the char­ac­ters was autistic, and he was immune to mind con­trol because of it. Realizing that logic, I imme­di­ately imag­ined alien mind con­trol and autistic people fighting the aliens. It was sur­pris­ingly auto­matic, for how com­pli­cated the idea was.

Q: What do you hope to accom­plish with this series?

FKC (Dan) — I’d like to inspire autistic people by showing them and others that not all autistic people are the same, and that we can all do amazing things if we set our minds to it…generic as that sounds.

Q: How will this series be dif­ferent from other autism-related sto­ries?

FKC (Dan and Jaime) — We focus more on the story than the fact that the main char­ac­ters are autistic. Other media tend to focus on one type of autistic person (ie: savants or non-verbal people who out­wardly stim).

However, seeing as the entire main cast is autistic in our story, this forces us (the writers) to draw atten­tion to their indi­vidual dif­fer­ences as autistic people instead of only showing one stereo­typ­ical def­i­n­i­tion of autistic traits.

In fact, we don’t have a single main char­acter who is not on the spec­trum (since all of the neu­rotyp­i­cals have been cap­tured by aliens), so we have a fully-autistic cast. We don’t know of any other media that depicts autistic char­ac­ters that does this.

Q: Favorite Character(s)?

FKC (Dan) — Jaime’s favorite char­acter is Nikki because she’s basi­cally a younger, stronger ver­sion of her­self, and Caleb, because he’s “adorably awk­ward and squishy.” And I… can’t decide.

Q: What can we look for­ward to in future episodes?

FKC (Dan and Jaime) — More Characters, emo­tional growth, more adven­tures, aliens, rela­tion­ship devel­op­ment, and, pos­sibly, there will be a dinosaur in there… some­where.

Q: Let’s pre­tend Autism vs Aliens becomes a full-fledged ani­mated series. Who would play the char­ac­ters?

FKC (Dan) — Robbie Daymond as Jason, Yuri Lowenthal as Rex, Laura Bailey as Nikki, Johnny Yong Bosch as Caleb, and Redd Pepper as ‘the big bad guy’! Can’t say names yet. I feel like we could throw in some Cumberbatch as well… but it’d be crazy hard to book that guy!

Q: I gotta ask, how did you come up with the name “FreeKing Comics?”

FKC (Jaime) — Oh, that story is adorable! Dan and I were throwing around ideas for what to call our pub­lishing com­pany, and he just got this look on his face and blurted out, “How about Free King comics?”

I looked at him and was like, “Really, Dan?” And, in pure, inno­cent Dan fashion, he looked at me and said, “You know, like a king who is free!” He had no idea that it sounded like “freaking” until I pointed it out! The name stuck, and here we are. 

Q: How can people get their hands on the book?

You can get our eBook ver­sion on here:

You can get our paper­back ver­sion on Lulu here:

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  1. Thanks so much for doing this inter­view with Dan and I. We had fun!

  2. Being autistic (although I didn’t know it at the time) may well be what saved me from being brain­washed by a polit­ical cult in my ado­les­cence.

  3. A “problem with authority” is thinking for oneself,not being a dumb cow

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