The UK Guardian published an essay by a guy who’d suffered from autism, and later got into comics illustration as a way to focus on the subject, but his viewpoint is something such a left-leaning paper considers acceptable:
That experience has shaped my view of money and what it does to people. I was earning £800 a week, but realised that capitalism is not worth the damage it does. It also reinforced a lifelong feeling that I was the odd one out. Eventually it broke me. One New Year’s Day I rang the office and told them I was done.
I sold my collection of vintage video games and consoles for £1,000 to self-publish a comic book about my mental health. Art helps me process situations and I found myself drawn to superheroes to escape myself. The sales funded print runs of more comics, culminating in a book about my experiences with the loan company. This earned me £1,672 which gave me the confidence to approach big companies with samples and win commissions from Hollywood film studios illustrating official movie memorabilia. Comics never make much money so I took a £12,000-a-year job in a shop which enabled me to get a mortgage on an £80,000 flat, and I did my drawing in the evenings.
I think it’s admirable to discuss health issues through the medium, but his apparent abhorrence for capitalism ruins everything. Making it more bewildering is that, if he was working in jobs, and even making money off his computer game consoles, comics themselves, getting a job to pay towards building a mortgage fee and even doing jobs illustrating for movie studios, isn’t that capitalism, and embracing the same? What kind of logic is he going by then? If anything, it’s corporations he’d do well to be concerned about, since they’ve enabled all sorts of franchises to be ruined just by buying them all out. A shame he’s putting in such trivial nonsense that dampens the impact of the main subject.
Originally published here.