What is this autism comic?
The Mighty League, Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug is an interactive digital comic that can be read on any Apple or Android device. It was created to teach children about autism, friendship, self-acceptance and acceptance of others.
Horrible Hug is an entertaining story with an autistic main character so children on the autism spectrum can see themselves represented in pop culture. It helps others connect to the autism experience and discover that there are more similarities than differences.
What is the plot?
The Mighty League, Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug takes our autistic star ship captain on a journey to an alien planet…a brand new school…an overwhelming, fear-of-the-unknown experience for any child…amplified when you are on the autism spectrum. But the captain of the U.S.S. Mighty League soon discovers that the teachers and students’ (outer space aliens to him) “horrible hugs” are welcoming and a sign of acceptance. (The same story is available in a girl version too.)
Did a person on the autism spectrum inspire the story?
Yes, but not the aliens in outer space part! This is the story of Jonathan (who is on the autism spectrum) transferring to new school. He was afraid he’d be bullied like he was at his old school so he tried to stay invisible. His teachers wanted to help him so they came up with “Project Hug.” Every time they saw him he got a big old bear hug! He said he hated it at first but it changed his life. It made him feel safe and more confident. From that point on he wasn’t afraid to try new things. Read more about Jonathan here.
How can I get the comic?
You can get Horrible Hug for FREE (both the boy and girl versions) when you sign up for our free autism community membership. A membership gives you exclusive access to our autism bundle of resources including our autism comics, resource guides, educational tools and more.
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How can it be used in the classroom?
Horrible Hug is part of the Autism EDU collection of innovative educational tools to introduce autism into the classroom. The story is part of Module 2 which covers social and emotional learning, self and peer acceptance and understanding autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. All Mighty League 2 autism awareness tools are available for free:
- PowerPoint version of Mighty League 2 with audio
- Video version of Mighty League 2
- Student Handout with journal entries
- Curriculum and Activities guide
Meet the Comic Creators
Here’s the creative team (including 3 on the autism spectrum) responsible for this galactic digital comic:
Written By: Molly Murphy
Edited By: Lydia Wayman
Illustrated By: P-Scott
JMan and Mr. Redge Characters By: Kim Johnson Studios
Narration, JMan, Mr. Redge and Mr. M. Voices By: Jonathan Murphy
Recording and Editing: Elaine Clark, Voice One
Jaycee Voiced By: Dani Bowman
Curriculum By: Jayne Clare, Education Consultant, Teachers with Apps
Peek Inside Our Autistic Hero Comic!
*This project was made possible by the generous contributors to our Indiegogo Campaign!
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