The Life of Alexis Perkins

The Life of Alexis Perkins

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July 17th, 2015, 11:00 am

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EmilyAnnCoons, July 16th, 2015, 11:49 pm

I'm hoping the font and text are okay and readable here.

Here we have page 17 out of 18. One more page to go for this chapter. And hey, look who comes by to see Alexis after she runs off. Not her friends, but instead Ditzy?

Poor Alexis... I've been in the same situation that Alexis is in here. It's actually why I wrote this scene. I've had anxiety attacks so bad while at work that I just can't operate at all. I literally have to stop working and hide in the back while I cry for about 15 minutes. After that, my brain has shut down to the point where I can't even talk. If I do force myself to talk, I either get incoherent whimpering, or I get the ability to speak for a period of about 10 seconds before I go into incoherent whimpering. This usually lasts a minimum of an hour...

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Drakanor Dream, July 17th, 2015, 11:47 am

Alexis definitely needs a Looong hug.

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silver-wolf, July 17th, 2015, 12:04 pm

This is cute

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MediocreArts, July 17th, 2015, 12:31 pm

I like Ditzy~ Nicest person here in this comic so far X3

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Anon (Guest), July 18th, 2015, 12:19 am

I... partially know that feel. I have a mild ASD similar to Asperger's. I've never had anxiety attacks as bad as you're describing, not to the point of being incapable of speaking, but I've had those days where I just shut down. I wake up feeling worse than usual, and then at some point during the day I just turn into a useless wreck, can't stay focused on anything, almost shaking and I just want to go home and cry for no reason. A few times I actually did.

I'm grateful that you wrote this comic. The way most modern media portrays autism, you'd think they've never actually met an autistic person. I'm tired of seeing autistic geniuses who trade a little social skill for what amounts to a superpower. It's good to have a character I can relate to who knows how much it sucks.

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Laurie_A, July 18th, 2015, 5:22 am

@Anon: I agree. This comic shows what autism is really like. I'm just like Alexis. I have aspergers and I'm a transgirl born in a boy's body.

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Anon (Guest), July 18th, 2015, 3:02 pm

@Laurie_A: I'm possibly transgender too. Being a guy never felt right to me, but I'm still too confused about it to do anything drastic. Planning on seeing a therapist soon, as I'm pretty sure it's directly related to my anxiety.

Transgender and autistic isn't a character type we see much of in fiction, so I'm glad we have at least one example.

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EmilyAnnCoons, July 18th, 2015, 6:31 pm

@Anon and @Laurie_A: Yeah, one of my goals in this comic is to properly show what an Autistic person is like. Being Autistic myself, its not hard to write for her properly. I just have to consider how I'd feel and that helps me write for her. I'm glad that everyone is enjoying the Autistic aspect of her. Just wait till you see what else I have in store.

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mittfh, July 22nd, 2015, 5:04 pm

It's possible that Alexis and Ditzy will really gel - with each feeling appreciated by the other (and in Ditzy's case, quite possibly to the relief of Cynthia as well, since Ditzy may stop following her everywhere as the first person who paid her any attention) - besides which, Alexis isn't likely to judge Ditzy for her clumsiness and will be keen for them to scarper from any incident asap rather than hanging around long enough to be the centre of attention.

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GreenKrog, October 23rd, 2015, 1:38 am

I'm sort of freaking out right now a bit because this accurately describes things that I didn't know where a part of me (and I don't even know if they are or this is because of something else or what).

When really intense social things happen that I don't control, I immediately need to extricate myself and not talk or communicate with anyone and completely shut down emotionally. But I can always type/write. I always just assumed that was part of being bipolar, except now it seems like maybe it isn't.

This page is wrecking me right now. I can't properly describe it.

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EmilyAnnCoons, October 23rd, 2015, 2:24 am

@GreenKrog: Well, I'll admit that I'm not 100% sure if my own experiences are just from being autistic. I've recently found out that some of it does come from hunger. If I eat enough, this type of thing happens less.

Granted, on that note, it does still happen, so hunger isn't the only factor for sure. Based on what I've heard from other autistics, though, I assume that this is part of being autistic.

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castlemaid, February 29th, 2016, 3:08 pm

So that's what that is. I get anxiety attacks, but have one of two outcomes, lack of cognitive function, whereas I dont think right, unable to form intelligle sentences, or do things right, like putting together a puzzle blind. Or I act out seemingly in anger, so that no one will bother me when i try to disappear. I see. Despite being fun and entertaining to read, these comics are really enlightening ;w;

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JaxRhapsody, October 7th, 2016, 6:30 am

Her eyes...her fucking eyes, man...

"...I like chickens, Eddy!"

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J-Master, April 29th, 2018, 5:54 pm

I’m actually autistic myself and I get stressed around people