Manga Friday: With the Light

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler spent 16 years as a book club editor, most notably for the Science Fiction Book Club, and has been a judge for the 2005 World Fantasy Awards and the 2009 Eisner Awards. He is now Marketing Manager for John Wiley & Sons.

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4 Responses

  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    I'd be curious to see this book, as a parent of an autistic child myself (Asperger's Syndrome to be precise, and a very high-functioning one at that). Also, I'm curious to see how the disease is treated in the "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down" culture of Japan.Autism has been the hot disease to write about and do news stories about for a while now, and while it helps educate the public about it, you always come across the folks who are "over-educated" and try to help out a little more than a total stranger really should.Dori and I dodged a bullet with Shugie, in that she's very high functioning and nowhere near the extreme cases she's had in some of her therapy classes. It breaks our hearts when parents come to us and say they look at Shugie as a sign of hope that their kids might get better.Tim Kelly (Max & Zook) did a couple of mini-comics about living with his autistic daughter – If I can find the addy I'll pass it along.

  2. Lea Hernandez says:

    I haven't yet read With the Light (as I am working on my own comic about raising my autistic son), but it sounds as if, from all accounts, it's a good antidote to the (Jenny) McCarthyism treatment autism is getting. Books by people who are autistic or raising autistic children are crucial to helping people understand their world, and for coping with friends, relatives or children with autism.I strongly recommend THE RIDE TOGETHER (a comic/text hybrid memoir) by Paul and Judy Karasik, and LOOK ME IN THE EYE by John Elder Robison, to complement WITH THE LIGHT.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Another Parent of an Autistim Spectrum Child here, and I got a chance to read through most of the two volumes at a certain major bookstore today, and while not worth the $26.50 the bookstore was asking per volume, it was worth sitting in the store to read through… I also recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon as a good read to get a perspective on Autism

  4. Miya says:

    I own the first 2 volumes of With The Light, and I am greatly satisfied, in not only the story, but it's a very emotional and educational manga. It's a great read, and recommend it to anyone.