We will be recruiting new interns for 2019 soon. The internship program will be open to candidates with and without autism. Applicants from around the world are welcome to apply. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when the application form is available.
Focus™ Comic is unique because it is part of a long term communications plan to entertain readers whilst raising autism awareness and acceptance in society. The sole Creator Yvonne Wan introduced an internship program for aspiring comic artists to help autistic artists gain greater representation in the comic industry and in the media. The purpose of the internship program is to help talented artists to fulfill their creative potential and have their work published. We hope our autistic interns will become role models to other autistic kids that they to can contribute in society in meaningful ways.
Yvonne Wan, certified social cultural anthropologist appointed Douglas Hebert as the main artist and internship coach for Focus Comic. Douglas Hebert is an award winning professional artist and also Elementary School Art teacher who has experience in teaching kids including those with autism. He teaches over 1,500 art students a year and having been providing one to one coaching to the Focus interns. He is also a well respected board member of the Arizona Artist Guild.
We appointed two interns to look after the community page within Focus Comic in 2018. Congratulations to:
- Malekith George who is 12 years old and an aspiring artist.
- Tabidi Elkhalil who is 21 years old and an aspiring professional artist.
Yvonne and Douglas have been coaching the interns daily.
We are proud to announce Tabidi was promoted to also work on the main story within the comic in addition to working on the community page. He contributed 18 panels within issue 1.
In an interview Malekith expresses what this project means to him:
“Hi My name is Malekith, I am an intern of the Focus Comic and I’ve been drawing about Focus because he makes me feel really great about myself and awesome about myself. The reason why I like him is because he’s sort of similar to me because of him being autistic and so am I and people respect him. Doug helps me draw better because he’s a great teacher and I really like this cover. Because the Spiderman Colorist colored it which makes it amazing. I really really like Office Depot for giving me my own cover plus also the people out there who support autism awareness. Thank you”.
Here is a brief interview with Tabidi:
“I want to thank everyone for supporting this social cause including Yvonne Wan the creator of Focus, Douglas Hebert the main artist and internship coach, all the contributing artists, goodwill ambassador Tony Todd and Office Depot for giving me my own cover and for making my dreams come true. I want to especially thank them for supporting this cause because it will help millions of autistic children”.
In 2019, we appointed one intern Zoe, to look after the community page within the French issue of Focus comic. Zoe is 7 years old only, has autism and does not use the spoken language. She specializes in sign language and loves to draw. Drawing brings so much joy to her life, and she loves being part of this exciting Focus project, representing autistic young talent.
The English issue is available for sale now, and the French issue will be available to purchase soon.
Please support Focus Comic. Please support autistic people. Please support autism awareness and acceptance.