This post will be a real personal topic for me. I have live thought a lot of hardship which help fuel my creative ability. So it is no different when I came up with the character Lynn in Nocturnal Orphan. These reason why I start Lynn at 18 months is because I want to show what the problems she may face at this age blocks. The series is a long one so at some point I will skip to age 5, 10, and 13. I want to show what kinds of problems she would face in a orphanage, and foster homes during these key age points.
My inspiration behind Lynn is my own son. My son have mild autism and have bounce from foster home to the next. He is finally living with my ex husband again. I will not go into many details about the situation but I will say that not all adult react in the right way with children that have mental illness such as autism. And not all children with autism are easy to control when they act out. It is a very difficult thing for parents, the child, social services, and the schools.
We as a society still have a lot to learn about these illness in children and it does not help that there are some who will response bad when they see someone who is different from them. These people may not be open to learn and change their behavior toward the child that is different who have no control over the way they behave due to their illness.
I believe that younger generation have a easier time learning to accept people that are different than the older generations. So in my comic series, you may notices that Lynn make get help more offer from the children living in the orphanage than the adults who are watching over her.
I did not just make this series for children, I made this for adults in mind (parents). I feel that comics series can express facial expressions more than putting this into words. Also, we are at a point in our society where most adults are not reading novel regular. Everyone live in a face-paced environment where most do not have the time to read a lot. I feel like I would reach more people if the layout of the story was in a comic series that would make it face to read thought with pictures.
So I hope you take the opportunity to read Nocturnal Orphan on Webtoons and thank you for your time to read this.