Since November 2015, we have been publishing anecdotes that provide an insight into autism, through the Autism Bubbles project. Based on real situations, the anecdotes are drawn by talented illustrators. Find out more about them below.
(Born in 1955 in Lleida, Spain)
Miguel studied at the Massana school of applied arts, in Barcelona, and began his career by combining comics and illustrations. He now works as a newspaper illustrator for various Spanish and international papers. He and Angel Ponce are co-authors of the book ¿Qué le pasa a este niño? (What is happening to this child?), a manual focused on disability.
In 2017, he published María y yo (Maria and me), a graphic novel about the adventures and travels of his daughter, Maria, who has autism. This book earned him the Premi Nacional de la Generalitat literary prize in the comic category in 2008. In 2009 a documentary of the same title based on the book was produced, which went on to win several prizes. In his own words "a person with autism is not a person who drives a car."
(Born in 1972 in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Martin started his career in the early 1990s, with publications for newspaper Clarin in Buenos Aires and other written media. He arrived in Barcelona in 1995 while backpacking around Europe. Martin worked for El Periódico de Catalunya for over 15 years and also worked with various national and foreign media.
In 2010, he published Barcelona Low Cost, his first comic, winning the Josep Coll prize in 2009. He was also nominated as best new author at the Salon international del Cómic in Barcelone, in 2011.
Martin explains, "Los lunes, autismo (Autism bubbles) enables me to better apprehend the complex and diverse nature of autism. What’s more, it is an incredible opportunity to talk about the issue in public."
(Born in 1976 in Barcelona, Spain)
Roger Zanni, who illustrates books for children and teenagers, loves cooking, listening to music, watering his plants and doing the robot.
He also works in advertising, for publishers, and with Spanish newspapers.
Zanni sees Autism bubbles as connections between people: "personally, being able to draw on the topic of autism is a great opportunity to get closer to these people and their loved ones, by helping them to build bridges that help us to understand each other better, in a positive and essential way."
(Born in 1975 in Martorell, Spain)
Oriol Malet is an illustrator who works for several newspapers, Spanish and foreign alike.
He has illustrated around fifty books for different publishers and also illustrates adverts and album covers. Oriol is passionate about jazz and is a father.
Talking about Autism bubbles, he says, "comics, and especially these strips, give me a unique opportunity to think and make others think about essential social issues, in this case autism."