Press Release: One Piece Missing

Launch of ‘One Piece Missing: On the Road’

Episode 1 of a comic series by Jessica Griffin

We are very proud to support our student Jessica Griffin in launching the first episode of her comic series ‘One Piece Missing: On the Road’ on Friday January 24th  @ 11.30am in the Creative Zone at University College Cork’s Boole Library.

Jess is a talented artist, animator, illustrator and writer and also a massive comic fan! She is a daughter, a sister, a friend, a student preparing for Leaving Cert and a massively important part of the Cork Life Centre (an education setting that supports young people to access their education outside the mainstream system). Among all this Jess is a young person on the autism spectrum diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and an advocate and role model for other young people facing some of the challenges that this can involve.

When asked about the project her publisher Tracy Sayers notes that when asked what she wanted to do with her art Jess’s response was ‘to make people happy.’ This is Jess in a nutshell. They first met at a comic convention in 2018 where Jess was selling her art. But Jess and her dad Jimmy had a bigger project in mind. Their vision was to make a comic about Jess’s life with Asperger’s and how she deals with things that many others perhaps cannot imagine. She wanted to write for people like herself-smart, funny, a little different. She didn’t think she could do it but her Dad, family and Tracy knew she could.

One year later Jess is ready to launch an amazing comic written in her own words. It will be the first issue of an on-going series about Jess’s life and all that goes with it. Each issue will touch on different aspects of living life as someone with Asperger’s and hopefully will speak to others who have similar abilities (because we don’t see the spectrum as a condition or a limitation).

‘One Piece Missing’ is quirky, creative, thoughtful and entertaining and will make a beautiful addition for any comic collector’s collection. But over and above this it is a comic created from personal passion with value and meaning as a resource for anyone who is living with Asperger’s as part of their life and for anyone who will be lucky enough to meet and work with them.

For further information on the launch please contact Don O’ Leary Director Cork Life Centre Email: Phone No: (021)4304391