If I had to pick a single image, logo or icon to represent me, I’m pretty sure that it would end up being this one! I’ve now used it on multiple occasions, most recently for two gaming projects called Retroland and Ginjago. This picture basically represents me: a massive ginger baby in the shape of a fantasy role-playing piece, albeit with hints of Guybrush Threepwood, Jereth from Labyrinth (who is also, when it comes right down to it, basically a big baby) and some eighties nostalgia and computer games thrown in. Oh…and Discworld. Lots of Discworld.
The things that make the biggest impact on us gingers, growing up (apart from all the bullying) tend to focus around geek culture and games, books or movies that define us. Every statement you make can be interpreted as a generalisation but basically I don’t know that many ginger guys who were into cars and football at school: we were all in the Dungeons & Dragons hut, staying out of the sunlight and avoiding girls (who, to most of us, conjured the same level of fear as end game bosses).
Being on the spectrum really sucks in this regard, especially if you grew up in the 80s. I’m pretty sure I also have years’ worth of diaries with ‘Make Friends’ ‘Be More Sociable’ and even ‘Try to Fit in’ targeted as No.1 goals. It’s sort of being outside the shop window, looking in…that only changes when you do something extraordinary and everyone starts looking OUT. That’s what happened with me. The problem is that you feel you need to SUSTAIN the extraordinary achievements in order to feel even vaguely worth existing.