An extraordinary young girl faces a seemingly inexplicable struggle. The people who love her come together to support each other, but in the end the battle is hers. Wonders and joys await you. The pitfalls and setbacks too. They bravely stand for each other, no matter what, as the inevitable befalls them.

As a writer Marc Bernardinthe new graphic novel by, Adora and the distance, this tale takes place in a fantastic kingdom filled with dashing characters: a masked protector, pirates of the underworld, a giant lava monster, a musician whose songs are magic spells and caves with ancient puzzles and secret stories . On the fringes of this world, a strange void – an entity known only as Distance, a destroyer who consumes everything in its path – has begun to pursue Adora, a young stateswoman with a big heart who leaves her realm of first to escape, then to fight.

In Bernardin’s own life, a less whimsical version of the plot unfolded between him and his 18-year-old daughter, Sophie, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. The heroic character of Adora began to take shape as Bernardin sought to understand her own little girl, to see the world as she saw it, if only to be there for her when she needed it most. him. It wasn’t easy for any of them, but it was okay. No worthy quest ever is.

“As I got older, I realized that there were parts of his life that were inaccessible to me as a parent,” says Bernardin. “We have a son who is a year and a half younger than Sophie, and he’s neurotypical. And so, we were able to access “Why are you laughing?” Why are you crying? What are you afraid of? What is your current emotional state, what is causing it and what can I do to alleviate it? ”

It wasn’t something he thought they could always do with his daughter. She is verbal and can express her wants and needs, but tends to be closed inside and emotionally. “Every child on the spectrum is different, and some children and adults with autism have full access to these things. In my case, my daughter didn’t do it, ”says Bernardin. “If there is pain, can you tell us where it is? Not having answers to these things is what keeps you from sleeping at night as the father of a spectrum child.

Bernardin turned to some of his own superpowers for support: creativity and imagination.

Marc Bernardin and his daughter Sophie.

Courtesy of Marc Bernardin.