The Speshuls as a comic strip arose from the observation that many young people with special needs also had something about them that made them special.
We know this instinctively. Blind people have an amazing sense of where they are through sound and smell. Deaf people have an amazing ability to read body language and some can even tell what someone else is saying just by watching their lips move!
The point is, a weakness in one area typically leads to a strength in another. While most of us are just boring with average strengths and weaknesses, some of us have special strengths.
Every teacher will also tell you this is true, from the autistic kid who doesn't seem to be able to get on with others but who everyone goes to if they are stuck, to the kid who doesn't seem to like learning in class but who displays an amazing talent for football once outside on the playground.
But, like adults, young people have to put up with a lot of stuff. Especially those of us who are different in some way. Unfortunately many adults seem to forget that young people can also suffer from depression, lack of confidence, boredom and anger.
Many young people don't know why they are different, they just seem to be, and are often made to feel bad because of it. This leads to a vicious circle.
Enter The Speshuls. The Speshuls are a rag tag group of young people who find themselves thrown together because they are all different in some way. But The Speshuls recognise what makes them special - in a good way - rather than focus on the bad. The world would be a better place if we all learned to do the same. Perhaps they call themselves The Speshuls to poke fun at those who think special is a bad word?
Chris Duncan, our artist, favours a westernised manga drawing style to bring The Speshuls to life. So far we have invented Burger, Dizzy and Manic. Each one has a special need but that special need also gives them a special power.
We'd like you to help us come up with some other characters and story lines. The Speshuls belongs to you. While we are still only at the concept stage, we see The Speshuls turning into an online comic strip, with a printed annual to celebrate the best of The Speshuls each year.