House meeting #2!
House meeting #2!

It’s nbd tho.

News: Posted April 20th, 2018 by Alina

^ 39 Comments to “House meeting #2!”

  1. SolitareLee Says:

    Okay but no lie this literally happened to me not that long ago, I had somehow neglected to tell a SINGLE person that I was autistic. (I mean, I don’t think it should have mattered, but a LOT of people become spontaneously More Understanding Of Your Quirks the very second they know you’re autistic)

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 4:53 am
  2. Shouldn’t it be spelled “Asparagus”? Those are delicious, btw! πŸ˜€

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:01 am
  3. Bagge Says:

    I think they should not gloss over the radioactive boars that quickly.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:14 am
  4. HousePet Says:

    Nah, we already knew. Its cool.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 7:26 am
  5. Kodiak Says:

    Aspergers? What’s there to talk about. He likes rules. Stick to them and all will be fine.

    Now, let’s talk about those jelly-fish drones taking over the oceans. That sounds really important! First they’ll take the oceans, then the seas and then perhaps they will move to the land!

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 8:27 am
  6. Polysatyr81 Says:


    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 8:28 am
  7. Aline Says:

    Thank you SO much for making this explicit.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 8:53 am
  8. MtnKing Says:

    As someone with Asperger’s, I’ve been assuming that Steven was on the spectrum… pretty much since his introduction? Thank you for making it explicit!

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 9:23 am
  9. doLst Says:

    I kind of figured that about him. I’ve known a few Aspies I can relate. Never been tested, myself. No idea if I’m NT or not. And honestly, I don’t really care. I recognize that everyone’s brain is wired differently, no matter what label you put on it. I really IS nbd!
    Surf Wisely.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 9:58 am
  10. Matthew B Says:

    Love it. People with spectrum diagnoses deserve representation. They are our loved ones, friends, and neighbors. They have challenges, but they also have great qualities and strengths. Thank you Alina.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 10:00 am
  11. Aita Says:

    Isn’t aspergers a depreciated term, now, because of legal/political issues regarding classification?

    iirc, it was because there’s a lot of resources for Autism, and coding someone with Aspergers means they get cut out of that, so they lumped them in so they all sorta share the resources…

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 10:01 am
  12. Hfar Says:

    Oooo! That actually explains a lot!

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 11:04 am
  13. quixote Says:

    Is no one else curious about the radioactive boars?

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 11:20 am
  14. DragonGeek Says:

    I don’t know why we didn’t realize that earlier, honestly. It fits so well!

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 11:56 am
  15. TCS Says:

    Eight million “called it” comments incoming.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 12:11 pm
  16. Alina Says:

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 12:31 pm
  17. Peya Luna Says:

    lets hope those boars never team up with the jellyfishes and learn their drone technology or weΒ΄re all DOOMED!

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 1:03 pm
  18. Martin Bonner Says:

    @aita: I don’t think “Asperger’s” is deprecated in the UK (can’t speak for the US or Canada), but, for example, the author of “Autistic not Weird” ( tends to use “Autistic” rather than “Asperger’s” (although the latter is his *actual* diagnosis), because being too technical about these things confuses people. (Like I tend to say “coeliac”, not “dermatitis herpetiformis”, although the latter is my primary diagnosis).

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 1:29 pm
  19. I think that a lot of us called on Steven being an Aspie. There are dangers with labels though. One is thinking that having someone labelled means you know all about them. It does not work that way.

    There is another more subtle danger. That is thinking that anyone unlabelled is just like “everyone else”. For those of us without labelled conditions who are different, this one is a real bother.

    Everyone is different, whether labelled or not.

    Uh, does anyone else need this soapbox?

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 1:38 pm
  20. Dierna Says:

    Kinda figured he was ASD. Seemed pretty obvious to me the way he acted. I like that there’s actually a comic out on the webs that features somebody on the spectrum. Gives me somebody I can totally relate to as Im on the spectrum myself. πŸ™‚

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 2:08 pm
  21. underappreciatednecromancer Says:

    Actually it’s the Autism spectrum. Both in terms of the official diagnosis and what it should be called.
    Hans Asperger was a Nazi doctor who was actively involved in their eugenics program.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 4:22 pm
  22. Amadeus484 Says:

    I kind of assumed that a good percentage (maybe 1/4?) of the characters fell somewhere on the spectrum, so this comic came out from left field for me.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 6:30 pm
  23. Dancergirl Says:

    Honestly can’t say “called it”, because I didn’t. I am however interested in that, as well as the other topics Steven brought up :p

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 6:54 pm
  24. Jenny Islander Says:


    Fatigue + Aspergers = hyperfocus at five past ****it in the morning. Source: personal experience.

    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 9:03 pm
  25. Nathan Says:

    Lol, i never tell people i have autism, got so good at faking stuff and working around my handicap they never believe me anyway πŸ˜›

    Posted April 21st, 2018 at 3:02 am
  26. Daniel S. Mountain Says:

    You get used to it when it’s just a thing you deal with.

    Posted April 21st, 2018 at 3:56 am
  27. Fnord Says:

    Thank you, Ms. Pete! Here’s an “Aspie” website:

    Posted April 21st, 2018 at 10:14 am
  28. Carson Says:

    I knew it! I called it a while ago, and I’m glad to see that I was spot on, and also see some representation. Honestly, the portrayal has been pretty spot on so far, and I’m happy to see where this is going.

    Posted April 21st, 2018 at 2:39 pm
  29. KatteLars Says:

    Now I know the big reveal is the Aspergers thing, and it’s great and deserves recognition… But why exactly is Doug gross for suggesting different toilet paper? Isn’t that sort of thing exactly what a house meeting should be for?

    Posted April 21st, 2018 at 2:44 pm
  30. Fnord Says:

    It’s easy to forget that you’re “On the Spectrum” if you’ve been able to adapt to those around you. At work, I’m just “that weird guy”. At home, my family just loves me. Only among strangers am I on the receiving end of contempt, such as when I simply *must* retreat from a wedding reception to go hang out in the parking lot alone, or when I get all scrunched up from trying to avoid being touched in a crowd.

    Posted April 21st, 2018 at 3:30 pm
  31. KatteLars, because he is petty and largely off-topic. He even admits the latter.

    Posted April 21st, 2018 at 8:44 pm
  32. Aatar Says:

    Point of order, a lot of people are trying to get that name changed. Turns out Dr Asperger sent a lot of his patients to death camps.

    Posted April 22nd, 2018 at 6:42 am
  33. Kingblob Says:

    Posted April 22nd, 2018 at 8:45 pm
  34. Athedia Says:

    While Aspergers is not the official term anymore, most folks I know who were originally diagnosed as such like to stick with that term. So while it might not be correct, it is still part of their identity.

    Posted April 23rd, 2018 at 12:36 am
  35. Xero Says:

    Make the rules clear and avoid wall paper with geometric patterns

    Posted April 23rd, 2018 at 7:46 am
  36. Will Says:

    I’m glad people aren’t making a big deal about it being named. It’s NBD in real life and no one needs to be outed really, but in representational fiction, it’s really important that characters be identified, especially since spectrum characters are really rare.

    Posted April 23rd, 2018 at 11:17 am
  37. Time Sage Says:

    That’s the kinda reaction I give when I realize I never told someone that I’m gay. “Oh I forgot not everyone knew” or usually “How did you not notice”

    Posted April 23rd, 2018 at 4:23 pm
  38. Jenny Islander Says:

    @Will: And when we do appear we’re basically McGuffins–the one who has to be rescued/whose murder has to be solved by the main character–or mysterious otherworldly not-quite-human beings, or we angst endlessly about our awful otherness. Or, of course, there are the ones who are portrayed as COMPLETE JERKS whose assishness is excused because autism.

    Posted April 23rd, 2018 at 10:50 pm
  39. Novalyyn Says:

    I was thinking that was the case. But more than that, I was thinking how adorable Steven is and how much I kinda wish he was real so I could ask him out.

    Posted April 24th, 2018 at 4:59 am