One of the inspirations for this comic was thinking about the documentary about Chris Packham! Chris Packham is an autistic British naturalist of some fame in the UK. In that documentary you can see that while he doesn’t see a lot of human etiquette particularly meaningful, he can come across as quite cold indeed, but you also see how deeply he loves.
There’s a bit where he talks about his friendship and love for a falcon, and it is such a pure and powerful love. His voice cracks with the grief of that falcon’s death, even though the falcon has been gone for a long time. Time has no meaning, that love will always be there, as will the loss of a very dear friend.
That depth of love felt so resonant to me. Resonant and beautiful.
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Socks Flies North Comic Transcript
Sometimes, Sock flies North for Spring.
Image of Sock sweating in the sun.
Sock flies through the air
Or in a flock
Sock flies with a group of other socks.
Maybe to enjoy the flowers.
Sock sits in a meadow with flowers, alpine blue and white hills in the background.
Or from a sense of adventure.
Tankin Bear smiles, looks a bit scary and goes “Boo!” Sock jumps, a bit startled.
But always, to visit a tree they love.
Sock sits in the crook of a black willow tree.