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The Bedtime Story by BuddhatheBob The Bedtime Story by BuddhatheBob
Inspired by this -> [link]

I've tried writing several descriptions for this, and none of them seemed to fit. I just...I feel like for someone who has so many things that isolate him from others (his homosexuality, his atheism, his autism, etc.), to have something that is crafted towards them, like a simple bedtime story, is the best thing in the world.
It's even better when the subject is not made the focus of the story but is just casual and natural.

Also, on a sidenote, R.J.'s parents (and R.J. himself) sort've guessed that he was gay, and both Marion and Richard coaxed R.J. into being okay with it (since because of his autism R.J. had a really hard time adjusting to all his differences and how society could take them).
Also, since R.J. takes so much after Marion in personality and intelligence (in fact it's probably her side of the family that gave him his autism), Marion finds it surprising that he as Richard's taste in romantic partners (as both father and son go crazy for gingers).

Anyway, just a little somethin'-somethin' I wanted to get out.

BlueJay (c) me
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KioshikitsuneKun Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
That's so cute. :)
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MegaCatGirl13 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artist
...this made me awwww so hard it turned to a high-pitched squeak. It's so cute! :love:
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DarkestElemental616 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soon she'll be able to read 'The Posterchildren' to him, and there will be characters like him in so many ways~
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stoneysky Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Parenting: Marion's doing it right.
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AngelicReaper21 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is adorable!
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Chappylandia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Awww this is so sweet!!! C: Beautiful
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danic97 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
love it sooo much c:
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RagnarBloodwind Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I love this little short comics of yours. It seems R.J. knew pretty soon that he's gay.
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Thinkingninja1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so sweet! So sweet in fact, I believe you have given me some cavities..... lol :D
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FlightAndFight Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
soooo cute! oh babyjay~
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Haruhi-x Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Marion is such a good mother. :love:
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MauiGirl808 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Awww! That is so cute! :iconilikeitplz:
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awsometastical101 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
:iconilikeitplz: This is very sweet. I love it. I like the relationship he shares with his mom.
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FallingWithoutStyle Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Writer
Awwwwww..... This is so sweet~
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A-and-S-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
This is the sweetest thing ever. :iconawwwplz:
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fictionfreak13 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dawww. This is so precious! I love them!
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
that is very cute and reading the description it only gets better. kudos for this !
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Spoiler-Ticket Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I'm crying from how precious this is.
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MrBoltzmann Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not going to begin to say that homosexuality should be quashed, and I am fully in support of that part, but as someone with an autism-spectrum disorder myself I definitely don't think it's a good idea as a parent to say "He's different, let's just leave it at that and accept it." At that point you may as well say "He's not very good at school, but that's alright because that's just how he is." Then it's a very slippery slope to saying "He's not good at this thing, but he doesn't have to be."

I was never treated any different from any of my siblings, and I like to think I ended up better for it. I don't accept any flaws as "just the way I am," and I constantly try to improve every part of me whenever possible.

I'm going to reiterate that this comment has nothing to do with his sexuality. That's neither something that can be fixed, nor a flaw in the first place. Atheism is, but I understand the kind of struggle that can be. I'm not going to start that debate, though.
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think you're missing the entire point of this.
I didn't make this comic to suggest that all differences should just be accepted and not challenged (because if the drawbacks of my autism were just accepted and not challenged I would NOT be the person I am today), I made this comic to show that not EVERYTHING has to be standardized.
R.J. is made to adapt in numerous ways to "normal" society, and in a lot of ways he treated like a normal child. His autism makes it so that sometimes a different route has to be taken to correct his behavior, but he is still not allowed to get away with things unless it is an actual problem.

However, sometimes it's nice when you're acknowlegded as being different and treated as such. For example, imagine if you were in an interracial relationship, but all you saw on TV was same race or more likely white couples. Wouldn't it be refreshing to see an interracial couple featured? And not even as the main focus or conflict, but just as a casual feature on the side?

THAT's what I'm trying to express here, an equal exchange. Though people like R.J. and I, with Asperger's, have to adapt to everyone else's standards daily, it's nice to be acknowlegded as different or as not being able to do some things as well and needing a different route to get things done.
I never said that you should use autism, homosexuality, or even atheism as an excuse to justify certain behaviors.
What I'm saying is that sometimes (depending on the situation and behavior in question) it's nice to remember that people are not all the same and would like to acknowledged for their differences.

Plus, atheism isn't a flaw. It's a belief just like everything else and it should be respected.
:peace:
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
what is this about?
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Someone mistook my intentions with this comic and I clarified to clear it up.
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
okay then.
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MrBoltzmann Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for clearing that up. I was only complaining on the assumption that that was what you were going for, and now that there's confirmation that it wasn't it's become a nonissue.

And not to prolong this argument any more than it should be, but accepting that things are different is part of recognizing someone as an individual, and part of human dignity. In my eyes, there should be no special treatment for someone diagnosed with Asperger's (more severe cases excepted). If they're a little quirky, there's nothing wrong with that, but if they've got emotional problems or some such then that's a problem that should be faced, whether they are neurotypical or not.

I do respect atheism as a belief, it's just my belief that it is incorrect and therefore flawed. Just like it may be an atheist's belief that mine is incorrect and thus I'm ignorant.

(Once again, not to try to start this discussion, but I think hard atheism is a fallacy; one cannot prove a negative, so to be convinced there is no God is to assume knowledge that you don't have, which is as much a faith as religion. Even when I wasn't Christian, I was agnostic)
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foreverjinxed Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
He has such a lovely mother; this is a really sweet strip.
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wolvesintheart Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
soo cutteeeee
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Nebulous62 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
so . . . beautiful :happycry:
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Autumn-12 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww cute, sweet <3 :iconloveloveplz:
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Mudge44 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Awwwww what a sweet mother and son moment...by the way is his father dead?
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BuddhatheBob Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No. Richard's in charge of a different city than R.J., that's all :D
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Mudge44 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Ah I see. :)
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liliant85 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
X3 so cute!!! hehehe the Batman drawing!!!
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Toxiclilly Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
Pfffft I laughed so much at Marion's comment in the last panel, its so true omg! XD
Lol, I just thought of Dick Grayson! XP
R.J. was so cute as a child! :D
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Methuselah87 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW (dies happily)
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Sparrowz13 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
So adorable!! R.J's mother is very kindhearted.
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hotrobin99 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Artist
Awwwwwww bluejay is so cute as a young boy
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MystroTheDefender Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
AH! It's so adorablub! You're killing me!!
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nicstr96 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think i just adorabled all over the place. D:
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awwww!!! i love this :)
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Ziggyomgplz Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
;A;.... omg my cuteness meter cracked and is leaking cuteness all over the place. and asdfghjkl!!! rj's facial expression when he said: "oh...i understand." :iconshockplz: SO CUTE!!! :iconamgplz:

good job bro!!! :D
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DiceAura273 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To put it simply, adorable.
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misterycai Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww! :love: This is really sweet, I love it! :iconloveloveplz:
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