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Tucson teen's art featured on comic book cover

Posted at 4:56 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 19:05:49-04

TUCSON, Ariz. -- 13-year-old Malekith George is an artist.

Now, his art is featured on the cover of a comic book.

Focus is a comic featuring a super hero with autism. He uses his power of probability to predict the future and stop crimes before they even happen.

Focus runs an internship program for young people with Autism. They contribute to the comic through art.

Malekith is one of those interns.

He met with comic creator Yvonne Wan and lead artist Douglas Hebert to collaborate on his very own comic cover.

"I've been drawing about Focus because he makes me feel good about myself and awesome about myself," Malekith said.

Malekith said he felt a connection to Focus.

"The reason why I like him is because he's sort of similar to me," Malekith said. "Because of him being autistic, and so am I. And people respect him."

Malekith's cover was colored by a legendary Marvel comic colorist who worked on The Amazing Spider-Man.

"It's important to feel accepted and lots of autistic kids are not made to feel accepted," colorist Paul Mounts said. "They're not taken in by their classmates or the society around them. Just because their skills are different doesn't mean they're lesser than."

Focus Comic is also focused on giving back. In addition to their internship program they offer free summer camps to kids and young adults with autism. Instructors focus on channeling the kids' talent through sculpting and painting.

Focus is based out of Phoenix.

The first issue of the comic is available to buy now. It has 16 variant covers including Malekith's.

Focus is available online or at Harley's Toys and Comics in the Tucson Mall.