We’re so excited that Matt Friedman, creator of the blog Dude, I’m an Aspie will be contributing his talents to the Flummox and Friends pilot! Our first episode will include an animated segment based on Matt’s beloved webcomic series, which chronicles the adventures of Fuzzy and his friends as they support each other through the often-confounding, sometimes silly situations of everyday life.
Matt’s characters and illustrations are a perfect compliment to the live action story line of our show and representative of the eclectic mix of music and animation we hope to incorporate in every episode. The world of “Dude” is funny, original, delightfully offbeat, and most of all, an honest and compassionate look at navigating the world when you’re “wired differently.”
Matt is an autism advocate, cartoonist, writer, and nonprofit fundraiser/marketer. Since 2009, he has authored “Dude, I’m An Aspie” depicting life with Asperger’s syndrome with honesty and humor. Matt self-identified as an Aspie in his mid-thirties. Recognizing his obsessive doodling in elementary school had been a special interest, he returned to drawing after 20 years. The first “Dude” cartoon was his own disclosure of Asperger’s to friends and family.
Professionally, Matt has worked as a grant writer, fundraiser, and marketer for over 10 years. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1997, but his interest in writing and service led him to the non-profit field. He is a believer in storytelling as a means of opening minds and advocating for a cause. Matt resides in Newark, Delaware, where in his spare time, he enjoys volunteering at a nearby independent living/farming community of adults with autism, messaging with friends, and obsessing over his favorite cartoon shows.
Matt was recently featured as part of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s “Slice of Life” conversation series as a celebration of Autism Acceptance Month, and his blog was recognized by Babble as one of the Top 30 Autism Blogs for the second year in a row.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Flummox and Friends,” Matt says. “It was a natural fit, given that we both mix a quirky sense of humor with information that respects the intelligence of all ages. It reminds me of some of my favorite shows growing up, and I know it will be well-received by children on the spectrum and their families.”