The Kickstarter for Raised on Ritalin by Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tyler Page pulls from two sources. The first is the series of hard science journals that detail attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), how it is investigated, and what it means for those who have it. The second? His own life. Diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child, Page has been a "hard drug user" since before he was ten years old, prescribed the drug Ritalin by doctors and left to grow up with the medication. Both approaches have plenty of value, but it's the combination of the two very different perspectives that make the comic so memorable and important, as both a story and journal.
With the Kickstarter for Raised on Ritalin just reaching its target goal this week, ComicsAlliance spoke to Page about how the project works, why he started it, and what he hopes it will offer readers and other people with ADHD.