Dyslexia London had the great opportunity to sit down with the wonderfully talented and incredibly hard-working illustrator and comic artist, Lyndon White. He shared his experiences of having dyslexia, and how he overcame them to become one of the most renowned names in the comic industry.
Q: How old were you when you found out you had dyslexia and how did it come about?
I was really late finding out as I didn’t know until I was about
There’s a large percentage of people who have some form of dyslexia in the arts. Or at least, this was the case at the time I studied at Glyndwr. Early in the course, they pointed out that the vast majority of us might have some form of dyslexia as it becomes quite common with the people who take an art form to degree level. Our tutors recommended we signed up to be tested.
I did ask the moderator at
Also, all my friends who took the test found out they had dyslexia.
Q: In what ways
has having dyslexia shaped your life?
Since I found out quite late, I’d naturally created ways to make things easier for myself. Typing on the computer rather than writing things out was a big thing. I’d submitted work digitally or printed form whenever I could.
However, being aware of it
Simply knowing these things and being aware of them helps me know to look out for mistakes and check things multiple times.
Q: What support did you receive to manage your dyslexia?
There was a scheme with the University to get free equipment and software. I got a printing allowance to allow me to print things out and not suffer the costs of doing so. There was also a book allowance to encourage reading which I think was incredibly important. You could also get extra time when doing written assignments and bookable appointments with a staff member to help you, but I preferred to be on top of
Q: What difficulties did you face with having dyslexia and how did you overcome them?
A big one for me is spelling and switching words around. That can be quite difficult if you have important emails to send or if you’re working on a comic script. I work for myself, so there’s not always someone to double check these things.
I often say the sentence out loud or get my computer to speak out the email or sentence. That way I can listen for any errors which can be easier to spot.
Are there any difficulties you still struggle to overcome and what strategies do you use to manage these.
I’m pretty confident with everything at this stage. To be completely honest, I forget about it. When I spot something that clearly isn’t correct, it reminds me that I am dyslexic but I don’t let it stop me day
I do have a personal hatred of filling in forms and spreadsheets. Doing my tax form is
Forms can be difficult because there tends to be a lot of text with important information. So there’s a slight pressure of not to mess these things up. Generally, with how things are
What strategies do you use to manage your difficulties?
I re-read the forms and documents at least three times before I start doing anything. I’ll also spend longer reading them than the average person just to make sure I’ve taken everything in. I’ll also scan or print out a second copy of forms or documents. One to fill in as I go, then a second as a final, neat version. If I get it
What strengths do you have that those without dyslexia may not have?
To anyone who is dyslexic, treat it as a different way of thinking, rather than some form of disability. Your brain works a bit differently to other people, use it to your advantage. You can spot things that others might overlook.
Yes, I found out I was dyslexic quite late. Yet when I found out it made so much sense. I see the patterns in story structures, the pace of films, the steps to how a painting is made. It helps me understand how they are created, which I can then apply to my own work.
Where does your work draw inspiration from?
I got taught to look at everything. Which is very broad but does help. The majority of my work is comics based but I do look at as much as possible. I absorb every genre as long as it’s a good story. I read, watch films,
The more focused stuff tends to be things at are a little surreal or psychological, but it does depend on what mood I’m in. One day you find me reading a Stephen King book, another I’ll be watching Adventure Time.
What inspired a recent idea?
My recent graphic novel is called Candles and
The idea came from Winter last year. I’d recently moved and at night it’s pretty dark in the area. From the windows of our house, you can see trees in the distance and at night,
Is there anyone who may or may not have dyslexia who inspires you?
Not partially. I was already down the comics and graphic novels path when I found out. In high school art was my
What are you up to next?
I teach part of the comics module course at Salford University during November and December. So that will be starting up soon.
Where do you see your work taking you?
I see myself continuing to telling stories. I love comics as a medium and as a
form of storytelling. Being able to tell different stories and work with different characters is incredibly fun. Telling new stories, working with different people and publishers. It’s all different from book to book.
I think doing something with Marvel or DC at some point would be fun, even if it’s just a one shot. I could have a lot of fun with one shot Batman story.
Where do you see the broader dyslexia community heading in the next 20 years?
I’ve seen people starting to change their
What advice would you give to someone with dyslexia who may be struggling to pursue a dream?
My partner is a teacher and kids can sometimes get in their own way and limit themselves by using dyslexia as something to
I understand it will be hard at times and reading can be difficult. I would make sure you utterly love what you are pursuing. Try to get better, work at it. To everyone’s
How can people get in touch with you?
You can find myself and my work at my website – www.lyndonwhite.com or through Facebook, Twitter
Where can we get hold of your work?
You can go directly to my website and each project should point you in the right direction.
If you’d like to check out my new graphic novel Candles, with Unbound, you can find that here;
Any last words for the dyslexia community
Lyndon grew up in Burnley, a small town north of Manchester. He did a BTEC National Diploma in Art in college which covered a broad range of different art forms, from fine art and graphic
He worked in retail for 5 years while studying. While freelancing he was lucky enough to work in an Illustration, Graphic Design and Textile Studios for different periods of time, depending on the project he was working on.
His interests and hobbies include comics, reading, films