Hell, I'd settle for shallow and meaningful.
Re: tourettes. I'm not a huge fan of asterixed captions saying "see issue 74254325" or "translated from mandarin". Maybe if it's that much of an issue I should just change the word coprolalia for tourettes. Still, it's reinforcing the common misconception that all tourettes involves cursing if I do that. I'm not sure there's anything wrong with making a reader have to go and look something up elsewhere. I'll think about it some more though, maybe just call it coprolalia type tourettes or something.
Direction I was going with this was, instead of having some gorgeous chiseled X-men type characters, you've got these various kids all from a fictional council estate (imagine the PJs), some of whom have ESP or other mental powers, but it only seems to be kids with something else "wrong" with them. Adults try to exploit them for various shady ventures through the building of the new academy, but rather than it being a safe-haven like the Xavier institute it's actually for training psychic spies and whatnot. The underlying theme is that only the kids have these powers, while adults can't do this kind of stuff (much to their frustration) because they've stopped believing. It's also a comment on how we pathologise everyone and put them into categories - which has something to do with American therapy culture coming into the UK. We can't just be shy, short tempered, or whatever anymore, everyone has to have some kind of syndrome.
I'll be off now, to make those changes (which will be easier to do on my powerpoint sketches than on word). And I'll try to focus more on over-describing everything like an autistic court scribe, just incase someone who's been at art school for the best part of a decade can't draw "sheepish".
But seriously, thanks. I'll keep on trying to think more visually and not take anything for granted. I was just irked that Steve's indignation at my apparent faux pas deserved to take up half of his conclusion.