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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Big doings this weekend at the Dallas ComiCon/Sci-Fi Expo being held at the Irving Convention Center. Especially for Mansfield teenager Brooke Nelson. The budding artist will have her work featured at the event. For her, creating art isn’t only fun…it’s therapy.

Brooke will be in some heady company. She will be rubbing elbows with actors from popular science fiction movies and TV shows because of her artwork.

“You can’t just let your art go because no art is supposed to be perfect. Only the art you love should be perfect to you,” she told CBS 11 News at her school Friday.

She’s designing the cover for Comic Book Divas, and her anime’ works of super heroes and heroines has won her the attention of a comics publisher.

“Art is supposed to be a feeling you get from the heart and you should never give up on that art,” she said. And never giving up on art is Brooke’s lifeline. Because she is autistic. A high-functioning autistic, according to her mom. Art helps her draw out her hidden, inner feelings. “When I draw it takes my emotions, that mostly happens, then takes my emotions out of it, and then expresses what I feel.”

Brooke’s mom, Jolynn Nelson, points out how Brooke sometimes lives through her artwork. “When you look at the picture, that’s Brookie. She’s in the moment as that character,” and adds, “What I always tell her is you’ve got to do what you love in life.”

Brooke’s inspiration was born in episodes of Veggie Tales DVDs; she started drawing before she entered school.

“Clever, she has a unique style,” says former art teacher Danielle Clendenin. “The way she can see things and put them on paper, yes, she’s advanced.”

Brooke begins her works drawing freehand. Then Jolynn scans them into a computer, where Brooke then finishes fleshing out characters like Daisy Rose or Blood Ninja. “If the art looks good you want to keep it,” Brooke says of her work.

Brandie McCormick, who teaches 5th and 6th grade language art, says Brooke works through any conflicts she has with her drawings. “Brooke has found a niche that she’s good at. And as a special ed teacher–seeing kids find something that they are making a path in the world — I’m just so very proud of her.”

Brook’s observations of her own life indicates she is developing a healthy view of self-identity. “I’m not a little kid, I’m just a teen,” she observed as she continued drawing.

And art lets Brooke Nelson dream…big. Like maybe collaborating on a film with director Tim Burton. “One day I hope I can meet Tim Burton and then we can talk and then we can make a movie together,” she says matter-of-factly.

The Dallas ComicCon/Sci-Fi Expo runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Irving Convention Center. Click here for more information.

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