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This is my entry for the AOTW#13 Anti-Bullying movement contest organized by :iconarthassoul: fav.me/d78q320

When I stumbled upon this contest's subject, it gave me so much inspiration that I immediately had all the panels being painted in my head - something exceptional since usually, inspiration runs away from me. I guess it happened because I have some personal experience with bullying, so the subject kind of tugged at my heartstrings. Anyways, I thank Brandon (who is the founder of the group) from the bottom of my heart for organizing these contests about such sensitive subjects. I think it's a really great and generous initiative which, I hope, will be echoed widely in the dA community.

This is my first flash comic ever and even though it was difficult to put it together I think I've fainted.,  I didn't die during the process. Something to celebrate!
Panels drawn in Paint Tool SAI, blur and texts added in Photoshop, SWF file put together in Adobe Flash CS3.


I made a journal to thank Lunatic-Nemesis and everyone who faved, commented, watched or sent gifts to me :huggle: : fav.me/d7cls7e

devillolipop is leading a large-scale project against bullying, be sure to check the website : www.beatbullying.org/
If some of you (or your children if you're a parent) have been bullied, and want some advice or need to talk about it, you'll find help and support there from experienced mentors. The project also holds other initiatives to help raising awareness about that issue. You'll find more detailed information in the section "About Us" of the website.



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EDIT : Lot of people said I made that deviation only to hit close to home and thus, to gain popularity. It's NOT true : please remember that I made it for a small contest. I NEVER expected this would be suggested as a DD, I did NOT wanted it to be widespread. It's crappy, poorly done, I made it in a rush and wouldn't even call this "art".

Then, for people saying the comic is overdramatic an unbelievable because I went too far in the situations, for example, with the "knife under the throat" : that scene DID happen to me at school, and I had to go to justice for that. So please, don't say such a thing could never happen.

And now, for people saying the girl is to pretty to be bullied : since when only unattractive people get harassed ? And you know, beauty is a subjective thing : some people will find you good-looking, and some others will think you're ugly as hell and thus, might be bullying you. The girl in the comic is not supposed to look pretty at all, just average. The problem comes from the semi-realism style.


EDIT 2 : I know it kinda looks like Yuumei's work. It's because I had to stick to her Flash Comic template, due to the lack of time since it was a contest with a deadline, and also because Adobe Flash was a real pain to use. I wanted to do it otherwise but couldn't. Then, Yuumei and I appear to have semi-realistic anime styles, so they look similar; the reason could be that both of us were highly influenced by Takeshi Obata's style. But let me clear that once and for all : I am NOT trying to mimic her. I am NOT taking my inspiration from her neither.


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Some words about the submission's message itself:


First, the main character may be a girl, but I tried to keep the text gender-neutral enough (except for the parts dealing with appearance) to apply to boys as well, so they can relate too.


Then, I know that not all bullied children become what I call "broken adults". Thanks God, many of them manage to find inner strength as well as support from their families or friends, and eventually succeed in getting out of this crap without lasting scars.
But I did this as a tribute, not only to all victims in general (from school scapegoats to those who are being harassed at home or at work), but also and above all for victims who, even once they've grown, simply can't heal their pains and remain consumed by their fears, affected by traumas (what I called "cracks"), and end up with mental illnesses which might last for years. Hence the title, "Broken Adults". Because some of them simply never heal.

So please, don't tell me things like "Yeah u suffered a lot but u can move on by thinking about how life's beautiful and how ur loved by ur family and friends (^.^)". Yes, I know that support from people who appreciate you is a precious help in the healing process when you've been bullied for years. But what about people who don't have a family anymore (because their relatives rejected them or passed away) and can't managed to get any friends even with the greatest effort and lots of kindness? Don't tell me it is impossible to be utterly alone : it IS possible, and I personally know a few examples. And for former victims who are alone and thus, lack love and support even in their adult life, moving on is often nearly impossible and they may drown in self-hatred, depression and suicidal tendencies.

Indeed... How can you enjoy living, when you loathe yourself and are still haunted by your past - when that past is nothing more than a collection of depressing, even traumatizing memories? How can you enjoy living when, having been torn apart, you can't even be comforted by your family or friends since everyone is shunning you? How can you enjoy living with solitude for only company?

I think people don't take enough into consideration the harm bullying can do in the long run. Many persons seem to think that once you become adult, you just have to move on and be happy all of a sudden. But the consequences of a tormented past do not clear with a mere snap of the fingers. You cannot DECIDE to forget everything and start over, it's not that easy : it's a constant struggle that some victims may never win.
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Given 2014-03-26
Beautifully illustrated and poignantly presented, Broken Adults by LittlePurplePlums conveys a powerful message about the effects of bullying.  ( Suggested by Lunatic-Nemesis and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
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ElizaWyatt Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Writer
Oh man. If I had a penny for every time someone told me 'it's funny, you're too sensitive'... *headshake*

Thank you so much for making this. I've been bullied every day at school from first grade up until the end of high school, and... it can be tough to explain to people who haven't had it happen to them.
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RainbowBunnehs Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this
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AnupamaKenway Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. And you're right when you day no one understands. For me the olyhing wort ling for is my baby sister... she's three. And I appreciate your apphtroach, you understand don't you?Missing You Happy cry (Tears of joy) Really Sad 
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Siestalan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
It's simply stunning.
Seriously, I don't wanna jump on the train of comments down there, but this is pretty much the story of my life. It's gotten better recently tho (;
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Tivil Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true... I was bullied when I was a kid too, but never by classmates or the ones who knew me. It was always those who just didn't like my hair color, name or clothes. None of the ones who bullied me knew me in any way, which is kind of scary when looking back. What I experienced was harmless, when thinking about what others go through though.
In 7th grade, when I started a new school (3rd school already), a boy from the class next to me was constantly after me with two of his friends when I left the classroom. Even outside of school, when walking home or just being in town, he couldn't leave me alone. This all stopped with violence, after having an indoor hockey match, his class against mine. The teacher always left us alone, and we had no rules, so I saw my opportunity and smacked him with the hockey stick, every darn time I had the chance. The boys from my class knew how he was towards me, so it's not like they stopped me, and yeah... He never said anything to me again other than "hi...".
Though it worked, violence is wrong, and maybe I was lucky he didn't dare beat me back. Yet, I'm still happy I got my peace and quiet for the next 2½ years of school with him...
Though I had some tough teenage years after being bullied as a kid, I do not consider myself a broken adult, other than having autism black on white, but that's no ones fault. I do my very best to teach my boy to be open minded, not bully others, and talk to either a teacher or me if someone's after him, before turning to violence. Not all bullies are from broken homes or have trouble, believe me. I've met the parents of my sons first bully from kindergarten, and they just raised their kid "wrong". Meeting the father, I understood right away why the boy acted like he did towards others, and it makes me sad...
Anyway, enough of an old lady's ramblings. I really like what you did here, and I will fav you of course! Not only because I was once a victim, but because this is something everyone should think about now and then.

Today, I am PROUD of my hair color, PROUD of my name, and PROUD to be different, and if anyone has anything against it, they are more than welcome to meet me in a hockey match!
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deaf-anime-girl123 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  New member Student Artist
oh no... this is SOO good... the feels... Cry run 
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Badbeagle Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Very Nice. Very well done.
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elksongredfeather Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So, sad, but so true. One of the lines I found most impactful was "I lost hope of being liked. All I wanted was to be less hated."... Great work on this.
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MaxAndRuby Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
 [EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon Jake crying plz Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon Cry forever Big Fool Emoji-07 (Cry) [V2] Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] Hibiya Amamiya (Cries) [V2]  I'm sad now
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QuantumDynamix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
Pikachu Crying Plz Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon Clap 
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