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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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TsunadeShirahime Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I must be honest, when I saw the thumbnail I thought it was way too similar to Yuumei's style but while reading I started to notice the differences, and they're many. You have your own unique drawing and storytelling style, I loved every part of this flash-comics and, as a person who was bullied during her childhood, I can understand every bit of it. Thank you for sharing!
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KINGSirDrMr Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Bullying starts and ends with yourself; take time to consider what is really happening in situations like this.
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StardustL0ver12 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adding this to my favorites right now.
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tyendor Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Great job!
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requiem-at-saturday Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really liked this eversince I've seen it for the first time. Now that I stumbled about it again and read through your comment, I can hardly believe how in this world people can be so rude to you telling you things you mentioned in your edits with this kind of work? Really, it makes me sad about humanity (or parts of it). You comic transports a meaning and I think people that leave unconstructive mean comments here have never been in such a situation. They just dont think about their actions, neither in real life nor here on the internet. Please don't let it bother you anymore... :hug: Your comic is really emotional and feels good for those who have experienced similar things. If people tell you, you would do this for attention seeking for you would overdramatise, then THEY have issues. Not you. I really appreciate your work, and see, it is double great if you didnt even put your whole artistic effort into it and still got a DD because there are people, who understand and who appreciate.

Sorry for the long message, but I was really a little shoked, that there is even the possibility to get negative critique with this kind of art. Just ignore it! :hug:
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FeuerKnight Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
This is good, but bullying at times has proven to have a purpose, make you snap, crack, attack and even harm those who attack you.
Saying "stop it" won't stop it, the moment you turn your back it'll resume, because human existence is so painful that we need someone to destroy and, unless that someone attacks back and reminds everyone he or she is not to be messed with, the bullying won't ever stop.
Don't treat bullied people like victims, make them strong, teach them to attack back and destroy the bullies. That's the only way to stop bullying, not trying to make others aware of it.
I know that, because I was bullied too.
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MiniKoi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
that was really good
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ForgottenMermaid Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Everyone need to see this, amazing and has a really strong message! Great job!
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Kasey-N-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014   Filmographer
Very good work. Consider this faved and shared, by somebody who knows exactly what the victim went through.
I just don't think for the most part, unfortunately, that most people out there will care. This kind of nonsense and pointless violence won't end. The victims will always be seen as in the wrong, and deserving of pain. And those tormentors will never have a valid reason for it.
... ...And people wonder why some of us don't ever smile...
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