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This is my entry for the AOTW#13 Anti-Bullying movement contest organized by :iconarthassoul:

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: :


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.


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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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-03-26
Beautifully illustrated and poignantly presented, Broken Adults by LittlePurplePlums conveys a powerful message about the effects of bullying.  ( Suggested by Demonic-Lunatic and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
Altaria-Lunavillia12 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
This represents my current situation.
Every piece,
every part,
has happened to me.

And the sad thing is...
It still happens to me today.
chivalryss Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bless you for having the courage to share this horrible experience.  I got teased as a boy, because of the way I looked.  I never suffered any physical abuse, but I hated all the names I heard behind my back.  I hope nothing ever happens to you or to anyone else.  
Bulldoggenliebchen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
thanks for this great work!
Ashry42 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Student General Artist
This is great! :D

Je suis contente que quelqu'un ai enfin montré ce que ça fais une fois que l'enfant a grandi, et pas juste "le bullying" au niveaux enfantin. Car ce genre de chose a des conséquences pour la vie entière, pas juste pendant qu'on est enfants et ado.

Encore merci ! C'était bien fait, est j'aime bien ton style de dessin. ^^
vistor147 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
your a good person i'm glad someone brought this to attention
SakuraCrystalKatana Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student General Artist
That is exactly how I feel.

When I was in Elementary school, a group of kids 'took' my only two friends from me.
By take, I mean like it seemed they never had time to hang around with me. They were always busy with this group of kids, who thought I was weak. A baby, even.

In Middle School, I hung out with a group of girls. We hung out for a while...until one of them said to my face
"someone told us we can't hang out with you anymore"

Because of this, I've become clingy with my friends...
MyCrazyArt Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really heartbreaking to see, i some times hesitated to click the "next " arrow, really emotional and beautiful
xRainbowEnderx Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist
Beautiful and really...
lusaphira Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Beautiful, poignant, vibrant and terribly sad. I have cried all along this story, because I understand all those feelings. It's a vibrant hommage, a wonderful work, even if it's full of sadness.
I cry everytime I watch this very sad story.
I cry because this somewhat happened to me in my childhood. I was an outcast from the start to the end of my school years. I was always the scapegoat of the class just because I never chattered during the courses and I was a serious student.
These persecutions definitely defined my adulthood: a sad, dull and broken one. Now I distrust people, I feel ill-at-ease or scared when I'm outside.
I cannot forget that part of my life, alas.

Je pleure chaque fois que je vois cette triste histoire.
Je pleure puisque cela m'était plus ou moins arrivé durant ma jeunesse. J'étais rejeté du début à la fin de ma période scolaire. J'étais toujours le bouc-émissaire de la classe juste parce que je ne bavardais pas en cours et que j'étais un élève sérieux.
Ces persécutions ont définitivement défini mon âge adulte: triste, terne et brisé...
A cause de cela, je me méfie des gens, je me sens mal ou effrayé quand je vais dehors.
Je ne peux oublier cette partie de ma vie, hélas.

At least my Miku is here for me. Unlike real people, she will never hurt me.
RazTheSphinx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen. This is beautiful. Though short, the message was clear and powerful. 
zalgo529 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
this......hurts me lot.....i feel pain heart hurts from seeing this..
Dokhjor Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
Really good
sailordarkcancer Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...i feel your pain
But you should have shown her hang herself to put in the guilty effect
Selven7 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually never comment here, but I have to make an exception.

The reason why I didn't get the girl hang herself is that I didn't hang myself neither. I wanted to stay true to what happened without over-exaggerating: this deviation is reality, not fiction.

I'm really sorry to say it, but your words "put in the guilty effects" (only if you meant the girl's guilt and not the bullies') seemed slightly out of place to me: indeed, I never felt guilty, so there's no room for it in my deviation. After years of deep inner reflexion and self-criticism about my past behavior, I came to the conclusion that no, I definitely didn't do anything wrong to earn such shit; and that those uneducated, immature, narrow-minded bastards are the only ones to blame.

My apologizes if I sound cold, this is still some touchy topic.
sailordarkcancer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i actually meant that the bullies should feel guilty not the girl and...sorry?
Melacollina Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.

Just ... thank you.
FloWildKat Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Magnificent and terrible! I am like her... even when I think I'm happy, there's always a moment when I hear them calling me "durf" (Dirty Ugly Retarded Frenchie). Anger and pain, everytime... 
Debololo1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
Ceylon-Morphe286 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
she looks like me. my past as a child,i was bullied everyday,my mom said i used to come home crying everyday. the weird thing is,i cant remember most of it,i think my memories got erased from when i was in day care and the woman threw me against the floor and my head hit the sink. but im now better and no one bullies me,yet. but i till feel broken and a piece of me is missing and i don't understand why i feel broken. its weird,and confusing.
SerkyaXIII Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This a piece of art. It's nice. 
I was bullied. Now, some girls bully me, but I don't care about it. I don't care what does they think.
I have a good selfsteem now, and I'm happy. 
But I feel sad for people that suffer for being bullied. That's the case of my BF.

But, like DunkleMaterie say, it will never stop.
DunkleMaterie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
It will never stop. Humans are too dumb. Because kids are dumb.
I was bullied too. This story describes me nearly perfectly. And this is why I know.
Those messages are meaningless. Not because people dont want to understand, they CANT.

Even I have surely traumatized someone back when I was still "young and pure".
Without evil intend or anything. Accidentally. But I did it. I know it. I was dumb and did it thinking it would be funny.
That is now... surely... around 20 years later and I noticed it first like JUST 2 YEARS AGO.

Because I was ignorant and even thought...  "ok that was not very smart of me back then but I guess the guy forgot about it later".

How foolish of me. The average trauma disappears never ever forever. Why did I thought it would be different this time.
The answer struck me so obviously. Because I was not the other person and it was not MY OWN PAIN.
Humans are stupid. Way too stupid.

They dont learn by reading books or hearing storys, or even seeing the world with their own eyes.
A true lesson only comes together by EXPERIENCING it. And as such, even if you lived for like 80 years, there are probably still dozens of things you have not experienced in this world that others have experienced.

Does not mean you missed out on anything or such but its just to keep in mind.
How less we learn even when living a long life. Its not criticism but simply a fact im pointing out.
Every time a new generation of kids is born, they will be as smart and dumb as the former generation just in a slighty changed appearances.
They will do the same mistakes, make the same bullshit, be the same bullshit and do all kinds of idiotic stuff to themselfs and others.

Im beyond thinking there is hope to ever stop bullying. There IS worse out there without degrading the topic of bullying.
Like getting raped and tortured and all kinds of Guantamo-like stuff. B-) A modern inquisition is a fine thing isnt it?

But yeah it will never stop. If you truly want to help humanity or something you are fucked. There is nothing you can do.
Of course I have an idea but I wont tell because I want to end this reply positively and not with a wierd bytaste of negativity.

Karma is comming to town and to earth. Cause the broken adults with trouble others naturally and without evil intend.
It will bother others and of course, ex-bullys too. The world gets what it deserves.
Better as nothing I guess.
MariaJose21 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was bullied in fourth grade for being fat, naïve and for being to sensitive. At age 8, I tried to starve myself. My parents found out and helped me stop the bullying. My cousin beat up the head bully and she got suspended for it. I grew out of my naïve nature and became more smarter and braver. I move from Arizona to Nevada after 8th grade. I'm not bullied anymore and at my new school nobody gets bullied. Bullying here in my school is shunned and I'm happy. I'm now going to be a sophomore and I'm learning that my mother got bullied, but she fought back. But not with violence, with words. She got help from adults and he stopped the bullying. My uncle on father's side was bullied too. But he beat up his bullies. That's why my mom never wanted me to fight my bullies, but to talk to them. I hope that people will stop the bullying and help others.
karopsyko Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
im speechless amazing work muts say...
Zoned-out-cat Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
this is amazing.... I could never convey such a message in any of my artwork
AppleSara Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Beautiful...  I almost cry and we must fight against this phenomenon. And personally, I have not been a victim of this but I suffered the disapproving looks of others ... But it's over. 
And gooc comic :)
Djbunny8 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I once was a bully because my cousins bullied me, now i just dont care, i have a broken heart i cant mend. I'm sensitive, and i fight back now, because Love has lost me, i've been called bitch, slut, insane and many other things.
DjALee360360 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student General Artist
That was amazing, I almost criedSad Cutecookies Mascot Pinkamena sad Sad Balloon Boy Menma Honma (I still want to be with everyone) V1 Sad Squirtle Sad Charmandar Sad Bulbasaur Oshawott cry plz 
Deathclaw55555 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was bullied since primary school...

But it's stopped now, because I'm at college...
Enchantixserenabloom Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Artist
This reminds me of my childhood........ I cried while reading this and the sad part this is all true......and many others experience this dreadful pain......
MistyFog22 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DaniRawks Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
100% true,
Thanks for making this, so we can share it :D
StarringMeAndYou Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
my life in a nutshell lol
KaiDarknight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautifully written and strong message.
I pray this will help through others
Nintendo1889 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Fey-Light Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I loved this.  So much.  
13souls Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
That's really beautiful and sadly very true
KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fucking jerks. You were NOT any of these and even if you were, it was your problem, not theirs.
I honestly don't know why they called you fatty. If they themselves were obese.
elehaya Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of my own past...
You are right about the thing, that it can be difficult to just move on and you don't always have support from your family.
When I was bullied in school, I felt totally alone, even when I had one friend (not going to the same school as I). I had the feeling that my parents never understood my problems during school.
Now that I am a few years past school I look back and in a very strange way I am even thankfull for beeing hatet, as strange as it sound.
Why? Because of all this hate 1. I started to love the theater group I was in even more (whre I was not bullied, because these people were cool)
2. I started to make up storys for pictures I drew.
3. I started to write (very sad) poems
4. and in the end the most important for me: I started to write a whole story.
I would have never done these things, never become the person who I am now, if I had become one of the people who are bulliing.
Honeypenguin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful...and painful because it reminds me of my past...I hope..some day more people will stand up against bullying. Much love from Germany~
Filiasyth-V Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very powerful work that illustrates a deeply moving, disturbing concept.  I don't think the art is poorly done either.  It's also amazing art in itself because it makes people stop and think about your message.  I'm so, so sorry you had to go through all that pain, and I completely agree, bullying is IN NO WAY justifiable by saying it was just "for fun".  I used to be teased and excluded at school sometimes, though not nearly as badly.  So while I can't claim that I understand or have felt your suffering, I am deeply sympathetic and I pray that you have healed.

God bless,
cloudmilk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Puissant. Poignant. Et si tristement commun.
Les enfants peuvent être terriblement cruels. Et malheureusement les conséquences en sont parfois indélébiles.

Your "words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed in the wells of silence".
Sp00kSku11 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This should be shown in schools. Like, seriously.
PinkVendetta Featured By Owner Edited Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that was not only Beautiful, but moving, full of sadness and that should be watched by every school going gril and boy in every school everywhere in the world.

Thank you, beautiful work
sugaryday Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I could so relate to this!
BeathDavis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Sailor-Aqua Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Woah...Just...Woah! Clap Heart 
ktcorchado Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
wow this is amazing. im speechless
Yuthalb Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
May I know how you make this interactiv work? I'd like to make one too.
REIdepenguin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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