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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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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 )
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
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
wasfight17 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I FEEL HER PAIN AND IT ONLY MAKES ME HATE PEOPLE MORE! i wish my teen years wasn't like this but it was and all i could ever wish for my bullys and some times now were their death. keep your head up girl dont worry they will get theres.
nierohi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
such a strong message! I feel what the girl felt.
joachim-hagen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Very well made.  I fave it so that other people may take note of it.
MariaLadyLuna Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Hi! I'm in an antibullying association from Spain (Asociacion PostBullying) and some people of us know what is to be bullied... Because of that situation, we decided to be together for the fight against bullying, without money but with love and convictions. We'd like to use your images for a video to show that bullying hurts. We would say that the pictures are yours, of course. Could we do it? Your story is really good.
Thank you and regards from Spain!

I've created this account because of this message :P
hawkedell Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Thank you so vary much I Know I could not have said or dun better, and I can not thank you enough for encapsulating exactly how that feels. Clap I think I've fainted. Nod...........Point and laugh STFU you idiot! Grr. I surrender!          For the Broken truly understand the Broken!
Christstarrgirl Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was how I was growing up... Except I was born without a father. My parents never divorced. They never married. My real dad ditched me and my mom and I didn't know until I was 13.
Undomiel321 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Its like you stepped right into my life, and said the words I could never say. Its been so many years since those hard times, more than 15 years, but it still affects me. Still. This is not only beautiful, but also purposeful and meaningful. Thank you for creating this. 
sams2014 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014

A Part of this happened to me when i was child, it is really so sensitive and make child fells too sad and lonely, usually hard person of stone heart like to hurt the feeling of the sensitive persons, a kind self problems, now I have no close friends, reasons is because cannot trust on anyone , furthermore when I think a person is a close friend I discover that is not true , no one same of my thinking and emotionally, no one deserves to be my close friend, they all are selfish and no one can pay live for the benefit  of other as scarification , even less than that, Oh~~ I have no close friend till the moments because all are materialistic peoples.

ejkaull Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Powerful.  :-)
sthinley Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
that was beautiful, thank you for helping spread the word, many people suffer bullying, its horrible
NotPurrrfect Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014

I can't understand how some people think that bullying can be a ''joke''. It's true that, these days, some people REALLY exaggerate some things, but mostly, many people are bullied every single day, with no one to talk about it. The innocent joke's intensity varies from person to person, you can't say that bullying is not a serious problem just because you don't practice or suffer it. 
Your artwork is amazing, and I find really admirable that you're using it to spread awareness. Keep up with the good work! ~chu~
Yuthalb Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Because they don't think. They don't think of the other. Their own friends are usually say them "Hi, you son of bit*h". It have no power for them, because it's their friend. They do not give pound to the Word, when someone they don't know give.
They also do not think that they are not the only one.
"I said it juste once!"
But when you are not the only one to hit the door, one day, it will be broke. And you do not even know why.
"I act like the others!" That is not even an excuse. More people follow this kind of feeling, the more the children get broke.
"I dunno even see that made so much pain!"
Some people are juste blind. They made some things, then forget it. It's like a game where you hit the cat tail: it hurt for the moment, but some times after, you forget it. And the silent cat do not.

Human is afraid of the difference, basically. They group beteween them on burry the others, the "not like others".
They are afraid of what they don't know, and prefer to reject it than undertand it.
But there are some people. They shine like the moon at night, they are the real friends. They accept you for you, and not what you looked.

I'm a Broken Child. I was lost, and had no real friends before 14 yo. All the friend I thought have where some scrounger. I hear them saying that they just want to have one more gift, with me as friend.
On middle-shool, there was a gril, with the same name as me. I was envious. She was pretty, and have a great group of friends. She was a reference for every class: gentle and kind, beautifull and always "in".
On day, we go for a scool trip. We were housing by inhabitants, and so, the class splitt in groups, two people for one group.
She asked to be with me. And everyone said that she was so gentle to accept to be far from friends, to have pitty for me.
For the moment, I just feel like an abandonned dog that found someone. Not someone that would love me and feed me, but someone who juste deserve to not kisck my ass.
But... When we were alone together... She says that she admire me.
She admire me for beeing myself. For not changing, event all I take. To be so bravery, in front of them.
She blame herself to not have this courage. She admit to HATE his friends. But also to be too much a coward to support to be alone.
She hate the "in" stuff, that change every week. She hates make up, hates those stupid discussion with the others, she hates to see them burry me for beeing proud of myself. For beeing me.
From this time, I unconsciously understood something.
There are some leader, and many follower. And the followers are afraid. Affraid to be alone, to be burried on their turn, affraid of the other sight.
And leaders need some wekness people to burry, to show their power. To stay leaders.

Forgot leader. Open your hand to followers, they are not different from you, inside. They are afraid, and wear a mask to protect.
Search the orther Broken people. Together, you can product a great light. Event more white than this grey-light, made by those stupid leader.
You have the power to grow up, to understand the fear. Quickly you go other your fear and lonelyness, quickly you found the real people.

If you are a Broken children, know that adult and professor could understand you because they generally do not stop to the look like.
It's their job to see your abilities and weakness. It's their job to help you.

Sorry for the long post, Purr. I do not say all this for you, in fact. I just had to said it, somewhere.
KingNot Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Very powerful images and excellent art.

Personally though I think the anti-bullying modern movement is just New World Order frogwash out to turn everyone into weakling victims still bullied.
Also likely sponsored by the ADL that's anti-Free speech, except their own, calling any speech they don't like "Hate speech" and this is a good shoe-horn in.  One man's opinion.
Frankly, it was the so-called 'authority' figures that helped the bullies who hurt me as a child.

As a kid when I got bullied I just fought back 10 times harder.  Didn't care about knives even.  And I ripped webbing from the thumb and finger and out fought even semi-retarded 18 year old in jr high oversized bullies.
Problem was, they went crying to the teacher saying I was the aggressor.  Someone who is out to do injury to another will certainly lie to manipulate authority.  And worse than a biased or sympathetic to bullies teacher is the "Fair and balanced" one that takes both sides of the story, the liar and his victim he's slandered who can't really defend against exxagerated lies with a seed of truth.
ZimSand Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:'( This is literally my whole childhood, it's not that I'm an adult yet I've kinda get used to being hurt at some point I think I deserve it, Never really had any friends they come and go mostly by stabbing me in the back, I am broken, I am hurt...
SUNSHINEHD Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Awesome . How can i download it?
Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   Artist
I was never bullied in school or witnessed any serious bullying, but this has really touched me... The destructiveness of human nature is as potent in a schoolyard as it is in a warzone.
Sweet-karem Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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