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Comic #149: When Bullies are Powerless

Comic #149: When Bullies are Powerless published on 125 Comments on Comic #149: When Bullies are Powerless

The following blurb was originally written on October 11, 2010:

With this comic, I’d like to take a brief moment to share my thoughts on a subject that is currently in the spotlight of the media: childhood bullying.

I’ve made it no secret that I suffered from bullying as a child. Half the episodes Peter endures in the pages of this comic are based around events that I myself went through when I was his age. I spent a good majority of my time in the woods simply because it was the only location — aside from the interior of my own house — where I knew I could escape from the other neighborhood kids. Unfortunately, far too often this type of situation is not taken seriously by the adults in the child’s life. Writing off bullying and teasing as “just another part of childhood” is just as dangerous as the problem itself.

In the past month, the names of several children have hit the waves. Children whose lives met with a terrible tragedy as a direct result of bullying and harassment from their peers. When a child is bullied to a greater extreme than they can handle, they build up a wall around themselves to keep everyone else out. These children could have had their lives turned around if they had a friend or relative break through and confirm to them that there is nothing wrong with them.

“Everything will be all right:” five words that could turn it all around.

Realistically speaking, there is no way to make children stop bullying each other. Kids will always find superficial skin-deep reasons to exploit as a means of harassing others. The way we CAN nip the problem in the bud is to provide children with a stronger platform on which to stand when they face it. The greatest threat to bullying lies in the apathetic strength within the victims.

If you have a friend, sibling, or acquaintance whom you know is being bullied, talk to them about it. Make them understand that the bullies only are powerful if you let their actions affect you. This is the message of the above comic: if you remain happy with yourself and just see the bullies for what they are — temporary distractions from the beauties of real life — the pain will not stay with you. As long as these kids understand that they CAN be strong and that they DO have someone they can talk to who will take their situation seriously and offer support whenever possible, they will have a much easier time pulling through.

And most importantly: Violence is NEVER the solution.

Bullying can easily overwhelm every aspect of a child’s life if they think they are alone in facing it. Please, everyone: stop thinking that bullying is “just another part of childhood” and that kids will always make it through on their own. People have to start taking bullying seriously and reach out to help others overcome it.

Please share this message with as many people as possible to spread the word. We can heal these children and prevent them from being victimized, essentially ending the threat of bullying without having to attempt the impossible task of removing the bullies themselves. If you would like more information on how you can become an active participant in the fight against bullying, you can visit the US Department of Health and Human Resources’ website, Stop Bullying NOW!, or dosomething.org, a bullying awareness site that has a wealth of information, facts, and resources for victims and their families.

125 Comments

Well good or bad he seems far more level headed then the lot of them

How is that apple now?

Just give it time. All apples will rot with time. 😉

Unless it’s an artificial and inedible apple, which at this case, doesn’t even decompose.

This is one of the topics that felt was lacking before the reboot; the deep history of the civilization. I’m interested in the presentation of history. Having lived overseas for one year and visited several museums with english-language exhibits with a vastly different perspective on historical events, I wonder what the perspective will be?

And no visit to the water treatment plant?

Well good or bad he seems far more level headed then the lot of them

How is that apple now?

Just give it time. All apples will rot with time. 😉

Unless it’s an artificial and inedible apple, which at this case, doesn’t even decompose.

He opposed his father in front of the council. Huh. Maybe he is a good guy after all.

But I’m more interested in these artifacts. Were they in the same place that was attacked (on the Akkai islands or, whatever)? Could that be where Sesame’s from?

What if if it was the rebels were the ones that sent Sesame that letter http://uberquest.katbox.net/comic/43-anonymous-watcher/?

Hmm :-). There are peaces of a puzzle here that are slowly coming into place, it seems.

Yes, it was stated in a previous page one of the artifacts was under protection on the Akai Islands. Though they are scattered throughout the world of Evyr. The ones that are found are kept in secrecy and apart – in fear of what may happen if they are joined.

You’ve peaked my interest *grabs popcorn, a bottle of coke, my Mass Effect PJs, a homemade P.I.P boy and a Keith plushy* Go on…
Or should I wait till the next page as everyone else? In that case *embraces Keith plushy and eagerly waits for more for moar content* Dis iz goin 2 B EPIC!

He opposed his father in front of the council. Huh. Maybe he is a good guy after all.

But I’m more interested in these artifacts. Were they in the same place that was attacked (on the Akkai islands or, whatever)? Could that be where Sesame’s from?

What if if it was the rebels were the ones that sent Sesame that letter http://uberquest.katbox.net/comic/43-anonymous-watcher/?

Hmm :-). There are peaces of a puzzle here that are slowly coming into place, it seems.

Yes, it was stated in a previous page one of the artifacts was under protection on the Akai Islands. Though they are scattered throughout the world of Evyr. The ones that are found are kept in secrecy and apart – in fear of what may happen if they are joined.

You’ve peaked my interest *grabs popcorn, a bottle of coke, my Mass Effect PJs, a homemade P.I.P boy and a Keith plushy* Go on…
Or should I wait till the next page as everyone else? In that case *embraces Keith plushy and eagerly waits for more for moar content* Dis iz goin 2 B EPIC!

Introducing the facefinger. For when a full facepalm would dignify someone’s failure too much.

Introducing the facefinger. For when a full facepalm would dignify someone’s failure too much.

Why do I get the feeling he’s gonna give his dad an ulser?

Make that a double-ulcer, and a sore throat.

Followed by a stroke.

Plus being buried alive in a coma, during a solar eclipse on a leap year after a heart attack and being turned into a crystal.

And last but not least, being exposed to magical toxic witches and getting electrocuted by a red thunder cloud, getting blasted from an alien spaceship, giving government taxes and having another ulcer, before teleporting back to his throne room, with seemingly nothing happened. Then he should’ve at least attained enough ulcers to enter himself into mutant phase and growing into a large alien from God-knows-where, and then getting explosive diarrhea and re-birthing himself back into a king with a quadruple ulcer, twice the sore throat and in a coma.

Why do I get the feeling he’s gonna give his dad an ulser?

Make that a double-ulcer, and a sore throat.

Followed by a stroke.

Plus being buried alive in a coma, during a solar eclipse on a leap year after a heart attack and being turned into a crystal.

And last but not least, being exposed to magical toxic witches and getting electrocuted by a red thunder cloud, getting blasted from an alien spaceship, giving government taxes and having another ulcer, before teleporting back to his throne room, with seemingly nothing happened. Then he should’ve at least attained enough ulcers to enter himself into mutant phase and growing into a large alien from God-knows-where, and then getting explosive diarrhea and re-birthing himself back into a king with a quadruple ulcer, twice the sore throat and in a coma.

Alder, sounds a lot like us in the USA, but we’ll prevail somehow. Uberquest is such an intriguing story, maybe you’ll have it in print someday?

Alder, sounds a lot like us in the USA, but we’ll prevail somehow. Uberquest is such an intriguing story, maybe you’ll have it in print someday?

Well, whatever else he is, it seems Drayven is competent and reasonable. Skipping to slaughter is probably not a good start for problem solving.
That he made this display in front of his father’s advisors and that it was dismissed so quickly tells me this has been going on a long time.
Beyond being super grumpy, I’m still not certain how much the King deserves what Drayven’s serving, but I’ve got to say: bonus props if the prince was aware of the meeting, and scheduled his practice match specifically so that he’d be late, dressed improperly, as well as dirty and sweaty, when the king inevitably called him in.

Well, whatever else he is, it seems Drayven is competent and reasonable. Skipping to slaughter is probably not a good start for problem solving.
That he made this display in front of his father’s advisors and that it was dismissed so quickly tells me this has been going on a long time.
Beyond being super grumpy, I’m still not certain how much the King deserves what Drayven’s serving, but I’ve got to say: bonus props if the prince was aware of the meeting, and scheduled his practice match specifically so that he’d be late, dressed improperly, as well as dirty and sweaty, when the king inevitably called him in.

First a war, now a rebellion. Whats next? Dragons? Vampires? Powerful dragon priest resurrections?

White Walkers.

I was thinking epic player houses, but sure. White Walker are good too.

That, or since Claire is from the future, I was hoping more of bad-aiming and totally scrap-metal quality robots.

First a war, now a rebellion. Whats next? Dragons? Vampires? Powerful dragon priest resurrections?

White Walkers.

I was thinking epic player houses, but sure. White Walker are good too.

That, or since Claire is from the future, I was hoping more of bad-aiming and totally scrap-metal quality robots.

Oooh, definitely got a Game Of Thrones feel to it now!

Oooh, definitely got a Game Of Thrones feel to it now!

This is one of the topics that felt was lacking before the reboot; the deep history of the civilization. I’m interested in the presentation of history. Having lived overseas for one year and visited several museums with english-language exhibits with a vastly different perspective on historical events, I wonder what the perspective will be?

And no visit to the water treatment plant?

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