Artistâ€™s Search For Her Childhood Bully Comes With Ending You Wouldnâ€™t Expect
Image by Meghan Lands and featured with permission
Youâ€™ve probably heard the saying, â€œWhat goes around comes around.â€� While it can be comforting to see unkind people get their just deserts, life doesnâ€™t always work this way, or perhaps karma becomes slow in being a b*tch.
Like many others out there, Meghan Lands took time to overcome the effects of being on the receiving end of childhood bullying. According to the Canada-based artist, sheâ€™d â€œspent the last 20 years trying to erase the first 10.â€�
After searching up the tormentor of her youth through Facebook, Lands opened the gates to a fresh wave of emotions, which she channeled into this comic that has resonated with nearly 153,000 Tumblr readers.
The relatable illustration dubbed â€˜Rejected Anthology Submission’ was not given any official title and has invited myriad responses online. â€œThis comic really hit a spot with me,â€� said one Tumblr user.
Another added, â€œI really want to believe that the bullied ducklings grow up to be happy swans and the bullies grow up to be sad and pathetic. I know different, but I want to believe.â€�
Lands recently wrote on her Tumblr, â€œIn the past couple of days one of my old comics, Rejected Anthology Submission, has been getting some sudden attention. At the time I posted it I received such a tremendous response, much of which came from kids and young adults who had been in similar situations, that I felt compelled to draw a follow-up. Given the renewed interest in the comic, I thought this might be as good a time as any to re-post that response. If you are hurting I hope youâ€™ll reach out to one of these resources, or someone you trust.â€�
The artist suggests Pacerâ€™s National Bullying Prevention Center or Kids Help Phone for those in Canada under the age of 18.
[all images by Meghan Lands and featured with permission]