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Artist’s Search For Her Childhood Bully Comes With Ending You Wouldn’t Expect
By Yoon Sann Wong, 15 Jun 2018
Image by Meghan Lands and featured with permission
You’ve probably heard the saying, “What goes around comes around.” While it can be comforting to see unkind people get their just deserts, life doesn’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, she’d “spent the last 20 years trying to erase the first 10.”
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 ‘Rejected Anthology Submission' was not given any official title and has invited myriad responses online. “This comic really hit a spot with me,” said one Tumblr user.
Another added, “I 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.”
Lands recently wrote on her Tumblr, “In 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 you’ll reach out to one of these resources, or someone you trust.”
The artist suggests Pacer’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]
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