April 18th, 2012, 7:31 pm

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132-I don't get life

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daviddoesntgetit April 10th, 2012, 12:33 am

Haha, this comic was difficult as fuck to draw. I had to keep stopping. Emotionally, the hardest one I had to draw.

And Connor there is the type to cry whenever he see someone else cry so I was worried he’d start crying too. Haha. Might be why he’s so empathic.

Moving on.

I was like anyone else, you learn about sexual abuse and how the victims commonly never reported it. And y’know, I never got why. Most people don’t get why.

In fact, even after drawing this, I still feel like I don’t. I told people. I laughed about it. Then for some reason… with our mom.

I just couldn’t.

I don’t know why.

I still don’t. I realized the thought in my head and my feelings at the time and for some reason I still can’t grasp why I couldn’t just push through and tell her.

I don’t think I ever really will.

Coincidentally, the week where I drew this comic, the local newspaper had an insert from a local charity organization about child sexual abuse. I read through it and there were some lines in there about the kids feeling guilty, that it was their fault and just overall shame.

So. I guess I kinda get it.

Still, personally, I don’t believe it was anything that bad. I’ll say it again, at least I wasn’t raped, and I think that guy just thought it was funny and it wasn’t sexual.

And yet I still couldn’t tell our mom.

I just cried.

Life.

I still don’t really get it.

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Enokitake April 19th, 2012, 1:20 am

We totally have the same experience- well, besides the not getting sexually abused part.

I still haven't told my family that I was violated, but personally, I don't really see why I should. Besides, that was 10 years ago (I'm 18.)

But it definitely left scars...and unwanted side effects. Seriously, I can't even (insert verb) in peace! ;<

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daviddoesntgetit April 20th, 2012, 5:00 am

@Enokitake: Haha, as time passed it didn't seem like a big deal anymore, yes.

I can insert any verb? Poop.

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ah so many comments

Annab1119 July 7th, 2012, 8:00 pm

i have to respond because i went through the same thing except two different incidences with two differnt cousins. one of those was like that and when my mom asked about it i covered for him. i just didnt want to get in trouble. my mom knows about the other incident cuz she walked in on it but i have only told one other friend and its been along time since then. id say the experience definatley affected me.

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mikemacdee July 8th, 2012, 12:30 am

i'm filled with mixed feelings about this incident whenever you draw a comic about it. naturally i feel the urge to cry because it's very sad; meanwhile i'm also struggling not to laugh because you insist on calling him "Penis-Guy".

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lil_shiro July 8th, 2012, 3:08 am

If this is truly real I take back everything I said...

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daviddoesntgetit July 8th, 2012, 9:16 am

@Annab1119: Ah. I see. Yeah. I remember covering for shit, like covering for my stepmom for beating our ass. I hope things are better for you now.

@mikemacdee: Hahahahahahaha. I also laugh at the phrase "penis-man". I was hoping it'd dispel how awkward the situation is and make people realize it's not that big a deal to me anymore.

Penis-man. There for all your penis viewing needs.

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mikemacdee July 8th, 2012, 9:32 am

Penis-Man - Where there is a penis, he too shall be there!

Penis-Man - Where there are no penises, he too shall be absent!

Penis-Man - Where penises are expected, he too will be present momentarily!

Penis-Man - Wherever he goes, there could be a nuclear attack at any moment!

...okay i need to get to bed now....

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daviddoesntgetit July 8th, 2012, 5:13 pm

@mikemacdee: HAHAHAHAHAHA. You are a good writer.

Penis-man - Really wants to show you his penis. Like, right now.

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mikemacdee July 8th, 2012, 11:11 pm

@daviddoesntgetit: lol i'm really not. i stole that bit from a Norman Dog comic.

Norman Dog is a goddamned genuis.

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Such and Such November 18th, 2012, 8:33 pm

There are just some things you can't tell your mom or dad. You think, what would you think of me? Would I be the same to you? So in the end, you're silent. Emotions can be tough, but things like that make life.

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vicy December 17th, 2014, 10:34 am

You just transport your feelings so much through your art, I started to cry a little. I think your stories about your childhood are very interesting, but I must admit when you would tell these stories face to face to me I would probably react the way you don't appreciate. I have a friend and her mom died when she was like 7 years old. Her mom got pregnant as a teenager and this child is the older sister of my friend, the sister is an alcoholic now and always tells my friend that she killed her mother, what totally isn't true! She always talks about her with me, I can't say anything but I listen to her. It's still different from you, because when you tell these stories you're not feeling bad about them you just want to talk about it (or rather that's the feeling I get). I'm happy for you that you have a friend like David, with whom you can talk about everything so easily, he seems like a really good guy, I hope I someday will find a friend like this too. :)