Dick Tracy takes on the topic of school shootings.

By Mike Killian & Dick Locher

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Think About It

A Thought: Resorting to violence to end bullying doesn’t make you any better than the bully.

For Discussion: If you knew that someone was being bullied so much that they were thinking of taking someone else’s life, would you have the courage to tell someone

Did you know?

After the tragedies at Columbine High School in 1999, writer Mike Killian and cartoonist Dick Locher decided to have their character Dick Tracy take on the topic of school shootings, which are sometimes linked to bullying incidents.

Dick Tracy

The Cardinal has to protect his bully from the Warthog!

The Cardinal - Part 3

 

Wrath of the Warthog

By Kurt Kolka

The Cardinal - Part 3 comic

Think About It

A Thought: People have many layers. There are always reasons for the way an individual acts.

For Discussion: Can you think of a time when someone’s bravery made an impression on you?

Did you know?

While The Cardinal has appeared in newspapers, comic books, books and videos through the years, his current adventures can be read weekly at GoComics.com.

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The Cardinal – Part Three

The Cardinal comes face to face with the Warthog.

The Cardinal - Part Two

 

Wrath of the Warthog

By Kurt Kolka

The Cardinal - Part Two comic

By Kurt Kolka

Think About It

A Thought: In an effort to get revenge for the bad things he endured in the past, Harry (the Warthog) is hurting others that had nothing to do with his negative experiences.

For Discussion: Rich was afraid to tell Chris about the insecurities he had been having. In turn, Chris became worried that the problem was her. Sometimes insecurity can negatively affect those around us and spread like an infection. Can you think of a time when this happened to you or someone you know?

Did you know?

The Cardinal is Kurt Kolka’s trademark character who appears in an ongoing comic strip. Since the ’90s, The Cardinal’s stories have dealt with important social issues such as running away from home, alcoholism, human trafficking, depression, homelessness, bullying and more.

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The Cardinal – Part Two

The Cardinal comes face to face with bullying.

The Cardinal - Part One

 

Wrath of the Warthog

By Kurt Kolka

The Cardinal: Wrath of the Warthog part 1 comic

Think About It

A Thought: Even heroes deal with bullying and insecurity.

For Discussion: Have you ever felt plagued by the feeling of not being good enough? What helps you conquer those feelings? What would you say to someone else who was feeling that way?

Did you know?

“Bullying is No Laughing Matter” author Kurk Kolka created the Cardinal many years ago. Originally, The Cardinal was created as a comic strip for the student newspaper, “Campus Voice,” at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan back in November 1978. He was named after the athletic teams at the school.

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The Cardinal – Part One

Rabbi Harvey is unsure about how to approach a bullying situation.

Rabbi Harvey

By Steve Sheinkin

Rabbi Harvey anti-bullying comic

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A Thought: Bullying isn’t an easy issue to deal with and often even adults might not have the correct answer right away.

For Discussion: What do you think Rabbi Harvey’s best response would be in this situation?

Did you know?

Steve Sheinkin is also an award-winning author of several exciting books on American History for young adults.

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Rabbi Harvey

Annie steps in when another kid is getting beat up.

Little Orphan Annie

By Harold Gray

Little Orphan Annie comic

Think About It

A Thought: It only takes one person to stand up for someone being bullied. One person can change the situation.

For Discussion: What do you think Annie means by “something always happens to guys like you?”

Did you know?

“Little Orphan Annie” is one of the world’s most famous anti-bullying heroes. The comic was originally created in 1924.

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Little Orphan Annie

Val and Joan discuss locker room bullying.

Stone Soup

By Jan Eliot

Stone Soup comic: Val and Joan discuss Holly's aversion to locker room showers

Think About It

A Thought: Sometimes parents can forget what it was like to be a kid in school.

For Discussion: Have you ever avoided gym classes or the locker room at school? You might be surprised to learn that you’re not alone!

Did you know?

 Stone Soup Creator Jan Eliot wrote this strip based on an experience she had in sixth grade.

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Stone Soup

Nelson deals with bullies at school in his own way.

By Brian Crane

Pickles: Nelson deals with bullies at school in his own way.

Think About It

A Thought: “Attaboy” is right! Wow, Nelson sure was clever, wasn’t he?

For Discussion: Nelson used clever words to respond to a bully. What are some other smart words to use in such situations?

Did You Know?

Pickles is extremely popular because its characters are both young and old. the older couple in the comic strip, Earl and Opal Pickles, are based on cartoonist brian Crane’s own relatives.

What older people do you know who might be good to talk to … if you do encounter a bully?

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Pickles

Blondie's husband Dagwood has a run-in with his boss. Adults can also be bullied in the workplace.

Blondie

By Dean Young

Blondie: Mr. Dithers loses his temper with Dagwood

Think About It

Below are some questions and thoughts to help you discuss this comic with a family member, friend, or small group. We encourage you to use these as a guide to have a conversation about this comic in the context of your own life.

A Thought: Kids aren’t the only targets of bullying! Adults can be targeted, as well.

For Discussion: Are adults able to deal with bullies more effectively than kids? What can kids learn from adults about facing bullies?

Did You Know?

by 1940, Chic Young’s “Blondie” was America’s most popular comic strip. from the beginning poor dagwood suffered under his bad-tempered boss. later, Chic’s son Dean began writing the stories and updated some of the equipment in Mr. Dithers’ company, but dean did not change mr. dithers’ bad temper.

What do you think? Is there more or less bullying at work, these days?

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Blondie

Beetle Bailey highlights how we wish we could bounce back from bullies like Sergeant Snorkel.

Beetle Bailey

By Mort Walker & Greg Walker

Beetle bailey gets punched

Beetle Bailey comic

Think About It

Below are some questions and thoughts to help you discuss this comic with a family member, friend, or small group. We encourage you to use these as a guide to have a conversation about this comic in the context of your own life.

A Thought: Ouch! That hurt! In real life, we can’t immediately bounce back like cartoon and TV characters.

For Discussion: Do you find yourself sometimes dreaming that you could spring back so easily?

Did You Know?
Beetle Bailey was originally a comic strip about College students. Creator Mort Walker had Beetle join the army, In an effort to save it from cancellation. The comic went on to great success.
do you know someone in the armed forces? do you admire them? why?

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Beetle Bailey