I stumbled upon “Life of Lydie” as I was searching for independent comics on Comixology Submit, and when I read that this book is about bullying and awareness, I had to purchase it. The three page preview was not only convincing of what goes on at many schools, but it hit home as well. Being a victim of bullying growing up, this book connected with me, and some of the events of this story brought back memories I never wanted to remember anymore. Back then, in the 80’s, bullying wasn’t a serious crime as it is in this day and age, but in this time there have been many suicides and other tragedies, and this is a subject matter that needs to be taken seriously.
The protagonist of this story is a girl named Lydie, and it’s her first day of middle school. Typical morning, she gets up, gets dressed, eats her breakfast, and brushes her teeth before the bus arrives to pick her up. Boarding the bus for the very first time at a new school can be a scary thing, especially if you don’t know anybody, and sure enough, Lydie is overwhelmed by this. It’s the first day, and some of the kids on the bus make fun of her outfit. Then as she’s sitting playing her handheld game, a bully named Duff comes along, presses Lydie’s face against the window, knocks her glasses off, and steals her video game. Shedding tears…Lydie does nothing about this. She lets Duff get away with her game.
Later in the day, during lunch, Lydie sits alone and eats her food. She notices a girl, named Nora, trying to sit at a table with a girl named Avril, but Avril is rude and has some mean things to say to Nora, so Nora walks away, having nowhere to sit. Seeing all of this going down, Lydie asks Nora if she’d like to sit with her, and Nora takes her up on her offer. Nora and Lydie become instant friends, and Nora even manages to do something nice for Lydie. Then the two girls realize that their class schedules are very similar, so they’ll have a lot of classes together. It’s always nice to have someone look out for you, and Lydie has found this person in Nora. Even though the first day of class is over, there are a lot of good and bad situations that Lydie and Nora will encounter as the school days approach them. And I look forward to reading their further adventures at school.
Once the main story is over, there are passages of bullying in schools, and the different types of mistreatments kids go through. There are also possible solutions and what can be done to solve these problems. Finally, there is a page of concept sketches from this book. Overall, this is a wonderful book to read, especially for parents who want to raise awareness for this ongoing problem that’s been going on for years. The artwork is age appropriate, and it’s a good read for adults as well. I rate this issue a 4.5 out of 5 stars, a must read, especially for people with children or people who are/were victims of bullying in school. Life of Lydie is created by George Rottkamp and for more information on Lydie, visit: Life of Lydie. Life of Lydie #1 has 24 pages, retails for .99¢ on Comixology, and is available now to start reading. Here are some online resources for help on bullying prevention: