Carlsbad Resident Creates Comic Book on Bullying

Devin Hughes grew up feeling alone and picked on, but found a way to overcome feelings of isolation.

Devin Hughes grew up with an alcoholic dad and mother who smoked crack. In addition to substance abuse, there was domestic violence in the home. Outside of the home, in school, Hughes felt isolated for being bi-racial and for being in a special needs class for being dyslexic.

As a victim of bullies, Hughes finally found a way to dig himself out a dark lonely place. “I learned to use self talk,” Hughes explained in an interview last week. “I found channeling trigger words like ‘I am,’ ‘I can,’ and ‘I will,’ or ‘I’m good enough,’ and ‘I’m strong enough,’ helped me.”

Hughes is now sharing his method of self talk through a comic book he released about a month ago.

“The comic book is more of a tool or resource for parents and educators to review with children who may feel isolated, alone and disconnected whether it be from a bully situation, or because they are different for reasons including autism, having a learning disability or not being in the ‘cool crowd,’” explained Hughes.

Hughes also has a memoir on the market, and is planning on coming out with a series of comic book. “I might do the next one of tolerance,” he said.

Hughes has four daughters in Carlsbad schools and his wife is a teacher at Pacific Rim Elementary. He hopes to get the comic book into as many hands as possible in Carlsbad and nationwide.

“It’s personal, I’m not trying to get rich off of it.”

The comic book is available for $2.99 at Barnes and Noble (Nook Book) and Amazon.com (Kindle Edition). Or a hard copy can be purchased for $6.99 on his website devinhughes.com.

Devin C. Hughes November 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM
HI John- Thanks for the kind words. If we can change one child's outlook on his/her future then we have changed everything. Take care.
Rachel LaMar, J.D. November 05, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Kudos to you, Devin! I too was bullied and I am passionate about bringing awareness to local schools. I can't wait to read your comic book!
Devin C. Hughes November 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Hey Rachel- Thanks. The more we can discuss while also giving kids the tools to push through when they encounter hostile or uncertain situations. We are having conversations in our heads all day long so we might as well make them positive ones. Positive self talk serves me well to this day. Enjoy the comic book!
Ron Ransom November 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Devin, thanks for your work. I read you every day!
Devin C. Hughes November 08, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Thanks Ron!! Hope you are well.


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