54. Casting Call, page posted 4/7/10

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Veronica’s Commentary

Hahahahahahaha people are gonna be so disappointed in me

BUT THEN AGAIN

Lucy’s heart seems to be going ayooonder..

Also since when did Sue become the type to want to make corny plays with kisses, let alone being a hypocrite in the “LUCY YOU MUST DATE MIKE” battle. You guys don’t give her enough credit.

Incentive today, you guys have been BADASS.

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142 Reader Comments On This Page

Comment ID #2794

Oh dear, even if Paulo was very supportive to her you have to hope that she isn’t going to jump from Mike to Paulo. That could only lead to issues with Tess in the near future.

Gray April 7, 2010, 1:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #2795

God, Sue we love you, we all do.

corvusfrugilegus April 7, 2010, 1:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #2796

Argh, I’ve just found your comic last week and caught up merely in two days. I’ve been so eager to see more. I don’t know what you are doing to these characters that makes them so captivating but damn.... they are captivating... I officially either hate you or love you. I just don’t know what to pick right now. I’llllll be backkkk.

Jle April 7, 2010, 1:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #2798

With the way luck is playing out currently, next Lucy and Sue will walk into the theater just as Mike and Katie are doing a kissing seen.

Magic April 7, 2010, 1:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #2799

Is... is she making faces at Paulo?

Gabriel Kaxbe April 7, 2010, 1:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #2800

...Can’t Lucy just kick Sue in the head? She does it to everyone else. Oh well, I have my predictions like everyone else. It’s not likely Sue is doing this to get them together, rather then just for them to get along. But it all seems abit forced though. You can lead a horse to water, but you have a better chance of getting a hoof to the face rather then teaching it Shakespeare =D. But whatever works I guess >w>. should prove a whole new level of awkwardness for both Mike and Lucy.
Not sure if Lucy is taunting Paulo or just keeping him amused.
...oh and Lucy’s hand is on the wrong side in the tenth panel.

SWM The Dialogue Ninja April 7, 2010, 1:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #2801

I somehow expect with the way things look, Paulo will end up being torn between Lucy and Tess, Tess will get upset at Lucy while still trying to say hes to young for her and Sues plan will only drag Mike into the mix creating more awkwardness between Mike and Lucy

Acupulco April 7, 2010, 1:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #2802

Page 8 of 10:

WHEREIN THE PLOT THICKENS THICKER

/stolen from The Whipping Boy

Invisable April 7, 2010, 2:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #2803

SWM: Woooooooooowwwwwwwww that’s a good catch. I have edited it now and it is fixed! Sorry about that, that’s a pretty serious blunder ;___;

Taeshi April 7, 2010, 2:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #2804

Nobody’s perfect. the only reason I make comments like that for people to improve =D

SWM The Dialogue Ninja April 7, 2010, 3:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #2805

wow i ididn’t aspect her to take lucy

Meg April 7, 2010, 3:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #2806

If Lucy really IS clinging on to Paulo this quickly, then my detest for her as a character is rising quickly.

Lariat April 7, 2010, 4:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #2807

Whyyy :(
I hope Lucy gets back to at least being close friends with Mike, it just sucks so much that a childhood friendship is on the rocks :(

Tim April 7, 2010, 4:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #2808

I wonder what she is doing? ;p
Well actually I do. I bet Sue is trying to get Mike and Lucy to be friends again.

Phoenix April 7, 2010, 5:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #2809

Ah, I expected this. Was been kinda predicable.
Sue, you will get sued. BADLY!
Hope that will lose the director rule =D

Ana (aka Knux-the-Killer) April 7, 2010, 5:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #2810

Well that back glance sure make it seem like there was someone important, or she was doing something important.

Oh well some acting therapy might help. Or make things worse, we’ll see

Robert April 7, 2010, 5:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #2811

It certainly seems obvious what’s being set up, but you never know! Maybe she just wants Lucy for a singing role...?

*Wonders who would be in detention besides Paulo*

AtmaDragoon April 7, 2010, 5:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #2812

Oh Lucy, stop making faces at Paulo in detention

Xetch April 7, 2010, 5:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #2813

...

Paulo x Lucy ftw :3

Pathetique April 7, 2010, 6:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #2814

Give Luce some credit guys. It is entirely possible to be friends, even CLOSE friends without being in a relationship. Besides, Lucy seems to be the last person that would actually be willing to be like “Too bad that didnt work out, on to the next boy I guess”

Paulo has done a lot for her, and now they are friends. Its not gunna go anywhere. I hope...

Darkdrake April 7, 2010, 7:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #2815

Heh, it would be fun for Katie to show an impressive acting talent now and being selected for the role by Jessica and the emo-hairdo dog. Nothing against Sue plans, but she has great reactions to frustration. ^_^

And yep, seems like Lucy has found “her replacement”... Well, seeing how nice he has been with her since the trip started (by Paulo standards, of course) it’s not that surprising.

x_uve April 7, 2010, 7:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #2816

I wonder what faces Paulo is making back at her

Andyfoxy April 7, 2010, 7:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #2817

:-0... You have forced me to commit suicide (in a more religious way).

I just want you to know you have really broken my heart ( or lower inteston in this case) *commits sepukku :{ )

I don't hate sepukku April 7, 2010, 7:40 AM EST.

Comment ID #2818

Oh yea kind of ironic isn’t it. paulo might have a pile of girls yelling CHEATER!!! and beatin on him soon if he’s not careful :)

I don't hate cheaters April 7, 2010, 7:48 AM EST.

Comment ID #2819

*YAWN* ok i was going to be more enthusiastic about this... but anyway Taeshi ya notice anything different in da last week... something involving that April fools joke you did last week? like perhaps someone got an idea off it... do I really have to say any more?

wouldnt beleive me anyway April 7, 2010, 7:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #2820

either way if you do figure out what that means ... is it a congradulations, lol, or wtf?

really i say itd be all 3 April 7, 2010, 7:52 AM EST.

Comment ID #2821

sue i hate you

Major Peanut April 7, 2010, 8:09 AM EST.

Comment ID #2822

also a comment bout the actual comic, is paulo gonna get into da play...? and seriosly answer by above 2 questions im wondering what you think =/ *laughs*

Qwead S.F. April 7, 2010, 8:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #2823

OMG! thats right.....I am dissapoint u.u
But its been awhile since Paulo got drama, so....

ArceDeer April 7, 2010, 9:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #2856

Sorry, but he’s in detention, thereby nullifying any chance to try out for the play.
Must grab popcorn for the awkward scene with Mike coming up. (You know it’s coming)

Nomadic Scholar April 7, 2010, 10:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #2860

No! Lucy can’t get too attached to Paulo, she can’t let her heart go astray! I really hope they are just becoming closer friends. :(

Glasses April 7, 2010, 10:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #2863

Heh, I guess there isn’t that many PauloxLucy fans.
Anyhow, prepare to see extreme blushing as Lucy is thrown in.
And what kind of audition lasts one day and starts during school?

Ved of Flames April 7, 2010, 10:42 AM EST.

Comment ID #2873

RAGE! >=0

(I also hate the band Rage Against The Machine, the music and ideals portrayed through their sound are extremely negative and self destructive.)

Hyper April 7, 2010, 12:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #2874

sue will soon realize the mistake of dragging lucy away from paulo and taking her straight to mike, somebody lucy doesn’t necessarily want to see right now. on a side note, it looks like lucy is less reserved lately and isn’t so quick to roundhouse kick somebody who pops up unexpectedly

jmiles April 7, 2010, 12:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #2878

with the way things have gone in the story so far, it’ll probably take a few years of lucy and paulo being friends before she realizes she has any feelings for paulo lol

jmiles April 7, 2010, 12:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #2880

If the huge “Dete.....” sign at the end is supposed to be a close-up of the the one hanged at the doorknob, it looks more like it’s pinned to the wall ^^; Oh well.
Even if the issues with their relationship didn’t improve, Lucy and Mike seem to be in a lighter mood, I think I missed that atmosphere.
Sue what are you planning :O
By the way, I like how you draw Sue’s expressions. X)

Indigo April 7, 2010, 1:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #2881

I’m following the comic for few weeks now and I’m completely addicted ^^ I’d like to thank the author for the mobile version of the website, it have allowed me to read the full comics in few days while at work xP

About the above strip, I’m hugely for the PauloxLucy! Paulo has grown a lot during the last chapters and have learnt to be comprehensive and kind, while Mike has become so obsessed by Sandy that he didn’t bother to see Lucy’s suffering.
So I think that Paulo deserve her more than Mike. ^^

Go Paulo, GO!

shaman April 7, 2010, 1:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #2883

Hi i just found your comic in a advertisement a couple of days ago while reading broken plot and i must say I’m not much of a drama fan, but this comic near brought a tear to my eye around the part were Lucy went to Paulo’s house for help. I’ll be coming back for more from now on.

Please keep it up!!!

snakes606 April 7, 2010, 2:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #2884

i think lucy was ment to be in detention too...he he he... and i think i know why.

does anyonw remenber the chapter before about paulo and lucy?

this is going to be fun.

unknownfurry April 7, 2010, 3:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #2885

Hey this is me again (magically alive!) @shaman, Just becuase paulo deserves lucy more than mike doesn’t mean he actually deserves her. everyone knows he hasn’t changed at all. he just has a compasionate side that shows up on fridays through the weekend. XD Any who... @unkownfurry, Oh ya

I don't hate ressurection April 7, 2010, 4:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #2886

My heart is gonna bleed for sue when she gets round house kick to the face by lucy and we see this as her exprection X_X KO!

Angnst fest April 7, 2010, 4:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #2887

For all those worrying/enjoying the hinted LucyxPaulo, just take into account that Paulo though hes still attracted to Lucy seems to want her and Mike to just finally make up and get together. Pair this up with the love interest between TessxPaulo and Lucy’s general clingy nature and it could be anything so just wait and see how things play out and pull out some popcorn for the upcoming disaster everyone is expecting as Sue drags Lucy into the theater ^^;;

Gray April 7, 2010, 4:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #2888

Whos got detention?Maybe i have to read the chapter again.
Oh,and im a new reader i liked a lot of this comic,that i feeled inspired that i created a character.
Waiting the friday update.This friday or the next?

Kou April 7, 2010, 4:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #2889

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match...

Brock April 7, 2010, 5:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #2890

Nyuuuu! Just found this comic and absolutely could not stop reading through all of it in 2 days! = / I love it! =D Oh and its Paulo that is in DT?

Ahhhhhh everyone is so cute!
>.>

Selvy April 7, 2010, 5:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #2891

I hope Lucy doesn’t go to Paulo. D:

Mike and Lucy make a cute couple, especially since Ch 46, Pg 12.

Shade April 7, 2010, 5:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #2892

@Gray: Paulo hasn’t done anything to imply that he wants Mike and Lucy to “get together”, unless you just mean be friends again. Though I do agree that we may have some drama with Tess.
Can’t wait for the awkward scene coming up ^_^
*Sets 2-day popcorn in microwave*

Pathetique April 7, 2010, 5:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #2893

@Wouldnt beleive me anyway: Wow, you weren’t kidding.

April Fools, indeed April 7, 2010, 5:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #2894

Paulo and Lucy are getting closer.

Tess is going to be upset, but she’ll be in a similar boat as Lucy for not taking Paulo when she had the chance.

Agentwebdog April 7, 2010, 6:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #2896

@Pathetique: Well I cannot say that he exactly wants them to be together but he does want her to be happy and does give her the occasional push to be with Mike such as in Chpt 49. Though i dont think anyone would mind Tess getting a push herself to finally try being with Paulo. :3

Gray April 7, 2010, 7:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #2901

I certainly hope Lucy isn’t shifting her affections to Paulo... He serves as a good friend, and an interim shoulder to cry on, but it’s difficult to trump a childhood together, especially when they were so close. I think that despite the fighting that will occur on-stage, Lucy and Mike will start to mend their broken bridges in the coming chapters.

...That, and I’m a HUGE LucyxMike fan. ^^ I don’t disregard the possibility of other relationships, and having at least a foot-in-the-door of narrative writing style, I would expect the two to find separate loves in the end... But, I’m a hopeless romantic, and I always root for the ‘childhood friend.’ XD

Abelin April 7, 2010, 7:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #2906

I found your comic a couple days ago, totally loved it, i hope we can see more coming, keep the good work

Xaria April 7, 2010, 8:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #2908

I guess we’ll just wait and see ;) I’m still one of the apparently few PauloxLucy people out there, so this brings hope.

I just realized: this comic fits pretty well with F. Chopin’s first ballade. Sad, angry, happy, manic, and filled with bittersweet tritones. The flow of the piece sort of syncs with the storyline as well.

Pathetique April 7, 2010, 9:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #2909

This page made me see Lucy as a little kid. x3
Love it~

Milly April 7, 2010, 9:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #2911

wow. I love how the instant Lucy shows any sign of friendship for someone everyone things that they might get together. Lucy is allowed to hang out with friends, people. Just because her only friend for a long time was mike does not mean she cannot get another.

I suggest rereading the last chapter (particularly the end) to see how Lucy feels about mike and Paulo respectively. Also look at her expression in the lunch room a few comics ago.

Also worth noting is the fact that Paulo is having enough trouble between Tess/Daisy, so I dont think that he is going to switch to Lucy any time soon.

Darkdrake April 7, 2010, 9:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #2913

Agreed with Drake; while Paulo does still like Lucy, he doesn’t see her as a love interest, and Lucy likely sees him as no more than a good friend. Just because she’s blushing, doesn’t mean she’s in love with ‘im, though she probably is still a bit confused. Lucy really hasn’t figured herself out yet, which is why she sends so many mixed signals, and is so hesitant about friendship and trust. She’s beginning to trust Paulo, but that doesn’t mean she’s falling in love with him.

Of course, you never know... ;)

Abelin April 7, 2010, 9:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #2915

@Abelin: Well, i dunno, look at it from Lucy’s perspective. I mean, your best bud in the whole wide world tells ya “Hey, Im tired of being your babysitter, your own your own.” And pretty much disowns you. He’s been your best friend for most of your life, too the point where you’re in love with the guy. And when you come out with it, he just completely rejects you. Now, yes, Lucy has other friends, other people that care about her, but the person who she spends most of her time with, who is arguably the closest to her, just ends it. Now you have to agree, that’s going to leave a pretty big void. She’s confused, doesn’t have the one guy who she always turns to there, so she turns to someone else, and those emotions, those conflicting emotions and such, get focused on that someone else (in this case, Paulo).

So you turn to them, they give you a shoulder to cry on, someone that’ll listen and understand, and then at what is arguably one of the weaker moments of your life, instead of taking advantage of you, made sure to look out for you, to make sure you don’t do something stupid. Now in that situation, that guy’s gonna look like a knight in shining armor, so to say, because, looking back, he’s been there all along. He’s the first crush, the guy that has been a friend, been generally supportive of you for a good while, and was there even when you had your best bud, so its not like he just moved in to your life the second the other guy went out. So from Lucy’s point of view, this is the guy that’s been there for her all along, and so she’s probably going to be thinking “This is the guy thst’s my true friend, the guy that really cares for me” and she’s going to be thinking more than just friend. But that’s just how i perceive it.

Brock April 7, 2010, 10:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #2916

Brock. I totally agree with you

Jefe April 7, 2010, 10:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #2920

@Brock: While this is quite true, also take into account that near the end of the last chapter, Lucy did say she didn’t want to make things complicated basically telling him that what he did does mean a lot to her but she still loves Mike in which Paulo only responded with complete acceptance to the fact telling her its Mike she should be talking to, following that up with the short reference to Tess and Paulo’s humorous response makes the situation seem more along the lines of friendship then actual romance. So sorry if it disappoints all the LucyxPaulo loving this page.

Gray April 7, 2010, 11:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #2924

I don’t see any reason why there shouldnt be a Tess-Lucy argument. The two have hardly talked to one another, and it would be character development on both Tess’ and Paulo’s part to see how they handled the situation.
Tess might be tempted to go back to her old ways, Paulo would just be another horndog.

Knul April 8, 2010, 1:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #2929

can i add something to the past chapter i remarked to..... they are perfect together i hope one in the next few chapeters that mike will realize that long-distancce relationships never work out i know from experience i had a girlfeind known her for years she moved to mansfeild we wrote to eachother like mike does with sandy but we wrote less and less till we fell out of contact to were we both sent one last letter both saying it’s over im sorry.

chaosstarter April 8, 2010, 3:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #2931

@Gray: Hey, that doesn’t mean i favor one relation over another; I’m just calling it as I see it. And frankly, that’s how it looks to me right now. Although you do make a good point. Ah hell, the only real answer we’re gonna get isn’t coming till Friday, so i suppose the only thing to do is wait.

Brock April 8, 2010, 7:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #2932

Brock, you are my favourite commenter for the day. *Hit*

Taeshi April 8, 2010, 7:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #2938

this is going to be funny... just image the faces of Lucy and Mike all embarrased and nervous.
Sue is so going to be yelled at by those two.

unknownfurry April 8, 2010, 10:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #2940

omg!! she stayed after school to wait for him!! OMG!!
x3
I need to do some Lucy Paulo art =3

Lisa April 8, 2010, 11:13 AM EST.

Comment ID #2941

I rekon paulo is fit for tess, and mike is fit for lucy, lucy is fit for mike, and tess is fit for paulo. why not leave it that way? make mike realise true feelings, or there could be a twist where sandy cheats on him?

Furrytobe April 8, 2010, 11:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #2945

i agree with furrytobe ont he whole mike is fit for lucy deal like make a comic where sandy visits him and she brings her boyfreind, and when mike see’s them together he realizes his true love 4 lucy

chaosstarter April 8, 2010, 12:42 PM EST.

Comment ID #2946

o.o... I’m not sure where Lucy should go ;w; I mean Mike’s being a big meanie, and he has Sandy, but Paulo has Tess and he’s super nice. I think Lucy would be so awesome with Paulo, but he’s got that awesome thing going for him with Tess, that almost-nothing, almost-something thing, y’know?

NyanKoi April 8, 2010, 12:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #2947

Maybe lucy loves both paulo and mike now, who knows?

Bitcommet April 8, 2010, 3:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #2949

Did Alec make it home from the trip, or did they leave him?

Koushrio April 8, 2010, 3:36 PM EST.

Comment ID #2952

@Koushrio: Page 1 of chapter 51, in the middle of the second panel. McCain and Sue.

WTFitsabagel April 8, 2010, 5:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #2953

Not to put down the LucyxMike fans commenting above... I’m a fan too, and I would sincerely like to see the two of them together, but it isn’t happening. At least, not like that, not as easily as Mike “realizing his true feelings.” He has done far too much damage for Lucy to accept him back with open arms, no matter how much she still wants him. She may be confused... and conflicted... and dependent... and a little bit psycho. But Lucy is NOT stupid, and she is sure as heck going to remember the pain that that boy has put her through.

As much as I would like to see them reunited, I will be sorely disappointed if Mike doesn’t earn his way back into Lucy’s heart. I don’t presume to know what Taeshi’s plans are for the two of them, but if I were her, I’d make it one heck of a battle.

Abelin April 8, 2010, 5:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #2954

@Abelin: I think Mike already knows he still has feelings for Lucy, but because of his conflicted feelings and dedication to Sandy, he is inadvertently attempting to push Lucy such as in the last chapter when he said things he knew were hurtful but didn’t attempt to chase after her to apologize like he did in chapter 48

Senshuro April 8, 2010, 5:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #2955

I don’t mean to sound rude, but of course Mike still has feelings for her! Otherwise, he’d have no problem being her support, and there’d be a heck of a lot less awkwardness about Lucy’s feelings. He’d help her get over him and move on, rather than ignore her as he’s doing. Taeshi answered this in her FormSpring already:

“Before Mike chose to date Sandy, he woulda been all over dating Lucy had she confessed much earlier. There’s no denying he had deep feelings for her, but pairing up with Sandy and just generally growing up made him consider Lucy more of a chore than anything.”

Because of his commitment to Sandy, Mike doesn’t want to get close to Lucy; he would be hurting Sandy, and teasing Lucy, because he couldn’t be with the both of them. Mike thinks of Lucy as a chore now that he thinks he has no chance to be with her, but that doesn’t mean his feelings for her have evaporated. ^^

Abelin April 8, 2010, 5:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #2958

Ha. Detention She’s back to liking PAULOOOOO~

Huski April 8, 2010, 6:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #2962

@Abelin: I completely agree with you on that, Mike does seem to still consider Lucy a chore which is understandable after feeling abused and unappreciated for so long, so its not like Lucy can erase all of that by being more appreciative and kind for a short time, but his recent actions haven’t been proper either so they are both a bit in the wrong on that, I frankly believe though that Mike should have to go through the experience of having Lucy come close to death, with Lucy always showing her tough side Mike has never really been caught in that situation before and might be a good wake up call for him.

Senshuro April 8, 2010, 7:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #2963

In my opinion, Mike is a little to apathetic about death; this might have been because he was the only one ever in peril, but he hasn’t reacted as sharply as Lucy did. You might be right, and that could be just the thing he needs to learn to appreciate Lucy more, but I think that it would take something more directed at Mike’s character.

Mike is used to friendship, and company; he surrounds himself with friends, hangs on every word that he hears from Sandy, and despite Lucy’s abuse in the past, he genuinely enjoyed being with her. He may not appreciate the extra attention he receives sometimes, but he has always been popular. I think that his ‘atonement’ for the pain he’s caused will be some form of isolation. He will, through some as-of-yet unforeseen twist, lose Sandy, and Lucy, and all his friends; not physically, like Lucy losing him over the edge of a cliff. They will turn their backs on him, which is something Mike has never experienced. He has supported Lucy in the past, but he’s never quite -understood- her. He needs to experience what it’s like to have no one to turn to, no one to trust, before he’ll truly wake up.

..At least, that’s my opinion. That, and I’d expect Taeshi to loathe re-using something so grave as a near-death; it would trivialize the torture Lucy went through. But that’s my META logic talking, and that’s cheating, isn’t it? ^^

Abelin April 8, 2010, 7:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #2964

@Abelin: In a way i agree, but it doesn’t seem like Mike deserves total rejection from everyone, he was always showing interest in Lucy near the beginning and it was her own fault for never admitting her actual feeling for around 2 years, so the sudden admittance of love does place Mike in more then a little bit of an awkward spot though it doesn’t excuse the way hes been treating her as of late, frankly i agree that Mike losing Sandy and then not having Lucy to turn to immediately afterward would serve him right.

Also I may have worded what i said before wrong, instead of it just being Lucy coming close to death I think it would be fitting for him to have to go through some experience that could involve him losing Lucy forever as it might put into perspective how he would actually feel if he no longer had her.

Senshuro April 8, 2010, 7:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #2965

This is all assuming, of course, that Taeshi intends to tie these two together by the end. ^^ I’m still a little confused by your wording... There are a few ways you could ‘lose’ someone like that. The ones that come to mind for me are death, which isn’t likely given META and character info (Taeshi has stated that Lucy is not a risk taker), or isolation, either by distance or by an emotional blockade.

And I ought to clarify a bit... When I spoke of Mike’s atonement being rejection, I didn’t mean something permanent. Despite the way he’s mistreated Lucy, he doesn’t deserve such a drastic measure, merely enough for him to feel that same sense Lucy had when she thought Mike had died.

..Now that I’ve written it all out, I’m pretty sure we’re talking about the same thing. Or close enough... I dunno, I’m tired, and my brain hurts. Drama takes a LOT of energy. ^^

Abelin April 8, 2010, 7:58 PM EST.

Comment ID #2966

@Senshuro
Now that you mention Lucy maybe coming close to death, I noticed that it’s always Mike who’s in that situation. He’s nearly drowned, been drugged and attacked, and fallen of a cliff the last two within a couple of years from each other. He also attracted a lot of beatings at the beginning of High School. In short, physical harm is always around him.

Rather than having to suffer through spouts of “unpopularity”, I believe that some serious accident that lands him in a coma for a little while would be the way to bring ‘em together. Say, in a hit n’ run for example. In this case, Lucy would probably be at his side almost all of the time. Then Mike would realise that Sandy never visited and it would change his feelings dramatically. I think that situation suits Mike’s character better.

Pronkat April 8, 2010, 8:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #2967

HaHaHa! Indeed it does, but i know you didn’t mean anything permanent as far as the rejection goes, but unless Mike does something really terrible I wouldn’t see all his friends ignoring him or blocking him out, I could see them yelling at him about it but they’ve already done that and it didn’t seem to have much of an effect oh him, but yes having Lucy start ignoring/avoiding Mike completely at least for a while would serve him right as it does seem to be what he has been aiming for, at least that’s the impression hes been giving to me with his constant shouting bouts at her about how he will be leaving her and there’s nothing she can do about it.

Senshuro April 8, 2010, 8:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #2968

@Pronkat: Actually, that’d be much easier to set up believably, and would make for a really sweet way to bring the two together... Screw my idea, yours is waay better. ^^ Of course, we are once again assuming that Mike and Lucy are ‘destined’ to be together. My interpretation of the songs Taeshi picked is that it is entirely possible that the two don’t end up together (I swear, I’ve listened to it a dozen times, and while “Mala Gente” is a great song, it STILL doesn’t sound like a ‘happy ending’).

My feeling was that the Mike and Lucy would end up as far closer friends than they ever were, but might not necessarily be a couple. Regardless the method, I think we are all in agreement; Mike and Lucy make nice and forget their problems once Mike understands Lucy’s pain, and/or realizes Sally and him will never work out (“El Tiempo” fits them MUCH better). Not that I’d complain either way; ‘just friends’ appeals to my ‘excellent narrative’ side, and ‘happy couple’ would satisfy my ‘sappy romance’ needs. ^^

Abelin April 8, 2010, 8:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #2969

Wow, you guys sure love to overthink things.
Thank goodness it’s friday tomorrow and the official forums would be up soon.
I don’t think I can read through this many comments for another few pages.

Ved of Flames April 8, 2010, 8:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #2970

Give a man but a sip, and he’ll thirst for a gallon. ^^ The story is captivating, and unfortunately for the audience, withheld. It’s easy to just go along with the flow if you read a story from cover to cover, but how often do people theorize and chat about tv shows, or cliffhanger novels? We all anticipate the coming update, and can’t think of much else. ^^

Abelin April 8, 2010, 8:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #2971

MALA GEEEEENTE

Y EN EL INFIERNO ENTERITA ENTERITA TE VAS A QUEMAR

Oh Soledad, dime si algún día habrá
entre tú y el amor buena amistad.
Vuelve conmigo a dibujar las olas del mar,
dame tu mano una vez más.

(oii don’t discourage them Ved this is really bloody awesome and I love people speculating about the comic and stuff, it’s astounding and makes me totally appreciate my beautiful fanbase ;___;!!)

Taeshi April 8, 2010, 9:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #2972

It might just be me, but telling someone to go burn in h*ll like, TWELVE times, is NOT what I’d call a happy ending. But, I still love the song. ^^ I’d never heard Juanes before, and I’m glad you’ve introduced me to him... I might need to expand my music library just a bit. XD

Wait, what’s the second part? That doesn’t sound like part of Mala Gente... o.0

Abeling April 8, 2010, 9:26 PM EST.

Comment ID #2973

It’s “Soledad” from LOVG. I guess that’s akin to the bad ending, I just wanted to add it in because I was just listening to it and I wanted to confuse people ;)

it is my favourite LOVG song EVEERRRR

Mala Gente is amusing me because it is totally throwing people off, nyarharhar

Taeshi April 8, 2010, 10:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #2975

It might help you appreciate the fanbase, but it also probably makes you just headdesk sometimes, dunnit? I’ve seen it happen with other comics, and flash series actually.

DavCube April 8, 2010, 10:32 PM EST.

Comment ID #2976

You guys must be doing a good job then because I haven’t really headdesked at all!

Taeshi April 8, 2010, 10:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #2977

Heh, I guess all this talk is a confidence booster ain’t it?

Ved of Flames April 8, 2010, 10:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #2978

ya betta believe it ;)

Taeshi April 8, 2010, 10:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #2979

I just found this comic and I would like to say I have fallen in love with it, I admire the art work as well as the story line, I usually never post on any comics but I just had to say good job and that I will keep reading till the end.
Thank you for such a good comic Taeshi.

~Bunny.

Bunny April 8, 2010, 11:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #2983

@Pronkat: This does seem like a good way to bring the two together, but the issue is that it is assuming that Sandy wouldn’t try even once to visit him, we haven’t been given any solid proof that Sandy’s feelings for Mike aren’t real or that she is just leading him along, she does seem unreliable due to constantly being busy but there is nothing to say that Sandy might not come to Mike’s side if he was involved in an accident.

I do agree though that things would greatly improve between them if Mike gains an understanding for Lucy’s pain, also Mike himself does need to gain a greater appreciation for Lucy, she did take him for granted when she rarely would act unappreciative but Mike also seems to be taking for granted that Lucy will always be there and always need him.

Senshuro April 8, 2010, 11:53 PM EST.

Comment ID #2984

im personally a fan of how every comic that passes sues hair gets longer and longer.

hannah April 9, 2010, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #2985

Also Ved Of Flames, its hard not to over-think things when you enjoy the story immensely and can barely wait for the next chapter. Having chats like this are a good way to hold of the angst from waiting while gaining a greater appreciation for what you reading. ^-^

Senshuro April 9, 2010, 12:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #2990

I gotta say i´m impresed with the story of this coming, and how greatly catching it is. As a beginner in this web comics idea i gotta say your comic is non like i ever seen in the other comics i´ve seen in the web, so feel proud of yourself.
I only hope i´d knew how you do the background effects :(

El Zorrito April 9, 2010, 12:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #3000

i just read in 3 days beginning to end thus far.
Mike and lucy need to get togeather. and not because my names michael.

Vallaris April 9, 2010, 3:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #3001

Ha! found this comic randomly linked to Slightly Damned & read through the whole comic start to now. I predict Mike sorely regretting many things in the distant future...& he will regret every trying out for this play in the very NEAR future. And what’s this? Now I must prepare for yet another love triangle? I love this keep it up. ;)

(name missing) April 9, 2010, 4:12 AM EST.

Comment ID #3003

A username like that makes the forum look broken! You are very confusing, Slightly Damned reader. :|

SuitCase April 9, 2010, 5:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #3066

@Senshuro
True we haven’t been given any solid proof, but I’d be almost positive that Sandy wouldn’t visit. Or if she did, it’d probably be either too late, or come at the realisation that Lucy probably means far more to him than Sandy herself. The reason, I’m basing this on the rule of threes. Twice already, Sandy and Mike have failed to see each other once more. First at the parade, which Mike and Lucy went to. Then on the Summer holidays when Sandy went to Europe. Again, twice Lucy and Mike had come close together at a time of peril. First when he was drugged and then the cliff (not counting the drowning because their feelings weren’t very clear at the time). So the hit n’ run would count as the third time on both accounts and solve the love-triangle once and for all. I think.

Pronkat April 9, 2010, 2:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #3070

@Abelin
You bring an interesting point. To be honest, I don’t really know if Mike and Lucy’s relationship could be solved in a “happily-ever-after” manner. The reason is that Taeshi wrote that the story follows the group of friends from Middle School until Junior High School. They are now Sophmores, so if what the site says is true, then the story is coming to an end. Also considering what I said to Senshuro about the rules of threes, it would be fitting if it ended soon in confrontation with the gang. They first bumped with them when they got lost taking the train. Then Agustus tried to “save” Daisy before being stopped by Abbey. He then went to talk to whom I presume was the leader. And they seem to be planning a series of murders by the looks of it.

So soon they’ll be confronting each other. Here is where I think at least one of the main cast will possibly die. My first guess is that it’ll be Mike. So if Mike and Lucy’s relationship were to be sorted by the time, it’d be a short-lived fling. Though to make the ending a real catcher, before Mike is killed him and Lucy would have had sex at least once (with gags from Paulo both congratulating and insulting Mike for beating him to it). And so if Lucy survived the final confrontation, she’d be pregnant. And the next scene/chapter would be with her and Mike Jr in the future as she reminisces everything with the other surviving friends. But then again, I’m probably over-thinking the story too much... XD

Pronkat April 9, 2010, 2:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #3098

I bet Lucy’s teasing Paulo while he’s in detention.I wish I could see the look of his face.=3

A.M.L. April 9, 2010, 7:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #3146

wow, that storyline would be great, although what taeshi has in store is different, and i haven’t been dissapointed yet, so i’m sure the story will only get better

jmiles April 9, 2010, 10:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #3268

@jmiles
I know it’ll be completely different mate. Though it’s fun to speculate and see where the mind wonders. Taeshi should totally put a place in the site where not only we get to send fanarts, but fanfics also.

Pronkat April 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #4963

@pronkat (yes this is late)
If anybody dies, this comic would.. how to put this…. FAIL.
I was thinking that if anyone would die, it would be Sandy, or maybe she would find a different bf, and Mike would go all unstable and have to lean on Lucy.
That would mix things up, and Im pretty sure that by the end of the comic, most people with my opinion (MikeandLucyyay :D) would be happy!
And no pregnancy, that would just be WIERD. Lucy’s character would basically stop being lucy. You cant karate kick people with a baby >.>
Argh just ignore me, mighty go- i mean taeshi, and dont make the comic all wierd just because i put this here >.>
I just talk too much :’(

Rift April 17, 2010, 12:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #5078

I KNEW THAT SHE WANTED LUCY! WOOT! GO FOR IT! NOW Mike shall pay!

WOW geek April 17, 2010, 12:27 PM EST.

Comment ID #10116

o noo…

bored April 29, 2010, 1:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #16883

-evil grin- PERFECT!

Cuddles May 6, 2010, 4:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #18752

…….Sue is good……but this wont work.

John Wolf May 9, 2010, 2:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #19807

I like Sue’s expression in panels 5 and 8. It’s like she’s thinking: What the hell is Lucy doing?!

Koren Korca May 10, 2010, 7:10 PM EST.

Comment ID #24890

Hope Sue’s plan works! You can do it Sue! d(^_^)b
Lucy’s getting too clingy to Paulo, which can only end badly…

Cuddle Bear May 20, 2010, 8:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #25982

Lucy is just sooo cute in panel 6

and yeah although i like that Lucy is getting along better with Paulo this raises an eyebrow

GodOfBrown May 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #37250

detention…..

DAH DAH DAHHHHHH

meg June 4, 2010, 3:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #59153

No, Sue, leave Lucy alone~! D;

Limzee July 13, 2010, 2:03 AM EST.

Comment ID #64054

……..O.O

Jtech July 25, 2010, 4:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #64604

PauloxLucy anyone? I don’t know who to root for anymore…

Elliot July 26, 2010, 10:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #70003

Panel 7 = Win.

Skykitsune August 5, 2010, 9:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #73267

Lucy: played by Carter in panel 6.

al August 11, 2010, 12:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #81023

She was seeing Paulo! *fistpump* And the ship has set sail in the magical sea of the canon.

Morgan August 24, 2010, 3:38 AM EST.

Comment ID #81836

Too… Many… Comments… *Drowns*

Rawrd00d August 25, 2010, 5:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #110064

Susan, your plan had better work… If it does not, I will smash Micheal with Dedede’s hammer…

RuBoo October 23, 2010, 6:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #120333

whyyyyy??? Lucy was there to see and disturb Paulo on detention!!! TTATT

Dey-Chan November 6, 2010, 9:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #128849

Huh.

SushiJaguar November 18, 2010, 3:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #140584

Considering her personality, she was practically flirting with Paulo.

Hoheh January 5, 2011, 4:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #146600

yup. i’d love to see some pauloxlucy happening.

not talking about sex, maybe yes but actually I’d want the two to fall in love.

DFA February 10, 2011, 3:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #152082

Go PUALOXLUCY TEAM XD!!!!

Mai March 16, 2011, 4:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #152450

Are you Serious?

Riverwing March 18, 2011, 6:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #159560

Suesan! Now why would u do that! Lucy was flirting with her boyfriend! :love:

Esmeralda April 30, 2011, 12:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #162584

Lucy was making faces with Paulo! Holy ****! The previous chapter hasn’t been forgotten after all! :D

If I was Lucy, I would’ve knocked Sue’s ****ing lights out and went back to my boyfriend Paulo. I hate how characters in stories like this are always so easily lead astray from their fun…

NintendoSegaSonyGuy May 21, 2011, 1:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #164164

OH LOL I KNEW IT!

Wolfiesong and Sneppy May 29, 2011, 7:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #170052

So this is the twist that is yet to come? *sigh* very well….still love your comic though!

Necrology June 30, 2011, 3:06 AM EST.

Comment ID #174546

still pulling the lucy+paulo ********, despite saying you didn’t want it to go anywhere, or whatever the **** you lied about on that one chapter?

SERIOUSLY, WILL PAULO DIE, ALREADY?!

Thanatos July 27, 2011, 10:04 AM EST.

Comment ID #175644

I love Lucy’s face in panel 5. :D

I don’t know if Sue’s doing this because she wants Mike and Lucy together or because of the sake of the play, but I really wish she would stop. She shouldn’t force them onto each other, they don’t want that… D:

Flara August 4, 2011, 7:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #177935

i dunno who thanatos is but they need to quit being so negative. why would you say all that **** about something you dont like reading?

read several pages of abusive ****, request ban if possible.

Logan August 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #180047

*Spoiler* And here was where Sue punched Paulo X Lucy shippers in the face and destroyed their hopes until much later on.

PauloXLucy4ever September 1, 2011, 2:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #185478

I’m starting to dislike this series.

FireflyFuneral October 13, 2011, 3:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #201098

Hahaha how did I never notice this page!
Lucy is so cute.

Vulli December 17, 2011, 7:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #208853

Oh…(looks at last panel),it kinda says “DENTENTION”
so…she communicating with Paulo?…(shot)

... February 13, 2012, 5:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #224741

Its so cute that Lucy went to mess with Paulo c:

Why you askin? August 6, 2012, 10:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #233222

I just love how Lucy was playing with Paulo on this page c:

Why you askin? November 23, 2012, 3:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #241626

I accidentally skimmed this the first two or… three times (I reread BCB chapters alllll the time) and totally missed the first panels somehow along with the entire point of the last one… all I saw was action!Sue. No idea how, I just didn’t notice what Lucy was doing at all xD my brain sucks.

Great little interaction though! I like the implication of the way she looks back at the door. Feels very real.

Ket March 24, 2013, 12:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #267682

I honestly think Pualo and Lucy should be together Mad Lucy X 8-)

PurpleSun November 24, 2013, 5:37 PM EST.

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