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Yeah! The second showing of Paulo’s dad, he is cool. But why does he know so much on such a… Delicate subject? Any way, poor Lucy. Lol I just remembered this is a daydream!
lake August 30, 2010, 4:32 AM EST.
paulo hold out longer then i tught
shatos August 30, 2010, 4:34 AM EST.
And he was holding it together SO WELL the last couple pages!
Lariat August 30, 2010, 4:34 AM EST.
wowow you sure did u ****ed up bad
Straw August 30, 2010, 4:35 AM EST.
Nice page and there is the breakdown men at that age should have when they know they might of gotten someone pregnant lol
Also I like how he thought it was Daisy first instead of Lucy
Neverendingpizza August 30, 2010, 4:35 AM EST.
Oh Paulo, you so did not defuse the awkward situation.
Fortunately his dad is quite nice apparently. Finally, some characterization for a parental figure! Well, I guess Abbey’s parents have some…
Also, apparently the first time Paulo’s dad has met Paulo’s female friends. I wonder if he knows any of them at all?
Its also good to see that Paulo isn’t full adult height yet.
Titanium Dragon August 30, 2010, 4:36 AM EST.
Yay I love Bittersweet Candy Bowl!! Poor Lucy! And this came out on my Birthday!!!
Shimmer August 30, 2010, 4:36 AM EST.
Pfft, so much for reassurance, Paulo.
Keys August 30, 2010, 4:36 AM EST.
Two words: Total Breakdown.
Frosty August 30, 2010, 4:37 AM EST.
completely just came out with it
Coonclaws August 30, 2010, 4:38 AM EST.
Thats Right Paulo You Dun Goofed!
Corporal August 30, 2010, 4:38 AM EST.
Simple comedy, works every time.
Zyhperit August 30, 2010, 4:39 AM EST.
*canned laughter*, I found that to be incredibly amusing for some reason…also I swear that photo in the background of the 1st two panels changes.
Well Paulo knows exactly how to put it bluntly
(nameless) August 30, 2010, 4:44 AM EST.
lol paolo lost it
Reimei August 30, 2010, 4:52 AM EST.
I love the entire showcase of facial expressions in this strip.
Also, Paulo’s dad really resembles a lion.
Gnukko August 30, 2010, 5:07 AM EST.
Paulo completelly lost it. :s
RyuPuma August 30, 2010, 5:07 AM EST.
Who’s this ‘Upppp’ girl?
Yappy August 30, 2010, 5:11 AM EST.
So i take it school didn’t go well then?
Brock August 30, 2010, 5:11 AM EST.
Trial turned comedy at the start heheh Paulo’s so a softy
I don’t think he’s “DAD” would look like wolverine but a little hairy and furry
kirkiss August 30, 2010, 5:15 AM EST.
Was he watching “The Mask”?
Kate August 30, 2010, 5:21 AM EST.
Oh i see. The dad must be grumpy at first, as Paulo should still be at school. But he left early to come home …..
Steak August 30, 2010, 5:30 AM EST.
I LEFT THE KEYS IN HER ******,CAN YOU HELP ME PAULO’S DAD PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP I ****ED UP
Dr.John August 30, 2010, 5:42 AM EST.
Well that went well
SkylineFaux August 30, 2010, 5:54 AM EST.
Feet on the coffee table when no one’s looking? excellent.
Lynx August 30, 2010, 5:55 AM EST.
Paulo sure is realistic in his daydream. I kinda wonder whether he’s doing this just to justify his not taking Lucy.
So yeah, I hardly daydream like that.
…Unless this isn’t a daydream *HORROR*
Ryan August 30, 2010, 5:56 AM EST.
Wow, umm well thats one way of telling your father.
Zeo August 30, 2010, 6:01 AM EST.
I know this sounds weird but Paulo’s dad for some reason reminds me of Suitcase in some of Taeshi’s other drawings, no idea why. Well anyways awesome page.
JuniorBoomer August 30, 2010, 6:05 AM EST.
… and he drops the ball! Way to keep you bearing Paulo! Fill Lucy with confidence. … He had the courage to face his father with Lucy about their problem but lacked the bearing and tact in handling the issue.
Domingo August 30, 2010, 6:26 AM EST.
Wow now I know why it’s not realy happening. Yikes. But really, paulos dad, looks like a good character. It would be really great and in sure many people would appreciate it if you could work him into the main story.
But, how are you gonna get yourself out of this, taeshi? I’m really interested in how thistle turn out
JephemeraL August 30, 2010, 6:32 AM EST.
Excellent way to start the conversation x3
Leonmaster August 30, 2010, 6:36 AM EST.
YYC on GC August 30, 2010, 6:39 AM EST.
Pathetique August 30, 2010, 6:52 AM EST.
Smooooooooth, Paulo. Smoooooooth.
Also, I figured it out! It ain’t a daydream so much as a DREAM-dream he had! Which explains why this isn’t goin’ 100% perfect like you’d expect a daydream ta go.
Jessica U. Ingmann August 30, 2010, 6:54 AM EST.
i can imagine the dad’s accent /voice
the icat August 30, 2010, 7:02 AM EST.
Archus August 30, 2010, 7:04 AM EST.
I notice Paulo’s Dad has a case of Molly-Ear syndrome…. even when watching classic meatball-related comedy his ears are still down Paulo doens’t seem to be filling his Dad, Lucy or pretty much anyone with confidence >:|
Elliot August 30, 2010, 7:05 AM EST.
Purin August 30, 2010, 7:07 AM EST.
ChrisDVazquez August 30, 2010, 7:08 AM EST.
Moddy Auld August 30, 2010, 7:16 AM EST.
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to laugh at the last pannel there… But dog gamn it I am
Lucy’s reaction takes the proverbial cake.
Maverik August 30, 2010, 7:29 AM EST.
did Paulo just like… explode? xD
Dudster August 30, 2010, 7:31 AM EST.
oh wait… look at the first 2 panels… u can see a portriat of chibi Paulo?
Dudster August 30, 2010, 7:33 AM EST.
Why does Paulo’s dad get clothes?
I actually feel really bad for Lucy in this situation. How incredibly embarrassing and awkward.
Zensae August 30, 2010, 7:35 AM EST.
I love the picture of Paulo in the bg on panels 1 and 2. lol
Karori August 30, 2010, 7:38 AM EST.
Ahahaha, luv the awkward moment, it’s so REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
True Liar August 30, 2010, 7:40 AM EST.
Finally we meet the father.
The spicy meatball reference to that alka seltzer commercial was funny.
The “Awkwark” moment, when I read it I thought “David is missing this”
and Paulo did ****ED up…. literally.
It was Ok.
Caos August 30, 2010, 7:45 AM EST.
He gets clothes because no child wants to see their parents…. naked.
Caos August 30, 2010, 7:46 AM EST.
Background-Thats Paulo, sir.
Me-What-ever, You didn’t **** up… you CREATED A TIME PARADOX!!!!!!!
Mr.Red August 30, 2010, 7:51 AM EST.
I cant wait for the next page…..^^
Unknown travler August 30, 2010, 7:56 AM EST.
Aw, cute pic of little Paulo in the back is cute :3
I can’t help but LOVE Paulo’s face in the Awkward panel ROFL xDDDDDDD
Chappetic-Marina August 30, 2010, 7:58 AM EST.
Paulo is so cute! Thank god this is all just a daydream.
PauloRULES August 30, 2010, 8:07 AM EST.
I like how in the next-to-last panel, Paulo’s actually SITTING there. As in, how an actual cat ‘sits.’ Too friggin’ cute.
DavCube August 30, 2010, 8:26 AM EST.
paulo is secretly gay
Dr.John August 30, 2010, 8:26 AM EST.
Well Paulo that was a smooth way to tell your dad you think you have got someone pegnant lol
Not Applicable August 30, 2010, 8:34 AM EST.
good work, keep it up ^^
noobminator August 30, 2010, 8:39 AM EST.
Just shout it out Paulo, at least youre doing the right thing.
— — —
Run Amok with a Pencil in Hand
X-Saber August 30, 2010, 8:40 AM EST.
How come she thinks she might be knocked up if it’s only been a couple hours? it should take months for any signs to show.
yuki August 30, 2010, 8:40 AM EST.
To solve the problem of Lucy’s pregnancy, they should get Lucy an abortion. Simples.
that guy August 30, 2010, 8:41 AM EST.
Wow he sure did f up. To tired to say anything else…..
Draixen August 30, 2010, 8:43 AM EST.
if that was me then this would be about the time my dad would start beating upside the head. even if he didn’t know about what i did, it would at least be for the cursing
but i still love this
GodOfBrown August 30, 2010, 8:45 AM EST.
Where is his hard hat? JK.
He seems like a chill dad.
Gabriel Kaxbe August 30, 2010, 8:52 AM EST.
Paulo’s dad sounds like one of them parents that despite the **** you do they kinda brush it off.
LC-DDM August 30, 2010, 9:03 AM EST.
Really, I don’t know wat kind of advice Paulo’s dad could give. But poor Lucy, I’d feel so uncomfortabe x_x
Melee August 30, 2010, 9:06 AM EST.
“So, son, now that you’ve talked about it, how do you fe-”
“AWWW MAAANNN DADD I FEEL TERRICRAPPIBAD.”
Aglette August 30, 2010, 9:15 AM EST.
So how was schoo-
OH DAD I ****ED UPP!!!
*Lucy hides in corner*
MissCaitlyn August 30, 2010, 9:22 AM EST.
Son, I am disappoint.
C August 30, 2010, 9:22 AM EST.
ha more like ****ed her!
Ko Tenn August 30, 2010, 9:24 AM EST.
so much for smooth
awsomesauce August 30, 2010, 9:28 AM EST.
Is Paulo’s dad watching the mask?
Xenni August 30, 2010, 9:32 AM EST.
Now I’m caught up to current story line…
codyblues August 30, 2010, 9:35 AM EST.
Guy August 30, 2010, 9:44 AM EST.
Wow paulo lasted pretty long till he broke down.
Kitmaro August 30, 2010, 9:53 AM EST.
yes Paulo, you did **** up.
Lucy, stop crying its getiing old!
god ime being a bitch today
Chazfullmetal August 30, 2010, 10:09 AM EST.
Yep, He did **** up. Literally
Cody August 30, 2010, 10:12 AM EST.
I’m laughing so hard right now, that last panel is gold.
Leaving a Comment August 30, 2010, 10:14 AM EST.
hahaha! pour paulo that should be awfull, the wrost thing that you can tell to a parent,
miguel August 30, 2010, 10:17 AM EST.
I…. don’t know what to say….
Name:. who wants to know? August 30, 2010, 10:19 AM EST.
I like the hanged picture of paulo in the first 2 panels
dustball August 30, 2010, 10:23 AM EST.
oh yes he really did…….(Last panel)
Bazo August 30, 2010, 10:34 AM EST.
Only 3 Words Paulo: Epic Awkward Moment
Frustrated Writer August 30, 2010, 10:40 AM EST.
Funnily enough, that is almost exactly how I predicted Paulo telling his dad. “Dad, I ****ed UP.”
TLV August 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EST.
dad I ****ED UP xD
nabu August 30, 2010, 11:53 AM EST.
Paulo looks so small compared to his father for a 16 year old.
Dude August 30, 2010, 12:05 PM EST.
He’s feeling very vulnerable and childlike, and that emotion is portrayed by him being physically small (Like a child.)
I mean, he’s crying his eyes out to his dad.
Karori August 30, 2010, 12:14 PM EST.
I take back the nice things I said about Paulo’s ability to handle situations. :|
Man up, you *****.
J. Vincero (Jerk) August 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EST.
Jeesh, I wish I could read the future pages already, this suspense has been killing me for like… weeks now DX
Nyanko August 30, 2010, 12:17 PM EST.
What self-deprecating comment? Any errors that were made were made up for in the *AWKWARD* panel. Absolutely hilarious. I’m loving this sidetrack into Paulo’s daydreaming. It almost makes me want to be Team LucyXPaulo.
The Lost Carol August 30, 2010, 12:40 PM EST.
baby pic of paulo on the wall
CONMAN August 30, 2010, 12:49 PM EST.
i love how Paulo’s dad and Lucy sit like people, and Paulo sits like a little kitty
MissCaitlyn August 30, 2010, 12:52 PM EST.
Why am i rewriting the chapters in my head?
Chloe August 30, 2010, 12:55 PM EST.
Somehow, I knew Paulo’s maturity wouldn’t last.
ANinnyMouse August 30, 2010, 1:01 PM EST.
that’s a spicy meatball
Rick Astley August 30, 2010, 1:08 PM EST.
Man, I’ve been there…
Sabruka August 30, 2010, 1:18 PM EST.
The faces are so priceless
Zera August 30, 2010, 1:18 PM EST.
Paulo….. *shakes head* how easy u forget things…..
1. Lucy would neva do wat she did!
2. DIS IS A DAYDREAM!
3. Paulo’s dad would probableh freak!
PuDdY15 August 30, 2010, 1:21 PM EST.
So much for staying cool and collected. -_-U
My prediction: Paulo’s father knows so much about this because the same thing happened with him, Paulo being the end result.
N8 August 30, 2010, 1:42 PM EST.
hahahha what paulo your not that paulo hahaha
hyper August 30, 2010, 1:52 PM EST.
poor Paulo. hey! the sad face is him too! cool X)
KBAM August 30, 2010, 2:04 PM EST.
lol what’s with the dad’s feet?
Akari Ichinose August 30, 2010, 2:17 PM EST.
I told you this is coming °^
Ariso August 30, 2010, 2:23 PM EST.
Cute picture of little Paulo on the wall. <3
Asche August 30, 2010, 2:23 PM EST.
How easy you forget that Paulo stopped her several times…
Trust me on this, I know from experience how easily people can decide to get in bed with someone when they’re upset.
A few pages ago Lucy was in need of comfort, but was also looking for self-validation… She was turned down by the one person who had stuck by her for her entire life, and told he hated her at that.
Paulo would almost certainly have bed her in her mind, and that would have given her a brief moment of satisfaction, knowing that at least someone wanted her. Of course she would, and in this bifurcated arc does, regret it.
Paulo demands you forget that last frame ever even was imagined!
Also, it isn’t simply a daydream… it’s a What If that was sparked by Paulo’s daydream… He’s not imagining himself as a ‘crying wuss’ as he would no doubt put it… His imagination is probably not this accurate.
What If’s are sort of like flashbacks to things that never happened. Actual memories or retellings of things never to have existed.
On a similar note, this whole comic could be considered a What If if you stretch the definition a bit.
Regardless of everything said here… This guy is just glad to have found a girl to take him away from all that tumultuous turmoil of sexual angst and drama…
So to my beautiful A. L. W… I thank you again if you see this.
Sciver August 30, 2010, 2:23 PM EST.
Lawl his Dad seems so cool.
BrownDog August 30, 2010, 2:50 PM EST.
i think Paulo went to his dad maybez because the same thing happened to him when he was a kid?
GodOfBrown August 30, 2010, 2:57 PM EST.
Way to go Paulo. Even in his daydream he can’t play it all cool, poor kid.
Wolf_Gem August 30, 2010, 3:11 PM EST.
Is it wrong I actually like Paulo more from the daydream than the one in the comic?
I thought those two made such a cute couple.
Zoamon August 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EST.
Oh dear. How awkward~
I’m guessing that Mr. Paulo’s Dad will suggest the pill… then Lucy freaks out about not wanting to commit murder. Since she’s very maternal (with Yashy and Chirpy), if she was actually pregnant, I honestly don’t think she’d want to kill it.
@ KBAM - No, that smiliey is Abbey. You know, Daisy’s boyfriend.
THIS one’s Paulo —>
ravengal August 30, 2010, 3:23 PM EST.
looove that last panel. “OH DAD I ****ED UPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!”
johnnyBUZZ August 30, 2010, 3:24 PM EST.
Ya dun goofed
SmashFiles August 30, 2010, 3:27 PM EST.
i just love this comic so much.
oondy August 30, 2010, 3:31 PM EST.
Aww, it seems as if Paulo’s talked about Lucy to his dad before.
And Daisy o_o Oh, that one-sided love that was never confirmed.
Skygaze August 30, 2010, 3:52 PM EST.
Woah, wait…she knows she’s pregnant just hours after having had sex? Hu-whaat?
sweetnfat August 30, 2010, 3:52 PM EST.
Impossible. She’s freaked out and jumping to conclusions… and honestly it’s for the best that she did… Even if this never happened, it’s better to have it out in the open as soon as possible.
I don’t see ‘dad’ getting angry while Lucy’s there though… He’ll wait til she’s gone to blow it I think… if he will at all… hard to say.
Sciver August 30, 2010, 4:12 PM EST.
Paulo’s dad is handling this way better than I thought xD
And im not sure if Lucy was crying or hiding from embarrisment in the last panel
404found August 30, 2010, 4:15 PM EST.
What’s to handle? He doesn’t know anything.
And I think the best answer to that is simply “yes”
Sciver August 30, 2010, 4:23 PM EST.
“insert self deprecating criticism here”
^This is why I love you so much.
Random fan August 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EST.
You Dun Goofed
Tom August 30, 2010, 4:39 PM EST.
IMAO AS SOON AS HE SAT DOWN
BONK August 30, 2010, 4:42 PM EST.
Now that’s what I call “keeping it cool”… no wait… not really… LOL
Yoshi-Fue August 30, 2010, 4:46 PM EST.
I can feel Paulo’s fear and stress do to his problem and yet I’m sitting here chucking to myself about it, how odd.
TheLightorTheDark August 30, 2010, 4:51 PM EST.
Lol I love the pictures in the background
Eve August 30, 2010, 5:01 PM EST.
Don’t do it in highschool. You’ll die.
Mars August 30, 2010, 5:01 PM EST.
I’m bored. I’ve got homework on another tab … but I decided BCB was more important >:| I’m a dork
True Liar August 30, 2010, 5:04 PM EST.
I like Paulo’s Dad.
Agentwebdog August 30, 2010, 5:10 PM EST.
Love that picture of Paulo (?) in the background!
Darthvender August 30, 2010, 5:10 PM EST.
OMG!!! PAULOS DAD IS AWESOME!! xD
i want next page… I.I
cats4ever98 August 30, 2010, 5:12 PM EST.
aww hes so cute!
cats4ever98 August 30, 2010, 5:13 PM EST.
baby paulo’s picture!
Gnukko August 30, 2010, 5:16 PM EST.
heh heh funny comments…
cats4ever98 August 30, 2010, 5:17 PM EST.
I KNOW RIGHT !!!
DUN DUN DUNNN….
That is all.
Bambalooza August 30, 2010, 5:21 PM EST.
oh and he was so composed. Poor Paulo
X-Rae August 30, 2010, 5:34 PM EST.
So much for his calm motivation.
starfighter-105 August 30, 2010, 5:37 PM EST.
Thanks for keeping it cool paulo ^.^
CTS4Kouhei August 30, 2010, 5:47 PM EST.
EpicCircle August 30, 2010, 5:51 PM EST.
awwwww man i tought it was going to be like 12 pages long i waited a long time,but at least i have to wait 1 day for an update
yesi August 30, 2010, 6:46 PM EST.
Lol I don’t know for sure but i think Lucy is face palming xD
KuroKan August 30, 2010, 6:47 PM EST.
Paulo’s dad is offically the the most awkward yet awesome dad ever. “Is this Daisy?” Oh snap.
Neko August 30, 2010, 6:59 PM EST.
I like the little Paulo portrait. So now you know that little detail did not go unnoticed =P.
Saiyza August 30, 2010, 7:00 PM EST.
nice job at subtle Paulo @.@
Silver August 30, 2010, 7:06 PM EST.
x3 Nice,Paulo. Very nice.
TheGirlWhoNeverComments August 30, 2010, 7:11 PM EST.
I’m not used to reading this comic without Taeshi’s self depreciating criticism
Michael August 30, 2010, 7:13 PM EST.
lmao i laughed so hard at the last panel xD
G!@nN@ August 30, 2010, 7:45 PM EST.
@Michael I’m not used to reading this comic without you bending over and takin it like a woman.
I guess we are astounded each and every day~
Purin August 30, 2010, 8:06 PM EST.
I Expected Tht From Paulo To Break Down And Cry xD
coldcrush August 30, 2010, 8:19 PM EST.
Thanks. I guess that makes more sense, that she’s freaking out. I was having a hard time suspending my disbelief on that one. :p I am interested to see how hard Paulo’s dad will be on both of them.
sweetnfat August 30, 2010, 8:33 PM EST.
Wow, I love this daydream.
Marissa August 30, 2010, 8:38 PM EST.
This is simply hilarious
Really, how else can you tell someone this? Cry like a baby and they’ll be more sympathetic.
Obi August 30, 2010, 8:42 PM EST.
im not quiet sure whats going on here. im confused….?
syd August 30, 2010, 8:58 PM EST.
PAULO YOU DUN GOOFED
- paulo’s dad
rogue-artist-rod August 30, 2010, 8:59 PM EST.
Aha, I lolzd Makes me wanna see someone bark at him now to complete it ^_^
Rober2 August 30, 2010, 9:02 PM EST.
@Rober2 Agreed lol
Jon August 30, 2010, 9:17 PM EST.
yupp thats about right…
cats4ever98 August 30, 2010, 9:18 PM EST.
Yep. That’s kinda what I did, cept with my mom.
OlCoyoteGrey August 30, 2010, 9:22 PM EST.
Another Path is a ‘What If’ side arc depicting what would have happened if Paulo had given in to Lucy’s distraught and misguided come-ons and had sex with her.
The morning after they both run to school, passing Paulo’s dad, leaving him slightly confused.
Paulo compliments Lucy during class which suddenly brings to mind the fact that she’s just had unprotected sex with him.
She’s freaking out about being pregnant (which is entirely possible and she’s right to worry).
Paulo decides to at least try to be responsible after-the-fact and drags Lucy(literally) off to tell his father about it and get advice.
They return to Paulo’s home and say hello to his father. The father gives them a stern look before lightening up and offering them a seat (This is a mock-angry look)
Lucy and Paulo are understandably nervous about what they have to tell him, but try to be as calm and normal as possible.
They sit for a moment and just as the Father is about to ask how their school-day was Paulo loses his composure and blurts out that he’s “****ed upppp!!!” as he puts it.
Lucy, who is either embarrassed, frightened, ashamed or all of the above, covers her face
somebody named syd is confused and I try to explain what is happening to them, finishing with this very sentence.
Or to be brief, Lucy if frightened she may be pregnant, and Paulo is absolutely terrified, but was trying to hide it.
Sciver August 30, 2010, 9:35 PM EST.
I know it could be a very serious issue, but both are treating a what if issue as fact.
*shrug* For the context that this is a daydream she likely is, so he feels better that he did the right thing, etc
Cam August 30, 2010, 9:52 PM EST.
haha, tell the truth and all will be fine.
jarimior August 30, 2010, 9:56 PM EST.
I love the <3 AKWARD <3 panel
xLoveandLightningx August 30, 2010, 10:04 PM EST.
Don’t say ‘all’ or ‘fine’ in this situation… Nothing is fine about teen pregnancy in that social structure… it may work in some tribal or extremely rural ones… but not that one.
BUT— truth is the better option, certainly.
Bah… I’ve got to find something better to do than keep commenting on this…
I’d just like to say that I personally remember all of this from my school days… I don’t think I’ve ever been so taken by such a plausible form of fiction before…
…That’s a compliment by the way…
Sciver August 30, 2010, 10:15 PM EST.
i cant stop laughing at paulo but he is my fave!!!
weeeeee August 30, 2010, 10:35 PM EST.
wow. haha. i love awkward moments!
n poor paulo. haha
ashrocker August 30, 2010, 10:48 PM EST.
Rofl, Paulo is still Daddy’s little boy at heart. xD
And @ Sciver: I think he/she was just joking/playing along xD
Skygaze August 30, 2010, 11:11 PM EST.
well paulo lasted longer than i did without breaking down… :’(
random in a box August 30, 2010, 11:43 PM EST.
Cat pregnanys and human ones are completely different, animals are only around 9 weeks while humans are 9 months
so you know maybe she was in heat?
Jaoy August 30, 2010, 11:59 PM EST.
I agree with Lucy’s reaction. Worst reason to meet a parent ever.
Hoheh August 31, 2010, 12:04 AM EST.
… really… come on now paulo
selvy August 31, 2010, 12:31 AM EST.
haha i love the picture of paulo in the first 2 panels lol
and his reaction in the last one sooo paulo
Loft August 31, 2010, 12:39 AM EST.
His dad is as huggable as he is. Heh.
Calvin CP252 August 31, 2010, 1:05 AM EST.
I bet they wouldn’t be half as scared if it weren’t for that damn middle school health teacher!
Milli August 31, 2010, 1:42 AM EST.
hello. i am going to make a fool of myself on the internet with a general tl;dr critique here I go:
first, let me say that you’re improving. there’s no doubt about it, and i know you’re a busy person. so extra practice might not be much of an option. i think, at this stage, it’s important to look into improving things someone won’t notice right away the first time they read the page. you mentioned working harder on backgrounds, which is a great start. i highly recommend looking into a few art classes, whenever you have the time. not to sound harsh, but you need it. i’m not trying to rush you or anything, but consider it. perspectives matter, even in a dialogue-centric comic. it’s very difficult to get a more solid grasp on perspectives, and other techniques like foreshortening, etc, without some guidance.
picking a chapter out of the blue: say from New Beginnings, page 5 you attempted bgs, and pulled them off very nicely. in page 2 of the same chapter, you attempted a bg in the last panel but the perspective killed you, making abbey look like he’s standing against a backdrop of a skidded car in a parking lot, instead of inside the scene. it’s evidence you can do a lot, but you don’t completely understand perspective yet (understandably!), and might not by yourself without help.
if you know of a specific art teacher, you might be able to see if you can talk to them about offering advise on your comic pages. he/she could offer quick tips, and could help teach horizon lines and vanishing points - which can benefit you a lot, it’s helpful with bgs!
if not, maybe looking up anatomy tutorials can help as well. it’s not like i want you to draw in like, painstaking detail, but, well, things like hands are difficult. every artist (including myself) struggles with them. take a blank sheet, and just draw your free hand in different poses. doing this often helps understand them some more, so when you apply this knowledge in cartoon-format, it won’t end up looking rushed, or something you want readers to gloss over.. or like “sporks” (as a forum member poked fun at, once).
an example would be the first panel of THIS page… get suitcase to pose in that position, hell, even try out a still life like that. you’d then be able to see that paulo’s father is not pointing the remote in the right location of where he’s looking (the remote is pointed at us, dead-on), and the angle of the hand is off. the thumb is awkwardly pointing to the right, instead of resting on top of the control. these types of errors make the comic a little awkward to read, even if it’s minute, and not the main focus of the page.
to conclude, i hope you do not think i’m trying to make you think i’m better than you. no, not at all! i just would like to offer some help is all. you’ve made lots of progress, and are continuing to work hard at this - it’s impressive! I just hope, when you have more free time, you can consider my two cents.
tl;dr: makin a fool of myself
bank August 31, 2010, 1:56 AM EST.
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Nefelsif August 31, 2010, 2:02 AM EST.
@ bank: Yes, yes you are. I’m sure this is useful information to Taeashi somehow, but considering it hardly contains any relevance to this particular page, it might have been better to email this to her directly rather than call her out on her ‘flaws’ in public.
Now, what i like about this particular webcomic (and i’m sure there are plenty of people who agree with me here) is that it doesn’t *have* to be a graphic masterpiece to tell it’s story. The trials and tribulations of the cast are told so well that the comic grips you by the throat and is unwilling to let you go. If anything, this gives Taeashi as much space as she’d like to improve in her own pace, without it being of any consequence to the overall quality of the comic.
Morlock August 31, 2010, 2:20 AM EST.
Well so much for my Paulo’s maturing stage theory.
Nekox August 31, 2010, 2:27 AM EST.
Hey, it’s still pretty damn mature for him to even tell his dad.
Sock August 31, 2010, 2:30 AM EST.
Good job Paulo… Now how will the rest of the conversation roll out?
Q August 31, 2010, 2:47 AM EST.
Profesor Rod August 31, 2010, 3:44 AM EST.
Paulos really isn’t taking this very well.
So much for him being the cool guy without a care.
Oh and awww his dad isn’t wearing the construction hat.
I liked that hat.
Jacob83 August 31, 2010, 4:30 AM EST.
wow! that’s a cute face! Taeshi, maybe you mess Paulo’s leg in the last panel, because it look like his leg is under his dad butt
BCB fan August 31, 2010, 5:23 AM EST.
PUBLIC CRTICISM IS BANNED ON THIS COMIC!!!!
SuitCase August 31, 2010, 5:24 AM EST.
@Suitcase Sorry really sorry, I’m not really good at grammar, so I don’t know which word are polite and which word are not sorry really sorry…
BCB fan August 31, 2010, 5:34 AM EST.
WE WILL ALSO BAN IF YOU DON’T RECOGNISE SARCASM!!! AND REPORT TO YOUR ISP!
SuitCase August 31, 2010, 5:57 AM EST.
YEAH DIDN’T YOU KNOW GUYS THIS COMIC ISN’T ABOUT HUMOR AND THIS WEBSITE IS SUPER CEREAL BUSINESS
WE’RE TALKING LIKE HONEYNUT BUNCHES OF OATS, BITCH, NOT ANY OF THAT COUNT CHOCULA GARBAGE
YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW
Knight August 31, 2010, 6:32 AM EST.
I would’ve done the same as Paulo, in a situation like that.
Wraithtaker August 31, 2010, 6:39 AM EST.
very funny knight,stop copying sc with the capslock
Dr.John August 31, 2010, 7:02 AM EST.
Asaah comments pages can be hilarious… Taeshi this comic is awesome, I really love how you do it. It’s not super detailed, it updates often, is really funny and alloy of us can relate…
Keep up the good work, coz the work is good
Long story arc is looooooonng thank goodness for that
JephemeraL August 31, 2010, 7:16 AM EST.
Thank you for the criticism, bank—I don’t know if the next chapter (which is already drawn) will entirely impress you, but the things you pointed out are things I want to do.
Taeshi August 31, 2010, 8:50 AM EST.
I’ve been reading this for a while and have never posted a comment… that always happens to me.
Anyway, I commend Paulo for holding together for as long as he has - staying strong for a friend is kind of hard sometimes, especially when the friend really needs it at the moment. Paulo, you’re such a sweetie
Twilidramon August 31, 2010, 9:11 AM EST.
Also, after re-reading the page, I notice now that Paulo’s dad looks a lot scarier than he really is o.o;;
Nyanko August 31, 2010, 10:06 AM EST.
All I hear in the last line is an echo from Band of Brothers after Popeye gets shot in the rear and all he’s saying is, “I’m sorry I ****ed up!”
SirBrass August 31, 2010, 10:21 AM EST.
lol. **** up
Chazfullmetal August 31, 2010, 10:43 AM EST.
For some reason, laughing at the Paulo’s picture at the background at the first and second frame.
Matt Pushinka August 31, 2010, 10:59 AM EST.
Paulo’s dad DOES look like an old scruffy version on Paulo
MissCaitlyn August 31, 2010, 12:02 PM EST.
I’m going to point out something a lot of very prominent artists do… Particularly in manga where the pages are black and white…
In a large number of cases, the backdrops for certain scenes don’t particularly need to change all that much… So many artists sit down and draw one or two very careful (and usually pretty large) designs of a room/place from one or two different angles…
These backdrops are then inserted and re-sized into many of the frames in order to add some detail without a lot of extra work.
Personally I don’t see backgrounds as an issue with this comic. The focus is on the characters and they rarely comment on what’s going on with that bench over there or the oddly shaped tree that wasn’t drawn… The FLCL manga was much like that… however most of the time the characters weren’t even fully drawn in that…
So I suggest designing a few places and taking some time to draw some fairly large pics of just those places when you get a chance. (Pick the spots you’ll use a lot, like the school hallway, classroom, cafeteria… the woods, peoples rooms… )
Considering the art style of this comic (which initially I didn’t care for but has grown on me quite a bit as it continues to be refined) I don’t think you really even need to be very detailed with the surroundings. Just a chair here, something specific on the table in Lucy’s kitchen, a pic on the wall in Paulo’s house… You don’t need to add too much texture to objects or tiny little scratches on every cinder-block…
It won’t save you from needing to draw a background from a new angle now an then… but it will be something you can drop into the back of a frame in photoshop (or whatever) and make the page look that much more finished.
I do have a slightly unrelated question though… What… what exactly is Yashy? A turtle? All the birds have pointy beak parts on there faces… And while I could believe Yashy was a turtle easily enough, I’ve never seen her with a shell…
Sciver August 31, 2010, 12:35 PM EST.
when I saw the word “awkward”, I instinctively searched for David :p
ChewySmokey August 31, 2010, 1:25 PM EST.
dustball August 31, 2010, 1:38 PM EST.
lol hay paulo call jasmin on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcsGn-YysFs to win
hyper August 31, 2010, 1:42 PM EST.
To everyone that wants to bad moth Taeshi’s work (IE. Sciver, bank & anyone else)
Unless you can make your own comic, keep up with so many charters, have a kick *** story line and have it last 4+ years, shut the hell up.
Most comics that are online die within two years since the writer doesn’t think the story line through and they get real bad writers block, skip there updates and the comic dies a slow painful death.
Taeshi knows her faults, and doesn’t need people to point them out on every page. The comic is hers so she can grow as a writer and/or artist, and she can do what ever she wants in the world she created. I don’t mean to knock on Taeshi’s earlier work but like any great comic, the story and artwork have gotten better over the past few years.
So unless you have a comic that’s lasted a few years, has a great story line, even better charter development, and update three times a week or more… Shut the hell up.
Vincent August 31, 2010, 2:38 PM EST.
Somehow, I totally saw this coming. Paulo was waaay too calm in the last few pages. Awesome. xD
I have no idea what Yashy is either, but I’m pretty sure she claimed to be a Yoshi at one point. I pegged her as a sort of…duck-like…thing. >3>
Vincent: It’s not bad-mouthing, it’s just constructive criticism (in the case of Sciver). Such criticism helps artists grow and improve. So chill out. Really.
Umlaut August 31, 2010, 3:20 PM EST.
Umlaut: I do agree with you to a point, but when it’s gone on for the last few pages people just need to be told to stop and/or to shut the hell up.
Vincent August 31, 2010, 3:58 PM EST.
HEY, I saw a picture of baby Paulo in the background on the two first squares
Joakim August 31, 2010, 4:03 PM EST.
I agree with Vincent. I just finished reading from the first chapter up too here. I find amazingly how long this web comic has lasted(Reading the dates), and so far this is the best drama comic I read in my whole life. Thou Critism sometimes does help an Artist grow.
Also since this is my first post let me add that David is awesome ;D
Banshee August 31, 2010, 4:04 PM EST.
tbh I would of checked if I was pregnant first before running to grown ups
Kite August 31, 2010, 4:28 PM EST.
1.) I didn’t know that Paulo’s dad let him cussed.
2.) No father would wear those shorts
3.) Paulo and Lucy would not be smiling at the moment
4.) Paulo’s dad is gonna kick his ***
Snake August 31, 2010, 4:34 PM EST.
They’re not really smiling, more like panicing.
Tadin August 31, 2010, 4:37 PM EST.
I like Paulos dad, he reminds me of Bellas dad in Twilight, Charlie. Make him more like him, epic win.
You know Paulos dad was the EXACT same bad role model father, when he was a child.
Hyper August 31, 2010, 4:37 PM EST.
I love Big Paulo.
English Muffin August 31, 2010, 4:50 PM EST.
Dude, whiteknighters (ala Vincent): cut it out.
Seriously, you do NOT need to come to my rescue. Bank did absolutely nothing wrong, he (she?) was trying to help me with critique! This is integral to growing as an artist. Doesn’t care where it’s done - email, comments section, smeared with blood on a wall - it’s not meant to hurt me or belittle, it’s meant to be helpful. It was not meant to be offensive in the least.
Look I appreciate those that really adore the comic to the point of not really seeing enough faults to tell me, but the fact is there’s people that do see faults, and it might be something I overlooked or I dunno, people have the right to say what they want.
So seriously don’t tell people who critique to back off. You’re NOT doing me a service.
Taeshi August 31, 2010, 4:52 PM EST.
Love your expressions you drew on the characters in this update. xD
Jaico August 31, 2010, 5:29 PM EST.
Oh by the way we lost tons of rank in the top webcomics list, maybe we new incentives?
Jaico August 31, 2010, 5:32 PM EST.
Its the first time lucy became super cute on the 5th panel and not looking like this >:|
Random comment August 31, 2010, 5:54 PM EST.
Oh look its and >:| lol
Random comment August 31, 2010, 5:56 PM EST.
Paully got some expwaning ta’ do!
Gaka August 31, 2010, 6:58 PM EST.
YEAH! BACK OFF whiteknighters!
Purin August 31, 2010, 7:03 PM EST.
Had a litle break since the last and this chapter.
I was like waaat O.o when I saw the first page. Then I was like oh its a daydream
I foresee paulo imaginating this alltheway to them being a married couple. :3
Wimbula August 31, 2010, 7:49 PM EST.
I’m with Wimbula. It sounds like this could be more complex than we thought.
Satire55 August 31, 2010, 7:57 PM EST.
VOTE IF YOU LIKE THE AWKWARD
Griallia August 31, 2010, 7:59 PM EST.
IT was going great til the last panel.
He lost his nerve.
joefox August 31, 2010, 8:10 PM EST.
OH MY GOD I’M SUCH A DORK, I KEEP DOODLING PAULO, LUCY, MIKE, SANDY, AND DAISY ON MY SCHOOL PAPERS AND THUNDER IN MY AGENDA WTF!!!! :rolleyes: :raise: :?:
True Liar August 31, 2010, 8:21 PM EST.
LOL i love the picture of paulo on the wall in the first two panels
SQUEE August 31, 2010, 8:27 PM EST.
****ed up big time
jj August 31, 2010, 9:19 PM EST.
lol paulo u so screwed xD also how u make those cool bbc faces ???
Ima Weird August 31, 2010, 10:45 PM EST.
I can’t wait for the next page!! *jumps in time machine for 5 hours*
Draixen August 31, 2010, 10:54 PM EST.
Wow I didn’t even notice those pictures of Paulo in the background, he looks so adorable
At least he is way happier then, than he is now XP
Sandvich August 31, 2010, 11:57 PM EST.
early update time? ive been good.
Ko Tenn September 1, 2010, 12:07 AM EST.
If you want me to draw pictures of kittens and Daisy being pregnant, I demand an early update!
And by that, I mean I’ll do it either way. xD
Sock September 1, 2010, 12:14 AM EST.
I’m staying up all night just to see the update .____.
Nyanko September 1, 2010, 12:59 AM EST.
Same here. :3
We can be pathetic together.
Sock September 1, 2010, 1:00 AM EST.
… i would say that too… if i had a dad…
Lakie September 1, 2010, 1:24 AM EST.
he is skr00d s4d fase ):
mastur ch33f September 1, 2010, 1:28 AM EST.
I love that you’re doing a day dream….but does it really have to be so long? And…….it’s provided fans/readers with this false hope that Lucy and Paulo might actually have a reason to be close to each other….
Yuki September 1, 2010, 1:45 AM EST.
@Yuki: Yeah, that’s what really depresses me about this chapter.
Sock September 1, 2010, 1:45 AM EST.
@Sock and Nyanko same here time to be bored out of our minds!:awesomeface:
Agnus Dei September 1, 2010, 1:53 AM EST.
Except I have a project to be working on. >.>
I must draw PauloxLucy kittens and Daisy being pregnant.
I was commanded to by Taeshi and others. :
Sock September 1, 2010, 1:54 AM EST.
noble quest brother!
Agnus Dei September 1, 2010, 2:04 AM EST.
Kate September 1, 2010, 3:08 AM EST.
Well, I was going to stay up and wait for the update to post. But instead, I decided to read through the new comments and hit the rack. Maybe I’ll catch a generous early update sometime in the future.
I’m stoked that us PxL shippers have another 12 pages of Paulo/Lucy moments coming. Hope the rest of your work is going well!
Patches September 1, 2010, 3:22 AM EST.
We’re on holiday right now, having just gone to a theme park with Bridgey/kara-yasuragi.. See bus pic from a minute ago! http://twitpic.com/2k6502
For those anxiously waiting, I think you’ll get the new comic page in something like an hour. We have to get to the hotel first!
SuitCase September 1, 2010, 3:42 AM EST.
Damn Suitcase. You kinky.
J. Vincero (Jerk) September 1, 2010, 3:45 AM EST.
Must have been really boring there
skykitty September 1, 2010, 3:48 AM EST.
I thought i’d add something real quick. Cats mature at roughly 1-2 years, not 18. So, in this reality, it could take 9 months.
Renadt September 1, 2010, 4:10 AM EST.
Its Wednesday 3 2 1 NEW PAGE … It didn’t work… Ill check in another 10 seconds… 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 REFRESH… Ill check in a minute… half a minute later, OMG I CANT WAIT… A minute later REFRESH … Ill check a hour later then… Good work on this page though I didn’t really get it… Thanks for caring about us, the readers and creating merchandise and the comic book. *hugs*
Boxdog September 1, 2010, 4:30 AM EST.
Gawd Paulo, you having sex or what? “YES, YES!”
Magic September 3, 2010, 12:20 AM EST.
Mira September 4, 2010, 1:24 PM EST.
Paulo’s dad in all his glory. Reminds me of me. Sits around watching sitcoms, has awkwardness with people, and knows some craaaazy dude whos name has a P in it.
Edit- Lulz I just saw the picture of Paulo in the back.
Keejer September 5, 2010, 8:58 PM EST.
I liked how Paulo said “OH DAD I ****ED UPPPP!!!!”
Kenny September 7, 2010, 11:20 PM EST.
shan-chan September 15, 2010, 12:03 AM EST.
Just noticed Paulo’s cute kiddie picture.
Dammit, why do you make things so cute?
Sid September 16, 2010, 5:52 PM EST.
HHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA, now that is a father/son confession right there, in that one sentence he prob gave his dad a heart attack
ACDC KING October 17, 2010, 6:15 AM EST.
whoaamamma dats a spicy meatball!
TheDinosaursRevenge October 17, 2010, 5:29 PM EST.
OH DADDDDDDDDDDD PAULO SCREWWEEEDD UUUUPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
Alzer November 9, 2010, 8:59 AM EST.
Wow, unexpected BAAAAAAAAAAW is unexpected.
SushiJaguar November 18, 2010, 5:44 AM EST.
The Other Guy December 21, 2010, 2:04 PM EST.
thats awesome! omg paulo is so cute!!!
cherrycherrynyaa December 28, 2010, 5:08 PM EST.
so much for subltelty
Rudy February 14, 2011, 12:42 PM EST.
Love the spicy meatball thing!
Zaynman February 27, 2011, 2:27 AM EST.
If your dad doesn’t whip you for saying that, you’re friggin lucky.
SumFurry911 March 16, 2011, 11:11 PM EST.
If they are so freaked about a sex night, what would they do if she was pregnant? T_T
Vetus March 23, 2011, 8:04 AM EST.
Love the 5th box panel
aww, lookit baby Paulo in the background picture
ben.duffa-kover March 31, 2011, 4:53 PM EST.
The first panel is damn funny. Is Paulo’s Dad watching the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, live action segments?
Paulo is also funny, how he just loses it. That’s great to show in front of Lucy. Now she’ll be even more freaked out.
NintendoSegaSonyGuy May 22, 2011, 9:44 AM EST.
I laughed so hard I spit up bubbles from the coke I was drinking!
Wolfiesong and Sneppy May 29, 2011, 11:01 PM EST.
he’s watching the mask.
Ben(WP) June 16, 2011, 6:05 AM EST.
Final panel = lols.
Zekeon June 24, 2011, 7:18 PM EST.
damn right u did
ftu August 8, 2011, 8:15 PM EST.
Hey, for teenagers, that’s what parents are for : to go to when you have completely screwed up and are freaking out because you don’t know what to do any more and you need help.
They are on the road to independence but they are not there yet, and they need their parents most when they get lost on the way.
I bet P’s dad is just glad his boy still needs him at all.
Fruvous September 8, 2011, 8:19 PM EST.
um no you ****ed her up
1D December 8, 2011, 5:54 PM EST.
OMG!!! this is funny how paulo sayd to dad….
chrirtmaseater January 4, 2012, 6:57 AM EST.
god dammit I missed more panels. Is this what I get for sleeping in for like……5 days
the fry pwnr March 4, 2012, 10:13 AM EST.
“Whoaa mama dats a spicy meatball!”
hotcoco June 20, 2012, 10:04 PM EST.
now I notice: “OH DAD I ****ED [her] UPPPP!!!”
Dr. Klaus July 17, 2012, 12:10 PM EST.
Shadow September 26, 2013, 11:31 PM EST.
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